Month: June 2018

The Onion goes after Facebook with Onion Social

The Onion has gone after some big billionaires this past month. First Elon Musk for suggesting he could start his own online humor publication. And more recently, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. Take this June 15 open letter, for example, written from the voice of a Zuckerberg baby and titled Daddy, I Don’t Want To Live In The World Your Website Has Created. Here’s just one biting excerpt from it: Everybody says you’re really smart, but why would a smart person want to build something that makes people unhappy? Daddy, be honest: Did you make your website bad on purpose? In your...

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The Upright Citizens Brigade performs Carnegie Hall ASSSSCAT to open 20th and final Del Close Marathon in New York City

Where can the Upright Citizens Brigade go after playing Carnegie Hall? Hollywood, apparently. The UCB4, as co-founders Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh and Ian Roberts are lovingly called by their students and improv comedy fans around the world, started performing ASSSSCAT in New York City in bars, former strip clubs, their own theater underneath a Gristedes supermarket, eventually graduating to bigger venues such as Irving Plaza, the F.I.T., and last year, Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom. On Thursday night, the UCB4 plus old friends from the very beginning in Chicago — iO and SNL alums Tina Fey, Horatio Sanz...

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Jon Stewart’s personal message to cruel and dickish Trump on The Late Show

Jon Stewart popped back out from under Stephen Colbert’s desk on Thursday’s episode of The Late Show with a very personal message for President Donald Trump. In part: “Everything’s off its axis. It’s a little unusual. Apparently now Putin and Kim Jong Un are noble, intelligent role models, and Canada’s a bunch of giant assholes. That’s hard to get used to. You’re re-doing the post-war alliances, only this time, we’re with the Axis powers?!” Stewart’s real problem with Trump? No matter what he does, he does “with gleeful cruelty and dickishness.” Roll the clip to hear Stewart in full,...

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Michele Ganeless and Olivia Wingate have formed MO Studios

Michele Ganeless, former president of Comedy Central, has joined forces with talent manager Olivia Wingate to form a new outfit, MO Studios. As first reported in Deadline, NYC-based MO Studios will serve as a production company investing in the development of women and minorities in comedy. “Authentic stories and strong points of view are what drives us, so we’re beyond thrilled to be able to invest in, nurture and support these voices wherever possible with amazing partners that share our same values of championing female, diverse and alternative voices. In our experience, it’s the more specific stories that make...

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Ronny Chieng debuting Comedy Central summer series as app exclusive

Daily Show correspondent Ronny Chieng is getting his own TV show on Comedy Central, but you can only watch it via the network’s app. Ronny Chieng: International Student, will premiere as the network’s first-ever app exclusive original series on Monday, Aug. 13. All seven half-hour episodes will be available for streaming on the Comedy Central App. The series already aired on TV in Australia, and is loosely based on Chieng’s real life experience as a Chinese law student in Australia. Roll the clip! “We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with Ronny and give his fans here in the U.S. access to this...

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