Day: July 19, 2018

“Hi Bob!” Bob Newhart releases new podcast exclusively on Audible

Bob Newhart won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1961 for his stand-up comedy, which featured Newhart’s hilarious one-sided phone conversations. Now, 57 years later, Newhart has a new audio series of conversations, this time with his famous funny friends. HI BOB! has launched exclusively on Audible at Audible.com/HiBob. Listeners will hear one-on-one conversations with Sarah Silverman, Will Ferrell, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy Kimmel, Judd Apatow, and Conan O’Brien. Also including a special forward by Marc Maron. Roll the...

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Matt Groening defends still stereotyping Apu in 2018 in new New York Times interview

D’oh. Now we know why The Problem With Apu continues to be problematic, despite Hank Azaria acknowledging that the voice he has used on The Simpsons for an Indian immigrant running the Springfield convenience store might not be as funny in 2018 as it was in 1988. The Simpsons defended Apu in a recent episode. And creator Matt Groening just went even further in a new interview with The New York Times, telling Dave Itzkoff: Well, I love Apu. I love the character, and it makes me feel bad that it makes other people feel bad. But on the...

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Sacha Baron Cohen character exposed by California gun store owner

We saw four new Sacha Baron Cohen characters in his latest satirical stunt, Who Is America?, which debuted this past Sunday on Showtime. But a fifth character didn’t go over so well, as Baron Cohen found out last year and we only discovered this week, thanks to a California gun store owner who shared his own footage with local TV news in Los Angeles. “You’re Borat,” the owner of Warrior One Guns & Ammo in Riverside, Calif., recalled after meeting a bearded Hungarian immigrant who came into his store with a documentary film crew. The “immigrant” abruptly turned around...

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