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On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver tries to explain Trump's cartoonishly stupid trade war  On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver tries to explain Trump's cartoonishly stupid trade war 

Partway through John Oliver’s main story on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, the host showed a bombastically wrong-headed clip from a documentary called Death By China. Filled with ominously hyperbolic narration (Martin Sheen, c’mon guy) and simplistic, ineptly fear-mongering animations (America is stabbed, right in the…

Stephen Colbert bids farewell to Aretha Franklin by shutting up and letting her sing Stephen Colbert bids farewell to Aretha Franklin by shutting up and letting her sing

After Stephen Colbert and bandleader Jon Batiste expressed their sorrow at Thursday’s news that singing legend Aretha Franklin had died, Colbert followed up with the only appropriate tribute—stepping aside and letting the lady sing. Introducing his desk piece with an anecdote about making an ass of himself backstage…

Late-night guests Tom Arnold and W. Kamau Bell differ on Trump's "n-word" tape Late-night guests Tom Arnold and W. Kamau Bell differ on Trump's "n-word" tape

As Donald Trump’s loose lips and looser concept of audio security move the goalposts for his supporters past “Well, so what if he said the most reviled racial slur imaginable?,” two very different late-night talk show guests had unsurprisingly different takes on the increasingly probable existence of the reported…

Trevor Noah spends 18 minutes talking to Omarosa, as life is now the worst reality show ever Trevor Noah spends 18 minutes talking to Omarosa, as life is now the worst reality show ever

You remember back when it started to look nauseatingly possible that Donald Trump would become president? Of the United States, even? When all the jokes about a reality show White House started flooding your social media feeds, like how Trump would staff his cabinet with contestants from Celebrity Apprentice? Well,…

Topher Grace assures Seth Meyers David Duke's BlacKkKlansman racist improvs aren't his Topher Grace assures Seth Meyers David Duke's BlacKkKlansman racist improvs aren't his

Spike Lee tapped into the banality—not to say blandness—of evil in casting usually amiable That ’70s Show star Topher Grace as BlacKkKlansman’s 1970s-era racist asshole David Duke. On Monday’s Late Night, Grace explained the insight he got into that casting process when he watched the former KKK leader’s shiftily…

From paid protestors to Dr. Evil, John Oliver spotlights corporate-funded "astroturfing" From paid protestors to Dr. Evil, John Oliver spotlights corporate-funded "astroturfing"

The Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight has made its comedy bones by exposing bottom-feeding charlatans, bigots, and the unjust. And that’s even before Donald Trump became president—and host John Oliver’s bottomless, soulless well of apoplectically delivered exposé comedy. So, in Sunday’s examination of the practice of…

Demetri Martin’s amiable cleverness can’t energize The Overthinker Demetri Martin’s amiable cleverness can’t energize The Overthinker

Throughout his long stand-up career, Demetri Martin has been compared to deadpan comedy assassins like Steven Wright and the late Mitch Hedberg. But, as Martin’s latest special shows, his low-register absurdism owes a lot to tireless road veteran Todd Barry as well, though Martin’s affectless manner isn’t a sly…

Kanye West talks to Jimmy Kimmel about being bi-polar, supporting Donald Trump Kanye West talks to Jimmy Kimmel about being bi-polar, supporting Donald Trump

After wife Kim Kardashian appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week, Kanye West followed suit with a wide-ranging, 20-minute interview with Kimmel on Thursday. Actually, “wide-ranging” is selling the scope of their talk short, as Kimmel followed West’s conversation through the multi-hyphenate star’s discussion of his…

CNN's Jim Acosta tells Stephen Colbert what it's like being Trump's go-to "fake news" target CNN's Jim Acosta tells Stephen Colbert what it's like being Trump's go-to "fake news" target

Coming out to a standing ovation and wearing some snazzy red, white, and blue socks, CNN’s chief White House correspondent and journalist singled out for perhaps the most abuse from the Trump administration (although it’s a footrace), Jim Acosta sat down with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday’s Late Show. Noting that…

On The Late Show, Joe Manganiello and Stephen Colbert go off-quest, talk D&D for nine minutes On The Late Show, Joe Manganiello and Stephen Colbert go off-quest, talk D&D for nine minutes

Giant, happy tree-man Joe Manganiello might technically have been on last night’s Late Show to talk about his upcoming quest to save the floundering Justice League franchise (sorry about that pun, Aquaman) as kickass, one-eyed assassin Deathstroke, but that all went out the studio window once Stephen Colbert whipped…

Rob Corddry and Stephen Colbert sex pastries for Jeff Sessions' holy task force Rob Corddry and Stephen Colbert sex pastries for Jeff Sessions' holy task force

On Monday’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert caught up with some of the weekend white nationalist dog-whistling perking up the ears of Trump supporters, as he addressed the announcement of a “Religious Liberty Task Force” by Attorney General and “man who even he wants to punch,” Jeff Sessions. Colbert pointed out that…

John Oliver explains how prosecutors remove justice from the system on Last Week Tonight John Oliver explains how prosecutors remove justice from the system on Last Week Tonight

Last Week Tonight continued host John Oliver’s Emmy-winning formula last night. You know the one, where Oliver attempts to make the week’s unendingly grim and terrible events go down easier with intermittent asides of humorously exaggerated reactions that only make you feel worse when he gets back to the awful stuff.…

On The Late Show, Rob Reiner has acting notes for the Archie Bunker in the White House On The Late Show, Rob Reiner has acting notes for the Archie Bunker in the White House

On Friday’s Late Show, Rob Reiner came out to a standing ovation. Which is what you get when you’re responsible for a handful of stone-cold beloved movie classics one supposes, although, as ever, the garrulous comedy legend remains a reliably entertaining talk show guest in his own right. He also got a second,…

On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Mark Hamill tries to get in on some of that sweet memorabilia cash On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Mark Hamill tries to get in on some of that sweet memorabilia cash

It’s hard to imagine anyone not being happy for Mark Hamill’s perhaps unlikely return to big-screen stardom. After all, being the central figure in the biggest movie trilogy of all time and then watching your movie career peter out has to be a real kick in the pants. And yet, Hamill—who became a legendarily lauded…

Terry Crews and Sam Bee's Full Frontal PSA explains why your male rape jokes suck Terry Crews and Sam Bee's Full Frontal PSA explains why your male rape jokes suck

Explaining that even she needs to do better when addressing the issue of male sexual assault, Samantha Bee brought on a surprise guest to help out on last night’s Full Frontal. And, sure, Bee’s un-ironic #MenToo hashtag is meant more to redress the fact that she talks more about “lady stuff” than, say, making those…

On The Tonight Show, Bob Odenkirk shows a Better Call Saul clip, his butt again On The Tonight Show, Bob Odenkirk shows a Better Call Saul clip, his butt again

Telling Tonight Show host and fellow SNL alum Jimmy Fallon about his recent, fan-mobbed appearance alongside the Better Call Saul-Breaking Bad crew at Comic-Con, Bob Odenkirk marveled that he’s now one of the annual geek gathering’s attractions. “It was quadruple-intensity,” said Odenkirk, comparing the…

Stephen Colbert swallows hard and addresses boss Les Moonves' #MeToo mess Stephen Colbert swallows hard and addresses boss Les Moonves' #MeToo mess

Kicking off his Monday Late Show monologue, Stephen Colbert at first gingerly waded into the recent New Yorker article alleging that CBS head and Colbert’s boss Les Moonves is yet another powerful entertainment figure with a long history of sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace. Role-playing his reaction when…

John Oliver takes on sexual harassment with the help of all-time expert Anita Hill John Oliver takes on sexual harassment with the help of all-time expert Anita Hill

John Oliver returned from a mini-hiatus with an extra-long Last Week Tonight on Sunday. After an abbreviated roundup of several weeks’ backlog of Donald Trump’s toilet tweets, the host launched into his main story about workplace sexual harassment, touched off by the fact that CBS President Les Moonves was just outed…

Stephen Colbert buys nü-metal band Flaw that van after all, you cheapskates Stephen Colbert buys nü-metal band Flaw that van after all, you cheapskates

Sure, these days Stephen Colbert is more about unpacking the day’s worth of traitorous bigotry and naked malfeasance issuing from the maw of Donald Trump than goofing about and making people feel uncomfortable in the field as he did back in his Daily Show days. But, perhaps imbued with the spirit of former Ed Sullivan…

On Late Night, Amber Ruffin takes down R. Kelly for pedophilia, crappy rhymes On Late Night, Amber Ruffin takes down R. Kelly for pedophilia, crappy rhymes

Whether in her recurring segment “Amber Says What,” trying to bait her boss into saying the n-word, or last night’s “Amber’s Minute Of Fury,” Late Night With Seth Meyers writer and onscreen joy machine Amber Ruffin has a way of combining righteous indignation, sharp social commentary, and undeniable adorableness…

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