Comedian Dave Chappelle is doing a limited run of stand-up shows on Broadway, and a review of his opening night performance made the front of the New York Times Arts section on Thursday. But critic Jason Zinoman wasn’t laughing: “The Joke Is Getting Old – An unswayed Dave Chappelle defends the wealthy and mocks the marginalized.” What did Chappelle do to merit the Times’ prominent censure? He insists on telling jokes about people that Zinoman doesn’t think he should be telling jokes about -- in this case, transgenders.
The huge journalism museum called the Newseum is closing in December at its current location in the center of Washington, but it's going out in the usual liberal style: with a new exhibit paying tribute to Jon Stewart's 16-year fake-news tenure on The Daily Show on Comedy Central. In Friday's Washington Post, feature writer Rudi Greenberg touted all the (liberal) excitement:
Unfunny lefties have taken over the world of comedy and left it for dead, but all hope is not lost. For the few right-leaning comedians brave enough to step up to the stand-up mic, business is booming. According to a Hollywood Reporter article from last week’s issue, conservative comedians are opening up to sold out crowds as people grow tired of tedious late-night propaganda shows.
On June 19, The Hollywood Reporter fashioned a list of the top 40 “most powerful people in comedy” for 2019. It’s a predictable gaggle of reliable lefties and reads more like a Wanted poster for the gang that murdered comedy. The first big-name entry was Sacha Baron Cohen of Borat fame. Though since the 2006 blockbuster hit, the liberal Cohen has struggled to reclaim his “glory” days.
Failed Comedy Central host Jordan Klepper bragged to an audience that the Clintons had the "guts" to put a comedian on stage with them in the nation's capital, unlike the White House Correspondents Dinner. He was the paid jester to the Bill and Hillary stage show. No "guts" were necessary.
On Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough and David Ignatius praised President Trump's decision to walk away from the Hanoi summit with Kim Jong Un of North Korea. Scarborough calls it the "best of all circumstances." Ignatius agreed, quoting Trump that "sometimes you just have to walk." Also, Joyce Vance a former US Attorney appointed by President Obama says that in Michael Cohen's congressional testimony, there was "certainly nothing that was new to prosecutors." And finally, some unintentional humor, as Donny Deutsch describes himself as a "stench" defender of Cohen.
If ever there were a famous Virginian, it is George Washington. Born and raised in Virginia, Mount Vernon was of course his historic home. Yet somehow, a confused Tur has claimed that Washington was a "native son of New York." The unbelievable gaffe occurred today on MSNBC, as Tur handed off her MTP Daily hour to Ari Melber and his The Beat.
Socialists like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez aren't big on math. It just gets in the way of setting utopian, unachievable goals. Take Sanders today. At the very beginning of his formal announcement video, he set this goal: "an unprecedented, grassroots campaign of one million active volunteers in every state in our country." Um, just a little problem there, Bernie. The population of your own state of Vermont is only 627,000. How can you possibly not know that? And there are five other states with populations under one million. So, yeah, it would be "unprecedented" indeed if in several states Bernie could round up more volunteers than the total of every man, woman, and child living there!
Yesterday it was discovered that a fake news edition of the Washington Post had been printed and was being distributed around the city. But that came from a bunch of left-wingers who think the Post is too wishy-washy about forcing Trump to resign or be impeached. Today we at NewsBusters thought it would be amusing to try this experiment from the conservative view, instead of the radical left.
Call it the meme that was born almost simultaneously among many who viewed the livestream by Beto O'Rourke of his visit to a dental office where he got his teeth cleaned. And that mocking meme, even from many liberals, was "colonoscopy." Yes, that is what the way too intimate view of Beto's orifice inspired in terms of the meme about the other orifice at his opposite end.
It was a little shocking to peruse humorist Dave Barry's comedic "Year in Review 2018" as the cover story of Sunday's Washington Post Magazine. The paper may have been a little sickened by just how much Dave Barry mocked the media's obsession over Russia and the 2016 election, and their thumping tubs for impeachment. There was a lot of the usual Trump mockery (and some Fox News-as-Trump's-servant mockery), but there were a lot of liberal-media jokes in there as well.
NBC's Saturday Night Live is taking on a very sour look. It mocked its own Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin after he reportedly punched a man in the face in a parking-spot dispute. It mocked Fox News for faking news about the "caravan" after NBC aired fake news about Brett Kavanaugh raping women. And Pete Davidson mocked the looks of an Afghanistan war hero who lost an eye in a terrorist blast.