“Shout out to Tracy Morgan, we’ll see you next year, Tracy,” Jimmy Kimmel said at last year’s Emmy Awards, and would you look at that? He was right. Morgan was the “very special guest” at this year’s Emmys and his return to the awards show’s stage to present Best Drama was the highlight of the snoozy ceremony.
On Wednesday’s Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon and guest Hillary Clinton both got to try out their impressions, the former impersonating melted candle impersonator Donald Trump and the later pretending to be someone who tells jokes.
It’s one thing to do a good bleating Britney. It’s another to possess the vocal power to do a I’m-singing-this-from-the-bottom-of-my-balls-which-is-crazy-because-I-don’t-have-balls Christina. But to be able to do a chirpy, hammy Celine Dion on top of them both? Unreal.
Today three idiots trapped in a box unleashed their indignation on Emily Blunt, a British actress who, despite being “very pretty,” has thus far declined to display the appropriate deference due our great nation, which has given her so much and asked for so little in return.
In the fair, just, and wise United States legal system, arrested individuals who are unable to pay for an attorney will have one provided to them at no cost. Americans can sleep well knowing we’re not animals who would make the neediest amongst us face the full resources of the state without a trained advocate. Just kidding! Here’s John Oliver to explain why the right to an attorney is basically just a mythical unicorn that farts apple-cinnamon rainbows.
In 1983, Vanessa Williams was the first black woman to be crowned Miss America, and about 10 months later she notoriously forfeited the title after Penthouse published nude photos of her that were shot in 1982. (Williams reportedly felt pressured by pageant officials to resign.) She went on to become the most successful Miss America of all time, as a recording artist and actor. Tonight, she’s back on the Miss America stage for the first time in 32 years as a judge.
Last night Stephen Colbert brought on Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick as a guest and things didn’t go as you saw them on TV: according to reports, cab drivers disrupted the interview at least twice, prompting Colbert to address their concerns in a segment that was ultimately cut from the final broadcast.
Joe Biden, in New York on business, was the first guest on Stephen Colbert’s third show last night, and where most late night interviews are jovial and lighthearted, the chat between Biden and Colbert was sober and sincere, with Biden discussing the life of his son and how he dealt with his recent death.
“Let me just say up front: I hope that this conversation can be as much about humanity and dignity as it is about politics and polling, because I want to try to better understand to the extent that I can...the motivation behind your rhetoric and that of Donald Trump and some others,” is how Tavis Smiley kicked off his interview with Ann Coulter that ran on last night’s episode of his eponymous talk show. Smiley never deviated from his m.o., and Coulter articulated her caustic rich-white-woman rhetoric as clearly and sharply as ever. The result was a spirited, truly compelling half hour of TV.
In a week when Stephen Colbert’s debut is easily the biggest news in Late Night, what’s reigning ratings champ Jimmy Fallon’s strategy for holding onto the crown? Having Donald Trump on, when Colbert could only get Jeb! Bush, of course. But that’s not until Friday. On Wednesday night, Fallon dipped back into his show’s deepest, most reliable well, the History of Rap with Justin Timberlake, and came up with a sixth medley of hip-hop classics.
The reviews of Stephen Colbert’s first episode of Late Show With Stephen Colbert are in. The verdict is: sure, this will do. But the future of the show will rest on how well Colbert can blend surrealism with affability, a formula perfected by his predecessor David Letterman from just about opening night 22 years ago.
The quandary hovering over Stephen Colbert’s new late night television show—one addressed at length by the host himself during the inaugural episode—is how he will be able to transition from the political satire that made him famous into the sort of generalist humor that might make him more palatable to a wider (i.e. older) audience.
It’s Labor Day, which means millions of students will be returning to school this week to try to remember the rote knowledge they’re sure to forget by next summer. Luckily for them, John Oliver took a brief break from Last Week Tonight’s current hiatus to share his own back-to-school crib notes, covering key topics like math, geography and presidential penis nicknames.
Now that Mr. Robot’s first season is over, the Bill Hader/Fred Armisen/Seth Meyers IFC series that satirizes documentaries, Documentary Now!, is basically the best thing on TV. Their absurd riff on Grey Gardens from a few weeks ago was brilliant, and their take on Vice’s HBO series that aired last night was almost as good.
When the dust settles, this year’s VMAs are bound to be remembered best for the bodily functions they captured: Taylor Swift’s pre-show fart, and Justin Bieber’s post-performance tears. While it was very clear to me that Bieber was impressed both with himself and his ability to impress the audience (very much like Chris Brown at the 2010 BET Awards), there was apparently a question as to why he cried and whether those tears came from a place of true emotion. Pop culture’s bastion of sincerity, Jimmy Fallon, was on the case during last night’s Tonight Show.
Last Wednesday, the first season finale of USA’s cult hit and utterly enthralling show Mr. Robot was supposed to air. But after WDBJ’s Alison Parker and Adam Ward were shot live on air by Vester Lee Flanagan last Wednesday morning, USA announced that it was delaying the finale. The network’s statement read: