NBC announced today that President Obama, who travels to Alaska this week to call for action to combat climate change, will hike through the Alaskan wilderness with Bear Grylls for an upcoming episode of Running Wild. President Obama recently sat down for an interview with Mic; Bear Grylls recently ate a mouse cooked in Michelle Rodriguez’s urine. Just two facts.
We’re in between Daily Show hosts, Stephen Colbert’s Late Night hasn’t started yet, and John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight is on a break until mid-September. So what are we supposed to do with our—oh, hey, John Oliver made a pointless web video about his upcoming book.
After a long and winding acceptance speech at the VMAs about bros, trophies, the importance of ideas, the hazards of brands, and MTV’s profiting off his unhinged behavior, Kanye West signed off by announcing that he plans to run for president in the election after next. While you could easily make the argument that West’s shocking finale negated much of what he had just preached about, it’s still a great mic drop. It’s so great, in fact, that if he doesn’t actually end up running for president, no one is going to hold it against him. Well played.
Tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards began with Nicki Minaj, who performed alongside Taylor Swift just a month or so after Swift clumsily inserted herself into Minaj’s pointed critiques regarding the racial makeup of this year’s nominees. It was supposed to be a Shocking VMA Moment but was entirely pre-packaged, which may or may not also be true about Minaj confronting Cyrus over her rather boneheaded comments about race.
Last night, Lifetime aired The Unauthorized Full House Story, a dishy TV movie recreating behind-the-scenes happenings of the ABC sitcom Full House, which ran from 1987 to 1995. There was nothing too scandalous depicted, but we did learn (if this movie is to be trusted) that Bob Saget regularly conducted himself in an R-rated manner on a G-rated set, Dave Coulier farted a lot, and John Stamos carried a torch for his one-time, real-life girlfriend Lori Loughlin, who played his love interest on the show. The absolute highlight of the two-hour movie was the scene in which the actors playing Saget, Coulier, and Stamos got bored during a taping and decided to do whip-its. It climaxed with a homo-bro-rotic canned whipped cream fight.
I can’t imagine the clip above making sense to anyone who hasn’t seen the Maysles brothers’ iconic 1975 documentary Grey Gardens, but those who have will likely appreciate Bill Hader and Fred Armisen’s attention to detail in their sendup of Big and Little Edie Bouvier Beale (here they’re called Big and Little Vivvy and the name shared by their crumbling estate and the pseudo-documentary is Sandy Passage). This is from last night’s series premiere of IFC’s Documentary Now!, a half-hour series created by Hader, Armisen, and Seth Meyers that will satirize a new doc in each weekly episode (riffs on The Thin Blue Line, Nanook of the North, History of the Eagles, and HBO’s Vice series are planned).
Televangelists didn’t disappear in the ‘80s—there are actually more of them than ever. They ask for private planes and piles of money from people who can’t actually afford it in exchange for vague and ephemeral promises of future prosperity and health. Fuck ‘em, says John Oliver.
Bear Grylls, best known for drinking his own piss, is a tough man to gross out. But on Monday night’s Running Wild, he finally found the thing that broke him: Fast and Furious actress Michelle Rodriguez’s piss. It’s apparently especially pungent and flavorful compared to Grylls’ own, which was a fun fact to learn over breakfast this morning.
For the latest Last Week Tonight, John Oliver tried to find out what American kids are learning in sex ed, and discovered that the answer is that no one really knows, because many states have no official standards—in some cases, the information kids get isn’t even required to be medically accurate. Many other states have just one standard: abstinence only. Basically, whether you learned what consent is or how to use a condom depends on which high school you happened to go to.
In 17 seasons on the Daily Show, Jon Stewart has crushed, destroyed, demolished, and especially eviscerated every opponent in his path with a merciless, unyielding bulldozer of satire (we know this because every headline of the viral news era tells us so, including many of ours). In his penultimate episode, Stewart takes a look back at the enemies he’s thoroughly defeated... or not.
The season finale of UnREAL, a brilliantly dark satirical drama about a Bachelor-style reality show, airs tonight. For those who haven’t been watching (what are you watching...True Detective?), the show follows reality TV producer Rachel, who is struggling to reconcile her job manipulating female contestants on the dating competition show “Everlasting” with her feminist beliefs.
On last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, the eponymous Jimmy Kimmel tore apart that lion-killing, rich dentist motherfucker everyone tweeted about yesterday. While urging viewers to visit the Wild Conservation Research Union’s website, Kimmel got all choked up. Touching, I guess, but—Kimmel, my man, did you even know that lion?
For anyone who’s had their credit card number or other elements of their identity stolen, the footage above should provide a satisfying jolt of catharsis. It sure as hell did for me.