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If political humor, albeit unintentional, is your shtick, there was plenty of that: my own favorite was Rep. Jackie Speier – from where else but California? – likening Vladimir Putin to a tarantula spider who has “ensnared in his web” a whole list of Trump supporters, including Wilbur Ross, the Commerce ...
Here are the top things to do this week in Tampa Bay including the Tampa Bay Blues Festival in Vinoy Park with Robert Cray and Buddy Guy, the political humor of the Pod Save America podcasters and the Florida Orchestra Pops series brings in American Idol's Michael Lynch to his hometown to sing R&B ...

Here are the top things to do this week in Tampa Bay including the Tampa Bay Blues Festival in Vinoy Park with Robert Cray and Buddy Guy, the political humor of the Pod Save America podcasters and the Florida Orchestra Pops series brings in American Idol's Michael Lynch to his hometown to sing R&B ...
The Capitol Steps will be the stars of the night at the Cap Center on Friday. As the calendar flips from March to April, we have a whopping six stage shows on the slate this week, spanning the realms of Shakespeare to political satire likely written in the past couple weeks. And, as usual, there's plenty of live ...
One would think it difficult, if not impossible, to craft a comedy around Joseph Stalin, the man responsible for more deaths than Hitler, the megalomaniac who caused an entire nation to quake with terror for decades. But by focusing on the bickering of the sycophants surrounding him, as the Great Terror ...
As David Sims in the Atlantic noted, the political humor especially has felt forced, overused, and ineffectual, as the outlandish reality of American politics routinely upstages the humor meant to satirize it. The show's signature impression, Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump, is wearing out its welcome, and the ...

Senator Elizabeth Warren (left) sings with Boston City Councilor Michael Flaherty and Congressman Stephen F. Lynch as Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Mayor Marty Walsh clap along during the annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast at the Ironworkers Local 7 Union Hall. By Jeremy C.
Specializing in political humor for folks who don't like politics, Durst's rollicking feast of outraged and outrageous satire is a comedic exploration of how America is changing in the Trump era, his solo show will continue his extended run in San Francisco now through May 29 with performances 8:00pm ...
Anyone who is a fan of his TV shows The Thick of It (UK) and Veep (US), as well as his film In The Loop, knows the brilliance of Armando Iannucci's scathing political humor. His characters are all either clueless buffoons or childish narcissists, and seeing them interact in the halls of power is hilarious, ...
The Academy Awards have a history of getting political. This year's, though, was a different beast, with the Trump administration and #MeToo looming large over the entire industry. Host Jimmy Kimmel began the ceremony by leaning into the political humor, taking jabs at the White House with his opening ...
Political humor is often self-deprecating, and Trump tried his hand in this unfamiliar territory. “My staff was concerned heading into this dinner that I couldn't do self-deprecating humor. They were worried about it. They said, 'Can you do it?' And I told them not to worry. Nobody does self-deprecating humor ...
Last year, Kimmel touched on political humor, making a few jabs at Trump, as when he joked about thanking the president: "Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? That's gone, thanks to him." For the most part, Kimmel tried to keep the mood light, though the already overlong show ...
The Capitol Steps will bring its unique brand of political humor to the stage of the West Kentucky Community and Technical College's Clemens Fine Arts Center in Paducah Friday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m.. While The Capitol Steps roster is a deep one, Newport said the troupe uses only five performers in its ...
Angling more toward fierce political humor as the years passed, Mr. Crimmins took his cues for satire from Mark Twain and counted among his fans Howard Zinn. Mr. Crimmins also was an outspoken crusader against the spread of online child pornography. He wrote about having been raped when he was ...
... last year's envelope fiasco (aka, The PwC Brain Fart Heard 'Round the World), it still promises to be a pretty eventful night, if only because it's one of the only Oscars in recent memory with no clear frontrunner for Best Picture (and because there's bound to be some, err, particularly pointed political humor).
Not everyone can take a tragic political bloodbath out of history and transform it into one of the finest (and funniest) comedies of the year. Not everyone is Armando Iannucci. Beloved by some (mostly British) and tragically lacking name recognition from most, Iannucci is quietly one of the most important ...
I don't intend this as a political statement. I am sharing this story simply because it gave me a great laugh and I hope it will do the same for you. Whether you are Democrat, Republican, Independent or some other political flavor, if you can't laugh over this, I think you should lighten up a bit. You'll see the ...

When Trump was first inaugurated, late night shows which focused on political humor, such as the Daily Show and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert saw surges in their ratings. Colbert even managed to take over the top of the late night ratings board for a time as he rode a wave of hilarious Trump jokes.
That take charge approach, resonates with his base, has been described by one political observer as “a bull in a China shop.” Nearly everyone, but Mark Gordon himself, has declared Treasurer Gordon's run for the Cheyenne mansion. For political humor, former Democratic legislator, attorney Mary Throne, ...
But today, Japan seems to lack as scathing a display of political satire as “Nichiyo Gorakuban,” with Feldman citing The Newspaper, a nine-man comedy group known for its parody of high-profile politicians such as former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, “as close as Japan can get to political humor.”.
... earth, and smoke billowing from the cities of your enemies." The Hub caught up with J.D. and Kate ahead of two upcoming Washington, D.C., stops on their book tour to talk political humor in the face of political anxiety, evaluating foreign policy on a hotness scale, and the durability of the executive office.
A somewhat inflammatory statement: A Futile and Stupid Gesture, David Wain's anything-goes biopic about the life and times (and cocaine) of National Lampoon co-founder and comic genius Doug Kenney, is simultaneously the most and least true biopic currently in existence. The film comes out Friday on ...
As a recent New York Times profile on the company pointed out, past political humor outlets such as Jon Stewart's The Daily Show would often refuse to come down on one side or the other, instead retreating to the sidelines where they could smirk at the left or right with equal distance. Crooked Media has ...
Armando Iannucci's “The Death of Stalin” isn't the director's first stab at political humor — he also helmed 2009's “In the Loop” and TV's “Veep.” In his new film, we get a madcap portrait of the mayhem that surrounded the death of Soviet leader Josef Stalin in 1953. Steve Buscemi and Jeffrey Tambor play ...
Nothing, unless you think watching 100 senators flailing around in the dark of their own minds is funny (well, 98 really — two were sick). Humor's a great way to make politics palatable. In times like these, I find relief in Dilbert or other cartoons. The late-night TV shows are funny, too, but pretty one sided ...
Alexandra Petri has never been a surgeon — but as a political humor columnist in 2018, she thinks she knows how they think. “I assume they're constantly joking with one another to keep their spirits up,” Petri said on the latest episode of Recode Decode. Petri writes satirical columns about the news, and ...
Chris West, author of First Class, A History of Britain in 36 Postage Stamps attributes the popularity of #BrexitStamps to two quintessential British obsessions: political humor and philately. “There's a great tradition of political cartoons going back to William Hogarth, Thomas Rowlandson and George ...
People can often “misunderestimate” just how hard it is to be a “very stable genius” all the time. So it is with President Trump, battling hyperventilating and relentless media, unencumbered by the truth, that are out to destroy him. For the few of us who write political humor op-eds, he provides more satire ...
Barney would get up there and do 10 or 15 minutes of serious 'why we have to keep the White House in Democratic hands' and I'd do 10 or 15 minutes of social and political humor and the audience loved it and I loved it because I was connecting with Democrats. It was very, very inspiring. I said to Barney ...
For the few of us who write political humor op-eds, he provides more material in one day than No-Drama-Obama did in a year. Here's just this week's material: You know the material is flowing fast and furiously when porn star "Stormy Daniels," it is reported, took $130,000 in hush money from a president ...
Laugh-In reached its zenith of popularity and cultural influence that season, before losing star Goldie Hawn to Hollywood and feeling less fresh as competitors like The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and All in the Family further pushed the boundaries of political humor. The show slipped from its number ...
... worked under former Attorney General Martha Coakley, overseeing health care issues, and was previously deputy general counsel for strategic initiatives at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Tingle, 62, is running for office after years of poking fun at politicians. “I've been doing social and political humor ...
I do enjoy Dennis Miller, I do enjoy Chris Rock when they do their political humor, but it's never been my goal. ... I love relatable humor.” And that relatable humor just happens to come in the form of hilarious anecdotes about growing up Filipino American, he told The Chronicle during a Facebook Live ...
The Capitol Steps, a Washington DC-based comedy troupe that began as a group of Senate Staffers will present a show based on songs from their current album What to Expect When You're Electing. The Capitol Steps have been a Washington, DC institution for over thirty years, providing a unique blend ...
That's not to say that the capacity audience at the Blaisdell Concert Hall is the same 2,000-plus people every year, but even those who aren't regulars know they will get political humor (with a strong liberal lean) with a lot of swearing mixed in, as well as references to sex, marijuana, religion and the general ...
Emily Flake, the New Yorker cartoonist, has been known for her eviscerating political humor, but one of my favorite pieces this year was a simple valentine to her high school self and her favorite band, Jawbreaker. We need our art, both fiction and non-fiction, to interrogate and reflect the troubles of our time.
Giving satire a shot in the arm. While Trump made Americans more serious, he also made comedians much funnier. Political humor blossomed like never before. Observers noted that the President himself hardly ever laughs unless in the company of adoring crowds, with his sense of humor limited to mocks ...
The Capitol Steps will bring its unique brand of political humor to the stage of the West Kentucky Community and Technical College's Clemens Fine Arts Center in Paducah Friday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m.. While The Capitol Steps roster is a deep one, Newport said the troupe uses only five performers in its ...
And there were those who Thorburn said couldn't resist adding a little political humor, saying he heard things like, “What did Donald Trump do now?” and people questioning if this was North Korea's way of trying to send a message. The detective said this actually was a pretty amazing occurrence and ...
If you've read any of our recent reviews of SNL, though, you probably know that the editors of Paste's comedy section aren't impressed by its recent political humor. Not because we're Trump fans who don't like seeing him made fun of, as some Facebook commenters insist every week (we don't think it ...
Political humor has arguably never been more popular. But while its practitioners all have their own distinct styles, their ideology isn't so varied: Whether they come from Stephen, Seth, or Samantha, the jokes are generally supportive of progressive politics. Why has the right yet to produce its own Daily ...
Political humor has arguably never been more popular. But while its practitioners all have their own distinct styles, their ideology isn't so varied: Whether they come from Stephen, Seth, or Samantha, the jokes are generally supportive of progressive politics. Why has the right yet to produce its own Daily ...
Giving satire a shot in the arm. While Trump made Americans more serious, he also made comedians much funnier. Political humor blossomed like never before. Observers noted that the President himself hardly ever laughs unless in the company of adoring crowds, with his sense of humor limited to mocks ...
Similarly, political humor will always be a consistent source of attention-grabbing entertainment, just ask Saturday Night Live how they're enjoying those Alec Baldwin-boosted ratings and Emmys. But what happens when you combine the two? Stephen Colbert is executive producing a new animated ...
Where people once followed cartoonists for political humor, they now follow Saturday Night Live, Stephen Colbert, and Samantha Bee. Those folks are all great but hard to hang on your refrigerator. And, they will never skewer the hometown hijinks of local politicians who need scrutiny as much as our ...
From the earliest age, I heard my parents play records by Tom Lehrer, a mathematician who could sing, play the piano and write devastating ...
Political humor has arguably never been more popular. But while its practitioners all have their own distinct styles, their ideology isn't so varied: ...
... my wife, please” to Lenny Bruce, stream of consciousness, political humor, a little bit more truth telling, which is what I wanted Midge to do.
“I write a lot of political humor or monologue jokes during the day, or Twitter jokes that exist in a vacuum, but to feel like Quantum and Woody, ...
Occasionally we also run a non-political humor column, or a moderate one by commentators Cokie and Steve Roberts. One of our favorite ...


 

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