“The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber” on Monday night was everything you might expect: Vulgar and mean, all to the delight of the hundreds in the crowd excited to see the pop singer get skewered. However, it also had a distinct underlying theme: It’s time for Bieber to grow up.
After the actions of Rep. John Boehner (Taran Killam), Sen. Ted Cruz (Bobby Moynihan) and Sen. Tom Cotton (Kyle Mooney) make him lose his cool, President Obama (Jay Pharoah) turns into The Rock Obama (Dwayne Johnson). (March 29, 2015/Saturday Night Live)
A day after Trevor Noah was declared the new host of "The Daily Show," his graphic tweets targeting women and Jews are causing a social media backlash and Comedy Central is defending its newest late-night star.
The people are restive, the priesthood is scheming and a fanatic band of insurgents known as the zealots are plotting assassinations — and now to make matters worse, the body of a condemned cult-leader known as Jesus has disappeared from the tomb, apparently following some ancient prophecy.
Matthew Weiner is no "mad man." He's never worked in advertising. But as the creator of "Mad Men," AMC's drama series about advertising in 1960s-era New York City, he's cooked up more than a few advertisements.
First things first. "Younger" does the world the great favor of returning Sutton Foster to television, and only two years after the cancellation of "Bunheads." Ring bells, sing songs, blow horns, beat gongs.
How time flies in this very mad world! It seems like only yesterday that the 1960s were dawning for Don Draper, his family and his comrades at the Sterling Cooper advertising agency. Now, as if in the blink of an eye, the '60s are waning as "Mad Men" nears the end of its glorious run.
A day after Trevor Noah was declared the new host of "The Daily Show," complete with the blessing of the exiting Jon Stewart, graphic tweets targeting women, Jews and victims of the Ebola virus are causing a social media backlash.
Almost 10 years ago, I sat in a bar talking with Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell about their roles in the under-appreciated FOX series "Prison Break." They played brothers who through an elaborate plan escape from prison and go on the run.
In his 2012 comedy special "That's Racist," one of Trevor Noah's funniest stories is about AIDS, and other dumb questions Americans ask Africans. "The best ignorant conversation I had was in California, in a place called Malibu," he tells the South African audience. There, at the beach, he met a California girl whose questions get more embarrassing as the joke goes on, from "how did you get to America?" to "do you guys have waves in Africa?" to "have you ever had AIDS?"
We all like to think that fame wouldn't change us or the people around us. We are convinced we would be the same exact person we've always been, no matter the circumstances. Those horror stories about tantrums and ego trips? Not us. No way. But none of us really know for sure how we would handle fame and what it entails until we've actually experienced it - Jussie Smollett and Yazz The Greatest certainly didn't.
The choice of South African comic Trevor Noah as Jon Stewart's replacement on "The Daily Show" advances an intriguing new trend of late-night comic hosts with a more worldly perspective while continuing the longer-running pattern of keeping those jobs filled with men.