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Cold Open

Video: SNL Cold Open Puts Baldwin On Fox & Friends, With Egg McMuffin

If you’ve never watched Fox & Friends, the president’s favorite cable news program — or  especially if you have suffered that misfortune — then Saturday Night Live has a treat for you. This week’s SNL cold open severely spoofs Steve Doocy (Alex Moffat), Ainsley Earhardt (Heidi Gardner), and Brian Kilmeade (Beck Bennett), the trio of Trump […]

February 4, 2018
Grammy

VIDEO: Trolling Trump, Stars Read ‘Fire And Fury’ At Grammy Awards — With Hillary!

There was no solemnity at the 60th anniversary Grammy Awards ceremony in New York, and the stars gathered in Donald Trump’s hometown did not neglect him, either. James Corden brought down the house with a spoof video that featured Cardi B, John Legend, DJ Khaled, Cher, and Snoop Dogg “auditioning” for a spoken word album […]

January 29, 2018
cold open

Saturday Night Live: In Cold Open, The Return Of Will Ferrell As Dubya

You know things are out-of-control awful and weird in Washington when you think wistfully of the Bush years from time to time. You can shake it off and recall the horrors of life with George W. Bush and his twisted vice president Dick Cheney, but there is something still more ominous about Trump and Pence. […]

January 28, 2018
cold open

SNL Cold Open: White House Oversells That Dubious Presidential Physical

On Saturday Night Live’s cold open, Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant) sets a certain fabulous tone at the press podium when she claims that a million women showed up in the streets to “celebrate the president’s first kick-ass year in office…We did it, girls!” Even so, none of the goggling reporters is ready for what […]

January 21, 2018
physical

#EndorseThis: Kimmel Gives Trump A Physical — And It Gets Rough

The Trump base masquerades as an “anti-establishment” movement. But anyone who lived through the Reagan era knows that nothing inspires “punk” spirit like a far-right conservative in the White House. Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel delivers a Sex Pistols-worthy opening monologue, flatly accusing the mainstream media of parroting a pro-Trump fraud.  Specifically, the notion that President […]

January 17, 2018
Fallon

#EndorseThis: Jimmy Fallon Sings Out About Trump — With A Lethal Edge

Late on Martin Luther King Day, Jimmy Fallon offered a brilliant satirical version of “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor (dubbed “Fire and Fury,” after a certain bestselling book). Gently poking fun at the President, in a pretty darn good Americana tenor, the comedian touches on the Bannon-Trump feud and reminds the audience just how […]

January 16, 2018
Oprah

#EndorseThis: Will Oprah Run? She Has One Great Reason To Do It

Worried by the prospect that Oprah Winfrey might run for president? Or does a possible Oprah candidacy thrill you? Would she inflict the ultimate revenge on Trump? Or would she inflict herself on a country that is already suffering from a “celebrity” presidency? These are vexing questions. But answering all of them and more is […]

January 15, 2018
Bill Murray

SNL Cold Open: Bill Murray IS Steve Bannon On ‘Morning Joe’

It’s morning on Saturday Night Live, and that means Morning Joe, hosted by those cooing lovebirds Joe Scarborough (Alex Moffat) and Mika Brzezinski (Kate McKinnon), along with their revolted sidekick Willie Geist (Mikey Day). The guest is of course author Michael Wolff (Fred Armisen), played with appropriate asperity as he reveals the White House secrets […]

January 14, 2018
shithole

#EndorseThis: Trevor Noah On Trump Sneering At ‘Shithole’ Countries

If that presidential “shithole” gaffe annoyed anyone on television, Trevor Noah might be first in line. He’s a talented immigrant from South Africa, after all. In the face of this insane provocation, he’s still keeping it together. “Personally, as someone from South Shithole, I’m offended, Mr. President. I’m offended,” said the Daily Show host. And […]

January 12, 2018
anthem

EndorseThis: If Trump Loves The National Anthem, He Could Learn The Words

“Donna’s a sugar packet…Banaaana Whi-iff…” That probably isn’t what Trump sang last Sunday when he pretended to know The Star-Spangled Banner at the NCAA football championship game in Atlanta. But to the pranksters at Bad Lip Reading, his mouth appeared to be forming those nonsense phrases and many more, instead of the actual lyrics. It’s one […]

January 11, 2018
Wolff

#EndorseThis: Colbert And Wolff Find The Laughs In ‘Fire And Fury’

“You know he’s watching,” Michael Wolff warns Stephen Colbert at the beginning of his latest “exclusive” interview. “He may have done nothing today but watch me on television.” As the Fire and Fury author points out, there is little in his raging bestseller that we didn’t already know about the cheeseburger-inhaling infant in the White […]

January 9, 2018
tapper

#EndorseThis: Donald Trump Loved Stephen Miller’s Throw-Down With Jake Tapper. So Will You!

There is something touching about Stephen Miller’s maniacal attempt to sell CNN anchor Jake Tapper on the genius of Donald Trump in this trending clip about Fire and Fury, the new devastating new expose of the Trump White House. But his strange, dead eyes and shifty habit of glancing down from Tapper’s steady gaze don’t […]

January 8, 2018
DeGeneres

#EndorseThis: Ellen DeGeneres Trolls Paranoid Loony Eric Trump

“If you know me at all, you know I don’t pay attention to politics,” says Ellen DeGeneres. “But unfortunately, politics pays attention to me.” What does she mean? On Tuesday night, the chat-show phenomenon, out lesbian, and wholly harmless liberal celebrity became the target of a wacky tweet by Eric Trump. Evidently “Fredo” suspects that […]

January 5, 2018
Bannon

#EndorseThis: The Daily Show Highlights Bannon Versus Trump

To understand the furor over Steve Bannon’s devastating description of “treasonous” conduct by Donald Trump Jr. — and all the other harsh things said by the former chief strategist in Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury — the full context is helpful. And in this segment, Trevor Noah places the Bannon quotes within the latest revelations […]

January 4, 2018
Kimmel

#EndorseThis: Jimmy Kimmel Fact-Checks Trump’s New Year Tweets

With the possible exception of Colbert, nobody trolls Trump with the wit and gusto of Kimmel. In this clip Jimmy opens with a stinging review of the low ratio between Trump’s working and golfing, moves on to his size-obsessed nuclear Twitter throw-down with Kim Jong Un, and then fact-checks the most delusional Trump tweet of […]

January 3, 2018
tax

#EndorseThis: Funny Or Die Reveals Author Of That Terrible Tax Bill

Does anyone really know who wr the Republican tax “reform” bill? When we finally saw a version of that monstrosity — just days before the Senate GOP caucus rammed it through without hearings — it looked like something scrawled on toilet paper with a crayon. But the writers at Funny Or Die have their own […]

January 2, 2018
Bitcoin

#EndorseThis: Late Night Explores The Mystery Behind Bitcoin

The first signs that the Bitcoin bubble will implode have appeared on the financial horizon, with sudden deep drops and spikes in value that do not augur well. Catastrophic losses, when they occur, should be no surprise — because the crypto-currency is essentially a scam that attracts right-wing rubes into handing over real dollars for […]

December 29, 2017
cable news

#EndorseThis: Hasan Minhaj’s Critical Review Of Cable News Idiocy, 2017 Edition

In this year-end special, reviewing the daily stupid brought to us by cable news, Hasan Minhaj is merciless. The sharpshooting Daily Show correspondent fires away at Fox News — “favorite after-school hangout of accused sex offenders” — including a brilliant takedown of Sean Hannity’s insane Clinton conspiracy chart. But he doesn’t spare Rachel Maddow’s most […]

December 28, 2017
Moore

Citing ‘Irregularities,’ Roy Moore Sues To Stop Certification of Doug Jones’ Victory

With only hours to spare, Roy Moore filed a lawsuit to prevent Alabama officials from certifying Doug Jones as the winner of the U.S. Senate race, according to the Associated Press. The Republican nominee’s court action was aimed at a state canvassing board, set to declare on Thursday that Jones officially won the Dec. 12 […]

December 28, 2017
Pai

#EndorseThis: Colbert Trolls Ajit Pai, Killer Of Net Neutrality

Bereft of legislative achievements so far, Trump cut a symbolic red tape to celebrate his administration’s abolition of federal regulations. While observing this idiotic ceremony (attended by smiling Ivanka), a disturbing thought occurred to Stephen Colbert: The most important regulation undone by Trump’s government is net neutrality. As Colbert notes, the promises by big telecom […]

December 15, 2017
Sassy

#EndorseThis: Samantha Bee Says Sassy Deserves Thanks For ‘Bama Victory

While Roy Moore talks to himself about recounts, Samantha Bee is performing his electoral autopsy. Yes, he more or less endorsed slavery and there was that teenage molestation problem — all of which alienated the kinds of voters who rallied behind Moore’s victorious Democratic opponent Doug Jones. Sam is determined to make sure that Moore’s […]

December 14, 2017
tweets

#EndorseThis: Colbert Lampoons Trump’s Most Shameless Tweets Of 2017

There are moments when you have to watch Stephen Colbert to understand the news—especially those hideous Trump tweets. Once again, the dozen or so women who accused Trump of sexual harassment or assault last year are making headlines, and Trump is once again issuing his blanket denials of their credible, highly detailed charges. While many […]

December 13, 2017
Kimmel

#EndorseThis: Kimmel Tells Off GOP Scrooges On CHIP And Taxes

Toting his super-cute baby boy Billy, fresh from heart surgery last week, Jimmy Kimmel is back with a sharp message for Congress: Fully fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program known as CHIP – and do it right now instead of prioritizing the Trump tax plan. “I don’t know what could be more disgusting than putting […]

December 12, 2017
SNL

#EndorseThis: On SNL, Santa’s Tricky Moment With Savvy Kids

When the great Kenan Thompson put on his Santa Claus suit to hear Christmas wishes from children, he didn’t expect the unseasonal and uneasy questions they’d pose about the most troubling recent news events. These kids want to know about Franken, Moore, and Trump — and even Matt Lauer’s “toys.” And they’ve drawn an unwholesome […]

December 11, 2017
Trump Junior

#EndorseThis: Dark Russian Comedy With Donald Trump Junior

Evenhanded in his political scorn, Seth Meyers cracks wise about Al Franken, whose forced resignation from the Senate in the wake of sexual harassment allegations clearly disappointed his old friend. But then Meyers moves on briskly to a target who must inspire far less ambivalent feelings: Donald Trump Jr. During eight hours of closed testimony […]

December 8, 2017