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Late Night Roundup: Bernie Goes Late Night

Bernie Sanders celebrated his landslide victory in New Hampshire by making a special appearance with Stephen Colbert, and helped to open the show: “You’ve got to follow your hearts, go your own way. The revolution is possible — you are the revolution — and this time, the revolution will literally be televised.”

Bernie also sat down on the couch, and talked about his appeal to the idealism of young voters, as contrasted with the cynicism and fear-mongering of Donald Trump. And as a special bonus, he pointed out that Bill O’Reilly has threatened to move out of the country if he wins: “So electing me is a twofer!”

Jimmy Fallon also featured a “Bernie Sanders” of sorts, with a special reenactment of Bernie’s victory speech.…

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Late Night Roundup: Marco Rubio Goes Into Repeat Mode

As we head into the New Hampshire primary, all eyes at the late night comedy shows were on the weekend’s big Republican debate — and especially Marco Rubio’s botched performance, in which he repeated the same slogans over and over.

Trevor Noah declared: “Sen. Rubio, it’s time for you to take a page out of Dr. Carson’s book — next time there’s a debate, take a moment, and think about not coming out. But for now, go home, get some fresh clothes — because let’s be honest, you just @#$% your pants.”

Larry Wilmore tore apart Marco Rubio’s robotic performance — and how it even extends to Rubio’s campaign ads that are meant to show spontaneous-acting locals who support him, in both Iowa and New Hampshire.…

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Can Sitcoms Erase Bigotry?

So it turns out sitcoms can erase bigotry.

That’s the bottom line of a study recently presented before a conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. And it doesn’t even have to be a particularly good sitcom.

To judge, at least, from a screening of its first two episodes, the Canadian sitcom on which the study is based was earnest, amiable, and about as funny as “Schindler’s List.” Apparently, however, Canadian television viewers liked it well enough. “Little Mosque on the Prairie,” a culture clash show about life at a Muslim worship house in small town Canada, premiered in 2007 and ran for five years.…

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