Drunk History finale on Comedy Central stars Courteney Cox, Casey Wilson, Alia Shawkat as First Ladies (Video)
Drunk History’s season two finale goes down tomorrow on Comedy Central at 10:30 pm ET— and with the finale comes our country’s First Ladies. In the episode, we find Courteney Cox playing Edith Wilson, Casey Wilson as Dolley Madison and Alia Shawkat, who plays Frances Cleveland to Bobby Moynihan’s Grover Cleveland. You can check out that clip below. Enjoy!
You can check out the entire full first deason of Drunk History here.
Despite the great strides America has made in gender equality throughout the last few decades, it seems women are still getting paid less than men for equal work. To be precise, on average women make 85 cents for every dollar men make. It’s messed up, for sure. And while president Barack Obama promised to close the wage gap, not much has changed half way through his second term. But John Oliver has a plan, which he lays out in his Web-only segment of Last Week Tonight. Check it out!
The first trailer for Amazon Prime’s newest original series Transparent, a dark comedy centered on a transgender father (Jeffrey Tambor) and his family, has been released. Created by Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under, United States of Tara), Transparent stars an amazing ensemble cast featuring Gaby Hoffman, Melora Hardin, Jay Duplass, Rob Huebel and more. If this preview accurately reflects the entire series, Transparent will prove to be a warm, funny and progressive comedy; it reminds us of NBC’s long-running dramedy Parenthood. Check out the Transparent trailer below. And be sure to check it out on Amazon Prime on Sept. 26, when all the episodes will become available.
Kathy Griffin Naked ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video Hilarious! Aubrey Plaza, AJ McLean Help Nude 53-Year-Old Comedian
In case you have somehow missed all the Ice Bucket Challenge videos over the last few weeks, the viral campaign calls for people to pour ice water over their heads to raise awareness for ALS. Thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge, the ALS Association has raised over $100 million in August alone, a 3,500 percent increase from the same time period last year.
At first just regular people took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but it was not long before celebrities got involved. Stars like Matt Damon, Charlie Sheen, and even Homer Simpson have done their own unique versions of the challenge. So it was inevitable Kathy Griffin would get challenged by one of her celebrity friends.
Indeed, during Kathy Griffin’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel last week, the star revealed her Ice Bucket Challenge video to the public. The comedian noted that Suze Orman, Aubrey Plaza, AJ McLean, and Margaret Cho, among others, dared her to complete the challenge. Orman in particular wanted Griffin to do it completely naked, and the comedian happily obliged. Well, except for one accessory: her red stilettos.
“I don’t really know why you wanted me to be naked for this, but anything for the cause,” Kathy Griffin said while revealing her naked body to the camera. “I’m going to keep my shoes on. I’m sorry, but I’m a classy lady.”
This “classy” lady left little to the imagination during her Ice Bucket Challenge, with only blurred out private parts covering her body. At one point Kathy Griffin even split open her legs right in front of the camera.
As if things weren’t funny enough, Kathy Griffin then invited two of the “douchebags” who nominated her, AJ McLean and Aubrey Plaza, to pour the ice water on her. Plaza even rubbed some of the leftover ice on Griffin’s body after the Ice Bucket Challenge was complete.
To top it off, Kathy Griffin created her own “Challenge” and threw McLean into her pool. “F–k you ALS,” Plaza concluded while giving the camera two middle fingers.
Watch Kathy Griffin’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge below.
Of course, this ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is not the first time Kathy Griffin has gotten naked on television. She has previously stripped down during her 2012 New Years’ Eve special with Anderson Cooper, and she took off her clothes again a few weeks later during a Late Show appearance. She even threatened to go naked again for her most recent NYE countdown, though she did not go through with it. And earlier this summer, the 53-year-old took it all off for a poolside photo shoot with Tyler Shields.
Eastern Michigan Football Concrete Wall Video … Eagles Try To Run On Field By Breaking Cinder Blocks With Sledgehammer, Fail Spectacularly
If Eastern Michigan’s pregame introduction is any indication, the Eagles are in for a long football season. For some reason, the squad thought it would be cool to run onto the field by destroying a concrete wall. But it went hilariously wrong.
However, the Eastern Michigan players were no match for this concrete wall. Several players tried to knock it down with one swing of the sledgehammer each, but it barely moved an inch. It took several hacks and kicks for even part of the wall to come down, and eventually the players just gave up and walked around the half-toppled pile of bricks. Unsurprisingly, video of this epic Eagles failure has gone viral.
Watch the Eastern Michigan Eagles try (and fail) to sledgehammer a concrete wall below.
It is unclear exactly what made Eastern Michigan think entering the field through a brick wall would be a good idea. However, it’s possible the move was an homage to the Eagles’ new concrete gray turf.
“Having gray turf, that’s something that no else in the nation has,” said Eastern Michigan offensive lineman Lincoln Hansen, one of the guys trying to break the concrete wall in the video. “It’s unique, and it’s something that puts us on people’s minds.”
And for the moment, it seems this concrete wall failure did not hurt the Eagles’ efforts on the field. Eastern Michigan won its opening game against Morgan State, thanks in part to a missed MSU field goal late in the contest. So who knows? Maybe this sledgehammer stunt brought the squad good luck.
Party Down with Hulu: Lizzy Caplan, Adam Scott, Ken Marino and more headed to popular streaming service
Third-place online streaming service Hulu continues to make monstrous moves in order to attract subscribers to its premium streaming service Hulu Plus. In its latest spending grab, Hulu Plus has obtained exclusive streaming rights to defunct Starz comedy series Party Down. The cult comedy lasted two seasons on Starz when the network decided to not order a third season.
The show was beloved by critics and fans yet mysteriously unwatched with terrible ratings. Stars Lizzy Caplan, Jane Lynch, Adam Scott, Ken Marino and Martin Starr have gone on to star in other popular comedy series and win Primetime Emmys. The pick-up will only continue to fuel the rumors that a Party Down feature film could very well happen. “Hulu is a top destination for great, cult comedies,” said director of content acquisition at Hulu Lisa Holme. “Party Down is the perfect addition to the Hulu library. We know our viewers will enjoy watching some of their favorite actors showcasing their comedy chops in this hilarious show.”
Hulu made waves in July when it acquired a wonderful exclusive streaming deal with Matt Stone and Trey Parker for all episodes of Comedy Central’s South Park. The streaming service hopes to lure more and more new viewers with their big-name titles and series it both purchases and develops in-house, although they have not developed a popular web series as popular as Emmy-nominated Orange is the New Black or House of Cards. Beginning Friday Aug. 29, all 20 episodes will be available on the website’s paid subscription platform Hulu Plus. For a limited time, the first five episodes of the series will be up for free on Hulu.com.
Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater now has a trailer to go along with its recently-announced Nov. 7 release date. The film began its festival run at the Telluride Film Festival before making its way to the Toronto International Film Festival in September just as it debuted its first official poster. Rosewater is an adaptation of BBC journalist Maziar Bahari’s book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity And Survival. While covering a heated Iranian presidential election in 2009, Bahari was arrested, interrogated and tortured by a group led by a man calling himself “Rosewater”. Stewart took time off from his regular hosting duties at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to direct the feature and fans will finally get to see a different form of the comedian’s creative expression. Stewart said in an interview, “I hope people view [the film] for what it is — a love letter to expression and the importance of it. It’s everything.” Are you excited to see Rosewater? Check out the trailer below and tell us in the comments below!
Remember that Louis C.K./Zach Galifianakis pilot we told you about? Well, it’s happening. FX ordered 10 episodes of Baskets, a comedy series co-created by C.K., Galifianakis and showrunner Jonathan Krisel. Baskets stars the Hangover star as Chip Baskets as he pursues his dream, against all odds, to be a respected clown. Baskets, however, didn’t do so well at a prestigious clowning school in Paris and is stuck working the local rodeo. Hilarity ensues. FX executive Eric Schrier said, “To say Zach’s portrayal of the lead character Chip Baskets is hilarious/unique/riveting/fascinating would be an understatement. We can’t wait for the world to meet him.”
Baskets comes from Louis C.K., who won the Emmy for Primetime for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Louie earlier this week, and his insanely awesome development deal at FX. His production company Pig Newton will produce the series. FX is looking to their Louie mastermind to develop more comedies for the network and its comedy channel FXX. The networks are also gearing up to launch new comedy shows The Tracy Morgan Project, Denis Leary’s Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, Man Seeking Woman and the Billy Crystal-led series The Comedians. Baskets will film next year for a 2016 release.
Comedy icon Joan Rivers was rushed to the hospital this morning when she stopped breathing during a throat surgery and is currently in critical condition, according to the New York Police Department. The 81-year-old comedian was having surgery on her vocal chords and at one point stopped breathing, according to TMZ.
Rivers is scheduled to perform tomorrow night at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ.
UPDATE – 12:44 pm ET: A spokesperson at the Count Basie Theater tells Laughspin they’re in contact with Rivers’ management and the show has not been canceled yet.
UPDATE – 1:29 pm ET: E! News chief Ken Baker reports Joan Rivers has been upgraded to stable condition
UPDATE – 1:47 pm ET: The Count Basie Theatre has issued the following statement to Laughspin:
As you may know, multiple news outlets have reported that Joan Rivers experienced complications during a minor surgical procedure this morning in New York City.
Ms. Rivers was scheduled to perform here tomorrow night (Friday, August 29th).
This show has been postponed to a date to be determined. We ask that customers hold on to their tickets, as they will be honored for the new date. Stay tuned to countbasietheatre.org and our social media channels for information on this new date.
Everyone at the Count Basie Theatre is relieved to hear that Ms. Rivers’ condition has stabilized, and we look forward to hosting the iconic comedienne in the near future.
UPDATE 6:25 pm ET: Joan Rivers has been placed in a medically induced coma. Doctors are expected bring Rivers out of the coma this weekend to further establish what damage, if any, was done when she stopped breathing during a throat surgery today, according to the Daily News. A patient is usually placed in a medically induced coma when the patient has suffered a brain injury with swelling and is not responding to other treatments.
“When the brain swells it can be life-threatening, as it can constrict blood supply and destroy additional brain tissue,” reads an explanation from the American Society of Anesthesiologists. ”When a patient is put in a medically induced coma or deep state of unconsciousness, the brain is able to rest and swelling is more likely to decrease. When swelling is relieved, pressure on the brain also reduces, hopefully preventing some or all brain damage from occurring.”
UPDATE: 9:33 pm ET: Joan’s daughter, Melissa Rivers has released the following statement: ”I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother. She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.”
FRIDAY, AUG. 29
UPDATE: 3:57 pm ET: Melissa Rivers released another statement today: “My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world. Her condition remains serious but she is receiving the best treatment and care possible. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts as we pray for her recovery.”
Comedian Chelsea Handler ended her reign as the only woman on late night on Tuesday on the series finale of her E! talk show Chelsea Lately. One fellow female comedy star confronted Handler during one of her recurring nude shower sketches before the director yelled one final, “Cut!” Ellen host Ellen DeGeneres surprised viewers when she showed up to ask the naked host why she was never invited to appear on Chelsea Lately. “I didn’t know you wanted to be on my show!” Handler defended. Better late than never for DeGeneres, bringing the funny on the final night of the seven-year E! show.
If your head has been stuck under a rock, Chelsea Handler and E! are parting ways. The stand-up comedian is going the Katie Couric route and starting an streaming talk show for Netflix. The host will develop an innovative new talk show for streaming service that will launch in 2016. As part of the deal, Handler will also create four “docu-comedy special” to air in 2015 and her newest stand-up special Uganda Be Kidding Me will premiere on Netflix on Oct. 10.
Handler was given a proper send-off by many of her past guests like Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock before a “We Are The World” parody performance with dozens of celebrities. Check out Ellen’s uncomfortable and hilarious confrontation with the new Netflix darling below!
Netflix has made a huge push for quality original comedy programming recently and we’re about to start enjoying the warm, squishy, hilarious fruits of their labor— in the form of Jim Jefferies’ newest stand-up comedy special Bare, which becomes available on Netflix this Friday, Aug. 29. The streaming behemoth just released a teaser for Bare and it perfectly encapsulates Jefferies. While I was none too pleased when FXX canceled his series Legit after two seasons, a new Jefferies special sure takes the sting out. Check out the teaser below and let us know in the comments section if you’ll be watching!
If Jefferies isn’t your speed, you’ll be pleased to know Netflix recently announced their upcoming slate of original stand-up comedy specials, including new hours from Chelsea Peretti, Bill Cosby, Bill Burr and, of course, Chelsea Handler who will not only debut Uganda Be Kidding Me Live on Oct. 10 but will also host her own new talk show starting in 2016.
With Chelsea Lately’s finale having aired last night, Handler is officially free of the E! network. “If I was going to continue working in this industry, I knew I had to do something outside the box to keep myself interested,” Handler has said. “I wanted to sit with the cool kids at lunch so I approached Netflix to make sure they were as cool as I thought they were, and when I confirmed my suspicions, like with any other future lover, I made my move. I’m more excited than I’ve been in awhile, and the team at Netflix is the most forward thinking, alert group I’ve sat down with in ages. No offense to the Shahs Of Sunset.”
In addition to Uganda Be Kidding Me Live and her new talk show, Handler will also create four “docu-comedy specials” next year for Netflix, which the company explains will cover subjects like politics, NASCAR, the NBA Draft and Silicon Valley.
As tensions in Ferguson, Missouri fail to wane, Jon Stewart and the writers at The Daily Show succeeded in putting the coverage of the Michael Brown shooting in great perspective. On last night’s Daily Show, Stewart opens the show congratulating Stephen Colbert and The Colbert Report on their Emmy win on Monday night. But Stewart gets serious quickly, beginning his outstanding 10-minute tirade against conservative news outlets who have charged that the liberal media has made the Michael Brown shooting into a race issue when it really isn’t. The far-ranging segment ends on a solemn note. And once again, we’re reminded the minds behind a comedy show are the only minds seemingly able to deliver the truth. Check out the full video below.
Though the Ice Bucket Challenge began nearly one month ago the viral charity campaign is still going strong, having raised $94.3 million to date. Compare that to the $2.7 million The ALS Association raised last year during the same period. Impressive! The latest comedy star to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge is Homer Simpson. You may think he’s lazy and self-centered, but the truth is he cares. Check out the video below!
While comedy fans rejoiced today due to both Oprah Winfrey and director Lee Daniels confirming Mike Epps will play iconic comedian Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic, Pryor’s daughter Rain doesn’t share the excitement, and for good reason. “I don’t approve of the biopic period,” Pryor told Laughspin upon being asked what she thought of Epps being cast as her father. “And no one has bothered to check the facts or ask for them, because no one desires to know the truth. As far a Epps, whatever.” Winfrey is reportedly set to play Richard Pryor’s grandmother, an allegedly abusive woman who worked raised the comedian while she worked as a madame.
The comedian and actress took to her Facebook page just moments ago, seemingly expanding on what she told Laughspin. Rain’s full post is below:
My great grandmother Mama was indeed a fowl mouth Madame. She was also protective of my father and us, and wouldn’t hesitate to knock a man or woman out for crossing the family line. I loved Mama and I feared her because she wasn’t one to trifle with.
My father used to tell me how much I looked like her, and how much my honesty must have directly come from her as well as him. Mama Marie Richie Carter, was one of the strongest woman I knew, who left a mark on my life for the positive.
All I know is this, As soon as you allow outsiders to dictate to the world who your father was and the women who raised him; you have allowed them to betray your ancestor. I won’t stand by and allow this.
My older siblings and I knew her and spent 9-11 years of our lives with her. When those who seek the truth ask, we will gladly share.
Judging by Mike Epps’ post earlier today, Pryor’s wife Jennifer gave Epps her blessing:
Had to kiss the ring of @jennferLpryor for the blessing !you got to be stong to have been with the king! pic.twitter.com/OxvbjvPqHc
— Mike Epps (@TheRealMikeEpps) August 24, 2014
He made us laugh. Hard. Every time you saw him. On television, movies, nightclubs, arenas, hospitals, homeless shelters, for our troops overseas and even in a dying girl’s living room for her last wish. He made us laugh, big time.
I spent many happy hours with Robin on stage. The brilliance was astounding, the relentless energy was kind of thrilling. I used to think that if I could just put a saddle on him and stay on for eight seconds I was going to do ok. Robin, Whoopi and I were once in Shea Stadium in the broadcast booth with the great Tim McCarver. It was Comic Relief Day for the New York Mets. Robin knew nothing about baseball. I asked him, ‘What’s your favorite team and he said, ‘the San Franciscos.’ So he was a little lost in the conversation, so I got an idea and said, ‘You know, Tim we got a great Russian baseball player with us.’ I looked over to him and his eyes got all bright, his ears perked up like he was like a little dog that was inside all day and the master said, ‘Hey, you wanna go for a walk?’
So I said, ‘What’s baseball like in Russia?’ Without missing a beat he said, ‘Well, we only have one team. The Reds.’ The next pitch, the batter fouled one off and it came screaming back at us, we ducked down and it slammed against the wall. Robin turned around, it bounced into his hand, he stood up and he screamed, ‘I love America! I’m gonna defect!’
He could be funny anywhere. We were such close friends. He would come to all of our great family functions—weddings, bar mitzvahs, that type of thing. He would sit with my older immigrant relatives like he was one of the guys and he would tell them about his journey from his little shtetl in Poland to America. One uncle of mine said to him, ‘I came to America after World War II and I hitchhiked. And Robin said, ‘I waited until there was a 747 and a Kosher meal.’
As genius as he was on stage, he was the greatest friend you could ever imagine—supportive, protective, loving. It’s very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives. For almost 40 years he was the brightest star in a comedy galaxy. But while some of the brightest of our celestial bodies are actually extinct now, their energy long since cooled. But miraculously, since because they float in the heavens so far away from us now, their beautiful light will continue to shine on us forever. And the glow will be so bright, it’ll warm your heart, it’ll make your eyes glisten and you’ll think to yourselves, ‘Robin Williams— what a concept.’
Although it looked like Nick Cannon had snagged the role of iconic Richard Pryor in the upcominc biopic about the late, ground-breaking comedian, it seems veteran comedian Mike Epps has officially been cast. Both Oprah Winfrey and director Lee Daniels have confirmed Epps as the lead. Check out the tweets from Lee Daniels and Oprah Winfrey below.
— lee daniels (@leedanielsent) August 24, 2014
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) August 24, 2014
The news comes after many years of false starts on a Richard Pryor movie. In addition to Nick Cannon, reported possible leads over the years included Marlon Wayans, Eddie Murphy and newcomer Michael B. Jordan.
Last night’s airing of the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards hosted by Seth Meyers not only brought out nearly every television star in the country but also created some drama—mainly in the form of Modern Family star (and highest paid television actor) Sofia Vergara.
In an attempt at humor, Vergara accompanied Academy of Television Arts & Sciences president Bruce Rosenblum during his boring and, we assume, mandatory speech. Vergara literally twisted on a pedestal, wearing a long, white form-fitting gown in order to provide the Emmys audience with distraction from Rosenblum’s speech. Almost immediately, some on social media took to Twitter implying the bit was sexist toward women.
Comedian Sara Schaefer tweeted, “What Sofia Vergara just did is more upsetting than any of what the ladies at the VMA’s have done” to her more than 51,000 Twitter followers. And Schaefer wasn’t alone. “I love Sofia Vergara but did anyone find that schtick somewhat offensive?” Katie Couric tweeted. “On the plus side, the Vergara bit has magically united everyone in my Twitter feed in mutual sorrow and shame,” tweeted New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum.
After the Emmys, however, Vergara defended the bit, saying she didn’t think it was sexist at all. “I think it’s absolutely the opposite,” Vergara told reporters. “It means someone can be hot and also be funny and make fun of herself and enjoy and work and make money, so I absolutely think it’s ridiculous. Vergara added, “And somebody who started this, and I know who she was, has no sense of humor and should lighten up a little bit!”
Check out the full video of Sofia Vergara’s bit and tell us what you think in the comments section.
Comedian Anjelah Johnson‘s mega popular character Bon Qui Qui has returned to the music scene– and in a big way, dropping this just released video of Montell Jordan’s hit “This is How We Do It” for Benefit Cosmetics. Partnering up with TAO and The Venetian in Vegas, the video features Bon Qui Qui strutting and singing alongside half-naked buff dudes and rolling very deep. The video also features well known Vine comedians Brittany Furlan and Simone Shepherd.
“We noticed that many brands and consumers were really into bringing back iconic moments from the 90s,” says Claudia Allwood, Benefit Cosmetic’s US Director of Digital Marketing. “Montell Jordan’s original song was one of our all-time favorites, and we wanted to create a parody that made it current but paid homage to the generation it came from. We also absolutely love Anjelah Johnson – she’s one of our favorite female comedians and we believe that everyone should get to know her character Bon Qui Qui.”
Check out the video out below and tell us what you think!
Seth Meyers opened the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards with a solid, nearly eight minute monologue. Check out the full clip below!
E! News correspondent Giuliana Rancic thought she’d be hilariously cheeky and see what was in Sarah Silverman’s clutch as the comedian walked the red carpet at tonight’s Primetime Emmy Awards. Turns out Silverman was traveling with drugs, you guys! Marijuana! Pot! Check out the Vine below from the New York Time‘s David Itzkoff, where we see Silverman explaining, “This is, uh, my pot. My liquid pot.” We love you, Sarah Silverman.
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