John Oliver breaks from tracing the rise of American authoritarianism to talk China on Last Week Tonight

After an opening segment outlining the fact that the American government is seizing thousands of children and putting them in fucking cages, John Oliver spent most of Sunday’s Last Week Tonight talking about China. You know, that faraway country with an ruler whose fragile ego, paranoia, authoritarian bent, and…

Tiffany Haddish tells Jimmy Kimmel she is not kidding about her very specific Leo DiCaprio roleplay

The gift that is the ongoing career rise of Tiffany Haddish opened up once more with some of the comic and actor’s signature Hollywood encounter tales on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night. Telling Kimmel that none of her new movie star pals has anything to truly worry about when she hosts the MTV Movie Awards on Monday…

Michael K. Williams shares his Anthony Bourdain story and his Omar psych-up music on The Late Show

Introduced via a typically badass cool guy clip from the upcoming Superfly remake (where he plays lead Trevor Jackson’s mentor/martial arts sensei), Michael K. Williams charmed the hell out of fellow South Carolinian Stephen Colbert on Tuesday’s Late Show. Sharing his love of cooking fine Caribbean dishes (plus…

Jake Tapper tells Seth Meyers he's shocked Bill Clinton isn't better prepared, is less shocked about Trump 

Whenever comic news junkie Seth Meyers pulls in a real newsperson to appear on Late Night, the war is always between talking shop and just swapping bewildered Trump putdowns. Meyers is therefore always happy to welcome CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper. Especially as Tapper, pulling the Sunday morning…

In his "Stupid Watergate" update, John Oliver warns of Trump going "full O.J."

John Oliver has famously dubbed the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation “Stupid Watergate,” since, as the Last Week Tonight host put it on Sunday’s show, everyone involved in this latest attempt by a sitting president to undermine American democracy is “dumb, and terrible, and bad at everything.” Oliver might have…

Wyatt Cenac's examination of American policing uncovers a shocking tale of improbable reconciliation

Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas has devoted its entire first season to a wryly comic dissection of the justice system in America, and the ways in which some forward-thinking people are working to rethink the current policing model. Always guided by the soft-spoken yet uncompromising Cenac, the HBO series—recently and…

On Full Frontal, Samantha Bee apologizes for her bad words, waits for the outrage over Trump's cruel actions

After calling Ivanka Trump (presidential daughter and, Samantha Bee was careful to point out, advisor) a “feckless cunt” for doing precisely nothing to curb her father and boss’ family-sundering immigration policies, Bee became the 24-hour cable news cycle’s newest shiny thing, to her regret. On her first Full Frontal …

Stephen Colbert politely impedes Bill Clinton’s attempt to walk back that Today Show interview

In the ever-increasing roster of powerful men finally forced to answer for creepy and/or illegal sexual misbehavior in the wake of the #MeToo movement, some have at least opted to take responsibility for their behavior and unreservedly apologize to those they’ve wronged. Then there’s former President Bill Clinton who,…

Last Week Tonight enlists America's most beloved senior citizens to protect against scammers, hippos

John Oliver spent the bulk of his main story on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight hipping us all to yet another thoroughly, soul-crushingly unjust thing we didn’t realize was so hopelessly screwed up until he decided to tell us about it. This week, it was the almost entirely unregulated, scam-happy wonderland called…

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“That is a power base ”: #MeToo founder Tarana Burke tells Trevor Noah survivors are just getting started

On the day when copiously alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein was indicted for rape among other crimes, The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah asked Tarana Burke, if such news “brings [her] joy.” Burke, who founded the #MeToo movement to give voice to survivors of sexual violence over a decade ago, explained patiently that…

Before The Americans' finale, Jimmy Kimmel stumps Keri Russell playing "Did I Murder You?"

While Elizabeth and Philip Jennings (a.k.a. Nadezhda and Mischa) have exhibited mounting individual dissatisfaction with their roles as deep cover Soviet spies on The Americans, fans of the enduringly stellar series aren’t so eager to let the Cold War drama go. On Wednesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Keri Russell admitted…

Wyatt Cenac's examination of policing in America delves wrenchingly into police sexual violence

Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas usually rides its host’s measured, wry comic sensibility over some equally smooth transitions. On Friday’s show, for example, Cenac started out with a bit about the massive student debt crisis (complete with a loan officer’s grasping arm emerging from his viewer mail bag), to a goofy filmed…

Jimmy Kimmel reminds Sam Bee about interviewing "thirsty" Kellyanne Conway on The Daily Show

It was a mini-summit of people who professionally do not like Donald Trump on Thursday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, as Kimmel welcomed Full Frontal host Samantha Bee. While Kimmel took the traditional nightly late-night host shots at Bee’s but once-a-week round of Trump-bashing, they both commiserated over how the current…

Stephen King tells Stephen Colbert which of his fictional monsters Donald Trump most resembles

Ever-folksy master of horror Stephen King is no fan of Donald Trump, as any one of King’s nearly five million Twitter followers can tell you. On Wednesday’s Late Show, the best-selling author of more than 50 best-selling books and fully 40 percent of all your nightmares touted that day’s court ruling that Trump can’t…