The Daily Show’s “Racist or Not Racist” Segment Was Offensively Funny
November 14, 2013
On last night’s "The Daily Show," host Jon Stewart interviewed the excellent comedy duo Key and Peele, whose show on Comedy Central is one of the slyest, strangest treatments of race on TV.
The Five Worst Clips From Piers Morgan's Gun Control Crusade
November 14, 2013
In the November 25th issue of the magazine, I wrote about the spectacle of Piers Morgan's gun control crusade, which required watching a brain-melting number of hours of Morgan's CNN show.
Ratings-Hungry Today Show Turns to On-Air Prostate Exams for Matt Lauer and Al Roker
November 07, 2013
This morning’s “Today Show” delivered the stunt that NBC has been eagerly teasing all week: Matt Lauer and Al Roker got prostate exams live on the air.
Appalachia Used to Be Simply Scary. Now Its Hipness Is Frightening.
November 05, 2013
For four decades Ned Beatty has been the unofficial spokesmodel of Appalachian tourism.
Kerry Washington's versatile performance couldn’t save a show that didn't know what to do with her.
The Best TV Version of Anthony Weiner
October 25, 2013
This week, in a beautiful convergence of art and life, TV drama delivered two ripped-from-the-headlines Anthony Weiner storylines: one on “Scandal” and one on “Law and Order: SVU.” Taken together, these episodes offered a goofy funhouse mirror of Wei
Malcolm Gladwell Gets Defensive with Jon Stewart
October 23, 2013
Last Night's Letterman Was a Slap In the Face to the News Cycle
October 17, 2013
Why Congress shouldn't pass bills late at night: The comedians are left with dated material
This Is Not the Alec Baldwin We Know and Love
October 14, 2013
The set of Alec Baldwin’s new MSNBC talk show “Up Late,” which premiered Friday night, is a wood-paneled diner with green leather booths and an image of the New York skyline twinkling through a fake window.
Jon Stewart Was Made for Shutdown Jokes
October 10, 2013
Covering the shutdown may have diminishing returns for journalists, but for comedians it has provided seemingly endless grist.