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Dave Chapelle is more worried about being mistaken for gay than for ISIS

Just days before his just-post-election monologue on SNL, Dave Chapelle made a few small headlines when he downplayed the seriousness of both sexism and homophobia. And when it came time for him to actually deliver that big monologue, Chapelle put his money where his mouth was, making jokes that could be construed as mild examples of both. The astounding part: It only took him three words, one of which was “a”, and you probably missed it.

The sentence clause in question came during Chapelle’s discussion of whether the Pulse shooter could rightly be considered a soldier of ISIS. See if you can spot the three-word sequence in this excerpt taken from the Washington Post’s transcript of his routine:

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Sorry, Cass Sunstein, it’s already been done

Early last year, renowned legal scholar Cass Sunstein published an essay titled How Star Wars Explains Constitutional Law. I came across it through The Washington Post, but the piece was originally posted to a website called The New Rambler, which seems more appropriate — given that Cass managed to hold forth on the topic for over 4,500 words. This post will not carry on for nearly as long.

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How the Marshawn Lynch got his wound: a heretofore untold Just So Story

Thanks to Rudyard Kipling, we know how the leopard got his spots, how the camel got his humps, how the tiger got his stripes, how the whale got his throat, and so on.* Among his beloved Just So Stories is one titled The Crab That Played with the Sea, which tells of how the crab was transformed from a large animal into a tiny one.**

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Is absinthe-only education really more effective than abstinence?

On last night’s The Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore suggested that abstinence-only education is even less effective than “absinthe-only education”, which, fine. They sound similar: I get it.

But having tried absinthe, I found myself skeptical of his claim and naturally inclined to provide some sort of further evaluation — to, you know, see if there’s more to the link between absinthe and abstinence than originally meets the eye [see above]. To this end, I needed one thing: more information.

Unfortunately, Wilmore’s proposed curriculum (which accompanied his joke as a sketch on-screen) was thoroughly unenlightening:

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What makes the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt “unbreakable”?

Elie Kemper visited Penn last week, which reminds me I’ve been meaning to write this quick little informational post for about a month already. If you’ve never heard of Netflix’s (sort of) original series, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, this post probably isn’t for you (though it could be, in about four hours, if you’d just go watch). And if you watched the show, it’s possible you already know the answer, so allow me to save you some time by recommending some other worthwhile article (like this one) on this very site.

But if you watched all 13 episodes and still managed not to come across an explanation for what earns Kimmy the appellation “unbreakable”, I’m about to show you something you need to see. Now, if you fall into this category, you probably just assumed the name was bestowed because of Schmidt’s relentless optimism in the face of, inter alia, “weird sex stuff“. And that just so happens to be — more or less — what the show’s creators want you to believe, because you are incredibly suggestible:

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Larry Wilmore really doesn’t like one of his Nightly Show correspondents

Like its mothershow (the daily one), Larry Wilmore’s The Nightly Show employs several regular correspondents. This is not altogether surprising. Although the Nightly Show added a few twists to differentiate itself from the show that airs just beforehand, the format remains largely recognizable — after all, Wilmore served as Jon Stewart’s Senior Black correspondent for nearly a decade.

There is, however, one major difference between Daily Show and Nightly Show correspondents, which is as follows: Nightly Show correspondents are not very good. One, in particular, stands out as out of place on Comedy Central: Shenaz Treasury, who has appeared on the show several times. It’s not that she is a bad person, or isn’t perfectly bubbly and delightful — it’s that she’s just not funny.

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Blown joke nicely illustrates the danger of giving Neil deGrasse Tyson his own show

Last Thursday, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore played host to (among others) Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is set to launch a brand new nightly talk show this very evening on the National Geographic Channel. I almost wish they’d let Neil take over the 11:30 Comedy Central slot from Larry Wilmore instead.

The need for Tyson’s scientific insight to reach a wider audience was nicely illustrated on March 26, when Larry hosted a four-person roundtable that included both alleged comedian J.B. Smoove and Nightly Show showrunner (and Daily Show veteran) Rory Albanese.

When the panel’s discussion turned to ISIS, Smoove joked that Isis was actually the name of a “lady who puts ice in her mouth before she gives you a blowjob.” Get it? It’s a joke about linguistics: ISIS contains, inter alia, the lone phoneme — /’aɪs/ — in “ice”.

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Larry Wilmore made a joke about hooking up at Liberty University. That’s so adorable

On last night’s Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore took a few swings at Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, and one in particular failed to find its mark. Wilmore noted that Cruz announced his candidacy like so:

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Why is Barack Obama acting like he doesn’t know how politics works?

Earlier today, Barack Obama suggested that he would not quickly forget the Israeli Prime Minister’s pre-election remarks concerning the viability of a Palestinian state:

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