Tag Archives: The Nightly Show

The Daily Show wasted its imagination on Marco’s road to the White House

[Editor’s note: I wrote this post a week ago. I promptly forgot to publish it. Rubio’s departure from the primary this evening simultaneously reminded me of its existence and rendered it obsolete. C’est la vie.]

Last week [Editor’s note: two weeks ago], in the immediate wake of Super Tuesday, The Daily Show put together a segment contrasting the Rubio campaign’s persistent optimism with Marco’s underwhelming performance in the Republican primaries so far:

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Trevor Noah ignores my advice to demonstrate its limits

On Thursday, Trevor Noah opened The Daily Show by reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision to grant a stay of Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Noah noted that the Court’s move was essentially unprecedented: “The Supreme Court blocked Obama’s climate regulation before the case even reached them. And this is the first time . . . that they’ve ever done this.”

And he followed up with a bit of advice for the Supreme Court that began to sound extremely awkward only about a day and a half after Thursday’s show. Highlights (i.e. the most relevant bits) are in bold:

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Knocking down Joel McHale’s theoretical straw man

Joel McHale was a panelist on last night’s Nightly Show when the conversation turned to hashtag deflategate. McHale came down hard for Tom Brady, so much so that he advanced a completely spurious and silly argument in Brady’s defense.

Now, admittedly, he might have realized how silly it was, because Joel only got about half the point out of his mouth before pulling up:

If you give the balls to another team, they’re going — just like — every — this is so dumb. It is so overdone, it’s ridiculous.

Figuring out what McHale wanted to say is going to take some serious sleuthing. I could parse the sentence slowly word by word, but here’s how I read the argument as a whole:

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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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You don’t want to be like Larry Wilmore

Dave Goldberg tragically passed away this past weekend when he passed out on a treadmill (though I’m pretty sure we could have passed on some of the details). Goldberg, perhaps better known as Mr. Sandberg, turns out to have been quite the impressive figure in his own right: he served as CEO of SurveyMonkey — which landed a nearly $2 billion valuation late in 2014 — for just over six years.

As it happens, SurveyMonkey was also the target of extended ridicule on the part of Larry Wilmore during a segment of the Nightly Show that aired just two weeks before this past weekend’s unfortunate incident. This screenshot marks just the beginning:

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Jon Stewart and Larry Wilmore team up for their best hand-off yet

Jon Stewart used the bulk of last night’s show to hammer CNN, among others, for heavily covering the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner while ignoring riots in nearby Baltimore. It was a Daily Show much like any other. And so after the final commercial break, there were only two* bits of housekeeping left:

  • First, like every Monday, Jon Stewart (who ends at 11:30) handed off to Larry Wilmore (who starts at 11:30).
  • Second, like every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (but not Friday, ahem, The Guardian), the Moment of Zen.

Last night, Stewart and Wilmore spent their minute or so of hand-off discussing Mall Cop 2. And then, during the Moment of Zen, came the real hand-off. Here’s a screenshot:

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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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Larry Wilmore is a liar, and pathetic, and alone in life, and mean. And mean. And mean.

On last night’s The Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore  said something – in connection with the recent confirmation of new attorney general Loretta Lynch – that is just demonstrably untrue:

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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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