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The Best Stand-up Specials of 2018 (So Far)

John Mulaney, Cameron Esposito, Chris Rock, Ali Wong, and more.
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Trial & Error: Lady Killer Is a Bonkers Delight

Kristin Chenoweth’s performance is gloriously unhinged in this NBC true-crime parody.
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Why Aren’t You Watching The Graham Norton Show?

Eschew the late-night Jimmys in favor of this delightful chap.
  1. this week in late night
    Trump, Late Night, and the Motif of Harmful Sensation There is no middle ground, which has to wear on the people who are supposed pander to the middle.
  2. yikes
    Roseanne Barr Defends Valerie Jarrett Tweet: ‘I Thought the B*tch Was White!’ As promised, Barr uploaded a response to YouTube.
  3. sdcc 2018
    Comic-Con: Rachel Bloom Sings the Brand New Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Theme Song “Think ‘90s theme song, almost like the jingle for Doublemint gum.”
  4. last night on late night
    Jon Stewart Plays the Hulk on Hollywood Boulevard The former Daily Show host’s second act involves a lot more spandex than we’d anticipated.
  5. late night wars
    Colbert’s Late Show Notches Biggest-Ever Spring Audience But the late-night battle for younger viewers isn’t over.
  6. best of 2018
    The Best Stand-up Specials of 2018 (So Far) John Mulaney, Cameron Esposito, Chris Rock, Ali Wong, and more.
  7. tv review
    Trial & Error: Lady Killer Is a Bonkers Delight Kristin Chenoweth’s performance is gloriously unhinged in this NBC true-crime parody.
  8. who is america
    Art Gallerist Duped by Sacha Baron Cohen Thinks He Is ‘Absolutely’ an Artist “Art and satire, it hurts. I just wish everybody would quit taking themselves so seriously.”
  9. last night on late night
    Trevor Noah Is Apparently Feuding With the French Ambassador And no, it’s not because he mispronounced something.
  10. vulture recommends
    Why Aren’t You Watching The Graham Norton Show? Eschew the late-night Jimmys in favor of this delightful chap.
  11. this week in web videos
    Middle School Talent Show: Why Is It Funny to See Adults Play Kids? Lizzy McGroder’s new series pulls it off very well.
  12. Alice Wetterlund Says Male Silicon Valley Stars Enabled T.J. Miller to ‘Bully’ “It was kind of a nightmare.”
  13. last night on late night
    Jimmy Kimmel Wants a Chimpanzee President Because Why Not It’s not like it could possibly be any more ridiculous.
  14. who is america
    Gun Advocate Wrote a 1,400-Word Recap About Getting Duped by Sacha Baron Cohen Posted back in February.
  15. underrated
    Lauren Lapkus Is the World’s Biggest Episodes Fan “I love it so much but I have no one to talk to about it.”
  16. last night on late night
    Stephen Colbert Calls Trump–Putin Meeting ‘Treason’ and More From Late Night “That was beyond all reason / And pretty close to treason.”
  17. british comedy
    Meet Brass Eye, the Original Who Is America? A look back at Chris Morris’s prescient British comedy series.
  18. tv ratings
    Who Is America? Debuts to Modest Ratings at Showtime An avalanche of free publicity didn’t do much to boost the premiere of Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show.
  19. oops
    All the People Sacha Baron Cohen Has Duped So Far We have a feeling this list is going to get a lot bigger.
  20. documentaries
    9 of the Most Intriguing Revelations From Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind Marina Zenovich’s documentary is full of fascinating stories about the late comedian.
  21. last night on late night
    Seth Meyers Teaches Us What a Royal Eclipse Is It’s like a regular eclipse but more embarrassing for all of us.
  22. rip
    Nathan for You Regular Judge Anthony Filosa Dies at 78 “I’ll never know the law right again.”
  23. who is america
    Showtime Says Sacha Baron Cohen Never Presented Himself to Palin As Disabled Vet Showtime is pushing back against Sarah Palin and claims of “stolen valor.”
  24. homophobia
    Comedians Slam New York Times for Homophobic Trump/Putin ‘Joke’ “Please explain to me why being gay is the joke?”
  25. chat room
    Aisha Tyler Is Unapologetic About Speaking Up Talking with the AMC host about keeping her show both personal and political.
  26. good one podcast
    Inside the Magical Mind of Reggie Watts On this week’s Good One podcast, Reggie Watts performs a new song and what went through his mind when he made it.
  27. close reads
    The Most Nauseating Moment in Who Is America? The distance between Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedy and the real world has gotten much smaller since Da Ali G Show.
  28. roasts
    The 8 Most Memorable Moments of Comedy Central’s Bruce Willis Roast Highlights from Demi Moore, Martha Stewart, Dennis Rodman, and more.
  29. lists
    Who Has the Most Damning Appearance on Who Is America? No one comes out of a Sacha Baron Cohen show looking good.
  30. last night on late night
    Michelle Wolf Eviscerates Late-Night Hosts’ Political Eviscerations on The Break “This comedy segment’s gonna be sincere and angry!”
  31. tv review
    Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who Is America? Isn’t Just Fake News The new Showtime series isn’t always consistent, but it’s effective satire.
  32. who is america?
    Sacha Baron Cohen Wants to Arm America’s Toddlers in This Who Is America? Clip Featuring cameos by many fawning members of Congress.
  33. who is america
    Every Time Sacha Baron Cohen Says ‘My Wife’ in His New Show A Who Is America? investigation.
  34. Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who Is America? Characters, Ranked An Infowars-esque conspiracy theorist, an NPR liberal, a British ex-con, and an Islamophobic Israeli soldier.
  35. who is america?
    The Website for Sacha Baron Cohen’s New Character Is a Wormhole of Conspiracies Dr. Billy Wayne Ruddick wants to preach about why “liberals hate the West.”
  36. last night on late night
    Put Brett Kavanaugh in the Suburban Dad Scandal Hall of Fame, Implores Colbert Name a more boring scandal, we’ll wait.
  37. The Billy Eichner ‘Let’s Go, Lesbians!’ Meme Is Here to Save the Day This will be Eichner’s legacy.
  38. 6 Things We Learned During Mel Brooks’s Q&A in London Last Night In the mood for some Mel Brooks anecdotes?
  39. explainers
    A Complete Guide to Sacha Baron Cohen’s Many Controversies Remember when the FBI was following Borat?
  40. chat room
    Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz: Where Are All the Latinx Emmy Nominees? “It’s f—king frustrating.”
  41. this week in comedy podcasts
    This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Cristela Alonzo on Doughboys Please enjoy this week’s comedy podcast recommendations.
  42. follow friday
    Yaari Tal on Finding Comedy Within His Feelings Talking tweets with the Brooklyn-based comedian.
  43. who is america?
    Sacha Baron Cohen Character Demands Apology From Sarah Palin, She Doesn’t Budge Palin says she’s not giving him one.
  44. this week in late night
    Late Night Coverage of the World Cup, Ranked Ranking the five hottest takes on the U.S.’s coldest interest.
  45. last night on late night
    Andy Samberg Reveals the First Photos of His Baby Daughter on Conan She’s a sweet little angel … unless you feed her after midnight.
  46. vulture lists
    Sacha Baron Cohen’s 11 Best Jokes As Borat, Ali G, and More From Ali G’s interview with Donald Trump to Borat’s trip to Cambridge University.
  47. stand up comedy
    Bill Maher Is Stand-up Comedy’s Past. Hannah Gadsby Represents Its Future. The vast, telling gap between two recent comedy specials.
  48. emmys 2018
    2018 Comedy Emmys: Kenan Thompson Gets a Nom, Nathan Fielder Gets Snubbed Yay for Kenan! Sad for Nathan.
  49. emmys 2018
    Megan Amram Gets an Emmy Nomination for An Emmy for Megan Hooray!
  50. Christina Applegate to Star in Will Ferrell–Produced Netflix Comedy Dead to Me She’ll play a widow who meets “a free spirit with a shocking secret.”
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