On The Daily Show, Noah evaluated Biden against Trump. Biden is better than Trump because he’s willing to serve the whole country. Biden is worse than Trump because he admits when he misspeaks. Biden’s messaging is impacted by Trump’s nickname for him, “Sleepy Joe.” But we don’t have a Democratic nominee yet. If we are comparing Biden to anyone, it should be his fellow candidates, right? Yet even shows that didn’t focus on Biden used his name for SEO. Meyers’s social-media managers know what search terms are popping, so a clip with lots of jokes — the best of which is an entirely novel Donald Duck impression — gets Biden’s name at the top. … [Read more...] about Late Night Contends With Joe Biden as a Front-Running Presidential Candidate
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still get dumped by women. Technically, relationship trouble is what “Climax” is about (though you can and should use it for the other thing, if you so wish), but still: If you were Usher’s fictional ex-girlfriend, puttering around your well-landscaped suburban home with some faceless new dude, and you heard this song, would you not immediately run out the house and into Usher’s waiting car? No matter that he is waiting there to maybe shoot your new ex-boyfriend; the point is, this song is a smash, and Usher really feels every word of it. You can tell because he does actual pirouettes of agony (and has a gun.) Reconsider, fictional ex-girlfriend! … [Read more...] about ‘Climax’ Video: Usher Does Not Take Kindly to Having His Girlfriend Stolen
Broadway is a big business, but a small world. Just three companies — the Shubert Organization, the Nederlander Organization, and Jujamcyn Theaters — own and operate all but ten Broadway houses (of the rest, six are owned by nonprofits like the Roundabout and Manhattan Theater Club). And the list of creative producers — showmakers who can plan, package, and deliver a success to Broadway — is tiny. Scott Rudin, who produced Mormon as well as the recent hit revival of Hello, Dolly! and To Kill a Mockingbird, often brings four or five new shows to Broadway each season (only about 35 shows open overall), many in partnership with Barry Diller. This season alone, Rudin invested in The Inheritance and took the lead on West Side Story, Virginia Woolf, and the now-on-hold transfer of The Lehman Trilogy, which played at the Park Avenue Armory last year. There are not a dozen Scott Rudins; there are not even two. Many of Broadway’s other producers are either … [Read more...] about How Can Broadway Recover From This Pandemic?
It’s also been a boon for his brand. In the past several years, late night has become a high-profile space for political commentary, which has never been Fallon’s strong suit. As hosts like Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers rose, the headlines about Fallon wondered how NBC could possibly reverse his steady plummet in the ratings. He never quite found his footing again after ruffling Donald Trump’s hair during the 2016 campaign. But the past few weeks have suggested a sea change in what audiences want from late-night hosts, and no one else has fulfilled it more quickly or effectively than Fallon. His role as the fun-loving nice guy of late night, determined to look for good things in the world, is now a balm. For the first time in Fallon’s run, it feels like the show has a mission, guided by his palpable desire to be of service to people, which, for him, means foregrounding as many charitable organizations as he can. And, of course, continuing to make the show … [Read more...] about At Home (Where Else?) With Jimmy Fallon
• The show references two singers at once in the subplot about Diane’s group forcing a popular singer to take a political stand and denounce the alt-right. This happened most famously with Taylor Swift, who’d refused to talk about politics until she was embraced in some white supremacist circles. Her decision to come out in favor of two Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee — Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for the House, both of whom ultimately lost — led to a predictable backlash, but also a surge in registrations from young voters. The nasty message about the singer’s trans sister references Jackie Evancho, a 17-year-old America’s Got Talent alum who’d agreed to sing at President Trump’s inauguration. She was disappointed to learn later about his proposed transgender ban in the military. … [Read more...] about Recap: No Tolerance