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‘Hood Adjacent with James Davis’ is Comedy Central’s Most Exciting New Show in Years

5 July 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Comedy Central’s newest wave of programming has been built around individuals, doubling down on the past achievements of their comedian hosts. Moshe Kasher’s “Problematic” grew out of complex discussions in a public forum. “The Jim Jefferies Show” is an extension of his frequent call-outs of strange behavior both in America and abroad. One of the reasons the network’s newest series, “Hood Adjacent,” works so well is that it comes from host James Davis’ similarly distinct perspective, delivered with fast-paced, sly cultural commentary that’s heavy on laughs.

A blended mix of stand-up, monologue, “Daily Show”-style field pieces, genre parodies and interviews with notable figures, “Hood Adjacent” uses all of these comedic tools to look at different corners of the black experience, in the area of Los Angeles near where Davis was raised and beyond. Though the format approach changes by subject — ranging from food to police »

- Steve Greene

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‘Hood Adjacent with James Davis’ is Comedy Central’s Most Exciting New Show in Years

5 July 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Comedy Central’s newest wave of programming has been built around individuals, doubling down on the past achievements of their comedian hosts. Moshe Kasher’s “Problematic” grew out of complex discussions in a public forum. “The Jim Jefferies Show” is an extension of his frequent call-outs of strange behavior both in America and abroad. One of the reasons the network’s newest series, “Hood Adjacent,” works so well is that it comes from host James Davis’ similarly distinct perspective, delivered with fast-paced, sly cultural commentary that’s heavy on laughs.

A blended mix of stand-up, monologue, “Daily Show”-style field pieces, genre parodies and interviews with notable figures, “Hood Adjacent” uses all of these comedic tools to look at different corners of the black experience, in the area of Los Angeles near where Davis was raised and beyond. Though the format approach changes by subject — ranging from food to police »

- Steve Greene

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10 Great Fiction Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

25 May 2017 12:38 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Perhaps your average idea of a podcast is a public radio news program, with longform journalism uncovering a hidden area of everyday life. Maybe it’s an interview show, where hosts dig into the personal and professional lives of experts in any number of fields. Your favorite might even be a show where a handful of people talk about their favorite bits of pop culture — of which IndieWire has a few! — every week.

Beyond those podcasting subgenres is an emerging world of quality audio fiction, scripted programming that follows a carefully crafted story arc. Sometimes these shows are episodic, stretching over years’ worth of episodes. Others are less straightforward spins on a theatrical premise. There are enough shows out there to flood your queue, but for now, here are 10 quality podcasts worth subscribing to (if you haven’t already).

Bronzeville

Some scripted podcasts use a lush production design to approximate a particular time and place. »

- Steve Greene

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‘The Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay Gets Grilled By Comedian Paul Scheer And Tells All — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

24 May 2017 1:53 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Last Week’S Podcast: Comedy Central’s Moshe Kasher Managed to Piss Off The Alt-Right ‘In a Hilarious, Lovely Way’ — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Rachel Lindsay made headlines as the first African-American star of ABC’s long-running “The Bachelor”/”The Bachelorette” franchise. But there’s even bigger news afoot: Lindsay found love on the show, became engaged – and is sharing details with her new Bff Paul Scheer.

That’s right: Comedian Paul Scheer, best known for his roles on shows like “The League,” as well as “Veep,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Ntsf:sd:suv” and “Human Giant,” is also a huge “Bachelor” fan. The guy knows his stuff. That’s why IndieWire’s Turn It On podcast brought him in to convince Lindsay to tell all.

Listen below!

Scheer isn’t just curious about Lindsay’s love connection, he wants to know how the show works. What really goes on in the fantasy suite? »

- Michael Schneider

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‘The Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay Gets Grilled By Comedian Paul Scheer And Tells All — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

24 May 2017 1:53 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Week’S Podcast: Comedy Central’s Moshe Kasher Managed to Piss Off The Alt-Right ‘In a Hilarious, Lovely Way’ — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Rachel Lindsay made headlines as the first African-American star of ABC’s long-running “The Bachelor”/”The Bachelorette” franchise. But there’s even bigger news afoot: Lindsay found love on the show, became engaged – and is sharing details with her new Bff Paul Scheer.

That’s right: Comedian Paul Scheer, best known for his roles on shows like “The League,” as well as “Veep,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Ntsf:sd:suv” and “Human Giant,” is also a huge “Bachelor” fan. The guy knows his stuff. That’s why IndieWire’s Turn It On podcast brought him in to convince Lindsay to tell all.

Listen below!

Scheer isn’t just curious about Lindsay’s love connection, he wants to know how the show works. What really goes on in the fantasy suite? »

- Michael Schneider

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‘The President Show’ Has Been Renewed — Right After Its Best Episode Yet

23 May 2017 1:22 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Everyone knew “The President Show” was going to have to adapt to a rapidly evolving political landscape. For a show that, to some, seemed like a one-joke premise, each new week was going to bring with it a chance to cover yet another angle of the ongoing White House upheaval.

Four episodes in, Comedy Central has given the show a seven-episode renewal, taking the Anthony-Atamanuik-as-Donald-Trump-led talk show through to the end of the summer. And it couldn’t have come at a better time: “The President Show” just aired its best episode yet. (And, in regard to that “one-joke” argument, there are few other shows on TV right now that could get away with hiding a video of a decomposing fox in plain sight during its opening credits.)

Read More: TV’s Newest Late Night Hosts Need to Follow Trevor Noah’s Advice in Order to Survive

Last Thursday’s episode, »

- Steve Greene

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‘The President Show’ Has Been Renewed — Right After Its Best Episode Yet

23 May 2017 1:22 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Everyone knew “The President Show” was going to have to adapt to a rapidly evolving political landscape. For a show that, to some, seemed like a one-joke premise, each new week was going to bring with it a chance to cover yet another angle of the ongoing White House upheaval.

Four episodes in, Comedy Central has given the show a seven-episode renewal, taking the Anthony-Atamanuik-as-Donald-Trump-led talk show through to the end of the summer. And it couldn’t have come at a better time: “The President Show” just aired its best episode yet. (And, in regard to that “one-joke” argument, there are few other shows on TV right now that could get away with hiding a video of a decomposing fox in plain sight during its opening credits.)

Read More: TV’s Newest Late Night Hosts Need to Follow Trevor Noah’s Advice in Order to Survive

Last Thursday’s episode, »

- Steve Greene

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‘Jon Benjamin Has a Van’: Remembering the News Parody Show That Helped Launch Some of Best Comedies on TV

23 May 2017 10:34 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

H. Jon Benjamin is one of the most prolific voice actors working in TV today. As the central character on “Archer” and “Bob’s Burgers,” his growly baritone is as recognizable as it is an instant shot of personality for any character he voices. (Plus, how many actors can claim that their involvement in two shows led to a crossover scene that also doubles as a tribute to David Cronenberg’s “A History of Violence”?)

Six years ago, Benjamin added to his string of title characters, this time playing a fictional version of himself on the criminally short-lived Comedy Central show “Jon Benjamin Has a Van.” Part sketch show, part investigative news team parody, it helped give birth to a wave of comedian-led metashows that yielded some of the best comedies of the decade. It took the “Daily Show” correspondent model familiar to many of the network’s viewers and »

- Steve Greene

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‘Jon Benjamin Has a Van’: Remembering the News Parody Show That Helped Launch Some of Best Comedies on TV

23 May 2017 10:34 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

H. Jon Benjamin is one of the most prolific voice actors working in TV today. As the central character on “Archer” and “Bob’s Burgers,” his growly baritone is as recognizable as it is an instant shot of personality for any character he voices. (Plus, how many actors can claim that their involvement in two shows led to a crossover scene that also doubles as a tribute to David Cronenberg’s “A History of Violence”?)

Six years ago, Benjamin added to his string of title characters, this time playing a fictional version of himself on the criminally short-lived Comedy Central show “Jon Benjamin Has a Van.” Part sketch show, part investigative news team parody, it helped give birth to a wave of comedian-led metashows that yielded some of the best comedies of the decade. It took the “Daily Show” correspondent model familiar to many of the network’s viewers and »

- Steve Greene

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Comedy Central’s Moshe Kasher Managed to Piss Off The Alt-Right ‘In a Hilarious, Lovely Way’ — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

19 May 2017 12:43 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Last Week’S Podcast: ‘American Gods’ Producers and Stars on How A Nudity Gender Equality Mandate Led to So Much Penis — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Moshe Kasher calls himself the Phil Donahue of the Internet age. His Comedy Central series “Problematic with Moshe Kasher,” which wraps up its first season next Tuesday, follows a single topic each week that tackles something triggering outrage online. Kasher and his panelists, plus the show’s studio and online audience, find a way to take on heady subjects like Islamophobia and cultural appropriation.

Kasher is looking to have an honest dialogue, in a world that seems to thrive on the exact opposite. That first episode on cultural appropriation, for example, “was a big loud swing,” he said, and it got “people’s outrage juice flowing. The alt-right went apoplectic in a hilarious, lovely way. They lost their shit. Which was funny, the conversation is pretty balanced! »

- Michael Schneider

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Comedy Central’s Moshe Kasher Managed to Piss Off The Alt-Right ‘In a Hilarious, Lovely Way’ — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

19 May 2017 12:43 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Week’S Podcast: ‘American Gods’ Producers and Stars on How A Nudity Gender Equality Mandate Led to So Much Penis — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Moshe Kasher calls himself the Phil Donahue of the Internet age. His Comedy Central series “Problematic with Moshe Kasher,” which wraps up its first season next Tuesday, follows a single topic each week that tackles something triggering outrage online. Kasher and his panelists, plus the show’s studio and online audience, find a way to take on heady subjects like Islamophobia and cultural appropriation.

Kasher is looking to have an honest dialogue, in a world that seems to thrive on the exact opposite. That first episode on cultural appropriation, for example, “was a big loud swing,” he said, and it got “people’s outrage juice flowing. The alt-right went apoplectic in a hilarious, lovely way. They lost their shit. Which was funny, the conversation is pretty balanced! »

- Michael Schneider

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Moshe Kasher’s ‘Racist Stephen Hawking’ Character Breaks Down Trump’s Wall (Video)

9 May 2017 1:27 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Moshe Kasher doesn’t get to play characters on “Problematic,” his new talk show about all things online and debatable. But in a recent visit to TheWrap Studios, he committed hard to a not-at-all-problematic character named Racist Stephen Hawking. It was all for the greater good of explaining the potential flaws in President Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico. Many Kasher fans have met the character before, notably on Pete Holmes’ “You Made It Weird” podcast. But you don’t need any prior Kasher knowledge to thoroughly enjoy — or feel weird about thoroughly enjoying — his Racist Stephen Hawking character. All you need »

- Tim Molloy

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IndieWire’s Movie Podcast: Screen Talk (Episode 147) – New Documentaries and Horror Movies You Should See

5 May 2017 10:57 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Cannes Film Festival is right around the corner, and soon, we’ll have a whole lot of new movies to discuss. But even before the big event kicks off in France, there are plenty of other niche festivals that introduce quality cinema on a smaller scale. In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson share a few of those, including horror movies from The Overlook Film Festival in Oregon and documentaries from Hot Docs. Then, the pair turn to new films in release, debating both Laura Poitras’ “Risk” and James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

 

Listen to the full episode above.

Screen Talk is available on iTunes. You can subscribe here or via RSS. Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter or sound off in the comments. Browse previous installments here, review the show on  and be sure to »

- Eric Kohn

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TV’s Newest Late Night Hosts Need to Follow Trevor Noah’s Advice in Order to Survive

5 May 2017 8:14 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Veteran hosts like Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, John Oliver and Seth Meyers had time to prepare for what their shows might become under a Trump administration. But the world has changed in recent months, and this spring’s newest crop of late night hosts have essentially been thrown into the deep end of the pool – with some floating better than others.

What’s the secret to hosting a comedy show in these difficult times? On Wednesday’s bonus episode of “Pod Save America,” co-host Tommy Vietor asked “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah that very question. With respect to the current global uncertainty, Noah offered a simple guiding principle, one that came from his time living under Apartheid in South Africa: “Good comedy is true comedy…what connects with people is the truth that’s contained in jest,” Noah said.

Noah’s observation isn’t necessarily new, but it’s »

- Steve Greene

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‘Problematic’ Host Moshe Kasher Tells Us Why Stephen Colbert’s ‘Cock Holster’ Joke Isn’t Problematic (Video)

3 May 2017 1:27 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Moshe Kasher says his new Comedy Central show, “Problematic,” offers up “real conversations about the things and topics that make people outraged online.” So he seemed the perfect person to ask about the internet debate over Stephen Colbert saying Donald Trump’s mouth would make a good “cock holster” for Vladimir Putin. “They’re saying it’s homophobic right? But I don’t really see that,” Kasher told TheWrap. “I’m not really sure I get the homophobia in that. They’re basically saying Vladimir Putin is using Donald Trump as his like sex slave, right? I’m not seeing the leap into, »

- Tim Molloy

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‘Talk Show the Game Show’ Trailer: Celebs Score Points by Being Good Talk Show Guests — Watch

13 March 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Which celebrity will be win the coveted title of “Best Guest of the Night”?

That’s the question that TruTV’s “Talk Show the Game Show” asks when it premieres on April 5. When stars visit late-night talk shows to promote a project or themselves, they need to play nice to win over the host, Guy Branum (“Chelsea Lately,” “The Mindy Project”) and audience. “Talk Show the Game Show” awards them for these skills.

Read More: ‘Talk Show the Game Show’ Live: Wanda Sykes Judges Nick Thune at SXSW

For example, points can be awarded for getting applause by naming a city, flashing the host, singing, using a euphemism instead of swearing and making the audience go, “Aww!”

But beware. Being a bad guest is “grounds for sanction,” whatever that means. (Can we vote for pie in the face?) Bad behaviors include excessive name dropping, white male fragility, being boring, failure »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Talk Show the Game Show’ Trailer: Celebs Score Points by Being Good Talk Show Guests — Watch

13 March 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Which celebrity will be win the coveted title of “Best Guest of the Night”?

That’s the question that TruTV’s “Talk Show the Game Show” asks when it premieres on April 5. When stars visit late-night talk shows to promote a project or themselves, they need to play nice to win over the host, Guy Branum (“Chelsea Lately,” “The Mindy Project”) and audience. “Talk Show the Game Show” awards them for these skills.

Read More: ‘Talk Show the Game Show’ Live: Wanda Sykes Judges Nick Thune at SXSW

For example, points can be awarded for getting applause by naming a city, flashing the host, singing, using a euphemism instead of swearing and making the audience go, “Aww!”

But beware. Being a bad guest is “grounds for sanction,” whatever that means. (Can we vote for pie in the face?) Bad behaviors include excessive name dropping, white male fragility, being boring, failure »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Writer Gets Suspended: As Twitter Rages, How Comedy May Already Be Changing

24 January 2017 1:19 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Saturday Night Live” writer Katie Rich has disengaged with Twitter, and if you sift through her mentions right now, that’s probably a good thing.

Rich is under fire this week due to a joke she tweeted from her personal account on Friday during the inauguration of President Trump about his young son Barron, which many considered a clear example of crossing a line within the realm of comedy. She later apologized on Twitter, and was suspended from the “SNL” writing staff. (The New York Times has more info, including the joke itself.)

Read More: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: In Which Aziz Ansari Compares President Trump To Chris Brown

It’s interesting that most people didn’t hear about Rich’s tweet until after news of her suspension broke a few days after the post. But since then, the writer has been at the center of the internet’s ire, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Writer Gets Suspended: As Twitter Rages, How Comedy May Already Be Changing

24 January 2017 1:19 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Saturday Night Live” writer Katie Rich has disengaged with Twitter, and if you sift through her mentions right now, that’s probably a good thing.

Rich is under fire this week due to a joke she tweeted from her personal account on Friday during the inauguration of President Trump about his young son Barron, which many considered a clear example of crossing a line within the realm of comedy. She later apologized on Twitter, and was suspended from the “SNL” writing staff. (The New York Times has more info, including the joke itself.)

Read More: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: In Which Aziz Ansari Compares President Trump To Chris Brown

It’s interesting that most people didn’t hear about Rich’s tweet until after news of her suspension broke a few days after the post. But since then, the writer has been at the center of the internet’s ire, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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