On 'Full Frontal,' Samantha Bee was not too happy with the way that Trump has handled Puerto Rico and instead focused on the NFL.
While savaging Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey and Trump’s health care bill, Colbert and his guests — Jon Stewart, John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Rob Corddry, and Ed Helms — sat around swapping war stories.
On Tuesday night, Stephen Colbert is going to celebrate his 20th year in late-night television, and he plans to turn The Late Show into a reunion of The Daily Show: Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms, and Rob Corddry are scheduled to appear. The present-day atmosphere is too grim to allow Colbert to simply hug some old friends and pat himself on the back for surviving (and thriving) for two decades of topical TV.
Some saw the commercial as trivializing and attempting to monetize protests and social injustice. And naturally, late night shows had a field day.
The first one appears to be an April Fools’ caper that went the whole nine yards — Netflix Live is described as “Toasters toasting. … Experience life’s biggest thrills, right from the comfort of your couch.” Will Arnett narrates the electric and mind-blowing adventure of watching a burrito in the microwave! Next up is The President Show on Comedy Central, a new series apparently hosted by … the president?
On Full Frontal, Samantha Bee took on President Trump’s proposed 2018 financial plan, formally titled “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” — because of course it is — but budget director Mick Mulvaney has his own pet name for it, “The Hard Power Budget,” which is a seemingly appropriate name for its unprecedented increase in defense spending, while scaling back almost every other department. Mulvaney sees it as the same kind of “reprioritizing” that any family would do.
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee had correspondent and senior field producer Mike Rubens cover this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, because as Bee puts it, “These days I have no idea what conservatism means, so I sent Mike Rubens to CPAC to find out.”
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On Wednesday’s Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, the host managed to satirize both the triumph of President Trump’s electorate and the despair of Hillary Clinton’s losing side, with equal firmness and in the same segment. Bee took a batch of her correspondents to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration to “interview the winners.” As with any person-on-the-street interrogations these days — whether conducted by Jimmy Kimmel or by Jesse Watters on The O’Reilly Factor — the subjects came off as ill informed and inarticulate. As they talk about “batting away liberal tears” and staring blank-faced as one young man happily compares Trump’s victory to being on the Titanic, you realize that Bee is allowing us to witness a curdled smugness on her side as well.
As was true of my Best Dramas list, there’s only one show here from network television, and it’s not because I think sitcoms need premium-cable freedom to use naughty words to get laughs. The list is alphabetical, because I really couldn’t say that the kind of laughs you get from John Oliver are “better” than those of, say, Broad City. Better Things (FX): Pamela Adlon, working with Louis C.K., has created a new kind of single-mom-with-kids sitcom — moodier and more fraught, but never losing sight of its mission to keep the laughs coming.
On Samantha Bee’s postelection episode of Full Frontal, the comedian blasted white voters for putting Donald Trump in the White House instead of Hillary Clinton.
On “Full Frontal,” Samantha Bee went to Russia to talk to two online trolls paid to build support for Vladimir Putin's agenda and meddle in American politics.
With less than three months remaining in his presidency, President Obama sat down for an interview on Full Frontal With Samantha Bee.
Gwyneth Paltrow, sharing insight into what her friend Beyoncé is like behind closed doors, replied, “If you met her and you didn’t know who she was or what she did, it would be inconceivable to you that she was Beyoncé." Can we believe this, we wonder?
Samantha Bee and her show Full Frontal attended the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Probably something to do with her East Coast, Ivy League media elite status. I mean, sure, she’s from Canada, went to the University of Ottawa, and is on basic cable, but that ruins my narrative, so I’ll ignore it. Pronouncing the word as “miss-soggy-knee,” one interview subject explained, “I saw a protester with the sign “No more misogyny” or “Don’t be a misogynist.” And at least if you’re gonna protest, make it so people can understand what you’re protesting.” When she was asked if she thought Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump knows that word, she replied, “Oh I would imagine so, he’s very educated.
The headliner of the night was Melania Trump, introduced by candidate-husband Donald Trump, and both entering to “We Are The Champions” as the ghost of Queen’s Freddie Mercury strained to escape from Cincinnati. Hours before her speech, CNN correspondent Jim Acosta gave us this hot reportorial scoop: “I’ve been told he’s going to show some warm, genuine, loving affection toward his wife.” One more seductive adjective there, and Acosta might have been mistaken for Barry White. CNN contextualized speaker Antonio Sabato, Jr. with this chyron running beneath his convention speech: “His Calvin Klein billboard hung across the Trump Tower in the 1990s.” Chris Cuomo tried to set up high expectations for Melania Trump with praise-by-condescension: “She’s very intelligent and very accomplished!” he yelped with an earnestness colored by disbelief.
There has been so much talk about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for the upcoming Presidential election, other smaller candidates have fallen by the wayside. Samantha Bee sat down with Libertarian Presidential nominee Gary Johnson on Full Frontal, because quite frankly not many people know who he is. But the 3rd party candidate will be on the ballot in all 50 states, and is actually polling against Trump and Hillary.
If you ever needed a perfect example of the dreadful state of political humor on late-night television, you cannot do better than this weekend’s Saturday Night Live season finale Hillary-Bernie. Kate McKinnon certainly does a fun Hillary Clinton, emphasizing her frustrated angst at not being universally acclaimed as the candidate she thinks every Democrat should rally ’round. Jimmy Fallon seems to think that once he gets into orange make-up to Donald Trump, his job is done—whatever jokes his writers give him seem like afterthoughts.
To the challenge of being TV’s most prominent woman on the late-night landscape, Samantha Bee spent the debut episode of Full Frontal making that challenge irrelevant or glorious—take your pick. Bee’s opening monologue—a stand-up affair, with deft use of illustrative clips—hit at the false humility of Hillary Clinton and moved on to what she called the “banquet of all-you-can-eat-crazy” that was Saturday’s New Hampshire debate. Later, Bee introduced a taped piece in which she did not appear, yet which nevertheless extended her point of view forcefully.
Jon Stewart’s final episode of 'The Daily Show' is sadly now behind us, and he went out with something we’ve gotten used to: Jon throwing to his correspondents.