Category: Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart impersonates Glenn Beck; end of the world is near [Video]

Jon Stewart does an excellent Glenn Beck. The Comedy Central host opened his Thursday show with a melodramatic monologue and later donned the thick-framed glasses and surfaced the chalkboard to impersonate the conservative Fox host who recently announced that he will be leaving his show later this year.

Given Stewart's popular parody of the Beck last year, the follow-up spoof was almost inevitable.

Stewart laid out in "crisp fool-proof detail how Glenn Beck's departure from Fox is incontrovertible truth that the world is ending."

Because earthquakes, sinkholes, tsunamis, falling governments, Katie Couric, Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira leaving their respective programs might not have been enough of an indication. No, no. Beck is the nail in the coffin, ladies and gentleman. Watch the clip above.

"People will tell you Glenn was fired because of plummeting ratings," Stewart stated hysterically, in character as Beck. "Thirty percent of his viewers have abandoned him, his audience's median age is now dead of natural causes. Do we really want to live in an America where what we watch is determined by a shadowy mix-and-match collective of so-called 'Nielsen families'? You know who else had a family that anyone could join? Charles Manson.

"I don't know about you, ladies and gentlemen, but I don't think I want to live in an America where Charles Manson tells our children what they can watch on television."

And the Beck barrage continued. Before showing clips of various end-of-the-world theories, Stewart gave his snarky explanation for the host's departure.

"So what's really going on here?" Stewart pondered. "What I'm about to say to you is going to sound stupid, illogical, moronic, asinine, disembrained. What I'm about to say to you is the kind of thing that will make you wonder how I even dress myself in the morning: Glenn Beck is leaving Fox because Glenn Beck tells the truth."


What do you think of Stewart's Beck impersonation -- spot on, or over the top?


Jon Stewart: The most influential man of 2010? Really?

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-- Nardine Saad

Eddie Murphy to be honored as an icon at first Comedy Awards

Eddie Murphy to get Comedy Icon Award Funnyman Eddie Murphy is set to receive the inaugural Comedy Icon honor for his performances in stand-up, sketches and film at the first ever Comedy Awards, airing April 10.

Murphy's memorable comedy roles include a vacationing cop in "Beverly Hills Cop," an oblivious African prince in "Coming to America," "Shrek's" animated Donkey and his unforgettable multi-character roles "The Nutty Professor." But he got his start in comedy clubs and on "Saturday Night Live" in the early 1980s.

"Eddie Murphy's impact in the world of comedy is immeasurable," said Casey Patterson, an executive producer at MTV Networks Entertainment Group, in a statement Monday. "From the characters he created on 'SNL,' to his groundbreaking stand-up performances and unforgettable film roles, Murphy changed the game forever."

For his first stand-up gig on Johnny Carson (and that of Steve Martin, David Letterman, Jay Leno and Garry Shandling too), watch the hilarious montage below.

The show, which will take place March 26 at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, will also honor a comic with the Johnny Carson Award For Comedic Excellence. At-home viewers can catch in on MTV Networks outlets, including Comedy Central, Spike, CMT, TV Land, Logo and Nick at Nite in April.

"SNL" alum and funnypeople Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Andy Samberg have been slated to present at the show, along with comedians Tracy Morgan, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Matt Stone.

For more on the Comedy Awards, visit insider blog Awards Tracker.


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— Nardine Saad

Photo: Eddie Murphy attends a Dark and Lovely event at Juliet Supper Club on Jan. 18 in New York City. Credit: Henry S. Dziekan III / Getty Images.

Jon Stewart: The most influential man of 2010? Really?

Jon-stewart-askmen most influential Jon Stewart influences the life choices of more than a half-million people.

I know, I was shocked too. But apparently the host of "The Daily Show" and Saturday's Rally to Restore Sanity beats out Kanye West (No. 5), New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (No. 6), Facebook kingpin Mark Zuckerberg (No. 3) and even President Obama (No. 21 -- ouch) when it comes to influencing the decisions of individuals.

Or at least the decisions of those who submitted the half-million-plus votes to AskMen.com's fifth annual Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2010 poll.

Sure, we can debate the validity of this poll (um, last year's winner, Don Draper from "Mad Men," isn't even a real person -- no matter how much we wish otherwise). But why let AskMen.com be the only one with a nonscientific online poll? Vote here!

Which of the top 10 on AskMen.com's poll is the most overrated? Don't forget to explain your vote in the comments section.

-- Whitney Friedlander

Photo: Jon Stewart looks as of he isn't quite buying this award either. Credit: Nicholas Kamm / AFP / Getty Images

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Tina Fey unveils her 2011 swimsuit calendar [Video]

Night of Too Many Stars Thursday, October 21, 2010
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That Tina Fey simsuit calendar you always wanted is finally here! Sort of.

42 Below Olivia Munn LR The "30 Rock" funny lady joined a slew of famous comedians Thursday for Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars," a benefit for autism hosted by Jon Stewart, and was kind enough to offer a rather creative swimsuit 2011 calendar in various bikinis (check out the clip above).

A live telethon at Los Angeles TV station KCET saw attendance from George Clooney (yes, he's that handsome in person), David Spade, Betty White, Olivia Munn, Jeff Garland, Jim Parsons, Will Forte, Adam Scott, Jaime Pressly and Dax Shepard.

Fey, in addition to Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Sarah Silverman, appeared in taped segments shot at New York City's Beacon Theater earlier in October.

At the telethon, Clooney chatted with comics and Comedy Central producers, while the likes of Munn, Scott and Shepard munched White Castle burgers and sipped 42 Below vodka concoctions in the green room.

Learn more about the New York Center for Autism here.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Olivia Munn mugs it in the green room at the "Night of Too Many Stars." Credit: Casey Rodgers / Associated Press

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Beyond Rick Sanchez: Who should Jon Stewart fight with next?

Jon-stewart-rick-sanchezHost Jon Stewart has hated on a lot of people since he took over "The Daily Show," and most of the time the outcome for many victims who attempt comebacks has not turned out well.

Rick Sanchez, the Twitter-happy CNN anchor, was fired last week most likely because, after getting lobbed with "Daily Show" jeers for some time, he lashed out at Stewart, calling him a "bigot" and implying that Jews run CNN and "all other networks." Stewart, who is of Jewish descent, fired back over the weekend at a charity event — "all he has to do is apologize to us, and we'll hire him back — and via his TV show. If Sanchez's wife's Facebook page is to be believed, the anchor has since apologized.

But he's not alone. Way back when, Tucker Carlson also left CNN after a bout with Stewart on "Crossfire" and eventually appeared on "Dancing With the Stars"; Carlson now blogs for the Daily Beast, where he's poked this bear some more. Meanwhile, CNBC's "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer was simply made to look like a fool when he appeared on "The Daily Show." (In Cramer's corner after the fight: Tucker Carlson.)

Stewart, of course, is famous for skewering politicos and pundits — but what about celebrities?

Is there anyone in Hollywood you'd like to see him take on? Share in the comments.

— Whitney Friedlander

Photo: Jon Stewart at Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education," the Oct. 2 charity event at which he addressed Sanchez's firing. Credit: Jason Kempin / Getty Images.

PREACH IT! Kevin Smith continues to tweet fire at Southwest, may take his story to Larry King [poll]

Kevin smith The people who run Southwest Airlines seemed pretty pleased with themselves after their poorly explained treatment of director Kevin Smith this week. But Smith sure isn’t done -- and neither is the media.

Less than 48 hours after Smith was booted off of a Southwest flight (supposedly for being too plump, even though he fit well into his seat and there was a fatter guy on the same plane) the “Cop Out” director has become a hot commodity on the talk show circuit.

(Full disclosure: Smith is also a hot commodity with us. We at the Ministry have been trying to get an interview with him all day. No success.)

ABC, for one, has gotten aggressive. Per Smith, "Good Morning America” “show[ed] up at my house last night.” (We didn’t know the GMA people existed after sunset. That’s kind of cool. But we digress.)

Also, Larry King wants Smith badly. This morning, via the handle @kingsthings, the CNN talk show host tweeted that he wanted to interview Smith about the Southwest incident. Smith tweeted back, “I'm in L.A., you're in D.C. So please understand when I say this: I'm not going anywhere NEAR an airport again this week.”

King tweeted back, “Good news: I'm in LA, too. No need to go to airport. Would love for you to stop by tonite (sic) and we can talk.”

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