Patton Oswalt on responsibilities and apologies

Patton Oswalt sat down last month with Washington Post reporter Elahe Izadi (a comedian herself in her spare time) for a spirited conversation about what it means to be a comedian in 2018. Izadi asked Oswalt how he navigates the line in a time when every Tweet is scrutinized, and comedians are taken to task […]

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Episode #212: Clusterfest 2018 with Mark Normand, Roy Wood Jr., and Sasheer Zamata

This is a special edition of Last Things First, recorded live during Clusterfest 2018 in San Francisco. Comedy Central was kind enough to ask me to host a series of Clusterfest panels for the media that they called fireside chats. In this session, I welcomed Sasheer Zamata, Roy Wood Jr., and Mark Normand. We joked […]

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Samantha Bee delivers an on-air mea culpa about using that other c-word on TV

On tonight’s Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Bee delivered a special message following up on the backlash she’d received by calling Ivanka Trump a “feckless cunt” on last week’s episode. Bee said she’d tried to reclaim that word by saying it often, but acknowledged that some women don’t want it reclaimed. Sounds kinda like attempts […]

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Samantha Bee and the art of the apology

Most of the official videos from this week’s Full Frontal with Samantha Bee have been scrubbed from the TBS talker’s official YouTube page. There is still this promo tease. Roll it! Bee devoted part of her segment on ICE forcefully separating thousands of children from their parents at the U.S. border, then somehow losing track […]

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Dan Harmon apologizes for sexually harassing one of his Community writers

We’re making progress. Slowly but surely, the conversations are happening. Tough as they may be. As the #MeToo reckoning enters 2018, we’re moving past accusations and denials and toward making amends and making work and life better for us all. Dan Harmon (Community, Rick and Morty) closed 2017 with a Tweet offering up a mea […]

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Dan Harmon Delivers a Lengthy Apology to Former ‘Community’ Writer Megan Ganz on ‘Harmontown’

Last week, former Community writer Megan Ganz took to Twitter to call out Dan Harmon for what she found to be hypocritical behavior, given the sexist treatment Ganz received from Harmon while he worked as her boss on the NBC sitcom. “It took me years to believe in my talents again, to trust a boss when he […]

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Kathy Griffin apologizes for this bloody Trump photo

Kathy Griffin took part in a photo shoot where she held up a dummy head covered in blood, conceived to make you think it was Alec Baldw…no, Donald Trump. Which, of course, is provocative no matter whose effigy it represented. But when you’re pretending the sitting president of the United States is done dead and […]

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Kathy Griffin apologizes for this bloody Trump photo

Kathy Griffin took part in a photo shoot where she held up a dummy head covered in blood, conceived to make you think it was Alec Baldw…no, Donald Trump. Which, of course, is provocative no matter whose effigy it represented. But when you’re pretending the sitting president of the United States is done dead and […]

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