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Insatiable: how offensive is Netflix’s controversial new comedy?

The story of a girl who loses weight and takes revenge on her bullies has already inspired an online petition for fat-shaming One of the recurring images on Netflixs new show, Insatiable, is that of the shows heroine, Patty, played by Debby Ryan, gorging on food. While my classmates were out losing their virginity, she says in the first episode, I was at home stuffing another hole. The shows palpable disgust for Pattys desire for food is visceral. Throughout the series, anytime Patty feels out-of-control, angry, desperate or sad, she…

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Barry Chuckle, one half Chuckle Brothers duo, dies aged 73

Manager says comedy entertainer died peacefully at home with his wife and familyBarry Chuckle a life in pictures The entertainer Barry Chuckle, one half of the comedy duo #Chucklevision Paddy McGuinness (@PaddyMcGuinness) One of my favourites from childhood years, teenage years and as an adult! Gutted. Barry Chuckle RIP sir. August 5, 2018 It has since emerged that Elliot had been suffering from ill-health for more than six months before his death. The brothers had recently filmed a new series, Chuckle Time, for Channel 5. Elliott was unwell toward the…

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Seriously, We Really Need to Talk About Nanette

Nanette, the Netflix special from Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby, landed on the streaming service well over a month ago. For that reason, it should be the last thing WIRED is doing a piece on. However, in the six weeks since the special first dropped, the conversation around it has only increased—and by now, the special has established itself as a sleeper phenomenon. Dealing openly with the sexism, homophobia, and assaults Gadsby has dealt with in her own life, Nanette quickly became the title most frequently preceded by "Have you seen…"…

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Dave Chappelle wades back into controversy with two new Netflix specials

Well that's not good.Image: Lester Cohen/getty Dave Chappelle is widely considered to be a comedic genius. So when Netflix announced it had released two Chappelle stand-up specials, people freaked. A little comedy to wrap up this bitter year has to be a good thing, right? Well, maybe. But maybe not. The specials just dropped, but there’s already some pushback when it comes to Chappelle’s thoughts on the transgender community.  Of the two videos, “The Bird Revelation” and “Equanimity,” it’s the latter that is once again bringing Chappelle’s controversial views into…

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How one ‘Simpsons’ punchline emotionally scarred a whole generation

It’s 2017, and some things just won’t stand anymore. Hollywood’s twisted norms are being ripped apart, from habitually silenced sexual misconduct to blatant whitewashing and irresponsible racial representation. The last of that delightful trifecta is the subject of The Problem With Apu, a new truTV documentary about how The Simpsons‘ breakout caricature became the bane of an entire racial diaspora’s existence. SEE ALSO: 2015 was the tipping point for South Asians on TV The Problem With Apu started out as comedian Hari Kondabolu’s personal vendetta against the fictional title character.…

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Al Franken apologizes after accusation he kissed and groped TV news anchor

Senator and former comedian calls for ethics investigation after Leeann Tweeden alleges he forcibly kissed her and later groped her while she was asleep in 2006 US senator and former comedian Al Franken has issued an apology after being accused of kissing and groping a woman without her consent. Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles-based news anchor, came forward with the allegations in photo that appears to show Franken placing his hands over her breasts while posing for the camera. Congressional leaders swiftly called for a Senate ethics committee investigation into…

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Louis CK responds to sexual misconduct allegations: ‘These stories are true’

The comedian released a statement regarding the claims: The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly Disgraced comedian Louis CK on Friday admitted to the New York Times on Thursday. These stories are true. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true, Louis CK said. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power…

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The ‘Super Troopers 2’ teaser is hereand it’s a-meow-zing

First, the team behind Super Troopers announced a sequel. Then, a release date. Now we have a Super Troopers 2 trailer teaser. Broken Lizard uploaded a minute-long clip to their YouTube channel Monday morning, and while it may not be a full trailer, it alerts fans to the fact that the boys are, indeed, back in town: In one scene Farva, Thorny, Mac, and Foster debate whether to shave Rabbit’s balls in the locker room. Do you smell that? It’s the scent of the early aughts. The comedy quintet famously crowdfunded the…

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Bill Murray goes to see Groundhog Day again

The star of the 1993 classic movie went to see the Broadway musical version on Tuesday and then returned Wednesday for another show Tuesday: Bill Murray, star of Groundhog Day, a film famously about reliving the same day over and over, is spotted at the Broadway show based on that film. Wednesday: Bill Murray, star of Groundhog Day, a film famously about reliving the same day over and over, is spotted at the Broadway show based on that film. So far hes seen it twice. It is not known if…

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Issa Rae: ‘So much of the media presents blackness as fierce and flawless. Im not’

The creator of Insecure talks the dating totem pole, films obsession with slavery and the gender-race pay gap as season two begins I dont want the stench of the current administration on this show, says Issa Rae. I dont want people to look back and be like: Oh, this was a Trump show. I want them to look back and say Insecure was an Sex and The City, which Rae co-created, writes and stars in, first aired on HBO last autumn, exactly a month before the US election. Culturally, Obama…

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My idea to improve the world: force everyone to try standup comedy | Jack Bernhardt

The benefits to society would be profound not least that people would learn the difference between a joke and a threat, says comedy writer Jack Bernhardt We all like to think our chosen profession is the most important. Firefighters will tellyou that they save people from burning buildings. Scientists working at Cern will tell you they pushthe boundaries of human understanding and achievement. They are wrong. The most important profession, objectively and definitively more so than soldier, than paramedic, than the Angela Barnes (beginner class), or its in a non-air-conditioned…

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Chris Lilley’s Jonah from Tonga withdrawn by New Zealand’s Mori Television

NZ minister says the Australian comedy television series perpetuates negative stereotypes of Pacific people The board of Mori Television has withdrawn an Australian television series written by and starring Summer Heights High. Georgina te Heuheu, the chair of Mori Television, said once the full board of became aware of the screening of the program on Thursday evening, a decision was made then to pull the series. She said the values of Maori Television include respecting all communities. We are a Mori media outlet with our own standards, and a mandate…

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Celeste Barber: ‘I get miffed with fashionistas thinking they are better than others’

The comedian and social media star on overnight Insta-fame, the weird world of fashion and embracing her comedy skills Celeste Barber has a drinking game in her new The Letdown, which was recently picked up by Celeste Barber Challenge Accepted is at Giant Dwarf theatre, Sydney on 30 June and 1 July Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jun/30/celeste-barber-i-get-miffed-with-fashionistas-thinking-they-are-better-than-others

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Chris Rocks Total Blackout review blistering start to a new world tour

More than joke machine, Oscar host, even talking zebra, this standup legend is one of his generations most incendiary speakers Chris Rock may need no introduction but apparently he still fancies a warm-up. The evening before his performance in front of 8,000 people at the Perth Arena, where tickets ranged from $95 to $145 (not including the dreaded booking fee), the American comic swung by a local pub, the Charles hotel, to do a surprise set at their $20 comedy night. standout Oscar host (or even a $40m reason to…

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