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Mitt Romney is a serial killer, Stephen Colbert super PAC TV ad asserts

Stephen Colbert’s super PAC has released an ad asserting that Mitt Romney “is a serial killer.” The ad, narrated by John Lithgow (himself a former serial killer on Dexter), concludes: “Stop Mitt the Ripper before he kills again.” READ FULL STORY

Jay Leno bombed with Casey Anthony jokes last night

If you wanted righteous satire about the dismaying Anthony verdict, you were out of luck, with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on vacation. In fact, most of late-night was on vacation, except for Jay Leno, who bypassed satire of the media and stuck with what he knows best: “It was so hot today, people were as delirious and incoherent as a Florida jury…. This [verdict] means President Obama’s economic team is only the second most clueless group of people in America.”  READ FULL STORY

Donald Trump's birther rant: 'I want Obama to show his birth certificate!' Whoopi Goldberg calls 'B.S.' on Trump

If Donald Trump runs for president, it’s safe to say Whoopi Goldberg won’t be voting for him. READ FULL STORY

Joaquin Phoenix and David Letterman, round 2: Fresh put-ons, insults, and apologies

Joaquin Phoenix returned to  Late Show With David Letterman on Wednesday night for the first time since his February 2009 appearance. Last night, Letterman described Phoenix as “the dope in the beard” and “a side of beef in a suit.”

This time around, Phoenix was clean-shaven and trim in a sleek gray suit. “Whattaya got to say for yourself?” said Letterman in a mock-accusatory tone. Then he got down to it:

“Now, did I know READ FULL STORY

Why Jon Stewart's 'Rally To Restore Sanity' is important. No, seriously.

We should have seen this coming.

The “Rally To Restore Sanity,” which Jon Stewart announced on Thursday night’s Daily Show, is the next logical step in Stewart’s seriously humorous attack on extremism — not political extremism, but READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart announces 'Rally To Restore Sanity' in Washington, D.C., for Oct. 30

Jon Stewart announced a “Rally To Restore Sanity” on Thursday night’s The Daily Show. He also called it, with a certain hopefulness, “A Million Moderate March.” Attempting to gather what he called the “70-to-80 percent” of Americans who aren’t extremists on the right or the left, Stewart invited viewers to come to Washington’s National Mall “on 10/30/10″ to embody common sense under the banner “Take It Down A Notch For America.”

Knowing that appealing to folks who are reasonable and usually “have s— to do,” unlike most protesters, Stewart said he’d READ FULL STORY

'American Idol': Here's an idea: Cancel it.

With the news that Ellen DeGeneres is leaving American Idol close on the heels of Simon Cowell, the conversation surrounding the show is all about who’ll replace who, and when. I have an alternative idea: Why not just cancel American Idol, since it’s looking more and more as though it’s going to be a hollow shell of its hollow shell?

Oh, I know, that’s READ FULL STORY

My Emmy picks and yours: Here's who'll win comedy lead and supporting actor. What? You disagree?

The Emmys in the comedy category present particularly tight, vexed races: So many good performers, so few slots. Nevertheless, as we continue to make Emmy predictions, I think I’ve got these figured out. And I know you’ll let me know if you agree or READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' recap: If Betty White had hosted last night

Bowing to a grassroots movement to get the funniest senior citizen in show business front-and-center, SNL had Betty White host one of its best entries of the season last night. There was a peculiar cold-open in which Kenan Thompson played a live-action version of Cleveland from The Cleveland Show starring in a parody of The Blind Side. But Betty White started saving the show almost immediately. In her opening monologue, she claimed to be the “457th woman Tiger Woods slept with,” and offered a withering critique of his stiff apology from earlier this week.

There was the inevitable Golden Girls parody, with Abby Elliott playing Blanche and Jason Sudeikis looking fine as Bea Arthur’s Dorothy:

White showed just how spry she still is in an Olympics sketch, impersonating a skiing Lindsey Vonn. (Extra credit to Bill Hader for doing a fine version of a snowboarding, high-on-life Shaun White.)

Next up was a deft take-off on the recurring role White used to have on Boston Legal, with Darrell Hammond making an SNL cameo in James Spader’s role:

And in the fine tradition of SNL game-show parodies, there was READ FULL STORY

Mel Gibson on 'The Jay Leno Show': Desperate for laughs, or a bit nuts? You decide.

Did you see Mel Gibson giving “funny” answers to Jay Leno during The Jay Leno Show‘s “10 @ 10″ segment last night?

Asked by Jay to answer ten “funny” questions such as what reality show he’d like to appear on, Gibson answered “Runway Project,” even though Jay had already said the correct title, Project Runway. Ok, that was probably just a slip of the tongue.

But what about the answer regarding his favorite food, which Mel took as an excuse to attempt a joke about steak “bone-in” followed by a vaguely-worded gay-sex implication, which in turn was followed by some wild-eyed staring at the camera. Combine it with his answer to what part of his body he’d change (“my brain”), his comment about where he keeps his Oscar (something about how it’s a reminder of “how brilliant I once was”), and you start to wonder: Was Mel putting us on, being a charming cad, or unravelling in front of our eyes?

I leave the conclusion to you.

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