Category Archives: Humor

Why comedians are our best Trump news source


American journalism has long been afflicted with the notion of objectivity, and objectivity of a peculiar nature.

We can’t even begin to number the times editors had told us “be sure to get the other wide.”

The notion of “the other side” is inherently flawed, the concept that truth is like a sheet of paper: First you see one side, then turn it over and you see the other side.

Fix news managed to invert the usual standards by offering “the other side of the story,” giving us the first overt American mainstream propaganda outlet of our own lifetime.

But truth isn’t bipolar. It’s multidimensional, and however thoroughly you dig, there’s always more to the story.

Even more significantly, sometimes the story is so absurdly obviously that that any pretense of objectivity lends it a dignity it doesn’t possess.

As in the case of our President-elect.

We offer two examples of the only way news make sense in the Trumpian era.

First up, a segment from Late Night with Seth Meyers:

Donald Trump’s False Claims and Foreign Policy Moves: A Closer Look

Program note:

Seth takes a closer look at Presidential-elect Trump’s willingness to make false claims and his shoot-from-the-hip foreign policy approach.

And then this from Full Frontal with Samantha Bee:

The Big Lie

Program note:

When you’re president, you can tell whatever lies you want. They just let you do it.

As Walter Cronkite, America’s most trusted television newsman of esnl’s early journalism years, used to say:

esnl exclusive: Lost footage of Trump’s early years


Through our long, arduous hours pent hunched over our computer, we have managed to discover long-lost footage of the early year’s of President Pussygrabber’s early years.

Yep, we discovered that before he became the self-proclaimed billionaire entrepreneur, Littlefingers worked as a corporate pitchman, playing the role of Joe Isuzu to hustle for Japan’s Isuzu Motors, back in the days when they sold cars in the U.S. market, an effort since abandoned.

Here are some of his finest works, via Richard Arnold:

Joe Isuzu


Okay, so it’s not really the Trumpster, but you gotta admit the character played by actor David Leisure [a name that really suits him] really, really comes off a lot like the man made president even though he lost the popular vote by a large margin, then made up Joe Isuzu-worthy lie about the reasons why, a lie so idiotic it drew this reaction from CNN’s Alysin Camerota:

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And now for something completely different. . .


There’s a month left before New Year’s, but the past 11 months have already been too much for Canadian comedian/singers Flo & Joan [sisters Nicola and Rosie Dempsey] to compose a [NSFW] maledictory valedictory for 2016, a year that’s already earned its placed in the Gregorian Calendar Hall of Shame.

From Flo & Joan:

The 2016 Song

Program note:

Flo & Joan’s 2016 song

DISCLAIMER: We got our facts wrong and it wasn’t a bombing in Nice. We’re sorry for any offence this may have caused.

H/T to Metafilter.

Trump lives in a dump, or at least he did Saturday


Don’t just take our word for it.

Just take a look at what popped up on Google maps last night, pinpointing the location of his Manhattan crash pad, the one with the gold-plated crappers, where he’s been hoisting foreign leaders and making sales pitches to Indian tycoons on behalf of his companies:

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The story from CNN:

For a few hours, Trump Tower in New York City turned into “Dump Tower” on Google Maps.

By early Sunday morning, it appeared “Dump Tower” was gone and restored to its proper name on the map service.

CNN reached out to Google for comment.

Trump Tower serves as the President-elect’s home in Manhattan. Its central location on Fifth Avenue has posed security challenges for the Secret Service and local law enforcement.

WPIX TV in New York reports a second hack that should send the Donald into a towering [snicker] rage:

The trend caught on Saturday evening with a second Trump renaming. Trump International Hotel & Tower in Columbus Circle had also been renamed Dump International Hotel & Tower.

When users typed in “Trump Tower” on Google Maps, the location still popped up, but with the name “Dump Tower.”

The president-elect has not yet taken to social media to address the name change.

As of Saturday evening, it was not immediately clear who made the initial change on Google Maps.

Here’s the scteencap:

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And now for something completely different. . .


For a moment of pre-holiday diversion, a short film from Ignas Meilunas:, and be sure to watch through the credits:

MR NIGHT HAS A DAY OFF

Program notes:

Why the night is changing the day? When you don’t like something, you change it.

A zero budget short story i was asked to do by “Nuits en Or 2016” festival. Done in 21 day in Summer 2016. Shot in Vilnius, Lithuania.

H/T to Metafilter.

John Oliver tackle President-elect Donald Trump


And he comes delightfully unhinged in the process.

Wat more to say?

From Last Week Tonight:

President-Elect Trump: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Program notes:

Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. How did we get to this point? And what do we do now?

The Simpsons foresaw Trump presidency in 2000


And it was featured in an episode to make an absurdist point.

From euronews:

In an episode aired in early 2000, the American cartoon series The Simpsons predicted what has today become reality: a Donald Trump Presidency.

16 years ago, Lisa Simpson was pictured in the famous Oval Office, the President’s personal office, surrounded by advisors.

“As you know, we’ve inherited quite a budget crunch from President Trump”, she says. One of her advisors, Milhouse, then produces a chart showing the extent of the problem.

Writer Dan Greaney said in March that the storyline was chosen “because it was consistent with the vision of America going insane”.

“We needed Lisa to have problems that were beyond her fixing, that everything went as bad as it possibly could… that’s why we had Trump”.