Top American Late Night Talk Show Host Stephen Colbert Goes on Russia’s Top (and Only) Late Night Talk Show “Evening Urgant”
Not only is this an entertaining segment where Stephen Colbert gets to cause a bit of mischief by being on Russian state-run television, but a great, albeit brief, look into what comedy, specifically late night, is like in Russia with Ivan Urgant’s “Evening Urgant”.
Urgant doesn’t really push the buttons of those in power like Colbert does, but their games are a little edgier than Fallon, who Urgant uses as a frame of reference.
Please watch, enjoy, and learn here.
Andrés du Bouchet Plays a Recently Defected Kompromat on Conan
Breaking the fourth wall, rolling with whatever comes along, clever ridiculousness, and Andrés du Bouchet are just some of the reasons why some of best late night sketches are on Conan.
Watch du Bouchet’s latest turn as a recently defected Russian ‘kompromat’ (state sponsored blackmailer) here.
Kyle Kinane Does Drunk History Proud in Telling Story of First Man in Space
In this segment, learn about one of the biggest milestones that too often gets overlooked in the historic space race back in the 60s and also enjoy the great Kyle Kinane really coming correct to an episode of Drunk History, complete with an “appropriate” hat.
Gay Rights Comedy “Pride” Playing in Russia
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
Apparently, it’s just got a really stern rating in the theaters where it’s playing.
While there are very many homophobic laws currently in place in Russia, the very funny Pride from last year is screening, apparently to favorable reception.
The film from last year tells the he story of gay activists in the U.K. joining forces with miners in the 80s and is a pitch perfect feel good period piece dramedy. Many pro-gay movies apparently get protested in Russia, but Pride hasn’t seen any protests yet.
We can only hope that is the start of trend in Russian cinemas.
John Oliver Interviews Edward Snowden About Surveillance, Dick Pics, and More
Man oh man, when John Oliver does an interview, it’s a damn fine one.
This week’s Last Week Tonight ran a little longer than usual because, well, Oliver and co. scored a huge interview with the one and only Edward Snowden all the way in Russia. John pulled off the balance between legitimately poignant questions and questions about hot pockets and nude photos.
It’s clear that Oliver is accomplishing his apparent mission to talk, at length and in-depth, topics that we would hate talking about outside of a focus group or a college course and also be thoroughly entertaining while doing so.
Clear out 33:15 of your day today and watch yet another historic moment for Last Week Tonight.
Martin McDonagh Getting His Own Festival Celebrating Him in Siberia
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
Having been a master at dark comedy for some time now, Martin McDonagh, is getting an entire festival in his honor. The writer/director of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths as well as one of the most accomplished playwrights of our time having written and directed such plays as The Pillowman and A Behanding in Spokane will be honored in, of all places, Perm, Siberia in Russia.
Apparently, McDonagh is a big hit in Siberia and the local theater U Mosta is reportedly the only theater to stage all of his plays. The Martin McDonagh Festival will run from Oct. 7th-10th and feature performances and screenings of his plays and films.
So, you might want to get your plane tickets and passport for this.
The Geckos That John Oliver Had Us Rally Behind Passed Away While in Space
When Russia had lost contact with a space vessel they had sent up with geckoes for the sole purpose of seeing how they would mate in space, John Oliver and Last Week Tonight made a rally cry to go get those geckoes.
Joy was had when they reestablished contact, but, alas, when Russia was looking in the vessel upon landing, they found that the geckoes had died.
So, of course, Oliver had a very fitting tribute to the space sex geckoes on Last Week Tonight complete with duet with A Great Big World.
John Oliver’s #GoGetThoseGeckos Changes to #WeGotThoseGeckos
The geckos that Russia sent into space to observe while mating, then lost contact with have been found. John Oliver issued a call to arms for the whole world to urge Russia to #GoGetThoseGeckos on Last Week Tonight and now those geckos have apparently been found.
#WeGotThoseGeckos is now official as you can hear from Oliver himself, even though how responsible the hashtag was for their recovery is up for debate.
John Oliver Wants Us To Save Space Geckos That Are Trying to Get It On
Russia’s been up to a lot lately, but, for the lack of its homophobia or relevance to Ukraine, you might have overlooked Russia losing contact with a space vessel that was housing mating geckos for observation.
That’s why John Oliver on Last Week Tonight (as well as a plenty of celebrities like Julia Louis Dreyfus and Patrick Stewart) says that the least humanity can do is to tell Russia to “Go get those geckos!”
Last Week Tonight Covers Ukraine vs. Russia at Eurovision Song Competition
While the tensions between Ukraine and Russia should be bigger news to us, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver lets us all in on an even lesser known facet of this ordeal by Americans: The Eurovision Song Contest. It’s European musical competition where countries face off to vie for the best song and Russia faced off the Ukraine. The details of that are amazing.
Also, Oliver does a pretty great job making fun of Putin’s new commemorative coin for Crimea. Watch it all here.
Sochi Olympics PR Would Be Great If They Used Conan’s Andrés du Bouchet
Taking from the numerous complaints about the conditions of room and board for non-athletes at The Sochi Winter Olympics, Conan O’Brien and Yuri Tamarov, Sochi hotel PR rep/Andrés du Bouchet make a classic sketch.
How is it classic? Well, when Conan uses the superlative “dumbest” to describe something that just happened when the sketch is over, it’s pretty safe to say it’s classic.