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Old 05-19-14, 06:59 PM
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Although it's still good, the main reason why the Daily Show is not as good as it used to be is because most of the best correspondents have left the show (John Oliver being the latest) and the newer ones to replace them haven't been as nearly as funny.
Right, and most of those have also been writers on the show, so not only have they lost on-screen talent, but joke-writing talent as well.
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Originally Posted by dhmac View Post
Although it's still good, the main reason why the Daily Show is not as good as it used to be is because most of the best correspondents have left the show (John Oliver being the latest) and the newer ones to replace them haven't been as nearly as funny.
No, I think it's more the kind of editorializing they do now that they didn't used to do as much.
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The gay Nintendo characters bit was hilarious. The GM stuff was great, too.

Loved the part about the Blockbuster Video CEO and killing 13 people and they'd still be in business.
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I also saw that Oliver signed a 2 year deal, and assuming he is like Maher in terms of scheduling, there will only be a few 'vacation' weeks'. ie not a 13 weeks and see how they like it
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great report on Net Neutrality
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That was a fantastic show last night. Not only the Net Neutrality bit, but the stuff about the Spelling Bee and the PM of Australia as well.
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When I go here: http://www.fcc.gov/comments and click on the "protecting and promoting and open internet" ( http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment_sea...oceeding=14-28 ) I get "problem loading page". Seems they shut it off.
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Shrek attack!


This was a good episode
Old 06-04-14, 11:37 AM
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this is a smart and clever show - I'm loving it.
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We’ve been experiencing technical difficulties with our comment system due to heavy traffic. We’re working to resolve these issues quickly.
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When I go here: http://www.fcc.gov/comments and click on the "protecting and promoting and open internet" ( http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment_sea...oceeding=14-28 ) I get "problem loading page". Seems they shut it off.
John Oliver Helps Rally 45,000 Net Neutrality Comments To FCC
John Oliver Crashes FCC Comments System After Net Neutrality Segment
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I've been pleasantly surprised by this show and I eagerly check out the YouTube clips every Monday morning (I don't have HBO). After keeping so many of their shows so closely guarded for years I'm glad HBO got smart and is giving this topical show the widespread YouTube platform it needs to get the word out there. It's as poignant as it is funny so the satire just plain works. Not only going for laughs, really trying to make a solid point. Good for Oliver and Company.
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I've been pleasantly surprised by this show and I eagerly check out the YouTube clips every Monday morning (I don't have HBO). After keeping so many of their shows so closely guarded for years I'm glad HBO got smart and is giving this topical show the widespread YouTube platform it needs to get the word out there. It's as poignant as it is funny so the satire just plain works. Not only going for laughs, really trying to make a solid point. Good for Oliver and Company.
I see what you did there
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very impressed on who he got to cameo tonight, in a bit about pandering to the audience. He was talking about Dr Oz on capital hill
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This show has really come into its own in recent episodes. Lots of funny stuff and this past week's bit on for-profit universities really was eye-opening as well.

Plus there was the indelible sex gecko memorial tribute:

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Plus there was the indelible sex gecko memorial tribute:
I'm enjoying the show, but I didn't think that bit was too funny - came off really forced and contrived.
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Those poor sex geckos. RIP.
Old 09-11-14, 10:14 AM
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Just in case anyone missed it, while the show was on break, John Oliver filmed a bit with Cookie Monster:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLi2xB82ZyI

Be sure to check out the outtakes as well.
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I was kind of surprised Oliver didn't touch the leaked celebrity nudes in Sunday's show...seems like material that is ripe for humor. However, since the show is on HBO and HBO has to work with many of those actors, maybe they decided it was best not to poke fun at anyone.
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To tide fans over for their off week, Oliver has posted a web exclusive rant against pumpkin spice.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeQqe0oj5Ls
Old 10-21-14, 07:26 PM
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I took a stab at using the dog clips, used a movie clip because i'm geeky like that.
Old 10-23-14, 10:02 PM
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I took a stab at using the dog clips, used a movie clip because i'm geeky like that.
Good edit, although I'm thinking maybe 5 minutes is too long to keep the amusement level up.

The Verge has done a video piece about the Supreme Court Aereo case using the footage:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvt1TSY8czQ
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The pumpkin spice rant was pretty stupid and way too easy a target. I've enjoyed the episodes I've seen though.
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I went back and caught up on all of the episodes, and I'm a big fan now. For the most part, great stuff.
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Good edit, although I'm thinking maybe 5 minutes is too long to keep the amusement level up.
I agree, the joke can't sustain that length but I wasn't turning back.

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