Al Franken’s comeback is official. Despite being accused by 8 women of groping them, he’s got a corporate entertainment media gig. So does Chelsea Handler, despite promoting Farrakhan.
When you’re a lefty in good standing, sex abuse or antisemitism are minor matters.
“The Daily Show” Tuesday released its hilarious lineup of A-list guest hosts who will take over the show once Trevor Noah departs this week, reports Deadline.
Beginning on that date, Al Franken, Chelsea Handler, D. L. Hughley, Leslie Jones, John Leguizamo, Hasan Minhaj, Kal Penn, Sarah Silverman, Wanda Sykes and Marlon Wayans will host the show a week at a time.
Trevor Noah was a low bar to clear, but the last time Franken was even mildly funny was sitting next to a mirror on Saturday Night Live. At least he’s been doing political comedy full time since. Including in the Senate. I’m not too sure what Marlon Wayans is doing here. Or D.L. Hughley.
But then again what is the Daily Show even doing?
Not even Jon Stewart wants to do his own shtick. After a boom in imitators, most of the ‘ha ha woke’ shows have been canceled leaving John Oliver and the remains of the Daily Show.
Why? I would speculate that the basic shtick is pretty tired after two decades and it’s been copied by so many online personalities, any of whom can sit in front of a blue screen and make bad jokes about the news, that it’s done.
But at least the Daily Show will give a paying job to this guy.
Kemplin, an Army veteran, told CNN in a story published on Thursday that Franken allegedly groped her in December 2003. She said she was stationed in Kuwait, and she met Franken when he toured with the USO. She said that Franken groped her right breast while the two took a photo.
“I remember clenching up and how you just feel yourself flushed,” she told CNN. “And I remember thinking — is he going to move his hand? Was it an accident? Was he going to move his hand? He never moved his hand.”
The promotional appearance for She Said on the Daily Show hosted by Franken is gonna be a little awkward.