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Why Stephen Colbert Invited Sean Spicer To The Emmys

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      Was anyone else as surprised as me to see Sean Spicer appear at the Emmy awards?

      He's a bigger man than many gave him credit for :)

      Sean Spicer’s Emmy cameo was instantly iconic — and immediately controversial. Sunday night’s sudden appearance by the former White House press secretary prompted laughter and applause inside Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, but it also resulted in scorn from left-leaning Twitter and more than a few professional TV critics (including our own Matt Zoller Seitz). Detractors argue Colbert and the TV Academy “normalized” Spicer by allowing him to poke fun at his White House tenure. Colbert isn’t talking, but according to a source on the Emmy production team, neither the comic nor his team are shocked at the response. “We had eyes wide open that … there would be people who thought we shouldn’t do it,” the insider tells Vulture. “There was no expectation everyone would love this.” So why go forward with a bit likely to drum up online outrage? One word: comedy.

      http://www.vulture.com/2017/09/sean-spicer-emmy-awards-stephen-colbert.html

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      How Americanisms Are Killing The English Language

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          Just for fun. Language is always changing.

          Speaking on the wireless in 1935, Alistair Cooke declared that “Every Englishman listening to me now unconsciously uses 30 or 40 Americanisms a day”. In 2017, that number is likely closer to three or four hundred, Engel hazards – more for a teenager, “if they use that many words in a day”.

          http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170904-how-americanisms-are-killing-the-english-language

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              Meanwhile in an alternate universe, designated as such by it's presence in an a onion article..the hopes for bipartisan improvements increasingly become a lurid fantasy.

              "WASHINGTON—Carrying on a longstanding tradition in which Republicans and Democrats come together, disrobe, and engage in a night of unbridled lust, all 535 members of the U.S. Congress reportedly set aside partisan differences Wednesday for their annual erotic masquerade ball.

              Senators and representatives said the hours-long celebration of carnal pleasure—customarily held in a candlelit, velvet-draped Capitol Rotunda where organ music plays and nude congressional aides distribute chalices of wine—gives them an opportunity to dispense with their political disputes for a night, don identity-obscuring feathered masks, and engage in all manner of lascivious acts.

              http://www.theonion.com/article/partisan-differences-set-aside-congress-annual-ero-56876

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              Why Comedy Is Not Universal BBC Culture.

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                  A crash course on why some things are funnier than others depending on where one is.


                  "The French are really into Jerry Lewis and Woody Allen. Brits love to keep their quips dry. Australians like to dive headlong into the bawdy. And Indians like to keep their jokes jolly. These are all clichés that many cineastes hold to be inviolable truths. But the results of BBC Culture’s 100 greatest comedies of all time poll tell a different story."

                  So cast those stereotypes to the wind. But looking at how the votes came in country by country or region by region, one other cliché does appear to be supported: some jokes just don’t translate. We may all laugh, but what makes us laugh very much depends on where we’re from, the language we speak, and the historical context with which we’re most familiar.

                  http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170821-why-comedy-is-not-universal

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                  Magician Sneezes His Head Off.

                  Just for the giggles :)

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