Hurricane MariaLatest News and Opinion
Posted Thursday 3/29/18 at 2:13PM EDT
Samantha Bee's Full Frontal visit to Puerto Rico focused too much on jokes at the expense of real stories
The one-hour special took five minutes to actually talk to Puerto Rican citizens, which Steve Greene says was five minutes too long. "Five minutes may not seem like a long time, but when it takes that long for the special to actually get to Puerto Rican citizens talking about what’s still happening to them, it’s a sign that maybe some of this special’s priorities are a bit shuffled," he says. "Bringing the whole Full Frontal team to Puerto Rico as a unified group was a smart decision. Using all the show’s main correspondents, instead of just dispatching one or two staff members, shows that this is a topic that deserves the series’ entire weight. But even at an hour-long length, serving all of these correspondents and Samantha Bee herself gets in the way of what could make this a really worthwhile endeavor." ALSO: Bee and her crew were taking a stab at making a comedy-documentary.
Posted Thursday 3/29/18 at 9:53AM EDT
David Duchovny uncovers the truth about FEMA for Samantha Bee's Full Frontal
The X-Files star was enlisted to help unravel FEMA conspiracies on Bee's The Great American* Puerto Rico special.
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 9:44AM EDT
Samantha Bee on her Puerto Rico special: “Let’s make America give a damn about Puerto Rico!”
Tonight's one-hour Full Frontal special, titled "The Great American Puerto Rico," offers a “diverse group of stories” about Puerto Rico, including a comedy troupe that has been performing Hurricane Maria-related humor at a punk nightclub. “We’re painting a picture of the recovery and how it’s going and what it all means and how they’re going to be rebuild in the wake of this total catastrophe," says Bee, adding: “There are stories that are just emerging here now that we heard on the ground there. It’s unbelievable to me.”
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
Samantha Bee captured her blackout experience while filming Full Frontal in Puerto Rico
“This is very jarring. This is crazy, oh my God,” she said in a video posted last night to Twitter as the lights went out across San Juan.
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 11:32PM EST
Samantha Bee is taking Full Frontal to Puerto Rico for a one-hour special
Bee announced during her “Apology Race” segment Wednesday that she’ll visit the hurricane-ravaged U.S. territory on March 28 to film a one-hour special that shines a light on the issues affecting the island. In taking her show on the road, Bee joins fellow TBS late-night host Conan O’Brien, who recently visited Haiti.
Posted Saturday 11/04/17 at 1:58AM EDT
The Simpsons raised $25,000 for Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico
Moe the bartender announced the news on The Simpsons’ Twitter account. “Thank you Moe for understanding how we feel,” responded San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. “We have very little power but having @TheSimpsons in our corner fills our hearts with light.”
Posted Wednesday 11/01/17 at 7:58PM EDT
Anthony Bourdain’s Puerto Rico episode of Parts Unknown is like a “timely love letter”
Filmed before Hurricane Maria, Bourdain ponders the question on Sunday’s episode: “How exactly did Puerto Rico find itself so deeply and seemingly irrevocably screwed?”
Posted Friday 10/06/17 at 4:37PM EDT
Stephen Colbert and Nick Kroll raise $1 million with their #PuberMe campaign
Lin-Manuel Miranda visited The Late Show last night to put the fundraiser for Puerto Rico hurricane relief at the $1 million mark. Colbert launched the campaign using his Ben & Jerry's AmeriCone Dream Fund money, promising to pay $1,000 for every celebrity who showed off their awkward puberty photo. Kroll and his Big Mouth castmates kicked in $100,000. ALSO: President George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara Bush join #PuberMe campaign.
Posted Monday 10/02/17 at 6:58AM EDT
The Simpsons turns its season premiere into a relief effort for Puerto Rico hurricane victims
Sunday’s episode, a spoof of Game of Thrones, ended with an image displayed for five seconds encouraging viewers to donate aid to help victims of Hurricane Maria. In it, Marge is holding a “Unido” sign while Homer, Maggie and Bart help hold up a Puerto Rican flag. Lisa is in front of the flag with a tear in her eye, in between the Twitter handles for Unicef, Save the Children, and One America Appeal.