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Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
Jordan Klepper's The Opposition correspondent confronts Alex Jones: "Are you a crisis actor"?
"Citizen Journalist" Kobi Libii confronted The Opposition host's real-life counterpart on the streets of Washington, D.C., asking: “Are you the real Alex Jones?” In response, Jones denied calling people crisis actors, telling Libii: “You’re an actor pretending to be journalist pretending to be a comedian, so you can sit there and confuse your audience like you’re a news show." That prompted this response from Klepper in the studio: “I want to be clear. We didn’t call this Alex Jones crisis actor a ‘crisis actor.’ We merely looked at the crisis actor-like behavior of this crisis actor-like man, speaking from what felt like a script, and said, ‘Others might say Alex Jones is a crisis actor.'"
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 5:23AM EDT
Jordan Klepper brings The Opposition to a teen's living room to prep for March for Our Lives
While Trevor Noah had teen activists visit The Daily Show to discuss Saturday's gun control march, Klepper went "into the belly of the beast" Thursday -- "meaning a fuzzy beanbag chair in the rec room of a Rockville, Maryland teen’s house," says Dennis Perkins. In the special episode titled "The Opposition Chaperones Democracy: Kids Just Wanna Take Guns," Klepper found himself, as Perkins put it, "surrounded by stuffed animals, snickerdoodles, and a roomful of vocal kids in town for the march," asking "the tough, smirking strawman questions." Perkins adds: "Taking Fox News commentators’ sneering talking points about students being manipulated and not understanding America’s gun problem to an only slightly exaggerated extreme, Klepper saw himself being smacked down by some energetic and energized kids whose dedication to change fairly rattled the wood paneling and board games."
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 10:12PM EDT
The Opposition's Jordan Klepper to host his Thursday show from a living room with gun-control activists
The Comedy Central host will do his show from a private residence in Bethesda, Maryland, where gun-control activists will be gathered for Saturday's March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C.
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 5:47PM EST
Jordan Klepper launches a "#BlameKlepper" campaign after Alex Jones calls him a "psychopath" and "failed actor"
The Opposition host finally got to the guy whom he modeled his Comedy Central show after. "This Keppler guy," said the Infowars host. "There are ten shows we know of, Homeland, Keppler, who attack us five nights a week and who say things we never said." Jones added that “Klepper is like the classic psychopath in school and he’s just lording and enjoying the lies. Keppler is a failed actor. So, he’s another dropping of Soros.”
Posted Wednesday 2/21/18 at 2:03PM EST
Late-night hosts applauded Florida shooting survivors for their activism
Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, James Corden and Jordan Klepper returned to work last night for the first time since last week's shooting. "I hope these kids don't give up 'cause this is their lives and their future," said Colbert. "Someone else may be in power, but this country belongs to them. There is reason for hope. ALSO: Klepper hosted two shooting survivors on his show.
# TOPICS: Florida School Shooting, CBS, Comedy Central, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, The Late Late Show with James Corden, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Opposition, Jordan Klepper, Late Night
Posted Friday 2/16/18 at 6:45AM EST
Jimmy Kimmel begs Trump to take action over Florida school shooting: "Children are being murdered"
Jimmy Kimmel Live! is the only network late-night talk show in production this week due to the Winter Olympics, so it was left to Kimmel to use his platform to address the horrific mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. Kimmel began Thursday's show with a traditional monologue, but he came back from break to address the shooting in a tearful monologue. In a message directed at President Trump, Kimmel said “no parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning... And here’s what you do to fix that. Tell your buddies in Congress, tell Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and Marco Rubio—all the family men who care so much about their communities—that what we need are laws, real laws that do everything possible to keep assault rifles out of the hands of people who are going to shoot our kids. Go on TV and tell them to do that.”
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! writer Bess Kalb -- who prefers not to be "defined by my current employer" -- has been quoting every GOP lawmaker's "thoughts and prayer" tweet and adding how much money they took from the NRA
- Jordan Klepper, who's Comedy Central show is off this week, posted a video to The Opposition's Twitter account denouncing the NRA
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
Amber Ruffin: Bill Maher, "go f*ck yourself"
The Late Night writer/performer, in her monologue as host of the Writers Guild Awards last night, praised her boss Seth Meyers as "the first woke late-night host" and called BET host Robin Thede "the most woke late-night host." She also name-dropped Jordan Klepper and John Oliver for also being "woke." As for Bill Maher? He can go "f*ck himself," she said.
Posted Wednesday 1/31/18 at 4:33PM EST
Late-night shows that went live after President Trump’s State of the Union didn’t distinguish themselves
The live reaction after Trump’s speech on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and The Opposition with Jordan Klepper mostly featured jokes that could’ve been written or were likely written hours before the speech, as Hank Stuever points out. The talk show hosts instead left it up to their guest for real-time analysis of the speech. Stuever adds: “Comedy remains the ideal refuge in all this — whether practiced professionally or just part of the general snark of resistance. Your joke about Melania Trump’s white pantsuit is as good as mine (so too our mutual yuks about official Democratic rebuttlizer Joe Kennedy III’s lip-balm addiction), but the hope remains that the pros will be more funny than any of us, which is not always the case.” Yet Trump’s “long and boring” speech, says Stuever, “failed to provide the right sort of raw meat for the drooling hounds of late-night.” ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel’s taped episode ended up being the most fascinating late-night show of the night.
# TOPICS: Late Night, ABC, CBS, Comedy Central, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Opposition, Jimmy Kimmel, Jordan Klepper, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, Trump Presidency
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 4:02PM EST
Jordan Klepper’s The Opposition has been the only late-night show to tackle the Aziz Ansari controversy
As Splitsider notes, Klepper actually “dove into” the polarizing and “tricky topic” with an in-depth discussion with Guardian writer Jessica Valenti, who thinks it “is going to end up being the most important story that’s come out.”
Posted Tuesday 1/16/18 at 6:10PM EST
Comedy Central sees a future for both The President Show and The Opposition with Jordan Klepper
“We’re working that out,” Comedy Central president Kent Alterman said of Anthony Atamanuik’s weekly Trump parody. “We’ll have something soon.” As for Klepper, Alterman said. What pleased us the most was how formed it was at the outset, knowing it’s not going to stay fixed. It’s just going to keep evolving. We believe in Jordan, and we’re happy with him out of the gate.”
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 2:08PM EST
The Daily Show and The Opposition will cover President Trump’s State of the Union address with live episodes
The Comedy Central late-night shows will offer commentary and analysis on Trump’s speech in back-to-back episodes on Jan. 30.
Posted Saturday 11/18/17 at 12:32AM EST
Jon Stewart reunited with Jordan Klepper on The Opposition
Stewart wrapped up his Night of Too Many Stars promotional tour at his former Daily Show correspondent’s new Comedy Central show, where the diminutive Stewart and the very tall Klepper joked about their height difference.
Posted Tuesday 10/17/17 at 11:32PM EDT
After two weeks, Jordan Klepper’s The Opposition still seems to be struggling to fight parody with parody
The problem is that the characters Klepper is trying to parody, particularly Alex Jones, are too outrageous for parody. As Lara Zarum notes, “Klepper doesn’t (can’t? won’t?) commit to the character the way that (Stephen) Colbert did. There’s a perpetual glimmer in the comedian’s eyes, a wink that assures his undoubtedly liberal audience that he’s on their side. Whether he’s jocularly engaging in some ritual Hillary-bashing, oozing disgust for NFL players who take the knee during the national anthem or attacking ‘the failing New York Times, the Amazon Washington Post and the slutty Cedar Rapids Gazette,’ Klepper pays only dutiful lip service to the talking points of the vast right-wing conspiracy.”
Posted Wednesday 10/04/17 at 10:47PM EDT
Jordan Klepper’s The Opposition still hasn't figured out how to successfully mock its alt-right targets
“Klepper’s biggest problem might be that he’s not really ‘in character’ for the show, leaving it feeling muted as a result,” says David Sims, adding: “The Opposition could use a little more of that sense of extreme paranoia. For now, it’s an adequate, if watered-down, Fox News parody—not irrelevant, but a little less vital than the times call for.”
Posted Wednesday 8/23/17 at 6:58PM EDT
Jordan Klepper seems to be channeling Alex Jones in the first promo for The Opposition
The Daily Show vet has released the first promo for what appears to be a conspiracy-minded Comedy Central news show.