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Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 7:59AM EDT
Netflix accused of acting "classlessly" in canceling The Break with Michelle Wolf
Netflix saved the news that it had canceled Michelle Wolf's The Break and The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale for the time of the week when bad news is usually dumped: at the end of the workday on a Friday. According to the Daily Beast, the news came as a shock to Wolf's writing staff and showrunners, who learned of the cancelation on Twitter. “None of us can believe how classlessly Netflix has handled this,” a source tells The Daily Beast's Matt Wilstein. It's unknown how many people watched The Break, but her clips did generate headlines. "Wolf, whose HBO special Nice Lady was recently nominated for an Emmy Award, will almost certainly land on her feet somewhere," says Wilstein. "But the fact that Netflix didn’t give her more of a chance, especially given its massive content budget and general willingness to renew mediocre shows, is a shame." Meanwhile, neither Wolf nor McHale reacted to the cancelation news on their social media accounts. ALSO: Late-night's bull market might be nearing its cyclical end.
Posted Friday 8/17/18 at 7:29PM EDT
Netflix cancels Michelle Wolf and Joel McHale's talk shows
Netflix has decided to cancel both comedian-fronted talk shows after they each completed their first season. The Break With Michelle Wolf premiered May 27, one month after Wolf generated headlines with her White House Correspondents' Dinner performance, running for 10 weekly episodes. The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale premiered on Feb. 18 with a 13-episode weekly order that was expanded to 19 episodes, with the final six released on the same day in July. "Despite plentiful buzz following her controversial turn as this year’s White House Correspondents' Dinner emcee, Wolf's late-night entry failed to garner the kind of viewership that warrants a second season at the streaming giant," reports The Hollywood Reporter. "The same can be said for McHale's Soup-esque talker, which offered a mix of green-screen commentary and pre-taped sketches." McHale's talk show was Netflix's first talk show follow-up to Chelsea Handler's Chelsea, which was canceled last year after two seasons.
Posted Saturday 8/04/18 at 2:51AM EDT
Michelle Wolf's The Break hit a new gear when it took on the staleness of late-night's Trump jokes
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"I guess you could look at this segment as an inevitable evolution," Darren Franich says of Wolf's July 15 segment. "We had TV news, then we had TV shows making fun of TV news, and now we have a TV show making fun of TV shows making fun of TV news. I interpreted it, mainly, as a reflexive statement, a comedian steeped in late night pondering a new direction in late night comedy."
Posted Friday 7/27/18 at 6:05PM EDT
Michelle Wolf sends up The Staircase and other true-crime shows
Watch Wolf's The Break sketch proposing a new show called "The Husband Did It."
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 5:13PM EDT
Michelle Wolf portrays Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen on The Break
Source: The Hill
Watch as Wolf compares ICE to ISIS on her Netflix talk show.
Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 1:20PM EDT
Netflix non-subscribers can watch The Break with Michelle Wolf
Full episodes of Wolf's half-hour Netflix talk show are now available on Netflix's YouTube channel.
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 7:14AM EDT
Michelle Wolf goes after late-night talk show hosts and their Trump jokes
“I know we make a lot of jokes on this show,” she said on The Break. “But writing jokes is hard. You know what’s easier? An earnest plea. So I’m going to throw my pen down on the desk, I’m going to shake my head in crestfallen bewilderment, and I’m going to tell you that Trump is bad. The news is bad. Which means that I, a comedian, have to do you, the news’, job!” Wolf then proceeded to list a catchphrases and buzzwords, which she says comedians use to go viral, from "nevertheless I persisted" to "children in cages."
Posted Saturday 7/07/18 at 10:36AM EDT
Seth Meyers visits Michelle Wolf on Netflix's The Break
Meyers and former Late Night writer Wolf taped a segment in which they complained about the World Cup and each other.
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 10:56PM EDT
Michelle Wolf fires back at GOP ad calling her "unhinged"
Source: The Daily Beast
The Republican National Committee used edited clips of Wolf, Samantha Bee, Kathy Griffin, Bill Maher and other left-leaning celebrities to bash the Democrats in the ad, titled “The Left in 2018: Unhinged.” In a segment from this week's The Break, Wolf responded to the ad: "Yeah, like a screen door installed by a blind lesbian, I am unhinged!” she joked. “Expecting people not to be unhinged right now is like expecting someone whose house is on fire to just keep calmly rearranging their bookshelf.” She added: “Right now, there are two things that should be unhinged,” she added. “People and those doors to the child cages.”
Posted Friday 6/22/18 at 5:17PM EDT
Michelle Wolf calls out TV news shows for bringing on guests "just to get angry at them"
From CNN's Jake Tapper taking on Trump White House official Stephen Miller to Steve Bannon on ABC News' This Week, Wolf says TV news shows love to set up confrontations. “That’s how these beautifully crafted news dramas come together: You invite someone on your show because you know they’ll say something crazy, and you get to act outraged, and we all watch it and talk about it,” Wolf said on her new episode of Netflix's The Break. “It’s like one long brothel orgy from Game of Thrones, where you’re all getting paid and we’re all getting f*cked.”
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 1:47PM EDT
Michelle Wolf did a candid The Break segment on mental health in response to the deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade
Wolf specifically highlighted our culture's obsession with happiness on the newest edition of her Netflix show. “If you want proof of how ingrained the idea of pretending to be happy is in our society, even our poo emoji is smiling,” she said.
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 3:30AM EDT
Michelle Wolf discusses losing her anonymity following the White House Correspondents' Dinner
The Break with Michelle Wolf host performed her White House Correspondents' Dinner set 15 times at New York's Comedy Cellar, and her agent feared it would leak out. “My agent’s biggest fear was that someone was making a recording and was going to release it, like, the Friday beforehand, but nope!” she says. In the aftermath of the dinner, she says, “I literally just left D.C. as fast as I could." Now that Wolf is concentrating on her Netflix show, she's avoiding focusing too much on the news because she hates when people learn of word events through comedy. “I think news should have that responsibility, to be accurate," she says. "It’s not fair that comedy has that responsibility. But jokes are always funnier when they’re rooted in truth.” ALSO: The Break delivers something weirder and more specific to Wolf's particular spiky strengths.
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 7:42AM EDT
Michelle Wolf slams ABC for letting Roseanne Barr back on the air "in the first place"
“Everyone’s been saying it’s so brave of ABC to cancel their hit show, but the bold move was actually putting this lady Hitler chef back on the air in the first place,” Wolf said of the Roseanne cancelation on the new edition of her Netflix show The Break. “So kudos to ABC, it takes a lot of courage to fire someone after they’ve been openly racist for the thousandth time.”
Posted Tuesday 5/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Michelle Wolf took another shot at Sarah Huckabee Sanders in the premiere of her Netflix show The Break
Source: The Daily Beast
Wolf also defended her right to make jokes about whatever she wants, in her opening monologue. “The point is, we’re all going to die," she said. "So until then, we might as well laugh. And laugh at everything and everyone.” ALSO: The Break's executive producer calls Fox & Friends unfavorable review an "endorsement."
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 2:03PM EDT
Michelle Wolf parodies "strong female lead" cliches in a new promo for her Netflix show
Source: TV Insider
Watch Wolf promote The Break with Michelle Wolf with "Featuring Strong Female Lead: The Movie."