Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the host of the Laugh Track column, a man whose administration is in flux … Mike McIntyre.Thank you, Cleveland. If you are interested in applying for chief of staff in the Laugh Track administration, the job is yours, but you must never use your title as a double entendre, whatever that means. Secretary of defensiveness also is available and mainly involves knee-jerk reactions to online comments. Finally, we’re looking for a communications director. Duties include the daunting task of convincing people that this column is worth reading.A joke is born: Sunday night on the main stage at Hilarities, local comics of varying skill and experience will stand and deliver their first original joke of the year.Fresh jokes, sans diaper and sash, will set the tone for 2019. Will they be funny? The audience decides.It’s the second year that Accidental Comedy has mustered a Cleveland version of a national phenomenon that began more than a decade … [Read more...] about John Bruton and a crew of local comedians tell their first jokes of 2019 at Hilarities this weekend, plus shows by Aries Spears and John Caparulo
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Sacha Baron Cohen tried to get O.J. Simpson to confess to murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown on the season finale of "Who is America?" "Me and you, we got something in common," Cohen said in character as Gio Monaldo, the rich playboy host of a fake Italian TV show. "We both, how you say, 'ladykillers.'" Simpson laughed and said, "No, I didn't kill nobody." "Ah, I didn't either," Cohen's character replied. E! News reports the former "Borat" star repeatedly tried to get a confession from the former Buffalo Bills footballs tar, who was acquitted of murder in 1995. Cohen introduced Simpson as "an American hero and women's rights activist," but his fake girlfriend didn't recognize the guest even when she brought up his NFL career and "Naked Gun" movies. Cohen then made a stabbing gesture and she then recognized Simpson. "She knows that," Simpson said. "Oh, Jesus." Shortly after she left, Cohen joked about killing her. "She's gorgeous, but … [Read more...] about Sacha Baron Cohen tries to get OJ Simpson murder confession: ‘We’re both ladykillers’
With the stroke of a pen and the striking of seven words, the President told us everything we need to know about his intentions relative to the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. As a result, his effort on Tuesday to ameliorate the Helsinki mess he’d made standing with Vladimir Putin only made matters worse. Where to begin? First, there was the timing. He had ample opportunity to clear up any discrepancy before leaving Finland on Monday, especially where he did interviews with two Fox News’ personalities after the meeting with Putin ended, but before departing for home. Instead, there was no effort to say he’d misspoken before Air Force One took-off, probably because he said exactly what he’d meant. Second, the semantics of the “would” vs. “wouldn’t” excuse (“The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,’ sort of a double … [Read more...] about Trump’s strikeout: Questions raised by his altered Russia speech
1. HL Group Last Year’s List: N/A Employees: N/A Leadership: Hamilton South and Lynn Tesoro, founding partners Revenue: N/A Founded: 2001 Momentum, ambition and the guts to back it up make HL Group our agency of the year. A longtime giant in fashion and luxury PR, HL has transcended those roots to become a generalist firm on steroids—a force in corporate, tech, lifestyle, crisis and even brand strategy. Versatility’s key: the roster here runs from Barbie to aviation giant Embraer, with blue chips like Google Music, American Airlines, Expedia, Crate & Barrel, Diane von Furstenberg and many, many more in between. Next up: A move across the pond, as founding partners Lynn Tesoro and Hamilton South eye London. Bonus: HL’s new Madison Ave. space is in the old Condé Nast offices—where South once toiled at Vanity Fair. HL Group 2. Rubenstein Last Year’s List: 3 Employees: 190 Leadership: Howard Rubenstein, founder and chairman; Steven … [Read more...] about The 50 Most Powerful Public Relations Firms in America
A rendering of what the lower Los Angeles River could look like after a makeover. See Place below. keep up with LA Observed on Twitter. Morning update: Tronc announced Monday that Michael Ferro would retire immediately as chairman — before closing of the $500 million deal to sell the Los Angeles Times to Patrick Soon-Shiong. Ferro's people say he's burned out on the newspaper game and wants to go out with a win. I never doubted he was in it for the big payday, but there's skepticism in Chicago and Los Angeles about the reasons for his exit. Expect more to come. Justin Dearborn becomes the top exec at Tronc. LAT, NYT, release More came: Fortune reports that two women have accused Ferro of inappropriate sexual advances before he became the head of Tronc. Fortune says it contacted Ferro's office last week without reply. Today he retired and his spokesperson says now that he's a private citizen, he won't comment. Top of the news• Trump Assails Mueller, Drawing Rebukes From … [Read more...] about Your Facebook info and the Trumps-Russians. OJ speaks. So much more.