Saturday Night Live finale: Baldwin-Trump sings Queen and panics Pence

The finale fitted the season: some good ideas, Kate McKinnon shining, an impassioned message let down by a previous misstep The season finale opens with a message from Alec Baldwins Trump. Hes excited for summer, when hell get to indulge in activities he never has time for, such as golf, visiting friends in prison and enjoying all the fantastic new tariffs from Gina. After bragging about the economy, he goes into a rendition of Queens Dont Stop Me Now, changing the lyrics from thats why they call me Mr Fahrenheit to thats why they call me Mr Bad Advice. Hes joined by his inner circle, including the first lady (Cecily Strong), Mike Pence (Beck Bennett), Kanye West (Chris Redd) and …

Always Be My Maybe review another middling Netflix romantic comedy

Ali Wong and Randall Park cant spin enough charm from a flat-looking regurgitation of a formula we know all too well Our collective thirst for the release of a genuinely great romantic comedy has led to us looking back as well as forward, rewatching the classics ad nauseam, waiting impatiently for a worthy new addition. Those canny folks over at Netflix have been making note and as a result, they have been algorithmically constructing a string of lab-cooked, box-ticking impostors that sit creepily alongside the films theyre desperately trying to emulate. Last years summer of transformed Set It Up, To All the Boys Ive Loved Before and The Kissing Booth into global hits, with more than Baby Cobra remains one …

Mindy Kaling: I was so embarrassed about being a diversity hire

The star of The Office and The Mindy Project has defied typecasting by writing her own roles and working very hard. She talks about Late Night, her new film with Emma Thompson, remaking Four Weddings, and her own real life rom-com Oh my God, I cant believe youre doing it again, youre insane! I love it! But youre insane! Mindy Kaling cackles when she spots me waiting for her in a central London hallway and points to my large pregnant stomach. Kaling and I first met when I Inside Out, and I was doing some interviews while pregnant. Whereas most celebrities have forgotten the face of the journalist who interviewed them before they have even left the room, let alone …

She was our Michelle Obama: how Gilda Radner changed comedy for ever

The death of the SNL star 30 years ago robbed the industry of one its finest voices but not before she had blazed a trail for women such as Tina Fey to follow There is no shortage of excellent critical writing about the US comedy scene in the 80s, and John Belushi, Eddie Murphy and Gilda Radner, one of the original cast members of SNL, alongside Chase, Belushi, Aykroyd and others. Although she is comparatively little known today outside comedy circles, back then she was widely assumed to be the future megastar of that group. With her sharp parodies of celebrities and her skill at satirising her own femininity and neuroses, she set the mould for modern female comedians. Without …

Ramy review sharp comedy series examines Muslim American life

Comedian Ramy Youssef navigates a life between two different cultures in a sensitive, funny and occasionally ingenious show I dont know what Im doing, man, says Ramy, the alter-ego of 28-year-old comedian Ramy Youssef, to a stony kebab shop owner, also an elder at his north New Jersey mosque. Ramy is confused, recently jobless, stinging from a date with a Muslim woman that he botched by locking her into a chaste, wife-and-mother focused stereotype. He admires his parents immigrants from Egypt and Palestine and their unshakable faith in God; he has sex before marriage and will likely try mushrooms someday. And I believe in God. I really do, man theres too many signs, he reaches for words as the elder …

Demetri Martin: My funniest meal? A tie between the ones that have almost killed me

The American comedian, actor and musician on the things that make him laugh the most The funniest sketch Ive ever seen The Pink Panther Strikes Again. I think Peter Sellers was a genius. The funniest person I know [Actor and comic] Demetri Martin is on tour in the UK, 14 to 18 April; starts Dublin

Anyone else would have kicked him out: celebrity flatmates reveal all

Stealing clothes, sharing a bed, cereal for dinner… from Shaun Ryder and Bez to the boys from Busted, former housemates remember their first house share He could burn all your clothes, eat all your food, rob all your money, but hed always have your back in a fight Happy Mondays bandmate blackgrapemusic.com. Happy Mondays play Katherine Ryan lived with photographer Katherine Woroniecka when they were undergraduates at Ryerson University in Toronto in 2001 Comedian Katherine Ryan (left) and Katherine Woroniecka. Katherine Ryan I met Katherine the day we both moved to the big city from our respective small towns. We were 18 years old. Our landlady, Bonnie, was a very eccentric older lady with a cat and a lovely house …

Jimmy Kimmel on Trump: ‘The most narcissistic personality of the year’

Late-night hosts dissected the presidents narcissism, Deutsche Bank loans, and reparations for the descendants of slaves Jimmy Kimmel: Melanias campaign hasnt kicked in After another tumultuous week of news is the Mueller report dropping? Whos running in 2020? Jimmy Kimmel turned to the most reliable source of Trump drama: Twitter. On Wednesday morning, Trump called the Republican strategist George Conway, the husband of his adviser Kellyanne, a whackjob, a stone-cold loser and the husband from hell. I guess Melanias Be Best campaign hasnt quite started to kick in, Kimmel mused, in reference to the first ladys program to end cyberbullying. George Conway fired back on Thursday, calling Trump the worst kind of dumb among other tweets that at this point …

Titania McGrath: laugh if you want, but wokes no joke

Lampooning the language of social justice is a cheap shot In Jean-Paul Sartres play Huis Clos, three characters are chucked into a room and forced to reality is equally inescapable, albeit in jollier surroundings and with a furry animal on hand. I feel your bemusement: why thank you, SparkNotes, you might say, but where are we going with this? In short: directly to hell. Longer version: nowhere good, but circuitously, via multiple grim stops connected by rail replacement buses that are driven by maniacs. To pass the time en route, we will be forced to watch repeats of Question Time and issued with brand-new copies of Titania McGraths Woke: A Guide to Social Justice. Occasionally the bus will stop and …

Saturday Night Live: Stillers Cohen crosses Haders Jordan

Trumps sad-sack ex-lawyer is rich territory and John Mulaney a fine host: this is the best of the season As expected, we open with Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller) providing testimony to Congress, a turn of events that for any other president would be the most damning and humiliating moment of their lives, but for Trump its just Wednesday. Of all the guest stars the show has tapped to play Trumps cohorts and/or enemies, Stiller is the most consistently funny. Playing up the disgraced lawyers flop-sweat squirliness, hes actually managed to craft a real character, which is more than can be said of Robert DeNiros dull Robert Mueller or even Alec Balwdins hammy Trump. Stiller is able to present Cohen as …