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Hal Holbrook, Actor Who Channeled Mark Twain, Is Dead at 95

Hal Holbrook, who carved out a substantial acting career in television and film but who achieved his widest acclaim onstage, embodying Mark Twain in all his craggy splendor and vinegary wit in a one-man show seen around the world, died on Jan. 23 at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 95.

His death was confirmed by his assistant, Joyce Cohen, on Monday night.

Mr. Holbrook had a long and fruitful run as an actor. He was the shadowy patriot Deep Throat in “All the President’s Men” (1976); an achingly grandfatherly character in “Into the Wild” (2007), for which he received an Oscar nomination; and the influential Republican Preston Blair in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” (2012).

He played the 16th president himself, on television, in Carl Sandburg’s “Lincoln,” a 1974 mini-series. The performance earned him an Emmy Award, one of five he won for his acting in television movies and mini-series; the others included “The Bold Ones: The Senator” (1970), his protagonist resembling John F. Kennedy, and “Pueblo” (1973) in which he played the commander of a Navy intelligence boat seized by North Korea in 1968.

Mr. Holbrook was a regular on the 1980s television series “Designing Women.” He played Willy Loman in “Death of a Salesman,” Shakespeare’s Hotspur and King Lear, and the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.”

But above all he was Mark Twain, standing alone onstage in a rumpled white linen suit, spinning an omnisciently pungent, incisive and humane narration of the human comedy. ...
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/02/theater/hal-holbrook-dead.html

#HalHolbrook #obituary #MarkTwain #acting #literature #satire

The New York Times: Hal Holbrook, Actor Who Channeled Mark Twain, Is Dead at 95 (By Robert Berkvist)

 
Fun SNL tonight, from McKinnon as herself interviewing some key figures on the question of "Does it matter?"
Like #Zuckerberg, Gamestop, and the hedgefunds.

Short clip here via the Twitterverse, which like some of the other-verse, is feeling more upbeat.

A big, live audience (safe but loud) and a sense of joy at a new year, new season of SNL in-studio again.... Fun.

#SNL #Gamestop #hedgefunds #2021 #comedy #satire #humour
 
WTF is a Congressional “leader” doing leaving D.C. to go to the disgraced swamp cohort as the nation continues to face serious problems requiring thinking and action, not delusions & grifting.
Still a #trumpvirus pandemic raging, and somehow the flies are still buzzing around the corrupt carcass of Lord Stablegenius.

Kevin McCarthy Stuck with Check for Lunch at Mar-a-Lago


#satire - based on reality + Trumpian/McCarthyism-lite “alternative facts” and ongoing #corruption & #grifting

#StaySafe. #MakeAmericaSaneAgain
 
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Private Eye's best cover for a while.

#politics #usa #trump #privateeye #satire
 

He did it!! Thank you #RandyRainbow!


Another Fiddler classic here, and oh so perfect. Perfectly horrid & true.

To the tune of Fiddler on the Roof, "Tradition"...

Sedition


#MakeAmericaSaneAgain Stop #trumpvirus #music #theatre #parody #satire #news #corruption #sedition #StaySafe
 
A good one. As they reminded us, the last live Weekend Update of the Year…
The last show of 2020, and “the last _Weekend Update _with Donald Trump still in office”.

A wonderful song depicting Trump’s “Closing Time” (an accurate summary of some memorable Trumpisms).
Plus vaccine news, holidays, and the annual trading of news jokes by Colin Jost and Michael Che. And guest Smokey Robinson.

Saturday Night Live - 19 December 2020 - Weekend Update


#SNL #humor #comedy #humour #satire #news #2020 #holidays #WeekendUpdate #ClosingTime

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A good one. As they reminded us, the last live Weekend Update of the Year....
The last show of 2020, and "the last weekend update with Donald Trump still in office".

A wonderful song depicting Trump's "Closing Time" (an accurate summary of some memorable Trumpisms).
Plus vaccine news, holidays, and the annual trading of news jokes by Colin Jost and Michael Che. And guest Smokey Robinson.

Saturday Night Live - 19 December 2020 - Weekend Update


#SNL #humor #comedy #humour #satire #news #2020 #holidays #WeekendUpdate
 
#facebook #satire
 
#facebook #satire
 
#facebook #satire
 
Der Postillon: Irrer Diktator klammert sich an die Macht: UNO entsendet Blauhelme in die USA

https://www.der-postillon.com/2020/11/trump-un.html
Tags: #dandelíon #DerPostillon #Satire #IlDouche

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Der Postillon: Irrer Diktator klammert sich an die Macht: UNO entsendet Blauhelme in die USA

https://www.der-postillon.com/2020/11/trump-un.html
Tags: #dandelíon #DerPostillon #Satire #IlDouche

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Quote of note:

"President Trump, aged 84, attended the ceremony in handcuffs, allowed out on day release from the Mohawk Correctional Facility, New York, where he is serving a life sentence for murder and selling US military secrets to Russia."

via July 4, 2030: Opening of the Trump Presidential Library

#satire
July 4, 2030: Opening of the Trump Presidential Library
 

NEW Sassy Justice with Fred Sassy | From South Park's Trey Parker & Matt Stone w/ Peter Serafinowicz | YouTube

Fred Sassy is an American Consumer Advocate and reporter for the Cheyenne news at 9, a local TV station in Cheyenne, Wyoming. On his weekly show, Sassy Justice, Fred goes to battle for the common man in his hometown. This week, he’s uncovering the dangers behind manipulated videos that are increasingly popping up on the internet.
This is what deep fake video should be used for. A reporter that looks like Trump, the most real Tom Cruise has ever been, and Zuckerberg as the Dialysis King. From South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Much better than the real thing!

#entertainment #video #DeepFake #satire

 
Would you believe I just found this by accident (is there such thing?) True, found this while looking for an unrelated file...
Hey, fate/destiny/synchronicity/karma - "It is what it is". This is.... "election humor". Smile! It could be worse (?)

Fenichel Archives: Election Days 2000


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Totally unrelated to today's candidates or world, but... From Election 2000! (Humor) Twenty years ago...
This is a satirical collection of how classic writers might have written about the election.
Yes, Dylan, "things have changed"!

Brian Duffy cartoon on 2000 presidential election, Nov. 12, 2000 | Des Moines Register Cartoonists

#humor #elections #election2020 #politics #literature #literary #satire #MakeAmericaSaneAgain
 
Mit der Zeit stellt sich Routine ein.
https://www.der-postillon.com/2020/10/zeitreisender.html
#Lockdown #DerPostillon #Satire
 
Mit der Zeit stellt sich Routine ein.
https://www.der-postillon.com/2020/10/zeitreisender.html
#Lockdown #DerPostillon #Satire
 
And the "cold open" to SNL last night, with the fabulous Kate McKinnon as "debate moderator" (she's the one who was later Dr. Wenowdis), and Maya Rudolph as Kamala. With guest star: The Fly

Saturday Night Live: 'Cold Open' 11 October - The U.S. Vice-Presidential Debate


#humor #satire #politics #trumpvirus #KateMcKinnon #MayaRudolph #SNL #MakeAmericaSaneAgain

YouTube: VP Fly Debate Cold Open - SNL (Saturday Night Live)

 
Eine sehr sinnvolle Maßnahme.
Als Gegengewicht zu rechtsextremen Beamten: Polizei stellt 4000 Antifa-Mitglieder ein http://www.der-postillon.com/2020/09/antifazei.html
#DerPostillon #Satire
 
Eine sehr sinnvolle Maßnahme.
Als Gegengewicht zu rechtsextremen Beamten: Polizei stellt 4000 Antifa-Mitglieder ein http://www.der-postillon.com/2020/09/antifazei.html
#DerPostillon #Satire
 
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