It’s been a little over a month since Louis C.K made his attempt at a return to stand-up comedy.
Louis C.K made a surprise appearance at New York’s Comedy Cellar, where he performed a 15-minute set to a standing ovation. It was his first high-profile public performance since November 2017, when he admitted to having masturbated in front of multiple unwilling women.
For Louis C.K’s fans, his 15-minute set was a welcome return to comedy. He’d taken his medicine, was the general argument, and now it was time for the public to let him come back to comedy as a changed man.
“Will take heat for this, but people have to be allowed to serve their time and move on with their lives,” wrote actor Michael Ian Black, in a tweet he later apologized for. “I don’t know if it’s been long enough, or his career will recover, or if people will have him back, but I’m happy to see him try.”
“I don’t think Louie is a bad guy at all. I think what Louie is, is a pervert,” said Joe Rogan during his JRE #1165 podcast. “He’s not trying to hurt people. He’s just weird.”
On The Howard Stern Show Tuesday morning the shock jock discussed his disgust at Julie Chen’s decision to stick by her disgraced husband, former CBS President Les Moonves who has been accused of sexual predation. The latest reports of sexual misconduct in the New Yorker allege that Moonves forced women to perform oral sex on him and that he threatened women with physical violence and intimidation. He also exposed himself without consent, according to the report.
“I lived this,” Robin Quivers who is now 66, said. “Seeing someone stand by their man after learning they had molested their daughter. Where do you think I grew up?”
Stern replied: “Oh that’s right, that’s your life story. You witnessed that. You went to your mom and told her ‘mom, dad molested me.’”
“Telling her as an adult, she still didn’t leave. She got upset. I was probably in my thirties,” Quivers explained. “What the deal was I wasn’t speaking to them. And she said ‘okay I want to know why.’ And I told her.”
“We were only on letter writing terms. So I wrote down what happened. I wrote that I was 11-years-old, ‘you used to go shopping, and then dad you know would try to have his way with me.’”
Stern asked Robin if she wrote her mom back.
“Yeah, she said she was so angry at him, but clearly not enough to leave him,” Quivers responded. “I was completely explicit. And I told her the anguish and horror it was for me.”
“That’s why I kept my mouth shut because even then I knew it would get warped. Because one day she did accuse me of ‘colluding with my father — that we got together and kept something from her.’ Can you imagine me having to deal with that when I was 11.”
“For a very long time, I kept the secret, and it controlled my life,” Quivers wrote. “Once I spoke about it, got the help and support I needed, it changed me. I was freed to be happy, successful. It wasn’t gonna happen while I was under the effects of abuse. I want people to know you don’t have to be a permanent victim.”
“It was like a nuclear explosion going off in my life, destroying everything,” she recalled of the alleged abuse. “The things I thought I knew about the world were all wrong. The things I thought I knew about myself were wrong, too. I was left with nothing, and in the wake of this nothing, I had to figure out how to make myself safe again.”
SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, also known as the real-life Tony Stark, has done a few live long-form interviews in recent years.
Recently a Twitter user suggested Musk go on Joe Rogan’s podcast and he responded positively to the tweet.
“A lot of people whose judgment I respect have suggested this. Sounds like a good idea. Will do so after Model 3 production reaches 5k/week steady,” said Musk.
Joe Rogan then officially extended a personal invitation via Twitter to Elon Musk last week. “Elon, anytime you’re ready you’ve got an open invitation,” said Rogan to which Musk replied, “Thanks! Have heard universally great things about your podcasts.”
A few days ago the two got together inside Joe Rogan’s studio. The interview started off with Joe asking Musk how he finds time to do everything. They spoke about The Boring Company’s underground tunnel projects and how Musk recently sold 20,000 flamethrowers. Joe brought up robots and artificial intelligence. Both Musk and Rogan are truly worried about AI and the danger of AI.
Humans will one day represent a small percentage of intelligence according to Musk. He thinks it’s important for people to slow down with artificial intelligence. The interview is fascinating, have a listen for yourself below.
Musk ends the interview by expressing that he just wants to make things people love, things that bring them joy, to make the future better. He loves humanity and thinks it’s great unlike many in Silicon Valley, who are racing towards a future in which AI (Artificial Intelligence) replaces humanity.
Joe Rogan, who went after Alex Jones on his podcast while speaking with liberal podcast host Dave Rubin a couple of months back, said that he was unaware of Alex Jones claims that the Sandy Hook shooting was staged, and added that he would’ve confronted Jones about it during his appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience had he known.
More recently, Joe Rogan had singer Shooter Jennings on his podcast and spoke on the Alex Jones situation again. Joe said he can’t have Jones back on his podcast. “[Alex Jones] said that the government threatened my family to stop talking about conspiracy theories.” Alex Jones claims that Eddie Bravo, who is Joe’s close friend, told him that Rogan had been contacted by the CIA to stop talking about conspiracies like pizza gate.
“People sent me the clip. They sent me the clip of [Alex Jones] saying [Sandy Hook] was 100% fake. He thought it was fake so he said it. He thought it was a false flag. That’s a part of the conspiratorial thinking that’s a real problem. Saying you know. He said some shit about me too,” said Rogan.
“If it’s your decision to defend George Soros, then there’s going to be a whole new chapter to our relationship,” Alex Jones said while on the air a few months back when speaking about his “friend” Joe Rogan. “If you become Darth Vader, I’m going to be Obi Wan Kenobi,” added Jones to Rogan. “I’m coming for you, buddy.”
Artie Lange released a new book on July 17, 2018, titled “Wanna Bet?: A Degenerate Gambler’s Guide to Living on the Edge.” Wanna Bet? is Artie’s third memoir which was co-written by Anthony Bozza, like the previous two.
A description of the book from Amazon:
The stories found in Wanna Bet? paint a portrait of a man who would just as quickly bet tens of thousands of dollars on a coin toss as he would a well thought out NBA or NFL wager. Along for the ride are colorful characters from Artie’s life who live by the same creed, from a cast of childhood friends to peers like comedian and known gambler Norm McDonald.
“I get the same jolt of adrenaline when I lose as I do when I win,” he insists. “That’s because when I lose, I lose big. My losses are like a huge ship passing by, trailing a wake of chaos, and there I am, having the time of my life, just an asshole on a Jet Ski catching air off the backwash.”
Howard Stern’s new book will reportedly be out Sept 25th and Artie Lange is curious to see how much of him is in it. “I’m curious to see what it is, you know. [Howard] is a master of marketing. Two chapters are supposed to be about me,” says Lange.”
“I failed upwards,” says Lange.” When the other comics were there, Gary went around and told everybody the only time Howard doesn’t want you to talk is when there’s a guest in.” Part of the job was writing jokes for Howard which Artie really wasn’t very good at. “I stunk at talking in his voice, I just couldn’t do it. I’ve always been like that, I can’t write for other people.” Lange, thinking he was going to lose the gig, gets called in by Howard and Gary. So being a failure at writing worked out for Artie because as he said, “I got to co-host the show.”
“Howard says, ‘Listen, none of the stuff you’re writing is working out.’” Artie apologized and was ready to get his things when Stern continued, “‘so I’m going to leave your mic on all the time.’” Both Lange and Dell’abatte were shocked.
“What??? Howard says, ‘No one else has that, even Robin’s mic I turn down sometimes, so the only two people’s who’s mic is going to be on all the time is me and you.’” Gary later said to Artie, “Art, you should be flattered because this show is everything to him and he’s putting it in your hands.”
Social Life Magazine is the “premier luxury publication for the Hamptons” and is celebrating 15 years of print. The August 2018 issue features Howard Stern’s wife Beth O.
Beth O is on the cover of August’s Social Life magazine, which also features a pictorial shot by The King Of All Media, Howard Stern. While Howard has frequently photographed Beth in bikini shots, they decided to focus instead on her animal activism in the magazine.
“She said about two weeks ago she opened her front door, there were two little kittens,” according to a source. A week later, Beth found what she thinks to be the dead body of the cats’ mother near their Hamptons home.
“I must be getting a reputation as a cat whisperer because the mother brought them to be taken care of,” Beth told staffers on set.
The addition of those cats, whom she named Ocean and Sunflower, the Sterns have 14 kitties in their beach house’s “foster room.” That count also includes a feline she found in a dumpster outside a high-end sports car dealership with its umbilical cord still attached.
“She said she started crying when she found him,” said the source.
It isn’t just cats that Beth rescues. The 46-year-old model, who celebrates her 10th anniversary with her 64-year-old husband in October, has a family of five deer in her backyard that she brings a bucket of water to every day.
Beth also commented on Howard’s new book which could be released on September 25, 2018, according to a librarian working at Simon & Schuster.
“I told him he can write any story about me he wants,” Beth told that set source.
As many of you probably already know, Alex Jones has been deplatformed on social media. Alex Jones’s Infowars.com news website is currently down (at the time this post) from an apparent “cyber attack.” Since our last post, Alex Jones/Infowars have additionally been removed by Pinterest, MailChimp, LinkedIn and porn sites like YouPorn. Big tech companies seemingly working together have now set a precedent banning Jones/Infowars for what they consider hate speech.
Within a 12 hour period, Alex Jones has been deplatformed from Spotify, Apple, YouTube and Facebook virtually simultaneously. Jones was excommunicated from the tech giants’ platforms following a pressure campaign from left-wing political activists and CNN. CNN even went on to publish an article today claiming Infowars.com is complicit in domestic terror.
“The stripping of InfoWars from Facebook, Apple and other platforms is an important step in the recognition of nativist, nationalist and white supremacist hate speech as a form of terrorism.”
Sadly, domestic terrorism, or Jones’ dangerous speech, in which he claims that he is in a holy war against Islam, is not prosecuted under that statute. This is a failing that has permitted the proliferation of platforms such as InfoWars, their presence on popular platforms a legitimization of sorts for their content.
This new decision is a step forward in recognizing that hate outlets, such as InfoWars, are complicit in domestic terror, and a relief to Muslim-Americans, like myself, who have been the target of online assaults and threats.” – Rafia Zakaria, CNN.
With Alex Jones effectively banned from the respectable face of the internet, viewers could still get his content on porn sites like YouPorn.
Not for long. YouPorn jumped on board the hate speech bandwagon late Monday. The site’s vice president Charlie Hughes issued a statement saying:
“Following news that YouTube, Spotify and Facebook have banned Alex Jones from their platforms, team YouPorn is joining in solidarity and announces we are banning his content as well. As one of the largest user-generated content platforms in the world, we have already removed his videos that have violated our terms of service. As an inclusive platform, hate has no place on YouPorn.”
If the powers that be decide to take it to the domain name registrar level, they could effectively strip Jones of the ability to even have his own platform on his own site, by taking away his domain name which is hosted by Name.com. This would not be the first time that a domain has been seized due to hate speech violations. White nationalists websites, The Daily Stormer and Stormfront, had their domains stripped for hate speech violations in 2017.
Microsoft has threatened to cease hosting services for the social media network Gab.ai over two anti-Semitic posts, according to an email published by Gab founder Andrew Torba. The email claims the posts violate Microsoft policy and requests that Gab “promptly take appropriate action to resolve the complaint within two business days” or hosting service will be suspended.
Founded as an alternative for users who were banned by Twitter and Facebook, Gab has long struggled to maintain infrastructure partners in the face of persistent hate speech complaints. Gab’s apps have been dropped from both the iOS App Store and Google Play Store, making the service largely unavailable on mobile devices.
In 2017, Gab was nearly dropped by its domain registrar over a series of posts that violated the provider’s hate speech policy. Could Infowars.com be next to have its domain stripped for hate speech? We think so.
YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, Apple, Pinterest and now Vimeo have removed Infowars content from their platforms. Vimeo is the latest in a growing wave of tech companies to pull videos from former Howard Stern guest and fellow radio host, Alex Jones.
Vimeo suddenly found itself at the center of the on-going Infowars.com debate after the show was barred from a number of competing sites. Earlier in the week, it was host to a handful of Jones-produced videos, but that number jumped suddenly when north of 50 more were uploaded to the service on Thursday and Friday.
“We can confirm that Vimeo removed InfoWars’ account on Sunday, August 12 following the uploading of videos on Thursday and Friday that violated our Terms of Service prohibitions on discriminatory and hateful content. Vimeo has notified the account owner and issued a refund,” a spokesperson told TechCrunch.
The tech companies say they blocked Infowars not because of the conspiracy theories, but because, in Spotify’s words, Infowars “expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics.”
Facebook said they were shutting down several of Jones’s pages for “glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.”
“Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users,” adding, “podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory.”
Infowars is moving quickly from one platform to the next, as more sites remove their content over “hate speech” violations. Twitter remains steadfast in their decision not to remove Jones, for now.
Update: Jones’ accounts have also been suspended on Pinterest, MailChimp and LinkedIn.
Howard Stern is writing a “tell-all” book, according to Radar Online. This project would be the third in a series of books for publishing company Simon and Schuster, and a continuation of his first tome titled Private Parts which was published in 1993.
Stern has been alluding to a “secret project” on his radio show for quite some time, and Radar Online learned that this might just be a new tell-all book.
Radar reported that over the past two months, Howard has spoken of being “overly excited” for the project. He also noted on his radio show, according to Radar, that he had to “look through old pictures” for the project.
The site reported that on July 17, a fan who claimed to work as a librarian said he stumbled upon an “untitled nonfiction” book added to the Simon & Schuster Canada Publishers’ list. The September 25 release date allegedly listed the author as the radio host. Radar reported that within several days after the discovery, the author was changed to “to be confirmed.”
Private Parts was released by the publisher in 1993 and it was the fastest-selling book in the company’s history. It was later adapted into a hit film in 1997 starring Stern and his radio show staff as themselves.
In late 1995, Stern published a second book called Miss America.
Radar reported that Stern’s new tell-all could “address a lot of controversies over the years, including his fall-out from former sidekick Artie Lange, his first divorce, possible health issues, and rumoured upcoming retirement.
Artie Lange commented on Howard’s upcoming book, “I’m looking forward to reading Howard’s book. I’m really curious what the hell he would put in there.”
“I’m on probation now until I’m 54,” Lange, now 50, said. “That’s a long time for a junkie not to f uck up. It’s incentive.”
Stern is expected to write about his stint on “America’s Got Talent,” and how he met and married his second wife, Beth Ostrosky in 2008.
Artie Lange, who many thought would not make it to 50, recently did an interview with the Dopey Podcast, a podcast covering the dark comedy of drug addiction.
Artie revealed just how unmanageable his life had become in 2009 thanks to cocaine, heroin, pills and booze. Despite seeing the root of his problems, Lange’s behavior ended his otherwise wildly popular run on The Howard Stern Show.
“Howard did not understand addiction. He gave me the best job ever and he is a genius,” he affirmed on the podcast. “I was on the show for over eight years, but towards the end, I was a complete addict.”
Lange likened his relationship with Stern to “a son-and-dad kind of thing,” which potentially made Stern’s decision to fire the comedian more complicated.
“The last time I phoned him he did not call me back, it is like a son trying to get attention from his father. But I get it, he is a busy guy and things have changed. Now he likes to talk about his cats!”
“He didn’t know the extent of it. There’s no way he could’ve,” added that even though Stern couldn’t grasp just how far gone the comedian was, he tried to get Lange the help he so desperately needed.
Stern even connected him with a therapist, put him into a treatment center, and encouraged him to take all the time he needed to find sobriety.
During the interview, Artie indicated that Stern’s efforts were as generous as they were futile. Lange was straightforward and serious about the reality of his addictions, admitting that he might soon relapse and never find long-term sobriety.
Artie also disclosed that he was earning $4 million a year from The Howard Stern Show.