Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi’s Guide to Los Angeles

In an era where journalists are public enemy number one, audiences—at least the more intelligent ones—look to their newscasters to stand their ground. In fact, if the popularity of such late-night news programs such as The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is any indication, it could be argued that simply standing ground is not enough. Now, more than ever, audiences look to their newscasters to fight back—with sharp wit and cutting humor—against accusations of being “fake” and “among the most dishonest people on earth.” This January, TV Land enters the late-night news game with Throwing Shade, which stars Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi, a comedic duo acclaimed for their frank and often ridiculous insights on current events.

While they may be new to television, Gibson and Safi are no strangers to cultural comedy: their act began as a podcast that, in 2013, was picked up by Funny or Die. Their new series embraces its comedic roots with skits featuring celebrity guests like Will Ferrell and Casey Wilson that drive home its commentary. According to the hosts, the move to TV Land has brought welcome changes (like a live audience), but there have been some setbacks. “We can’t wear sweatpants anymore,” Gibson says. “So we’re really bummed out about that.”

On a serious note, Gibson and Safi say their program attempts to corner untapped elements of the late-night genre. “People talk a lot about women’s issues, and LGBT issues, and we’re two people that those issues effect,” says Safi. “We’re not really brilliant like Samantha Bee and John Oliver are, we are kind of weird and super silly. Most of our references are more pop culture than supreme court cases, so we think it’s an additional voice that adds another dimension to a landscape.”

With a tagline that promises to treat pop culture and politics “with much less respect than they deserve,” the two hosts say they prefer a more uproarious approach to the realm of political discourse. “When you get into wonky land of talking about politics, it becomes very heavy and very depressing.” Gibson says. “So our goal has always been, ‘How can we talk about this stuff where it feels like we have control?’ Because we are making fun of the oppressors instead of feeling like we’re under them. So that is where the pop culture thing comes in. That’s the disrespectful part.” 

The hosts admit that finding humor while remaining politically correct has never really been a challenge. “I think political correctness is really just thinking before you speak,” Safi says, “that’s all it is.” Gibson adds: “I think people have turned it into a bad thing and I don’t necessarily think it is. The best way for me to gauge whether I’m attacking the right people or not is: Am I punching up or punching down? I never make fun of anybody who is already being oppressed, it’s always making fun of the oppressor.”

For those fans whose Throwing Shade fix isn’t satisfied with just 30 minutes every Tuesday night on TV Land, its Los Angeles-based stars share favorite haunts in their current city, below, where you might just catch them when they’re not, well, throwing shade.  

Cup of Joe: Food Lab. —Erin

Power Lunch: I’m all about quick lunch meetings, so Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese is the most efficient. There is nothing better than a limited menu, and this one only has 7 sandwiches to choose from. My fave. —Bryan

Cocktail Hour: [Order] the Fleurs du Mal at Petit Triois. Be sure to go before 5:00—the place is tiny. —Bryan

Retail Therapy: Los Feliz’s Skylight Books. —Bryan

Field Trip: Take a Broadway Theatre District walking tour. People forget how stunning the architecture in L.A. was before we ruined it. —Bryan

Date Night: Chef Eric Greenspan’s Maré, for seafood, or his Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese. —Erin 

Don’t Miss: The Bradbury Building. — Bryan & Erin

Hidden Gem: Amoeba Music. —Erin

Main Image: Courtesy of TV Land

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Senate Democrats Grow an Inkling of Spine

Watch this video at around the 8:00 mark:

I watched this yesterday, and saw the crowds basically revolting against a Senator and thought, «Jesus, what Republican is that?»

It’s not a Republican. It’s Senator Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, who is being flayed by a liberal crowd demanding to know why he voted for Mike Pompeo, and insisting that he vote no on the rest of Trump’s nominees. After hemming and hawing, he basically concedes to their demands, too.

This is what’s happening around the country for Congresspeople of both parties right now: Democracy is harassing the sh*t out of them.

It’s working, too. It took 4 million people marching two weekends ago, and hundreds of thousands more marching this weekend to finally get Senate Democrats to listen, but they’re listening and pulling some Mitch McConnell shit on the Trump cabinet nominees. It’s a beautiful thing.

This morning, Senate Democrats boycotted the confirmation hearings for Price and Mnuchin, blocking their votes.

The GOP is not happy.

«Some of this is just because they don’t like the president,» Orrin Hatch said. Later, he said of Democrats: «I think they ought to stop posturing and acting like idiots.»

Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), one of the other Republicans in the room, agreed: «I think this is unconscionable.»

«We did not inflict this kind of obstructionism on President Obama,» added Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), the only other senator in the room.

The fuck you didn’t.

Meanwhile, the Democrats are also pushing a new scandal on Betsy DeVos, who clearly plagiarized many of her answers. The 48 Dems have already decided to vote no on her confirmation, and two Republicans may be joining them:

She did pass the committee vote this morning, but she still has to withstand the full Senate vote.

Meanwhile, Democrats are also at least putting up a fight where it concerns Jeff Sessions, debating about whether he would follow the law or if he’d follow orders from the President, a particularly touchy issue after the firing of Sally Yates last night, and this exchange between Sessions and Yates from the archives:

Will it mean anything a week or two from now, after most of these folks have been confirmed? I don’t know. I hope so, but also, it shows that the Senate Democrats stood up for something. Right now, that’s what matters, because we’re going to need a lot more of this in the coming months. We had to basically drape them over ourselves and give them piggyback rides, but they finally have our backs.

Hell, if this 70-year-old woman with a hip replacement can stand up and protest the confirmation hearings, it’s the least the Dems can do.


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Jay Cutler Probably Missed The Target By 5-10 Yards


Did you know Jay Cutler had an archery side to his life? Me either. No clue. Only way I learn these things is from IG stories or Snappy Chatty. Remember the photo of Jay with the bottle of beer and the baby? Would’ve never seen this if it wasn’t for Kristin Cavallari.

I bust her balls from time to time, but thank god she’s pumping out the Cutler content. Nothing gets people fired up like Jay doing something mundane so they can get angry. I have a feeling this whole bow thing is in response to the whole Gay Jay thing that happened during their Mexican boat-cation where Jay gay’d it up with Kristin’s gay friend. Time to gain some redemption, prove he’s a guy’s guy.

The moral of today’s story is that no deer should fear Jay Cutler. Zero chance he’s pumping an arrow anywhere near his actual target.

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Bow huntin’ Jay

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23 NSFW Black Dudes Analyze The Bron Bron vs. Chuck Feud

ANNNNNDDDDD…THEY’RE BEEFIN’.

Bron Bron said enough is enough last night and went the f-off last night on Charles Barkley and it turned personal. LBJ clearly has been letting this build up for a long time because he dropped multiple Chuck bio nuggets in there to send a signal – back the f off.

Lebron said last night:

“I’m not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that,” James told ESPN. “I’m not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, ‘I’m not a role model.’ I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying.

“All I’ve done for my entire career is represent the NBA the right way. Fourteen years, never got in trouble. Respected the game. Print that.”

“Go watch the ’93 Finals when John Paxson hit the shot,” James said. “Barkley and Jordan were laughing and joking with each other during one of the games while somebody’s shooting a free throw. In the Finals. But, oh, nobody were friends back then.”

“I know he wanted to retire a long time ago, but he can’t,” James said. “He’s stuck up on that stage every week.”

Mic drop.


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Inside the Carry-On: Nicole Isaacs

If there is one thing you should know about Nicole Isaacs, it’s that the social media star is first and foremost a foodie. Her love of food is what first inspired the creation of her blog in 2009, and it still remains her number one passion despite her being in the industry for nearly a decade and growing her brand to include fashion and travel content. But of course you’d still only be scratching the surface when it comes to the many roles that the 30-year-old has taken on.

The 2010 UCLA grad is originally from Calabasas, California, and if her hometown rings a bell it’s most likely because it also happens to be the notorious breeding ground of the Kardashian/Jenner’s, among other high profile families that reside in the suburb of LA. Having grown up down the street from America’s most-watched family meant that her roots provided for an inherently enviable Rolodex, although what makes those connections stick surely has more to do with Isaacs’ resume. Before working with online boutique Naked Wardrobe to create and market a swimwear line, Isaacs worked as a television field producer for E!’s “Fashion Police,” back when the late Joan Rivers was at the helm of the fashion brigade. Isaacs then worked as a talent booker for the show as well, putting her front and center with the biggest names in fashion, that is, if she wasn’t already on a first-name basis with them. Soon after signing on with Naked Wardrobe, Isaacs’ line was immediately seen on stars like Jennifer Lopez and Kylie Jenner and its success undoubtedly prompted her new independent line Nic Swim, set to release in 2017. Isaacs has also recently launched Hungry Ape, a multimedia creative agency with clients that include Ciroc and Deleón Tequila. 

Even with a proximity as close as hers to Hollywood, becoming an influencer herself has invited its own set of challenges, one of which being how to strike a balance between herself and her 150k+ followers so there can be a “sense of mystery for people, where they’re interested and they want to know more,” as she put it. Blogging doesn’t necessarily mean divulging details like who she’s dating because as Isaacs explained, “I feel like sometimes when you know too much, there’s no element of surprise.” Indeed, that’s mainly how, so far, her content has garnered popularity for its exceptional, glossy feel; even though, as she made clear, “The real me is sitting, shoes off with my feet up and eating, with chicken all over my mouth.” There’s a specific aesthetic that fits into the Nicole Isaacs’ brand, and what you see now is not fake – just selective. Blogging is, after all, a sleepless career path that, as Isaacs noted, involves a lot of travel, a generous amount of jet lag and ample planning for that picture-perfect moment. A behind-the-scenes project is already in motion. 

Glancing through the blog and her social channels, Isaacs’ colorful content evokes pure luxury as each post follows her from one exotic destination to the next, including anywhere from Anguilla to Tuscany’s Il Borro. Although her favorite destinations are the ones where she felt most spiritually touched. Tanzania “was one of those places that just felt magical,” Isaacs’ said, “You feel closer to God because there’s no electricity and light for thousands of miles and you’re one with nature.” Bali had a similar effect, and Israel as well, because of Jerusalem’s history and because of Isaacs’ family roots there. And in every destination it’s the road off the beaten path that intrigues Isaacs the most, which is something she hopes to share more with her fans in this New Year. This is especially the case when she’s perusing street food options and getting to know a place’s genuine culture for herself. 

In 2017, the plan is to return back to her culinary roots. “There isn’t anyone who has covered the food world that’s in my demographic, that’s someone like me,” Isaacs shared with conviction. “My goal is to be the female version of Anthony Bourdain, that’s my dream.” 

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Denzel Washington and Wife Pauletta Have Too Many Sweet Moments to Count

Denzel and Pauletta Washington have one of the longest relationships in Hollywood. With nearly 34 years of marriage under their belts and four kids together, they’ve managed to withstand the test of time. In addition to building a family, Denzel and Pauletta have both become stars in their own rights. Denzel is best known for his roles in Malcolm X, Training Day, and Flight, while Pauletta starred in Wilma and Beloved and was honored with BET’s humanitarian award in 2005. Today, we’re celebrating their epic love story by taking a look back at their cutest moments together.

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Recruit Commits To Michigan, Harbaugh Celebrates By Jumping Into A Pool With Him

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Here’s Harbaugh back to his old recruiting tricks. Nobody is willing to do more in order to lock down a recruit than Jim Harbaugh. He climbs trees, he sleeps over at their houses, he brings in celebrities who haven’t had a hit since 2004, he’s just relentless when he gets into recruiting mode.

This one is little tame, though. Jumping into a pool isn’t that crazy. But then take a step back and imagine Nick Saban doing this. No chance. So I guess in that sense, it’s still Harbaugh on the top of the list of coaches who whore themselves out for a little recruiting. I don’t blame him.


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Jamie Dornan Blushes 50 Shades of Red While Ellen DeGeneres Interrogates Him About Sex Toys

Jamie Dornan and his shaved head sat down for a chat with Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday, and the talk-show host didn’t waste any time with chit-chat before diving right into the many sex toys he’s been introduced to since working on the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise. «The funny thing is, pretty much everything you find in the Red Room you’ve used a version of, but not for the same effect,» he laughed. «Like, maybe it’s used around a horse, or something.» Ellen also asked if he and wife Amelia Warner (whom he calls «Millie,» aww) ever stole anything from the set to use at home. After blushing fifty shades of red, he revealed that, «No, I don’t think she wants some used prop for sex.» Fair enough, Millie.

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Are Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers Engaged?

Olivia Munn and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers may be walking down the aisle soon. The actress was spotted wearing a giant sparkler on her ring finger while driving in Beverly Hills on Friday. Judging from the photos, the gold bauble features a ruby center surrounded by diamonds. While the couple has yet to address the speculation, Olivia has stuck by her man’s side after his Super Bowl dreams were dashed when his team lost to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC championship game earlier this month.

Olivia and Aaron have been going strong for three years now, and the last time they hit a red carpet together was at the ESPY Awards back in July 2016. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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