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Ben Stein Gives Terrible And Ridiculous Defense For Dominique Strauss-Kahn (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 20th 2011 4:53AM
'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'Dominique Strauss-Kahn is going to need a good legal defense for the case against him. But, as evidenced on 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), Ben Stein should probably not be a part of it.

Kahn was a front-runner for the French Presidency until he allegedly attacked and sexually assaulted a maid in a hotel. Obviously, he's innocent until proven guilty, and Stein had just the kind of ridiculous support he needed.

On the issue of Strauss-Kahn forcing the maid to perform sexual acts with him, Stein wrote in a statement, "How? Did he have a gun? Did he have a knife? He's a short fat old man." Then, he asked if anyone could list any economists who'd committed violent sex crimes.

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Craig Ferguson Considers Suing a French 'Late Late Show' Rip-Off (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 23rd 2010 8:05AM
Craig Ferguson Considers Suing a French 'Late Late Show' Rip-Off Look at the photo to your right. Do you see how angry Craig Ferguson is? He's usually so calm! But on 'The Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37PM ET on CBS), we learned an important lesson. DO NOT MESS WITH CRAIG FERGUSON. Otherwise, he'll get mad ... for five seconds or so.

Why is Ferguson so steamed? It's because of 'Ce Soir Avec Arthur' -- a French talk show, of all things! 'Ce Soir' has stolen Craig's opening credits -- down to the fountain, the microphone, and everything else: Compare them for yourself.

Craig is enraged: "You can't steal from us!" he screams. "We don't [EXPLETIVE DELETED] have anything!!" Okay, he's (mildly) enraged, but still being jokey and self-effacing about his own show.

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Ben Stein Does a Money Rap on 'The Early Show' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 8th 2010 11:30AM
If there's one thing Ben Stein knows, it's money. And gangsta rap? Well, not so much. Still, the former host of 'Win Ben Stein's Money' combined the two on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS), rapping about the importance of saving and investing wisely as a way to prepare for retirement.

After Stein, one of the co-authors of the new book "The Little Book of Bulletproof Investing: The Do's and Don'ts to Protect Your Financial Life," finishes his rap, anchor Harry Smith joins in with the most painfully stiff rap dance we've ever seen.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Ben Stein needs a new job

by Brad Trechak, posted Aug 8th 2009 6:32PM
Win Ben Steins MoneyFormer host of Win Ben Stein's Money and Turn Ben Stein On (and also some less important jobs like scriptwriting for Richard Nixon) has been terminated from the New York Times. Specifically, he will no longer be writing his weekly business opinion column. The company took one look at his other job as a spokesperson for FreeScore.com and found it to be a conflict of interest.

There are a number of ways this could be spun. No doubt the conservative press will consider this a strike against their cause since they have always pegged the New York Times as a liberal newspaper. I do admit that I find the business practices of sites such as FreeScore.com to be suspect (they advertise as free, but further analysis reveals that one has to pay for their services). Perhaps he should have supported a less sleazy one like Cash4Gold.com.

The following is one of his commercials for FreeScore.com. Judge for yourself whether the Times was justified.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 29th 2008 10:06AM

Simon BakerWhat's happening on other blogs via the interweb.

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Lewis Black: The TV Squad Interview

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 19th 2008 12:03PM
Lewis Black In the last twelve years, Lewis Black has gone from being "that angry guy on The Daily Show" to a comedy icon. Now, he finally has his own show.

In Lewis Black's Root of All Evil, which airs on Wednesdays at 10:30 PM ET on Comedy Central, two comedians argue why the pop culture item they represent is "the root of all evil." Last week's premiere episode, for instance, pitted Oprah against the Catholic church. Black plays the judge who controls the proceedings and makes the ultimate verdict. Sounds corny, but the first episode, which featured Paul F. Tompkins and Greg Giraldo, was wickedly funny and just a tiny bit subversive, everything you want in a good comedy.

I spoke to Black by phone last week; he was in Atlantic City on his stand-up tour. We discussed everything from the 2008 election to being on a cable news show with Ben Stein to sharing a jail cell with Jim Norton. The interview is after the jump.

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Baio, Bonaduce, Stein and models with brains heading to VH1

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 21st 2007 3:01PM

VH1Do you miss Ben Stein? Of course you do. Well, the former Nixon speech writer, former host of Win Ben Stein's Money, and former guy who said "Bueller?" is returning to television as the host of America's Most Smartest Model, a series that will determine if being beautiful also means you have the cognitive ability of a lump of Play-Doh. The competition series, co-hosted by Mary Alice Stephenson, pits seven male models and seven female models against one another to determine who's the most intelligent. The winner gets $100,000.

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Funny conservatives - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 13th 2007 12:02PM

ben steinThe lackluster response to FOX News' Half Hour News Hour and the continued popularity of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report have led many to conclude that liberals are funny, and conservatives are not.

I say that's a load of hogwash. It's not about being liberal, conservative, libertarian, or whatever else you happen to be. It's about being funny, or not being funny. To paraphrase something comic Doug Stanhope once told me during an interview: 'if you're good, and you're funny, you can find work.'

That's it. You want to be a stand up comic? Be funny. You want to make a funny TV show people will love? Then make a funny TV show people will love.

All that being said, here are three funny conservatives I admire, not because they're conservative, but because they make me laugh:

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Jimmy Kimmel: The TV Squad Interview

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 7th 2006 11:01AM
Jimmy KimmelAt the end of my conversation with Jimmy Kimmel, I fired off a question that's been bugging me since my first days at TV Squad: "Why did you start wearing a tie?"

Unfortunately, Jimmy had a meeting to attend, so all he could say before politely kicking me off the phone was "It's a long story." But it's understandable that he might not have time to go over his sartorial choices. His late-night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, has just been picked up for a fifth season, and his first prime-time special, Jimmy Kimmel Live's All-Star Salute to Jimmy Kimmel Live!, will air on ABC on September 13 at 10 PM. In addition, he has just been named host of a new ABC game show called Set for Life. Oh, and he's also planning his football-watching activities for this coming Sunday (as you'll see, it's quite involved).

I spoke to the 38-year-old host on Tuesday about his football parties, his flirtatious relationship with Ben Stein, and other topics, all of which you can find after the jump.

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Previously on Cinematical: X-Men 3, Kevin Smith, and dancing hobbits

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 25th 2006 9:18PM

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Short-Lived Shows: Turn Ben Stein On

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 24th 2006 10:34AM
ben steinBen Stein was not the first person to try and reinvent the celebrity talk show, and he's also not the first to have failed. Whoopi Goldberg and Chevy Chase each had spectacular failures in the world of late night gab fests before Ben Stein followed his successful game show Win Ben Stein's Money with Turn Ben Stein On in 1999.

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