Monday’s edition of The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore found Wilmore catching up with the weekend’s biggest headlines. As usual, the host stuck to the #KeepIt100 policy, with some pointed but funny takes on the 50-year anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march over Selma, Alabama’s Edmund Pettus Bridge.
He also found himself in a moral quandary over being a “blerd” by knowing about Apple’s well-documented labor issues. Here are the top takeaways from Monday night’s episode.
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“Bill Cosby Made A Fool Of Himself Again”
Perhaps you saw The Cos slip on his finest nightwear and go viral in arguably the worst way since he asked fans to memes of him? Larry clearly did, and he went in.
“What is wrong with you Fat Albert?” he asked. “When you’re accused of sleep-related crimes, you may not want to issue your statement in pajamas.” The only thing missing was a Flex-bomb sound effect. It’s hard to argue about Wilmore calling Cosby’s red, silk pajama’s the Cadillac of old man sleepwear.
“Al Sharpton’s Face Always Bends Toward The Camera”
The handle #Selma50 began trending this weekend, as President Obama and members of Congress marched the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the original march that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. For most it was a time to set aside personal agendas, yet Wilmore pointed out how Al Sharpton seemed to have his own plan.
“How did you get in there?” Wilmore rhetorically asked of Sharpton’s peering over President Obama’s shoulder just as the cameras snapped. “Weren’t you just in Seattle marching for black coffee? You know what they say: the arch of history always bends towards justice, and Al Sharpton’s Face Always Bends Toward The Camera.”
“Obama, Did You Just Sample Jay Z?”
Speaking of the Selma Anniversary, Wilmore and his writing team seemed to uncover a rather significant similarity between Obama’s speech and fairly popular rapper.
Bloomberg similarly called out the POTUS for what seemed like a thinly-veiled reference to ‘Hov’s version of “My President” linking President Obama to Rosa Parks and encouraging children to fly (or in Obama’s case soar). But hey, they song was about him? Some would go so far as to say, “Can’t knock the hustle.”
Wilmore Calls Out The G.O.P. For Being Petty
Lastly, celebrating equal voting rights would seemingly be a non-partisan affair, as evidenced by the presence of former president George W. Bush. But G.O.P. leaders Mitch McConnell and John Boehner were noticeably absent. No witty barbs from Wilmore on that issue…just shots fired.
“Mitch and John, I get that you don’t support Obama,” Wilmore noted. “But you could’ve at least showed up to support John Lewis. Your party stood with him in 1965, so shame on you for not standing with him in 2015.” Boom.
This is pretty much the modus operandi from Wilmore, his writing team, and the rotating panel of guests. It’s appointment viewing. Act like you know and catch The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore weeknights at 11:30/10:30c on Comedy Central or on the Comedy Central app.