The Nightly Show tackles the Bill Cosby rape allegations

The second episode of Larry Wilmore’s new show was entirely about the rape allegations against Bill Cosby, with Wilmore saying right off the top that he thinks Cosby did behave in a manner largely consistent with what his accusers claim. Wilmore is definitely not going to play it safe and this might be the distinctive feature of his show, where people can go to hear frank discussions of major topics, leavened with humor, and by people who are not the usual suspects one sees on such shows.

As I missed first time I watched but Trickster Goddess pointed out, the backdrop of the globe shows the world with the South Pole on top. The clocks on the wall of the set are also backward, suggesting that his goal is to bring an unconventional perspective to the news.

This time, after his monologue, he had on Mike Yard to discuss how Bill Cosby should handle hecklers at his shows, and Yard was pretty funny.

Wilmore then had on a panel, again of people I have not heard of before, to discuss the Cosby issue and why, even after so many women have come forward (up to 35 now), so many of the public still don’t believe them.

(These clips aired on January 20, 2015. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Nightly Show outside the US, please see this earlier post. If the videos autoplay, please see here for a diagnosis and possible solutions.)


  1. stevendorst says

    Another unusual thing about that map (which I welcome) is that the equator is shown in the middle! “Normal” world maps have the equator well below the middle which (when up is North) leads one to believe that Southern Hemisphere land masses are far smaller than reality.

  2. dysomniak "They are unanimous in their hate for me, and I welcome their hatred!" says

    I don’t think I can keep watching this show, and it may be past time for me to give up on the Daily Show as well. The whole self satisfied “moderate” schtick is starting to make me nauseous, and Wilmore’s disgusting SOTU coverage, combined with last nights pitifully shallow discussion on Cuba made me want to throw something through my TV screen. The average panel on Mellissa Harris Perry is not only far more informative but usually funnier too.

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