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Daily Show's Trevor Noah Defends Muslims Following Attack In Paris

11/16/2015 2:47pm EST
Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah, who replaced Jon Stewart as host of 'The Daily Show' on Comedy Central earlier this year, has spoken out on the stereotyping of Muslims following Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris, France.

Noah was a performer on Saturday during the sold-out New York Comedy Festival. Noah dedicated a section of his performance to the serious issue.

"We saw it with the attacks yesterday," Noah told the audience at the sold-out Town Hall theater. "Immediately people say 'it's Muslims. It's Islam. I hate that religion'. It's not the religion. Islam means peace. I'm not even Muslim, but I'm not...

'Review' Finale Recap: 'Conspiracy Theory'

10/2/2015 8:15am EDT
'Review' Season 2 Finale Recap: 'Conspiracy Theory'
Forrest MacNeil’s commitment to “Review” is predicated on the belief that he is doing good, essential work for humanity. The second season finale makes a decent case for this statement’s validity. Forrest has been dealt a terrible hand with his viewer’s suggestions so many times because they do not want to live so dangerously themselves. They need him to live on the edge. But in the course of dutifully obliging, his and his loved ones’ lives are destroyed. The value of the critical examination of life may exist, but the necessary sacrifice is undeniable. But do people really need to see For...

Review Recap: 'Happiness; Pillow Fight; Imaginary Friend'

9/25/2015 8:40am EDT
“Where this gets done is less important than who does it.”

Nobody could host “Review” except Forrest McNeil. Or, nobody could host it the way that Forrest McNeil does. But is there any reason to do it any other way? Sure, he can be overly rigid with his self-imposed rules, and he can dangerously rationalize the harmful behavior he tries to present as out of his control. But there is hardly anybody else who would commit so completely to this endeavor. The concept of “Review” could lend itself to a lark about just learning new skills and having new experiences. And that would be fine, but in...

'Review' Recap: 'Murder; Magic 8 Ball; Procrastination'

9/18/2015 10:02am EDT
These reviews of “Review” have spent a lot of time analyzing what motivates Forrest MacNeil, but not so much to what drives those others who are responsible for his reviews: the viewers. Granted, there is much less context than there is with Forrest to understand what they are all about, rendering the reasons behind their suggestions a fascinating puzzle. Are they fans of Forrest, are they antagonistic to him, are they just trying to troll him with ridiculous tasks, or do they claim to be as neutral as he claims to be? Since they are not one singular mass, they probably represent a mix of t...

'Review' Recap: 'Buried Alive; 6 Star Review; Public Speaking'

9/11/2015 8:07am EDT
One of the things that “Review” does not get a whole lot of credit for is how each episode is shaped like a traditional sitcom. That may not sound complimentary for a show that is so unique, but it is impressive that it can maintain a typical framework while still being iconoclastic. This is worth noting because “Review’s” premise could allow it to avoid the progression required of a typical narrative. This show has been noted for its continuity over the course of a season, and boy, is that ever present in this edition. But it is high time to start talking about how the format of a series o...

'Review' Recap: 'Catfish; Haunted House'

8/28/2015 5:03am EDT
Has hosting “Review” warped Forrest McNeil’s mind, or was he just born that way? His mental lapses are astounding, not because his stupidity is unmatched, but because he is otherwise so insightful. Take, for example, how he figures out how to google. His knowledge in this case may just be pedestrian, but it is totally at odds with what he does not know. Lucille must go over (again) with him “the html website address for googling things,” letter-by-letter, even stopping to clarify that there is a second dot, yet it turns out that all along he has been familiar with the act of entering text i...

'Review' Recap: 'Cult; Perfect Body'

8/21/2015 1:06am EDT
Leading a 5-Star Life

Analyzing “Review” is becoming a practice in tracking Forrest MacNeil’s obliviousness. It appears that the deeper he gets into hosting his show, the less tethered he is from reality. This is ironic considering that the entire purpose of the show is to provide an objective investigation into real-life experiences. Perhaps the only way to maintain self-awareness when living life is to accept an inherently subjective point of view. Or maybe the problem is that Forrest does not realize that his nominal objectivity is in fact clouded by a great deal of subjectivity. It doe...

'Review' Recap: 'Falsely Accused; Sleep With Your Teacher; Little Person'

8/14/2015 2:02am EDT
“Although this predatory behavior felt wrong on every level, I had to continue for the good of humanity.”

While Forrest MacNeil’s forays into curing a gay person and joining the mile high club presented him at his most oblivious, this episode’s batch of reviews indicate that his delusion is more a choice than a fundamental characteristic. He goes into these experiences knowing full well that they may involve questionable behavior, but he plows right ahead because of his total commitment. Any moral dilemma is justified by a belief that this is necessary work to benefit the world. He blinds ...

'Review' Recap: 'Curing Homosexuality; Mile High Club'

8/7/2015 1:03am EDT
'Review' Season 2, Episode 2: 'Curing Homosexuality; Mile High C
“What I do have a problem with is giving up”

The perennial mystery about “Review” is where Forrest MacNeil falls on the scale of self-awareness. At times, he seems so oblivious to the effect he has on people, but it is always in the interest of maintaining the authenticity of his life experiences. His carefully considered narration reveals the great deal of thought he puts into every situation, but there are times when he could be more tactful, even without revealing the nature of his critical approach. “Curing Homosexuality; Mile High Club” presents Forrest at his most oblivious. His inte...

'Review' Recap: 'Brawl; Blackmail; G…'

7/31/2015 12:18am EDT
The prospect of providing episode-by-episode reviews of a show like “Review” is a tricky one. This is not because there is not enough content to comment upon. In fact, there is plenty of material. It is just that a show in which the lead character reviews the events taking place will by its very nature already provide plenty of analysis. The conclusions that Andy Daly offers in his voiceover as Forrest MacNeil anticipate the points that TV critics are liable to make. Thus, reviews of “Review” must take a broader, frequently counterintuitive approach. It may get a little heady, but it should...

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