In comedy, timing is everything. And sometimes the timing that works in your favor is still being on the job while most of your competitors are on vacation.
With Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers all on late-summer break, "The Daily Show With Trevor Noah" essentially has the latest Trump news all to itself. So Wednesday night, Noah took on President Trump's campaign-like rally in Phoenix the previous day.
"Seeing as Trump won Arizona, it's no surprise that the rally was packed," Noah said over footage of the rally. "There was a line around the block like somebody was releasing a racist sneaker."
Now there will be a more formal chance to say goodbye.
Linkin Park announced in a brief message Tuesday that the band is "working on a special public event in Los Angeles to honor Chester's memory, and look forward to sharing details with you soon." The band didn't give any other information about a date or location.
Just days before hosting the MTV Video Music Awards at the Forum in Inglewood, Katy Perry is out with a lively new video of her own.
The new clip for "Swish Swish" — a highlight from her new album, "Witness," which has received mixed reviews — takes its titular onomatopoeia seriously. Perry and Nicki Minaj join up with a basketball team of super-talented weirdos (including "Stranger Things' Gaten Matarazzo), who then move into even wackier "Space Jam" territory.
The pop star plays Katy "Kobe" Perry, the hapless ringleader of a ragtag group of basketball players, amid cameos by actress Molly Shannon, competitive eater Joey Chestnut and New England Patriots tight end Rob "Gronk" Gronkowski.
In another ice-javelin throw to the heart, "Song of Ice and Fire" readers won't be getting another Westeros fix for a while. That's because author George R.R. Martin's Sunday nights are dedicated to watching "Game of Thrones" -- just like the rest of us. Though the author admits he's a bit behind on the show's current season.
"During his trip abroad he didn't watch any television — so he's behind on 'Thrones'' current seventh season," Martin's team said in an e-mail to Entertainment Weekly.
Martin, whose epic books are the source material for HBO's fantasy drama, cleared up earlier reports that said he wasn't up on the television adaptation because he was busy writing his next book, "The Winds of Winter." Some headlines indicated that he didn't watch the series at all.
Amy Schumer admits her team didn't settle for the first number Netflix floated for her comedy special, but she also says she didn't "insist" or "demand" to be paid the same $20 million Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle reportedly got for theirs.
Her Instagram post explaining those nuances — the difference between asking and insisting, between "more" and "the same" — went up Wednesday after people on social media reacted badly to a Variety story about women and minorities still making less for TV work than white men do.
"She received significantly more compensation after she raised the question of fairness relative to the Rock and Chappelle deals," the story said.
Directed by Brett Morgen, the new documentary "Jane," about the scientist Dr. Jane Goodall, will screen at the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 9 with a live orchestral performance of its score composed by Philip Glass. Goodall, Morgen and Glass are all scheduled to attend.
“I wanted 'Jane' to be like a cinematic opera, and that idea led me to Philip Glass,” said Morgan in a statement. “There’s this almost dreamlike element to his score. The way the chimpanzees and all the other animals move in sync with the music. It’s a magical component to Jane’s romantic view of nature.”
“I’m extremely pleased that 'Jane' will be seen at the Hollywood Bowl with a live orchestral score,” said Glass, also in a statement. “What better way to experience this film and honor Jane Goodall’s contributions to society?”
A Netherlands concert featuring the L.A. rock band Allah-Las was canceled Wednesday after police uncovered a suspected terrorist plot.
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said in a news conference that, after receiving a tip from Spanish police about a potential threat, police evacuated the concert at Maassilo, a music venue in a converted grain silo.
The mayor said that a van with Spanish license plates containing several gas canisters was stopped near the venue and that the driver was detained, but police did not offer further information about the threat. Reports out of Europe have indicated that there doesn't appear to be any connection between this incident and a recent attack in Barcelona, Spain.
The sexual-misconduct rumors that have dogged Louis C.K. in recent years have resurfaced yet again.
This time the allegations come courtesy of a new interview with fellow comedian Tig Notaro.
"I think it's important to take care of that, to handle that, because it's serious to be assaulted," Notaro told the Daily Beast for a story published Wednesday, referring to allegations over the years. "It's serious to be harassed. It's serious, it's serious, it's serious."