Comedian Jim Gaffigan bets on digital for new comedy special

Glenn may have just found another reason to call Jim Gaffigan one of his favorite comedians. Today, Gaffigan is breaking with the traditional distribution model and selling his new comedy special, Mr. Universe, exclusively online in a distribution model similar to fellow comedian Louis C.K. and not that different from Glenn's own GBTV. Even better, he is donating $1 of each copy sold to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, a charity that serves injured veterans and their families.

In an interview with Mashable, Gaffigan explained that the move was partially a reaction to being censored at Comedy Central's Night of Too Many Stars, where some of his jokes were cut because the network felt there could be backlash from advertisers.

Gaffigan told Mashable his aversion was "“not a slam on Comedy Central, but the reality of being in the clutches of advertisers."

"I knew I was going to be dealing with a lot of product names in my upcoming special, so I decided to look outside the box."

Releasing the special digitally not only offers Gaffigan more creative control, it also has the potential to allow him to make more money than releasing the special on cable TV and other traditional methods. However, he will be donating $1 from each $5 purchase to charity.

“There’s a code of ethics on the Internet,” said Gaffigan. “One part of that is transparency. The other one is: Don’t be a greedy bastard.”

“Comedy Central made me a deal [for the special], but the risk of selling it online was more appealing. Yes, I’m spending my own money to produce it and build the website. But the chance I would make the same amount of money selling it myself is pretty likely,” Gaffigan said.

These comments echo a lot of the sentiments expressed by Glenn and his team when he first left FOX News to launch GBTV.

In March, Glenn spoke with the Wall Street Journal on the changes to the television industry. "We are on the edge of something that is bigger than industrial revolution," he said.

Will more media personalities follow the trail being laid by media entrepreneurs like Glenn, Louis CK, and now Jim Gaffigan? The trend - and the level of success - seems to suggest that it's certainly a viable way to bring your message and content directly to viewers.

You can read the FULL Mashable interview HERE. Mr. Universe can be purchased directly from JimGaffigan.com

Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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The incoming Biden administration plans to waste no time in overturning much of the progress achieved by President Donald Trump.

On his radio program Monday, Glenn Beck ran through 10 executive orders President Joe Biden plans to announce on "day one" of his time in office — including rejoining the Paris climate accord, canceling the Keystone pipeline, mask mandates on federal land and during interstate travel, and a proposed federal minimum wage of $15 an hour.

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Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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