50 years ago today, Sir Winston Churchill was laid to rest in Great Britain amid great ceremony. Churchill’s body was displayed in Westminster Hall for three days before it made a final journey up the Thames in the Havengore, a boat typically used for hydrographic survey (a.k.a mapping the ocean). 350 million people tuned in to a live broadcast, and thousands upon thousands came out in person to pay final respects to the man who, as Prime Minister, saw that England survived the Blitz and would exit World War II a victor.
Today on StandUP!
It was a packed show and it kicked off with Kevin Costner. Promoting his new film examining race and family, Kevin and Pete talked about the process of making “Black or White” in a changing Hollywood system and their own experiences with family. Then, Pete told Kevin Costner the story about that time Kevin Costner texted Pete, completing the circle of life. “Black or White” opens this weekend.
Comedian and Actor Eric Andre joined us in-studio to promote his new series “Man Seeking Woman” on FXX. Pete and Eric go way back in the New York comedy scene and it was a fun conversation about culture, race, Florida, fame, dickpics and drugs.
Then we were joined by CNN Politics Executive Editor, Mark Preston to discuss music, comedy and Presidential hopefuls & also-rans.
Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief John Avlon and National Review’s Will Cain joined us for their regular round of political discussion and disagreement. They talked about Mitt Romney’s decision to NOT run for President and the political oddsmakers who make a living off such speculation.
Closing out the week, we checked in with the hosts of two weekend shows on SiriusXM Insight 121. The Center for American Progress’ Rebecca Vallas is the host of Talk Poverty Radio, Saturdays at noon EST, and this weekend she’ll be covering the various ways people are seemingly punished simply for being poor. Dean Obeidallah is the host of the 10am EST show that bears his name. Tomorrow, he welcomes Congressman from Minnesota, Keith Ellison.
What are you guys doing this weekend? If you aren’t busy Sunday night, I was thinking of having a painting party and maybe de-pilling some sweaters if you want to come over.