Written by PETA
It has only been a few days since bullfighting ended in Catalonia, but Spaniards are
reportedly already coming up with new ways to keep matadors employed that are a
lot less Conan the Barbarian and a lot more Conan O'Brien.
Also in the works: a tournament of bulls' favorite card game
Written by Michelle Sherrow
A man who would give any carnivorous comedian a run for his money, Jamie Kilstein was featured in VegNews, rocked a pro-vegetarian shirt on Conan, and appeared on CNN and Showtime's The Green Room. We scored an interview with the irreverent vegan and got a delicious taste of his animal-friendly comedy.
What's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you while on stage?During my experimental artsy phase (read: not funny), I went on stage in Edinburgh totally naked. The show was advertised as naked comedy and I went out expecting a bunch of "art patrons." It was just five creepy dudes expecting naked girls who instead got me yelling about global warming while pant-less.
What persuaded you to go vegan?We grow up with such love for animals, farm animals, pets, Disney movies! Who wants to eat the cast from The Little Mermaid?!
How do you respond when a carnivore asks if it’s healthy to be vegan?First I laugh because they are usually out of breath from saying that. Then it's simple facts and leading by example. One of the places I get the least amount of crap is at my gym. You would think it would be a bunch of meat heads demanding to see my protein certificate but they see me finishing all the drills before them, so they are curious. So that's my answer - I would challenge them to a fight.
What do you like most about PETA?Courage! It's so easy to go to a bar, get drunk and talk a bunch of $@*& about what you're going to do to "the man," then wake up too hungover to actually do anything. PETA reminds you that people are still willing to dedicate their lives to fighting and that's very rare nowadays.
Jamie and his wife, Allison Kilkenny, host a show on Citizen Radio. Check it out and share it with your carnivorous friends. They'll laugh out loud—and then go vegan.
If Jamie has inspired you to find creative, fun ways to get involved with animal rights, be sure to join PETA's Action Team.
Things got steamy when Nikita star Maggie Q appeared on Conan last week. The famous redhead showed the famous red-hot ads that longtime vegetarian Maggie Q shot for PETA Asia-Pacific promoting a healthy, animal-friendly diet. Maggie's lettuce bikini and chili-pepper romp had Conan and his audience aflutter, and she sweetly said, "For the animals, anything."
A female manatee and her nine suitors made quite a splash on Sunday night for some beachgoers in Miami. The sea cows' amorous affair turned into a sort of seaside peep show.
Ah, horny manatees. Conan O'Brien loves 'em, and after a late night tryst of that, ahem, magnitude, is it any wonder why? They are vigorous vegetarian lovers, after all.
In fact, I'd like to think the manatees came ashore to demonstrate their vegetarian vitality to onlookers and inspire them to rev up their love lives by swapping steak for seitan and cows' milk for soy milk. After all, a vegetarian diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains helps keeps the blood flowing through all the arteries.
Say, "So long, Viagra!" and "Viva, veggie Viagra!"
Conan O'Brien, if you're out there—we'll keep our eye out for more manatee love sessions, and you just let us know if you need info to include on your Web site.
Written by Karin Bennett
As arguably tasteless as he may be, Triumph the Insult Dog from the Late Night With Conan O'Brien show made some excellent points in his coverage of the recent Belmont Stakes. As I've pointed out before with humor articles and videos, they often sneak in a few insightful points about whatever act or industry they've set in their crosshairs. In the few moments when he's not busy insulting virtually every attendee of the Belmont Stakes, Triumph does just that.
The horseracing industry is just another instance of the same mentality behind dogfighting (although Triumph may have said so less eloquently). The difference is that horses are raced and killed out in the open.
Besides a chuckle, what I took away from this video was a sense of how unimportant horseracing itself is to the Belmont Stakes. Most of what I saw was just noticeably intoxicated people standing in the hot sun, cracking wise and goofing off. I've enjoyed (and been) this very spectacle at every low-cost local beer garden or outdoor concert I've ever stumbled home from. I don't recall once stopping to think how desperately the event needed horses running in a giant loop to complete the experience.
To see Triumph in all his potty-mouthed glory, check out the video here:
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