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The News Dude at the News Desk

"Hello, I am a news dude and, news-wise, here is some of it."
-– Tagline of the YouTube channel
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Here's some news...

In January of 2017 Donald Trump became the president. Of a country. And to combat the barrage of news, Cracked's Cody Johnston and Katy Stoll launched Some News. And all was well. But then, the great Cracked staff layoff of 2017 happened. And the news were no more.

But then, in 2018, Cody and Katy began producing Some More News, a web series, legally distinct from the one mentioned above. And the News Dude came back. And all was well again. And fair. And balanced. ™©®

Some More News follows the News Dude, as he attempts to make it through the modern political landscape and offer some commentary on current events. The show mostly produces two kinds of episodes, ones that relate the most important or interesting stories in the recent past and offer some perspective and episodes that do deep dive analyses like "In what ways is the Trump administration similar to a fascist regime?".

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The show, and by extension Cody as host, are unashamedly on the left side of the political spectrum, so Rule of Cautious Editing Judgment applies. New episodes are released almost weekly on their YouTube channel and a podcast titled Even More News can be listened to here. You can support the show via their Patreon, if you feel so inclined. The show's creators also run the political podcast 2020: Worst Year Ever with Robert Evans of Behind The Bastards.

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Here's some tropes:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Some episode titles are punched up by utilizing alliteration to catch the eye.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Partially to make criticisms and takedowns seem less personal, Cody tends to try to acknowledge the good/funny things done by some of his targets. For example, in the episode on "cancel culture," he admits that a satirical video by a pro-Trump comedian was actually pretty funny and had a decent point. Less so his jokes where the punchline is "non-white people, amirite?"
  • Beard of Sorrow: The News Dude's state of beardedness is directly proportional to his stress. His "Some Good News?" episode is predicated on a Healing Potion (or possibly time travel) bringing back a younger, more optimistic and beard-less Cody. During "The First Week of 2020" Cody started the piece clean-shaven and eager to take on a new year, only to have the beard grow in during the episode as the news of the first week of 2020 get increasingly dire.
  • Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: Most of Cody's insults are (intentionally) terrible or just plain crude.
    News Dude: Come on, sheep-people! You-you sheep- you sheeple, you human-, you shoe-, you human-sheep-hybrids, you... Some combination of sheep, and a person, I dunno.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: The "Star War News" episode has several of the Cody clones ending their segments by being attacked by blaster fire from stormtroopers off-screen. It ends with the latest Cody clone being assaulted by a band of (off-screen) flying Wamp Rats. With blasters.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Referenced, though it's not an example per se, as the show has always been a comedy show that's critical of current politics.
    News Dude: And we should continue talking about fascism, which is a good idea for a comedy show?
  • Chewing the Scenery: A frequent source of the show's comedy, especially whenever Boars becomes a subject.
  • Creator Cameo: Katy Stoll, the show's co-writer and producer, made an on-screen appearance in "Star War News", playing a pundit on the Crystal Fox News channel defending Anakin Skywalker's comments on Sand People.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: This show will cover the news. But only some of it. And after Some News was left for dead by Cracked, the revival of Some News was... Some More News.
  • Extra-Long Episode: Most Some More News episodes are around 15-25 minutes long, but every so often one ends up breaking the half-an-hour mark and running closer to 40-50 minutes. The longest episode so far (on Ben Shapiro) was 70 minutes long.
  • Fantastic Racism:
  • Fantastic Slurs: In Star War News, Cody plays audio proving that princess Leia used the N-wordnote .
  • Flowery Insults: In a segment called "Petty Joke Junction," Cody makes petty, but increasingly elaborate jokes at a public figure.
  • Full-Boar Action: Cody certainly thinks so, having devoted two episodes to the horrors of radioactive, teleporting nazi boars trying to pull a Kill and Replace on humanity in what is absolutely not a metaphor for anti-immigration hysteria seen on certain other news sites.
  • Godwin's Law: Discussed in the series on fascism, which strictly speaking would be considered an example itself, as the show doesn't pull its punches on the fact the administration has some unnerving parallels to fascists who yes, include the Nazis.
  • Healing Potion: In one episode, Cody drinks one which shaves his beard, changes his shirt and makes him report good news. The episode's punchline reveals it's Ketamine (The Stinger reveals it was actually Coca-Cola).
  • History Repeats: The point of the segment "This Week in History," comparing some news to some history.
  • Hurricane of Puns: During the Star War News episode, pretty much every current american political topic is given a Star Wars renaming. Highlights include "Midichlor for All" and "Gerrymandalorian".
  • I Am a Monster: Cody’s reaction to his shaved beard.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: At the end of "Joe Biden, Primary Donald Trump As A Republican", Cody the News Dude once again states that Joe Biden is closer to Republicans than to Democrats, and one of his evidence is "all these women and girls [Biden] touched inappropriately" — then he promptly apologizes for it being a cheap shot, but says we all could probably use one right now. So he grabs a shot of whisky and downs it, Visual Metaphor-style.
  • In-Series Nickname: Cody likes to title the show "Cody's Showdy".
  • Kent Brockman News: An intentional case, Played for Laughs. Most of the subjects of the Showdy would be perfectly at home as a subject of a similar late-night long-form news programme, but the News Dude's antics definitively would not be.
  • Lampshade Hanging: A major source of humor, mostly playing of the fact that it's pre-scripted or the relatively low-budget setup of the show.
  • Mundane Utility: The aforementioned magic potion, whose main effect was to remove Cody’s beard.
  • Our Lawyers Advised This Trope: As mentioned above, Some More News is legally distinct from Some News.
  • Pandering to the Base: Acknowledged In-Universe and Played for Laughs. After having the News Dude be (semi) clean shaven during an episode episode in August, the team quickly announced on Twitter that they’d caved and the beard would be back next episode.
  • Parody Episode: The "Star War News" episode, which is Some More News... In the Star Wars universe.
  • Pompous Political Pundit: Cody certainly has the Large Ham part nailed.
  • Pun: Often used in titles, such as "Life In The Fash Lane".
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: To Highlight. When Something Is Really Wrong. Or Action. Should be Taken.
  • Realistic Diction Is Unrealistic: Averted, though all pauses and Double Takes are scripted.
  • Running Gag:
    • Cody doing a double take at the fact that Donald Trump became the president. Of a country.
    • Cody showing his latest responses to Ben Shapiro’s tweets.
    • Cody not being at all happy that Joe Biden wants to run for president again.
    • Cody repeatedly addressing people he's grilling and threading to shreds, thanking them for watching the show. Which is a thing they all most definitely did.
  • Self-Deprecation: "Star War News" was essentially a 42-minute satire of the show itself, by casting Cody as reporting In-Universe news from the Star Wars franchise in his usual tone.
  • Sell-Out: Happens briefly during "Totally Not Paid For By Bloomberg," though even throughout this segment, News Dude is barely able to avoid criticising Michael Bloomberg for his numerous Trump-like qualities and mannerisms, and in the end, cannot help but revert to honest criticisms.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis:
    • Cody has a bone to pick with Ben Shapiro. He alternates between this and Serious Business when it comes to Ben.
    • Due to having a segment called "Some Good News" since 2017, Cody gained a new arch-nemesis in John Krasinski during 2020 when the latter made a YouTube show of the same name. It got much more critical once Krasinski promptly sold it.
  • Stylistic Suck: Much of the show's comedy is derived from the news dude's haggard appearance and tendency for overdramatics.
  • Tagline: After Fox News relinquished the slogan "Fair and Balanced", Cody claimed the slogan for his showdy.
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That:
    News Dude: So what do we do, you ask me, forgetting that this is a prerecorded video.
  • Trade Snark: The show is Fair And Balanced ™©®.
  • This Just In!: Sometimes used to transition from one topic to another, then immediately lampshaded that there’s no way there could be Breaking News since this is, well, a weekly web-show.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Following the spread of feral hog memes on twitter in July 2019, Some More News made a third video on the existential problem of teleporting radioactive boar which played this trope up for all it was worth, with the News Dude hamming it up about being The Cassandra about the issue and even saying the trope name out verbatim. Generally Played for Laughs.
  • You Can Panic Now: While generally averted, when it comes to boars Cody makes their danger succinctly clear. It’s Played for Laughs. Or is it?
    Some More News on Twitter: Everyone is concerned about the feral hogs today. We tried to warn you.
  • Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Cody donned a Stars-and-Stripes scarf for the "How To Cover These Police Riots" episode.


And that was... the news!
 
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