Vanity Fair is hands-down America’s foremost publication at digging up vintage stories of the rich and powerful and uncovering vintage affairs and scandals. They’ve gone and done it again, this time digging up a jolly-good portrait of a 1960s boardroom. It really goes to show how realistic Mad Men was, down to the whiskey (poured in old-fashioned glasses, of course)!

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The magazine found some vintage quotes, as well, observing that finally a couple of men of color were given some airtime—these pioneers’ names were Larry Wilmore and Trevor Noah, and back then, Vanity Fair then credited them as having “developed their own, bespoke versions of the righteous, reportorial humor of Stewart.” But it also wondered what would happen if women were actually let in the billiards club before “our time”:

How gobsmackingly insane is it that no TV network has had the common sense—and that’s all we’re talking about in 2015, not courage, bravery, or even decency—to hand over the reins of an existing late-night comedy program to a female person? While Amy Schumer has acknowledged that she turned down The Daily Show, happy where she is at Comedy Central, that doesn’t mitigate the fact that Chelsea Peretti, Megan Amram, and Jen Kirkman, to name but three contenders, are alive, sentient, funny, and presumably open to taking a meeting. (And how great would Lea DeLaria be as an M.C., going places Ed McMahon never dared to go? It’d be weird, wild stuff.)

Weird! Wild! Gobsmacked! Ha, ha! The 1960s were a real gas.


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