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Election 2016: The Most Fun (and Unusual) Ways to Watch The Presidential Results

Want to avoid CNN or Fox News? Here are some of your best options for this historic day, including Stephen Colbert going live and some insane live streaming options.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

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No matter who you voted for today, the results of the 2016 Presidential Election will have every American on the edge of their seats. And while the most accurate, up-to-date results we can expect will come from the dozens of news outlets covering the polls, there are plenty of entertainers looking to provide updates with their own unique spin. Here’s a guide to some of the most notable players, from cable to Snapchat to public access.

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The Chris Gethard All-Day Election Special

Time: 12 p.m.-12 a.m. ET
Network: Manhattan Neighborhood Network
What to Expect: Alt comedian Chris Gethard has been quietly revolutionizing the possibilities of live television for years now, but while the current state of his Fuse talk show is unknown, he’s returning to his roots — public access station MNN, for a repeat of his legendary 12-hour 2012 election coverage marathon. Fans should expect to see some of their favorite characters and bits; people who aren’t familiar should tune in for some of the weirdest, sweetest and most heartfelt anarchic comedy you might hope for from this day.

The Young Turks


Time: 1 p.m. ET
Network: YouTube/Facebook/Twitter Live
What to Expect: Cenk Uygur and his merry band of veteran political commentators, including Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola, Jimmy Dore, Ben Mankiewicz and Michael Shure, will be putting in some hard hours keeping up with the results. Broadcasting from Los Angeles, their coverage will include (per the official release) “campaign reporter Jordan Chariton reporting from Hillary Clinton’s campaign rally and others reporting from Donald Trump’s rally.”

MTV News


Time: Live network break-ins start at 3 p.m. ET, but the real action begins at 6:50 p.m.
Network: MTV’s digital “multi-platforms,” including Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram
What to Expect: On Facebook Live, MTV News will be doing “10 to the Hour, Every Hour” check-ins beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET. Meanwhile, MTV News’s YouTube channel will host an all-night live stream at the same time. There’s talk of the “#BasketofAdorables Puppy Poll Pit,” making MTV perhaps your one essential news resource for the evening.

Funny or Die’s “Elect-A-Thon ’16”

Time: 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT
Network: FunnyOrDie.com
What to Expect: Funny or Die hasn’t given much information about its live coverage of the election, but it did tease that Anthony Atamanuik will be on board to play Donald Trump, while Missi Pyle will play Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway.

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NewsOne Now’s “2016 Election Night Viewing Party”

Time: 7 p.m. ET
Network: TVOne
What to Expect: TVOne has a specific focus planned for its election night coverage — per the release, the special “will focus on the intense presidential election as well as political races affecting the African-American community nationwide.” Guests announced to appear reflect that in an awesome way, including Kerry Washington, Laz Alonso, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Omar Epps, John Legend, Killer Mike, Tatyana Ali, Harry Lennix, Vanessa Williams, Jackee and a whole lot more.

FUSION’s “All Def Digital Roast of America”

Time: 9 p.m. ET
Network: Fusion
What to Expect: Need to make fun of the action? Fusion will be (per the release) giving “a humorous and irreverent look at how some are grasping with the insanity of this moment in our nation’s history.” Talent announced includes Russell Simmons, Bassem Youssef, T.I., Cedric The Entertainer, Nas, Orny Adams, Robert Powell, Aida Rodriguez, Thai Rivera, Dominique, Donnell Rawlings, Earthquake and Helen Hong. Romany Malco hosts.

“The View Live Election Special”

Time: 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
Network: Lifetime
What to Expect: Your best “View” friends — Joy Behar, Jedediah Bila, Candace Cameron Bure, Sara Haines and Sunny Hostin — host the ABC/Lifetime collaboration. According to the official release, “Raven-Symoné finds a new home in Canada, SuChin Pak is live from Times Square and ABC News’ Juju Chang joins for election analysis.” Guests include D.L. Hughley, Kathy Najimy, Vivica A Fox, Rocco DiSpirito, Mario Cantone and Alicia Machado. Plus, there will be special messages from Lena Dunham, Kathy Griffin, Will Forte, Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, Tom Bergeron and more.

Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going To Clean Up This Sh*t?”


Time: 11 p.m.-Midnight(ish) ET
Network: Showtime
What to Expect: Guests scheduled to appear with Colbert are “The Circus” hosts Mark Halperin, John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon, as well as surprise celebrity appearances. Plus, Elle King sits in with the band! Read Michael Schneider’s interview with “Late Show” showrunner Chris Licht for all the details. UPDATE: New expected guests include Jeff Goldblum, Katy Perry, Larry Wilmore, Patton Oswalt, Nick Offerman, Jena Friedman and Charlamagne Tha God.

“Desus & Mero”

Network: Viceland
Time starting: 11 p.m. ET
What to Expect: Hosts Desus & Mero have been bringing a new spin to late night coverage for just three weeks, but Viceland is handing over the reins to two of the newest members of their lineup Wednesday night.  Per Viceland on YouTube, “Get ready for fuego political takes and several FCC violations.” (Depending on your state of mind, that might be genuinely appealing.)

“The Daily Show Democalypse 2016 Live”Daily Show Trevor Noah

Time: 11 p.m.-12 a.m. ET
Network: Comedy Central
What to Expect: Official announcements are yet to come as to what to expect, but look for Trevor Noah to find his own unique angle on election coverage. UPDATE: Guests tonight will include Ana Marie Cox, historian Douglas Brinkley and comedian/actor Keegan Michael Key. Oh, and if you don’t get around to changing the channel…

“@midnight Live”

Time: 12 a.m. ET
Network: Comedy Central
What to Expect: Chris Hardwick and the “@midnight” team go live for the first time. Announced guests for Comedy Central’s more-topical-than-usual game show are Whitney Cummings, Ron Funches, and Paul F. Tompkins.

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