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Best of the web: July 30, 2016

Stephen Colbert gets a little help to explain the Trump phenomenon.

Stranger Things.
Stranger Things.

WORDINESS: Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show in the US, has briefly brought back his faux-conservative persona from The Colbert Report to explain the Trump phenomenon. The man who coined the word “truthiness” has a new word: Trumpiness. “Elections aren’t about what voters think, it’s about what they feel,” he says, and Trump is “an emotional megaphone”. Colbert also managed to persuade Jon Stewart to make a return to TV to help explain Trump.

WHAT A CHARACTER: No Small Parts is a YouTube channel that pays homage to the character actors of TV and film, the men and women who will never be the star or win an Oscar. It’s a passion project of Brandon Hardesty, who describes himself as “a budget Jonah Hill”. His documentaries are around 20 minutes long, such as this one about Vincent Schiavelli, who was in everything from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest to Miami Vice.

SVOD HIGHLIGHT: What’s good in subscription video on demand. New Netflix series Stranger Things is part Spielberg homage, part X-Files, part Stand By Me: in a small Indiana town in 1983, weird things are happening at a government research centre on the edge of town, and then a boy goes missing. The nostalgia is amplified by 80s icon Winona Ryder, who plays the kid’s mum.

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