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Stephen Colbert has never been shy about going the extra mile for comedy, and this time he went more than just a mile.
On Thursday, the “Late Show” host tweeted a response to President Donald Trump’s announcement that he has no tapes of conversations with former FBI Director James Comey in which Colbert is strolling through the streets of Russia. “Don’t worry, Mr. President. I’m in Russia,” Colbert wrote. “If the ‘tapes’ exist, I’ll bring you back a copy!” It is unknown exactly when Colbert will air footage from the trip, with a spokesperson for CBS »
- Joe Otterson
James Corden is reworking the opening of this week’s London-based episodes of “The Late Late Show” in the wake of the terrorist attack that claimed seven lives over the weekend in the British capital.
“What we’re doing is in flux right now, but we had an opening that we’d been working on for a while and we’d shot probably 75% of it, but we agreed that we don’t think it feels tonally right after the weekend to start the show like that,” Corden said Monday. “We’re going to work tonight and tomorrow on how we will open the show.”
The actor-comedian spoke to Variety on the set of his London show in the Central Hall Westminster, a sprawling church and conference center directly across from famed Westminster Abbey.
- Stewart Clarke
Comedian Judy Gold appears in episode three of “I'm Dying Up Here,” the Jim Carrey-produced Showtime ensemble series premiering Sunday that fictionalizes the infamous early 1970s Los Angeles comedy scene, where a slew of real-life icons like David Letterman, Jay Leno, Andy Kaufman, Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Elayne Boosler first rose to prominence and thousands of other young hopefuls followed suit on the heels of Johnny Carson’s decision to move “The Tonight Show” to the West Coast in 1972.
On the new show, Gold plays an aging comic named Judy Elder, who’s vying for a second shot at stardom on the stage of her childhood friend Goldie Herschlag—the tough-as-nails owner of an L.A. comedy club that bears a striking resemblance to The Comedy Store and its real-life proprietor Mitzi Shore.
Yet “I’m Dying Up Here” co-creator and executive producer Dave Flebotti says “Goldie has an entirely different energy »
- Tripp Whetsell
The Comcast-based media conglomerate is seeking massive hikes in the rates advertisers pay for the 9 a.m. slot, according to two people familiar with current negotiations. NBC has said it will launch a new show anchored by Kelly in the fall at that time. One of these people said NBC is pressing for increases in the cost of reaching 1,000 viewers – a metric known as a Cpm that is integral to talks between TV networks and Madison Avenue – that could reach as high as 30%. In contrast, Cpm rates for ads in broadcast primetime this season are at present expected to rise between 8% to 9% at most.
NBCUniversal declined to make executives available for comment. The company is making its Kelly pitch as part of »
- Brian Steinberg
On Tuesday's episode of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, which is currently filming on location in Los Angeles, O'Brien agreed to play the show's "Plead the Fifth" game and was asked in a roundabout way about his feelings toward Leno years after the Tonight Show shake-up. "You are seated next to Jay Leno on a flight, what do you say to him? What is the conversation?" Cohen asked.
"Oh, for God's sake," O'Brien exclaimed before jokingly answering that he wouldn't speak to him at all.
"I'm watching a movie and my headphones are on and I don't think we ever actually talk," the 54-year-old comedian replied, noting that he »
With three nights left in the traditional September to May season, Colbert’s CBS late-night show is averaging 3.195 million viewers per episode, compared to Fallon’s 3.173 on NBC, according to Nielsen data through May 19. Colbert’s victory marks CBS’ first late night win since the 1994-1995 season, excluding 2009-2010 when NBC replaced Conan O’Brien with Jay Leno midway through the season. “The Late Show” was also the only late-night program to post year-to-year growth in total viewers, up 11% from 2.89m.
There are some caveats worth mentioning, however. Fallon is still the late-night king of adults 18-49. To date, Fallon is averaging a 0.81 rating in the key demo, compared to Colbert’s 0.58, meaning Fallon enjoys a 33% advantage over his nearest competition in that measure, which is the measure most important to advertisers. In »
- Joe Otterson
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: hated by President Donald Trump; loved by viewers. Colbert’s CBS Late Show will win the 2016-17 TV season in total viewers – CBS’ first win over NBC’s The Tonight Show in overall audience with a season-long host since the 1994-95 TV season. The qualifier excludes the 2009-2010 TV season when NBC replaced Conan O'Brien with Jay Leno midway through the season. Trump recently called Colbert “a no-talent guy… There's nothing funny about… »
Sam Glover May 25, 2017
Stuck for an alternative to the usual viewing for young kids? Then these streaming recommendations may be of use...
The wonderful world wide web (including this very site) has looked in detail at Netflix; the hits, the misses, the hidden gems, the ones to miss and so on. This said, Netflix Originals has another area where it operates. And this is where my three-year-old son comes in.
Thanks to Nick Jnr and Channel 5’s Milkshake, we’re generally okay in our house should children’s television (Aka award-winning parenting) be required. Netflix takes it to another level. There are the well-known shows (Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol etc.), the slightly lesser-known programmes (Pocoyo being my personal favourite) and then there are Netflix’s own productions. »
Although ABC says politics played no role in its recent cancellation of Last Man Standing, many fans seem certain the show got axed due to its political incorrectness and espousal of “conservative views.”
A new Change.org petition threatening to boycott ABC over the cancellation has amassed more than 245,000 signatures and argues that the show was “not just selling conservative ideas,” but the idea that people of different political views can still “get along and take care of one another.”
“Last Man Standing is one of the only shows on broadcast television, and the only sitcom, that is not constantly »
- Tierney McAfee
For many late-night critics, Jimmy Fallon's defining moment as Tonight Show host came last September during his banter-filled interview with then-Republican-nominee Donald Trump. After lobbing a few softball questions, Fallon, grinning wildly, reached over his desk and ruffled the divisive politician's hair.
In the subsequent months, the former SNL star has endured fan backlash and ratings slide. In a lengthy New York Times interview, the comedian admitted he was "devastated" by the negative feedback – but unfazed by the viewership numbers. Other comic talents, including Jay Leno and Seth Meyers, »
The degree of plagiarism that goes on in comedy isn’t the easy thing to detect or even prove. Comedians are altering punchlines and jokes from other comedians all the time so when a case comes up that could actually hold water and against a very successful late night host no less, it’s something to pay attention to. Comedy writer Robert “Alex” Kaseberg, who takes credit for thousands of jokes used by Jay Leno and whose material has appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post, is suing Conan O’Brien for copyright infringement on five of his jokes from
Comedy Writer Suing Conan O’Brien for Stealing his Jokes and He Might Have a Case »
- Nat Berman
After celebrating her 35th birthday in May, Lynsi Snyder became the majority owner of the beloved fast-food chain In-n-Out Burger, bringing her net worth to an estimated $1.3 billion, according to Forbes.
Snyder first took over in 2010 as president of the company that her grandparents, Harry and Esther Snyder, founded in 1948 and was once run by her uncle, Richard, and father, Guy. She’s been named one of the most trustworthy leaders in the country, but her rise to the top has not been picture-perfect. Below are a few fast facts about the reclusive heiress.
1. She’s extremely private.
Snyder has »
- Ana Calderone
Related2017 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
Allen starred as Mike Baxter, a conservative sporting-goods exec whose traditional values often clashed with those around him, including his liberal son-in-law Ryan (Jordan Masterson). Nancy Travis co-starred as Mike’s wife Vanessa; Amanda Fuller, Molly Ephraim and Kaitlyn Dever played Mike and Vanessa’s three daughters.
Last Man Standing was a Friday-night staple for ABC, racking up a total of 130 episodes. »
Since seizing the reins of CBS’ “Late Show,” Stephen Colbert has held discussions with Bruce Springsteen and Joe Biden; joked around with Jon Stewart; and teased an animated President Trump. On a recent night in April, however, viewers may have been more surprised by a different sort of Colbert guest.
The visitor? Nigel, an animated spokes-owl (for lack of a better word) from Xyzal, the Sanofi-manufactured allergy medication. “We do this show for money,” Colbert explained to his viewers before his team flashed a Xyzal logo on the screen and Nigel took a seat next to him. “If allergy symptoms keep you up at night, Xyzal gives you relief, so you can sleep,” the owl said during the ensuing conversation. Sanofi was in recent weeks also able to get ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and TBS’ “Conan” to embed the product into their shows in similar fashion (A spokesman for the company declined to comment on the »
- Brian Steinberg
The WGA’s master contract with Hollywood’s major studios is set to expire at midnight on Monday. If no new agreement is in place, striking writers could be marching with picket signs the next morning — instead of writing TV shows.
A writers strike would not mean that all television would suddenly be thrust into reruns. But some effects would be immediate, and a lengthy walkout could have a huge impact across the dial.
Late-night, where writers’ rooms are open year-round, would be the first television sector affected. “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Conan,” and “The Daily Show” would go dark immediately — though they might not stay dark for long. David Letterman, whose Worldwide Pants production company owned “Late Show” and “Late Late Show” a decade ago — cut a separate deal with the WGA that allowed him and Craig Ferguson to return to the air during the 2007-08 strike with their writing »
- Daniel Holloway
By Nathaniel R
Last week the directors of Captain Marvel were announced, moving that imaginary Marvel Studios picture, starring Brie Larson, closer to reality. 2019 is still a long way off though we have plenty of Brie to tide us over until then. She's in movie theaters currently as part of Ben Wheatley's crime comedy ensemble picture Free Fire (reviewed). It's one of two features this spring whichhas featured Brie Larson as the token female amongst a group of adult men fighting for their lives (the other being Kong Skull Island). Which is, if you consider her particular skills as an actress, kind of a waste; to date she's consistently done her most transcendent work opposite other women or child actors.
- NATHANIEL R
For Nick and Vanessa Lachey, family comes first.
“That was one of the things I think that really drew us to each other is we both really value family and how important family is,” Nick, 43, tells People for the annual World’s Most Beautiful issue.
“We both knew we wanted a family,” he adds, explaining that “at this point” in the couple’s lives, “it is the single biggest priority” for them.
And with three little ones — Phoenix Robert, 4 months, Brooklyn Elisabeth, 2, and Camden John, 4½ — Vanessa, 36, credits “a lot of teamwork” to helping the pair strike a balance. “I say »
- Mariah Haas
Don’t assume this is Bill O’Reilly’s Last Loofah.
Obviously, nothing would please me more than to be wrong about that. But everything from industry gossip to his own angry farewell statement to the tectonic changes in video news consumption implies that I’m not.
If he wants one, he’ll get another show.
About 15 months ago there was a rumor going around the news business that the younger Murdochs had reached the tipping point with Billo and would let him go, and that just as quickly one of the other cable news operations would pick him up. After the most successful sponsor boycott since the stampede away from Don Imus in 2007, that scenario seems less likely but hardly impossible. Imus himself was back on the fringes of cable within eight months, and two years after that he was doing his same old show on Fox Business Channel. That »
- Keith Olbermann
Features: Gilbert Gottfried, Whoopi Goldberg, Artie Lange, Arsenio Hall, Bill Burr, Richard Kind, Howie Mandel, Jay Leno, Penn Jillette | Written by Neil Berkeley, James Leche | Directed by Neil Berkeley
If you don’t know his face, you’ll definitely know his voice. But what about his personality?
Gilbert Gottfried has seen the typical comedian’s rise to fame, from his small start working clubs as a teen to making big breaks like voicing Disney characters, and the grand kahuna of all, lending your voice to commercials. But there’s one question we all have about the mysterious man: is that really his voice?
Turns out that isn’t the only question we should have for him. Gilbert, a film directed, written, and produced by Neil Berkeley, follows the side of Gottfried that no one sees: his personal, non-decibel-provoking one. A personal life? Gilbert’s? Does he even have one? It »
- Catherina Gioino
You probably recognize Gilbert Gottfried’s name (after all, he’s the most famous Gilbert who’s ever lived), and you definitely recognize his voice, but other than his career-defining performance as Iago in “Aladdin,” how much of his work can you remember off the top of your head?
Mileage will vary, of course, but even Gottfried devotees could agree that the guy’s persona has outsized his resumé. That’s not to knock his stand-up comedy or his appearances in the likes of “Beverly Hills Cop II” and “Saved By the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas,” but rather to say that he’s become an ambient part of our culture, less of a celebrity than the human embodiment of a modern court jester. He’s not a man, but a squint and an aggressive whine; he’s the joke you shouldn’t tell in public, the furniture at a Friar’s Club roast. »
- David Ehrlich
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