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As I begin writing this I'm watching David Letterman, in one of his final appearances as host of "The Late Show," walk out to greet the audience as he's done thousands of times. He's talking about the weather in New York, again, as he's done countless times. After Wednesday, he'll never walk out onto that Ed Sullivan Theater stage and shoot the breeze about the weather again. He'll never again throw it to Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra to kick off the show. The misfits, alas, will have lost their shepherd. Because at his core, that's who Letterman is and has been. He has represented the off-brand sensibilities of an audience allergic to the vanilla stylings of his cool kid contemporaries. He has been the kind of personality who could give us Stupid Pet Tricks and turn throwing a football at a meatball-topped Christmas tree into an annual tradition. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Last night on late night, John Oliver talked Nsa, FIFA, and contract chicken farming. On Friday, Oprah and Norm MacDonald came on Late Show, Jimmy Kimmel interviewed a Ucsb student whose flute recital invite went viral, and Anna Kendrick hates her “resting bitchy face”.
Oliver was surprised to report that the Us House of Representatives has passed a measure (H.R. 2048) to stop the Nsa collection of telephone data. That measure will be opposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, but has a good chance of passing, due to relatively strong bipartisan support and the support of the President, the Director of National Intelligence, and a federal appeals court.
Next, Oliver discusses the upcoming presidential election for FIFA. President Sepp Blatter, a maligned figure in world sport, stands for re-election. Blatter is responsible for handing out the 2018 World Cup to Russia, the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, »
- Max Wood
Though people of a certain age might remember Norm MacDonald for his roles in Adam Sandler’s early man-child movies and an unfortunate series of appearances in now-forgotten comedies, he wasn’t always an annoying That Guy. He had an impressive streak in the early-to-mid ’90s during which he hosted SNL’s Weekend Update and graced various New York comedy clubs with his singularly derpy presence. Deemed the 83rd greatest stand-up of all time by Comedy Central, MacDonald always sort of seemed like an old man trying to fight his way out of a young’s body. The guy could hold a stoic stare while he waited for the audience to catch up with his joke.This weekend, MacDonald appeared on the Late Show, performing stand-up and delivering an earnest ode to his mentor. While talking about David Letterman’s deep influence on his stand-up, MacDonald called Letterman the greatest »
- Greg Cwik
In the runup to David Letterman’s finale on Wednesday, the Late Show host has delivered an amazing roster of guests to bid him adieu, including George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Tom Waits to name just a few. Comedian Norm Macdonald thought Friday night was a good time to talk about flashbacks, and taking pictures “back then” with cameras vs. today, with people using their phones for photography. And which country scares him most, among other things. He also noted early in… »
David Letterman’s final week on “The Late Show” had better be awesome, because his second-to-last week is pretty stacked guest-wise. On Tuesday, President Bill Clinton will make his 10th appearance on the CBS late-night talk show. Joining the former Commander-in-Chief next week will be Howard Stern and Don Rickles (Monday), Adam Sandler (Tuesday with Clinton), Julia Roberts and musical guest Ryan Adams (Wednesday), George Clooney and musical guest Tom Waits (Thursday) and Oprah Winfrey with a stand-up comedy set by Norm Macdonald to close out the week (Friday). Additionally, “Late Show” Music Director and Bandleader Paul Shaffer will join Letterman for a special interview. »
- Tony Maglio
TV Summer Spotlight: NBC is nailing it hard with amazing returns of their hit series like “America’s Got Talent” and “American Ninja Warrior” and gave us the trailers from NBC Summer Press Day! Check out brand new trailers below for Last Comic Standing (returning July 22 at 9/8c), American Ninja Warrior (returning May 25 at 8/7c), I Can Do That (premiering May 26 at 10/9c), and The Carmichael Show (premiering August 5 at 9:30/8:30c).#LastComicLast Comic StandingAnthony Jeselnik hosts a brand new season of Last Coming Standing, along with judges Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Norm Macdonald. Watch the 2-hour […] »
- April Neale
Tonight, The Roast of Justin Bieber will air on Comedy Central and the masses will get what they’ve long been waiting for: a public shaming of Justin Bieber. Of course, some of the special’s most notable put-downs of the pop star have been publicized, including insults from the likes of Roast master Kevin Hart (“Justin’s Canadian. He’s actually considered American, because no Canadian has ever been this much of an asshole”), Shaquille O’Neal (“Last year you were ranked the fifth most hated person of all time. Kim Jong-un didn’t even score that low, and he uses your music to fuckin’ torture people”), and Jeffrey Ross (“You’ve become a cocky little shit. You are the King Joffrey of pop”).
While Bieber’s burns are definitely scorching, he’s hardly the only Roastee to get royally humiliated during their special. As we count down to The Roast of Justin Bieber, »
- Aly Semigran
The comedian has self-financed eight half-hour episodes that will be shopped by Toronto-based Tricon Films and Television to international buyers at next month’s MipTV conference in Cannes. Series revolves around the comedian’s life as an entertainer, father of a toddler and husband of a younger Mexican woman, Patricia Azarcoya, who has an independent career as an television producer.
Schneider and Azarcoya co-wrote the episodes, with Schneider directing and producing. The effort grew out of Schneider’s frustration with his experience at CBS in 2012 with a similarly themed sitcom, “Rob.”
“Rob” was paired on CBS’ schedule with “The Big Bang Theory,” which gave it a good send off but the show ultimately didn’t hold enough of its lead-in to command a renewal. It was also roundly panned by critics.
After “Rob” was axed, Schneider »
- Cynthia Littleton
Rob Schneider’s got a new show!
The SNL alum produced, directed and stars in comedy series Real Rob! with his real-life wife, Mexican television producer Patricia Azarcoya. The show is an "exaggerated, yet brutally honest" autobiographical look at the comedian’s life and career.
"Rob lives in two worlds, one where he’s the most important person on set, and the other, where he’s the third most important person in a three-person household, after his two-year-old daughter, Miranda, and his younger Mexican wife, Patricia," reads a release from Tricorn Films & Television, who has begun shopping the show internationally. "Patricia doesn’t quite grasp Rob’s level of fame, because when he was getting his first movie role, she was getting her first tricycle."
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"30 Rock" had its share of subversive jokes that weren't meant for all audiences to understand. You'd be forgiven if you didn't catch the dirty reference when Liz Lemon's dad Dick proclaimed, "Wouldn't be a Lemon party without ol' Dick!" But it appears "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," the followup series from "30 Rock" producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock for Netflix, has upped the ante with an incredibly rarefied reference to a fabled writers' room story from the set of "Roseanne." In episode 10 of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" when the character of Dong (Ki Hong Lee) comes back to his restaurant to learn that immigration officials have apprehended his coworkers, he apologizes to his boss and says, "I'm so sorry, Hu Zha Qi!" His boss responds, "It's your fault. I hope you die, become ghost, fly around the room. That make everybody happy." The key to understanding this reference is realizing "Hu Zha Qi" is pronounced "Who Jackie, »
- Louis Virtel
Familiar to the younger set (and their folks, ahem) as Good Luck, Charlie‘s Teddy, Mendler has a cool 100 sitcom episodes under her belt, yet the Bill Lawrence comedy marks her first full-on foray into the broadcast-tv waters.
TVLine spoke with the 22-year-old actress/singer about navigating that leap, her Undateable character’s most “un-Disneylike” behavior and more.
Tvline | Was there any »
In Eddie Murphy's stand-up classic Raw, the comedian reveals, "Richard [Pryor] is the one who made me want to do comedy. When I was young, I wanted to be Richard Pryor so bad I used to sneak in the basement, put his albums on, and just listen… I wanted to be Richard so bad, I used to go out on stage when I was 15 and talk and act and walk and everything like Richard Pryor." With that admiration in mind, Murphy has been cast to play an unexpected role in »
The Rock just can’t stay away from 30 Rock.
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George Ezra is slated as the musical performer.
Johnson last hosted SNL in 2009.
Filmdom’s erstwhile Rocky Balboa will step back into the reality-tv ring as an executive producer of NBC’s S.T.R.O.N.G., a fitness competition from The Biggest Loser creator Dave Broome, our sister site Deadline reports.
Similar to Biggest Loser, S.T.R.O.N.G. (Start To Realize Our Natural Greatness) will challenge six men and six women to become their best, buffest selves, working with trainers to evolve from average Joes and Jills into tight-n-toned physical specimens.
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Also, veteran Comedy Central roaster Anthony Jeselnik has also signed on to host the upcoming cycle, replacing Season 8 emcee J.B. Smoove (The Millers). Emmy-winning comedian Wanda Sykes (The New Adventures of Old Christine) returns as executive producer.
A return date has not been announced by NBC.
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“Last Comic Standing” just booked two big comedians: Norm Macdonald will join the NBC reality program as a judge, while Anthony Jeselnik will host the series. Macdonald will replace Russell Peters at the judging table, while Jeselnik is taking over for J.B. Smoove. Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans will return as judges for the eight-episode ninth season premiering this summer. This time around, NBC will invite 100 comics to vie for 40 spots, with the Top 10 moving into the single-elimination head-to-head rounds. The Top 5 comedians make the finals, and the winner will score a prize package worth $250,000 and »
- Tony Maglio
Sam Simon, who died Sunday of colorectal cancer, will not just be remembered for his work on “The Simpsons,” “Taxi” and other memorable TV shows. He was also an active philanthropist, including creating the dog-focused nonprofit the Sam Simon Foundation and serving as honorary director of PETA.
Here, Variety has gathered tributes that have highlighted both his personal and professional endeavors.
“We will miss Sam’s phenomenal talents, sharp intelligence, and sly sense of humor. He is gone from our industry too soon.”
“He was truly one of the great ones. He found so much outside the work to give him pleasure and left so much behind for others.”
“The Simpsons” executive producer-showrunner Al Jean:
“He was a genius and a great humanitarian in ways public and private. I personally owe him more than can be repaid, »
- Variety Staff
Bill Cosby says his career is not finished. The comedian, 77, has canceled numerous shows amid the sexual assault allegations made against him by more than a dozen women. But he is scheduled to perform at a Louisiana venue on Friday, and issued a written statement thanking the performing arts center and fans for welcoming him: "Dear Fans: For 53 years you have given me your love, support, respect and trust. Thank you! I can't wait to see your smiling faces and warm your hearts with a wonderful gift - Laughter. I'm ready! I thank you, the theatre staff (Heymann Performing Arts »
- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos
In an interview on Alison Rosen's podcast, Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend, Lee goes off on the 77-year-old comedian in light of the numerous sexual assault allegations against him. Lee served as a manager for Pryor, and wasn't shy about sharing her insight.
"It was a well-kept secret that Bill f*cked everything that moved," she claimed. "This kind of s**t that we're finding out about is beyond. I wasn't aware of this kind of business. There are people in the business who were aware of it and they're coming out now too."
"The condescension that was going on and the holier than thou. It got so over-the-top," she said about his attitude.
She then pointed »
Eddie Murphy was a miracle. Today, there is an industry around the show that is designed to be a sort of star-making assembly line, and I think many of the people who have used the show as a springboard to other things deserve that success completely. But when Eddie Murphy made his debut on the show in 1980, "Saturday Night Live" wasn't even guaranteed a spot on TV for much longer. After all, the original cast was gone by that point. The new cast, including Denny Dillon, Gilbert Gottfried, Charles Rocket, Ann Risley, and Joe Piscopo, seemed like a poor replacement for the likes of Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, and Bill Murray. I was a ten year old nascent comedy nerd, and for me, it was mystifying to see something that had been the absolute center of the comedy universe suddenly drop completely out of relevance. Everything about that »
- Drew McWeeny
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