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What It Takes to Write ‘The Tonight Show’ (And The Writers’ 5 Favorite Sketches)

9 hours ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

To appreciate how much work goes into writing a show like “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,” ask a writer how many jokes they must write on any given day for any given segment. The answer is easily dozens, and that doesn’t include comedy pitches for celebrity guests and big sketch ideas like the show’s famed TV show parodies.

Gerard Bradford, a supervising writer for “Tonight Show,” broke down for IndieWire just how intense the production process can be. He also revealed some of his favorite sketches from the past year, and their more unusual inspirations.

What does having a regular schedule for specific desk bits like “Thank You Notes” mean for the rhythm of writing the show? 

It definitely helps – especially on a show like ours where we’re doing five hour-long shows a week, and each show can be very different content-wise on any given day. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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What It Takes to Write ‘The Tonight Show’ (And The Writers’ 5 Favorite Sketches)

9 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

To appreciate how much work goes into writing a show like “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,” ask a writer how many jokes they must write on any given day for any given segment. The answer is easily dozens, and that doesn’t include comedy pitches for celebrity guests and big sketch ideas like the show’s famed TV show parodies.

Gerard Bradford, a supervising writer for “Tonight Show,” broke down for IndieWire just how intense the production process can be. He also revealed some of his favorite sketches from the past year, and their more unusual inspirations.

What does having a regular schedule for specific desk bits like “Thank You Notes” mean for the rhythm of writing the show? 

It definitely helps – especially on a show like ours where we’re doing five hour-long shows a week, and each show can be very different content-wise on any given day. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Maya & Marty's Maya Rudolph on Her Four Kids: 'We Have a lot of Living Room Shows!'

14 June 2016 4:05 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Maya & Marty star Maya Rudolph has starred in film, TV and the live stage, but there is one place where she is not allowed to be the center of attention – her own living room! "We have a lot of living room shows," Rudolph tells People of her family, "But I'm usually told to sit down and watch!"Rudolph has three daughters and a son with husband Paul Thomas Anderson. "They'll dance to anything," she says of her brood. "They're natural hams." Despite stealing the spotlight, the 43-year-old actress says her oldest daughter, Pearl Minnie, 10, is "very proud" of her famous mother, »

- Kristen Caires, @kristencaires

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Christina Grimmie: Remembering Her Best Performances on The Voice

12 June 2016 8:49 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Words can’t accurately convey the horror and heartbreak of The Voice alum Christina Grimmie‘s senseless shooting death Friday night while signing autographs after a concert in Florida.

The world lost a creative, charismatic, ridiculously talented artist who had decades of musical memory-making in front of her. Even worse, Grimmie’s friends and family now have to contemplate a future without the bubbly, driven and by-all-accounts infectiously positive 22-year-old in their lives.

Thirty-six hours after the tragedy occurred, there’s still no making sense of it. I suspect there’ll never never any making sense of it.

For those »

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Maya & Marty (and Tina & Steve): What Were the Best and Worst Sketches?

7 June 2016 8:28 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Tina Fey returned to her old 30 Rock stomping grounds on Tuesday alongside Maya & Marty‘s first second-time guest.

RelatedHairspray Live: Meet the Newcomer Cast as Tracy Turnblad in NBC Musical

Steve Martin, who briefly appeared during Episode 1, brought his banjo along for Week 2 of NBC’s summer variety venture.

SNL‘s primetime equivalent followed up on its May 31 debut with sketches involving improper forms of etiquette, gropey ventriloquist dummies and Oprah Winfrey’s favorite things. The hour also featured special guests Nathan Lane, Sean Hayes and Drake, the latter of whom was sorely missing from all but one segment in »

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Video: Bernie Sanders Formally Endorses Larry David for 'President'

28 May 2016 2:02 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Bernie Sanders wants four more years of ‘Bernie Sanders.’

In an outtake from his appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher, the presidential hopeful officially voted to keep his comedic doppelgänger (and onetime co-star) Larry David employed at Saturday Night Live through 2020.

VideosShonda Rhimes, #Tgit Stars Declare, ‘I’m With Hillary’ In Unprecedented Campaign Ad

“I think he’s one of the funniest guys in America,” Sanders enthused in the below video. “I want to see him continue to be funny on television for the next four years.”

And just in case the subtext of Sanders’ ringing endorsement didn’t register, »

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Hillary Clinton on Beyonce's 'Lemonade': 'It's Great'

25 May 2016 6:06 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Hillary Clinton visited The Ellen DeGeneres Show for an interview that airs Wednesday, with the Democratic candidate discussing a variety of topics from potential vice president picks to her admiration for Beyoncé's Lemonade. "I have seen parts of it, and I do like it. It's great," Clinton said, taking a question from Taylor Swift during an audience Q&A.

On the episode, DeGeneres and Clinton played a game called "Would You Rather: VP Edition," where the host pitted two celebrities against each other and the former secretary of state chose »

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Drake University Invites Rapper Drake to Tour Campus While in Des Moines for Concert

20 May 2016 2:10 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Drake will be in Des Moines for "Work" this fall - but local college Drake University is offering him something to do in his down time. Friday afternoon, the rapper took to Twitter to announce 15 new tour dates, including one in the Iowa capital city, and the Des Moines university sharing the "Hotline Bling" artist's name was quick to accommodate him. Shortly after the Summer Sixteen Tour stop was announced, Drake University released a pun-filled press release inviting the Views star (né Aubrey Graham) to visit. "Drake University students have lobbied for years to #BringDrakeToDrake, and we're eager to welcome »

- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff

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Drake University Invites Rapper Drake to Tour Campus While in Des Moines for Concert

20 May 2016 2:10 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Drake will be in Des Moines for "Work" this fall - but local college Drake University is offering him something to do in his down time. Friday afternoon, the rapper took to Twitter to announce 15 new tour dates, including one in the Iowa capital city, and the Des Moines university sharing the "Hotline Bling" artist's name was quick to accommodate him. Shortly after the Summer Sixteen Tour stop was announced, Drake University released a pun-filled press release inviting the Views star (né Aubrey Graham) to visit. "Drake University students have lobbied for years to #BringDrakeToDrake, and we're eager to welcome »

- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff

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Watch Drake, Jared Leto Play 'Never Have I Ever' on 'Ellen'

18 May 2016 8:14 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Following his hosting gig on Saturday Night Live, Drake stopped by Ellen to discuss being the host and musical guest on the sketch comedy show. 

"It's one of the most intense talent gauntlets I've ever been put through," the rapper said before noting how little time he had between sketches and even before his musical performance where he sang "One Dance" live for the first time. After discussing his friendship with Rihanna and meeting a charismatic 9-year-old boy at the NBA All-Star game, Drake nearly jumped out of his chair »

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Drake and Jared Leto Give Hope to People Everywhere by Admitting They've Hooked Up With Fans Before

18 May 2016 6:36 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

As if scaring the living daylights out of Drake when he appeared on her talk show Wednesday morning wasn't enough, Ellen DeGeneres also had him play a round of her "Never Have I Ever" game. To raise the stakes, she brought out Suicide Squad actor and Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto to join in the fun, and the pair was hit with questions like "Have you ever hooked up with a fan on tour?" and "Have you ever made out with someone twice your age?" Although Jared seemed to answer truthfully, Drake was being totally coy. Watch the video above to hear their hilarious answers, and then check out the best part of Drake's recent SNL appearance. »

- Quinn Keaney

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Trust Us, You've Never Seen Drake Freak Out Like This Before

17 May 2016 10:03 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Fresh off his hosting gig on Saturday Night Live, Drake stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week to promote his new album, Views. After discussing his friendship with Rihanna and playing a fun game of "Never Have I Ever" with Jared Leto, the usually calm rapper was in for quite a scare when Ellen had a man dressed up as Drake jump out of a coffee table next to him. Not only is his reaction pretty Lol-worthy, but his recovery is also a must see. Watch the clip in full above, then check out our full rundown of his on-and-off romance with Rihanna. »

- Monica Sisavat

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Drake Hosts ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Stars In Hilarious Skits

16 May 2016 2:45 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Drake hosted SNL on Saturday night and delivered some hilarious skits. Drake on ‘SNL’, Funny Skits Drake opened the show with his opening monologue, in which he poked fun at memes that focus on him. The rapper explained to the audience that backstage he just saw a meme from his “Hotline Bling” video with the […]

The post Drake Hosts ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Stars In Hilarious Skits appeared first on uInterview. »

- Shantel Whitaker

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Ratings: ‘Simpsons’ Live Episode Grabs 330,000 More Viewers Than Last Week’s Show

16 May 2016 8:10 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Homer going live on Sunday’s “Simpsons” boosted ratings by 9 percent, week over week. From a total TV audience standpoint, last night’s half hour grew by 330,000 overall viewers, hitting 2.8 million with some favorable rounding. So, not a big bump, really, but Fox — currently third in the key 18-49 demographic and fourth among overall eyeballs — will take it. The voice behind Homer, Dan Castellaneta, performed three minutes of live animated improv last night to close out an all-new episode. Read about how it went here. Also Read: 'Simpsons' Live: Homer Disses Drake, Plugs 'Empire' Sporting an all-finale line-up, ABC finished first in ratings with. »

- Tony Maglio

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The Simpsons – live! A remarkable stunt that proves Homer will outlive us all

16 May 2016 3:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

In a never-before-attempted live animation high-wire act, Homer talked about everything from Drake to Donald Trump. It may be the first time an animated character has endorsed a presidential candidate

I must admit I am no longer a regular viewer of The Simpsons. This is not because I fall into the category of unequivocal hater or nostalgic purist. The show is staffed by some of the smartest comedy writers around, and lesser minds would collapse in a pool of their own drool if asked to write fresh material for a show that has aired for two decades. The reason I don’t watch it is primarily because I take for granted that it will always exist.

As a lapsed viewer, I am probably the target audience for last night’s episode, Simprovised, which featured a gimmick coda in which Homer Simpson took live, pre-screened phone calls through the magic of motion-capture technology. »

- Dave Schilling

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‘Simpsons’ Live: Homer Disses Drake, Plugs ‘Empire’

15 May 2016 5:34 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Homer Simpson (Dan Castellaneta) answered fan questions live Sunday night on Fox, in a brief and pretty good improv segment somewhat plagued by phone-related awkwardness. The three-minute skit started with the animated patriarch pranking viewers, claiming this would be “the last episode of ‘The Simpsons.'” Then he said what we all know to actually be true — this 27-year-old series is never going off the air. Next, Castellaneta proved the segment was actually live by dissing rapper Drake with a topical jab. “To prove that we’re live, on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ last night, Drake was terrible,” he said as Homer. »

- Tony Maglio

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The Best & Worst Sketches from Drake’s ‘Saturday Night Live’

15 May 2016 4:36 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In the penultimate episode of the 41st season of Saturday Night Live, recording star Drake returned to Studio 8H as host and musical guest. As expected, Drake was as comfortable as ever with the cast of SNL (after all, he started his career as an actor), and he really put himself into a variety of […]

The post The Best & Worst Sketches from Drake’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Gigi Hadid Wears Her Love for Zayn Malik and He Can't Help But Be Impressed

15 May 2016 1:54 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Distance has a way of making the heart grow fonder. As Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik spent part of their weekend at opposite ends of the country, the supermodel found a special way to prove her boyfriend was still on her mind. While visiting Dave & Busters in New York City for Drake's Saturday Night Live after-party, Gigi made quite the fashion statement while wearing denim jeans and a T-shirt with the words "lol ur not Zayn Malik." "Thas ma girl," Zayn tweeted with a picture of his girlfriend inside the venue. Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones also shared a few pictures from the "after after party" that she could only describe as "off the chain." »

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SNL Pokes Fun at Beyoncé and Jay Z's Lemonade Drama During Black Jeopardy

15 May 2016 11:54 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Drake brought his golden sense of humor when he hosted Saturday Night Live this week. In between rapping about his issues with the SNL cast and impersonating Rihanna, the rapper participated in a fun round of Black Jeopardy with Amir (Jay Pharoah), Keeley (Sasheer Zamata), and host Darnell Hayes (Kenan Thompson). While the game poked fun at Drake's Canadian background, things took a hilarious turn when the show dared to poke fun at Beyoncé and Jay Z's recent Lemonade drama. Prepare to laugh and watch the clip above now. »

- Monica Sisavat

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‘Saturday Night Live’ With Host & Musical Guest Drake Slips In Households

15 May 2016 11:35 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

NBC's Saturday Night Live with host and musical guest Drake drew a 3.9 rating in the metered-market households and a 1.8/9 in adults 18-49 in the markets with local people meters, down a bit from last week’s 4.1 rating and 1/9 in the demo with host Brie Larson and musical guest Alicia Keys. NBC notes that SNL grew +5% versus the show's May 2015 average for originals in metered-market households (3.9 vs 3.7 for May… »

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