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7 items from 2017


Why Treating Donald Trump Like a Cartoon Character Isn’t That Funny — Very Good TV Podcast

31 July 2017 5:53 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Six months into Donald Trump’s presidency, it’s hard to remember a time when the concept of the former “Apprentice” host becoming the Commander-in-Chief was a joke.

And yet for some time, it really was, thanks to decades of Trump’s standing as a pop culture icon, a notion he more than encouraged with frequent media appearances. The mogul was game for any joke as long as it didn’t imply that he wasn’t as rich or powerful as he said he was.

Read MoreTrump News: Late Night Show Writers Talk About the Challenges of Keeping Audiences Laughing As The World Burns

Since Trump took office, any attempt to keep up with political news inspires a wide range of emotions, but it’s rare that the headlines coming out of Washington inspire much in the way of funny. And it’s an especially acute problem faced by comedians »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Why Treating Donald Trump Like a Cartoon Character Isn’t That Funny — Very Good TV Podcast

31 July 2017 5:53 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Six months into Donald Trump’s presidency, it’s hard to remember a time when the concept of the former “Apprentice” host becoming the Commander-in-Chief was a joke.

And yet for some time, it really was, thanks to decades of Trump’s standing as a pop culture icon, a notion he more than encouraged with frequent media appearances. The mogul was game for any joke as long as it didn’t imply that he wasn’t as rich or powerful as he said he was.

Read MoreTrump News: Late Night Show Writers Talk About the Challenges of Keeping Audiences Laughing As The World Burns

Since Trump took office, any attempt to keep up with political news inspires a wide range of emotions, but it’s rare that the headlines coming out of Washington inspire much in the way of funny. And it’s an especially acute problem faced by comedians »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Late Night Writers Love/Hate That Donald Trump Has Made Their Daypart Great Again – TCA

29 July 2017 12:43 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Donald Trump has made late-night TV great again, daypart writers came to TCA to discuss. Even so, they, like late-night show hosts, seemed squeamish celebrating, and insisted they take no particular joy in the banquet of material served up each morning, noon and night by the former reality-tv star. The President Show head writer Christine Nangle, for instance, said her typical first response to a Trump tweet is, "We're all going to die." "I don't want this job," Nangle… »

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Late-Night Writers Talk Trump: ‘I Don’t Want This Job’

29 July 2017 12:34 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

While President Donald Trump’s administration has given them ample material for comedy, the consensus among some of the writers for late-night shows is that they’d prefer to not to have to cover it.

“I don’t want this job” was the general feeling among the writers who gathered Saturday at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour in Beverly Hills for a panel titled “Has Politics Made Late-Night Great Again?” Panelists included Ashley Nicole Black, a writer for “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” Christine Nangle, head writer for “The President Show,” Hallie Haglund, writer for “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” and Jason Reich, head writer for “The Jim Jefferies Show.”

“I just find it exhausting. It’s hard to find it fun,” said Reich of the pressure to keep up with the constant news cycle generated by the administration.

“It can get really boring to deal with this same person provoking the same level »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Trump News: Late Night Show Writers Talk About the Challenges of Keeping Audiences Laughing As The World Burns

29 July 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Perhaps you’ve heard: There’s been plenty of news out of Washington, D.C. lately.

Under ordinary circumstances, this would make the jobs of late-night comedy writers that much easier. But over the past year, these headlines are causing much more anxiety than laughs, even for the people whose job it is keep people entertained. A panel of late-night staffers spoke to the Television Critics Association on Saturday about the new challenges that have come with their job descriptions as things change in the White House.

“My first thought is always, ‘Were all going to die,’” said Christine Nangle, head writer for Comedy Central’s “The President Show. “Then you have to remember, is there anything for us to pull from?”

Even for shows that are only on once a week, there’s no rest for staff members who are keeping a closer eye on the news cycle than usual. »

- Steve Greene

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Trump News: Late Night Show Writers Talk About the Challenges of Keeping Audiences Laughing As The World Burns

29 July 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Perhaps you’ve heard: There’s been plenty of news out of Washington, D.C. lately.

Under ordinary circumstances, this would make the jobs of late-night comedy writers that much easier. But over the past year, these headlines are causing much more anxiety than laughs, even for the people whose job it is keep people entertained. A panel of late-night staffers spoke to the Television Critics Association on Saturday about the new challenges that have come with their job descriptions as things change in the White House.

“My first thought is always, ‘Were all going to die,’” said Christine Nangle, head writer for Comedy Central’s “The President Show. “Then you have to remember, is there anything for us to pull from?”

Even for shows that are only on once a week, there’s no rest for staff members who are keeping a closer eye on the news cycle than usual. »

- Steve Greene

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Comedy Central Orders More ‘President Show,’ ‘Jim Jefferies Show,’ New Hasan Minaj Sketch Special

25 July 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Comedy Central has extended the series orders for both “The President Show” and “The Jim Jefferies Show,” in addition to ordering a new sketch comedy special from Hasan Minaj, the network announced Tuesday at the TCA summer press tour.

The Jim Jefferies Show” has received an order for 10 additional episodes. The series, which features the titular Australian comedian tackling politics and world issues, will see original episodes air through August 15. After a brief hiatus, new episodes from this extension will begin on Tuesday, September 19 at 10:30 p.m. Et/Pt, following the fall season premiere of “Tosh.0.”

“I’m very grateful to Comedy Central for making our relationship more official,” said Jefferies. “Like all my relationships, I look forward to a few more months with Comedy Central before it starts crying outside of a bar at 2am. Or spray paints ‘liar’ on the side of my car.”

Jim Jefferies continues to surprise me,” said »

- Joe Otterson

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