12 items from 2015
Before they were rivals, Jay Leno was a stand-up comedian and a frequent guest on David Letterman's first talk show. The two look really chummy in this clip from the early '80s. Leno talks about life on the road as a comic and how young comedians consult him about how to score an appearance on Letterman's show. It's so crazy to see both the tenured late-night hosts 30 years younger and completely unaware of what's in store for their futures. Late Night With David Letterman ran on NBC from 1982 to 1993 before the host hopped over to CBS to host the Late Show With David Letterman, directly in opposition to The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Late-night TV would never be the same . . . »
Vcr board games: they brought tabletop entertainment to a new, interactive level. In Beyond the Gates, though, two brothers discover a video board game that's a little too interactive, transferring them to another world where their dad's soul is on the line and a roll of the dice could lead to eternal torment. The Barbara Crampton-produced movie is now filming with Jackson Stewart behind the camera and a group of talented cast members playing the mysterious game.
Press Release -- "Los Angeles, CA (April 27, 2015) – Jackson Stewart has set indie horror favorites Graham Skipper (Almost Human), Chase Williamson (The Guest), and Brea Grant (Halloween 2) as the leads in Beyond The Gates, a throwback paranormal movie in the spirit of horror classics such as Phantasm, The Beyond, and Poltergeist.
- Derek Anderson
After a mere three appearances on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, comedian Trevor Noah was chosen to replace the anchor. He was first spotted on the show back in December, as a new correspondent speaking about how similar America had become to South Africa. It's a tremendous (and unexpected) leap of faith for Comedy Central, given Noah's lack of notoriety. Names like Jessica Williams, Samantha Bee, and Jason Jones had all been tossed out as possible successors, but Noah is interesting for a number of reasons - not all of them positive. Here's what you need to know about the new host! He's already facing controversy. The new host probably should have deleted some tweets from the past. He's already getting major heat for a few tweets sent between 2011 and July 2014. Some are just tasteless jokes, but others can definitely be perceived as anti-Semitic. Comedy Central responded to the criticism, »
When Jon Stewart announced his departure from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show earlier this year, many longtime fans of the satirical news show wondered how it would be able to bounce back. Stewart’s unique brand of quirky comedy is one of the show’s key driving forces. But like all good things. his tenure will soon come to an end. While Stewart has no fixed departure date, his reign is expected to end sometime this year. And in light of today’s news, the network didn’t have to look far to find his replacement.
Trevor Noah, who made his debut on the show back in December 2014, has been officially announced as Stewart’s successor. The stand-up comedian first began acting in his hometown of Johannesburg, South Africa before making the leap to the Us. He went on to score segments on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno »
- Gem Seddon
Trevor Noah has been selected to become the next host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show, it was announced today by Michele Ganeless, president, Comedy Central. His show's premiere will be announced at a later date. Current host Jon Stewart announced in February that he is stepping down as The Daily Show host later this year after 16 years on the air.
Noah (TrevorNoah.com) joined The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 2014 as a contributor. He made his U.S. television debut in 2012 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has also appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, becoming the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on either late night show. Born in South Africa to a black South African mother and a white European father, he has successfully become the top comedian in Africa. Noah has hosted numerous television shows including his own »
The South African’s appointment is welcome – but as an outsider, can he cover the 2016 presidential campaign as convincingly as Jon Stewart would have done?
This morning, Comedy Central officially announced 31-year-old South African comedian Trevor Noah as the third host of its flagship late-night show, The Daily Show. Noah has been slowly working his way up the ladder of Us comedy over the last few years, with his own Showtime special and appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman. When he joined The Daily Show back in December as an international correspondent, it seemed like a forward-thinking move on the part of the network. But it’s a big jump to take over from Jon Stewart, whose wry voice has become a pillar of American satire.
On the one hand, he’s no stranger to hosting; before he became Africa’s most successful standup, »
- Elise Czajkowski
Noah, a recent addition to the "Tds" correspondent roster, has been with the show since December 2014, and has made three on-air appearances. The 31-year-old will succeed outgoing host Stewart, who announced his plans to leave the program earlier this year after 16 years at the helm.
Though he's relatively unknown in the U.S., Noah has made quite a name for himself in his native South Africa, where he headlined his own late-night talk show, "Tonight with Trevor Noah." He's also made appearances on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Late Show with David Letterman," marking the first time a South African comedian has performed on either program.
- Katie Roberts
South African comedian and current The Daily Show correspondent Trevor Noah will be formally appointed today as the new host of the nightly show by Comedy Central, the New York Times is reporting. Noah will take over when current host Jon Stewart retires from the series.
Noah grew up in the Soweto township of Johannesburg, South Africa, with his mother suffering legal consequences for her marriage to Noah’s father, due to the differing colours of their skin. Noah began acting when he was 18, appearing on Isidingo, a South African soap opera, before segueing to hosting a variety of programs, from radio shows to reality competitions, culminating in his hosting the comedy talk show Tonight with Trevor Noah.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Noah is gaining consideration as a potential successor to Jon Stewart, the Comedy Central mainstay’s longtime host, according to a person familiar with the matter, and if successful, could get a crack at becoming one of the more influential voices in latenight.
There is no guarantee that Noah will inherit Stewart’s seat, and no final decision has been reached, this person cautioned. Comedy Central ‘s selection process has accelerated in recent days, this person said. And Noah, a South African comedian, has moved to a short list being put together by executives at the Viacom-owned cable outlet.
- Brian Steinberg
Where once it was very unlikely that a sitting president would appear on a latenight talk show, Obama has made it a given, not just to sit with a host and do a breezy interview, but to also engage in a comedy skit.
When Obama made his first appearance since taking office on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” in 2009, pundits wondered whether it was too unpresidential; those criticisms have abated. Now the question is what can draw attention and get people listening.
Presidential contenders have made a point of visiting latenight talk shows ever since candidate Bill Clinton went on “The Arsenio Hall Show” in 1992, playing the saxophone and helping boost his likability.
“It’s become part of a political campaign, and you do violence to your own campaign »
- Ted Johnson
Making his first appearance on the show since he became president, Obama did a version of Kimmel’s segment where guests read mean Tweets about themselves (video below). According to a pool report, Obama said that the Tweets were not as mean as “what the Senate says about me.”
In joke about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account, Obama refused to give Kimmel her email address.
As he has done before, Obama joked about birthers, or the belief that he was born in Kenya even though the White House long ago produced a birth certificate to refute it.
When Kimmel asked Obama if he could drive, Obama responded, “I can’t drive. I mean I can, but…”
“Is that »
- Ted Johnson
The 72nd Golden Globe Awards air this Sunday and if you need two reasons to tune in, look no further than this year's hosts. Everyone's favorite besties Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are teaming up as MCs for a third time, and thankfully these two have a pretty great track record as far as on-screen comedy pairings go.
It's hard to forget the laughs they brought in "Mean Girls" and the weekend update desk at "SNL," as well as a slew of other appearances and sketches along the way. Let's revisit a few gems and get pumped for Sunday's festivities, shall we?
In the "Mom Jeans" short on "Saturday Night Live," 2003
Joint guests on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," 2004
Let's take it back to their '04 "Tonight Show" appearance where they talk about the history of their friendship. »
- Alana Altmann
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