Day: March 24, 2009

George Lopez talks up his TBS talk show

Hours after TBS announced it'd give George Lopez the "Very Funny" network's 11 p.m. hour on Monday-Thursday nights come November 2009, Lopez himself took to the phones for his first conference call as a would-be talk show host. What have we learned already? For one thing, Lopez certainly isn't intimidated, nervous or daunted by the challenge of helming his own late-night chat show. What else? Lopez said over multiple appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, executive producer Jim Paratore had asked if he'd ever consider doing his own show once his ABC sitcom ended. That's done now. "I'm out of the sitcom business," Lopez said today. "I love the fact that I never thought I'd get a sitcom, nor did I think I'd make it in syndication…It's all been unexpected…I've exceeded my own expectations." As for late night's Lopez? "I'm not sure you can reinvent the late night talk show, but you can paint with different colors, and obviously we're going to paint with more brown and taupe and mauve." Mauve? "I believe there's an audience out there that's not being serviced," Lopez said. And much like President Barack Obama's campaign — which Lopez supported, and which he noted, the president even offered some help in his TBS pilot presentation — the stand-up comedian says the people who supported Obama could also turn out in droves to see a...

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What’s the best comedy lineup you’ve ever seen?

Aside from the Comic Relief specials of years past, it's not often that you would have the chance to see an all-star Murderer's Row lineup of comedians live in one night's showcase. There are nights, though, when maybe if you could see into the future, you would have known that you were seeing such a stand-up spectacular. Rick Jenkins, owner of The Comedy Studio in Cambridge, Mass., found this old notation and included it in his weekly email blast: "Sept. 24, 1999: Louis CK, Jonathan Katz, Eugene Mirman, Myq Kaplan, Val Kappa, Andy Blitz, Brendon Small and Patrick Borelli…paid audience: 21" I know I've seen some lineups, not only at the Studio, but also at the Comedy Cellar that would just blow your mirthy minds (the Invite Them Up finales at Rififi, as well as the UCB's Del Close Marathon, have brought some incredible talent together onstage). But what about you? Now it's your turn. What's the best comedy lineup you've ever seen in a single night of live...

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SXSW through Matt Ruby’s eyes

NYC-based stand-up comedian Matt Ruby, writer of comedy blog Sandpaper Suit, just got back from a weekend in Austin performing at SXSW. While all of the trendy people were Tweeting about it with a #sxsw here and a #sxsw there, Ruby went 2007 old-school and made his own mini-doc on the experience on the YouTube. Here that is, with performances and cameos by Matt Braunger, Hannibal Buress, Sean O'Connor, Andy Kindler, Janeane Garofalo and more. That band's The Hold...

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George Lopez to launch late-night talk show in November on TBS

Ready for another entrant into the late-night talk show wars? TBS announced today that George Lopez would launch his own 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday comedy chat show in November on the "Very Funny" cable network. Lopez will air against the late local newscasts, Comedy Central's Daily Show and Colbert Report, and Chelsea Handler's half-hour on E!, as well as a half-hour ahead of David Letterman and Conan O'Brien (of course, he'll also air after Jay Leno's new NBC timeslot this fall). Details from the press release: Lopez will executive produce his new talker with Jim Paratore (The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Bonnie Hunt Show) in a deal with 2.2 Productions, paraMedia Inc., Telepictures Productions and Warner Horizon Television. It's as of yet untitled. The show allegedly wil allow guests to interact with the live studio audience and offer the crowd a chance to ask questions during the show. Lopez previously starred in his own sitcom for six seasons on ABC. In August, he'll film his second stand-up comedy special for HBO, Tall, Dark and Chicano. Canned quotes: “George Lopez is a special talent, with an everyman appeal that makes him uniquely positioned to be the next great late-night host,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM).  “George and TBS are going to change the late-night television landscape and bring a...

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