Earlier this week, Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, Inc., announced that its late-night talker Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen had earned a two-season renewal for fall 2011 and fall 2012 (seasons six and seven) in the largest CBS markets of New York City (WCBS), Los Angeles (KCBS) and Chicago (WBBM). The show also airs in most of the rest of America’s TV markets, in addition to being distributed globally. If you leave the TV on after watching Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, then you’ve undoubtedly seen the show (or commercials for it). Allen gave out this quote: “We are thrilled Comics...Read More
Day: August 5, 2011
Dane Cook confronts Louis CK in an honest way about joke theft. Read the transcript, watch the video!
After four years, Louis CK and Dane Cook finally got to sit down and hash out the debate among comedy fans — and themselves — about whether or not Cook had lifted three of CK’s jokes. Cook had told me in a 2007 interview that he most certainly hadn’t (even questioning why people weren’t saying Louis had stolen one of those jokes from Steve Martin), and has reiterated that stance throughout. CK has remained largely silent on the matter. Until now. On last night’s episode of Louie on FX, which Louis CK writes, directs and edits, he wrote Dane...Read More
TV shows and their online video policies are weird. Take Jimmy Kimmel Live, for instance. The ABC late-night chat show has its own YouTube channel and puts most of every episode online the next morning, but does so by splitting every segment up into multiple bits. I learned from another late-night show that this happens because the networks have rules (with SAG and AFTRA? with the WGA? or all three?) about how much of the show can be viewed at once online. So we’re left with this, having to watch our favorite comedian on the panel in three separate...Read More
Ron Funches wins this year’s prize for first Montreal New Face to make the leap to late-night TV post-JFL*, as he performed his set last night on Conan. Hear about why Funches left Chicago for Portland, Ore., and the differences he has experienced in his new home. Roll the clip! *Ali Wong already appeared on Leno before...Read More