Month: March 2012

Nickelodeon gets into the original sitcom business; Nick at Nite for dads, Nick Jr. for moms

Nickelodeon began as a children’s cable channel, but as it expanded and evolved — much like several other cable channels that have abandoned their original missions (see: pretty much all of them) — it has made room in its late-night schedules for the parents of those children. And in 2012, Nickelodeon has gone even further, green-lighting series on its multiple channels for original comedies. To wit: Nick at Nite (Nickelodeon’s name for its programming after 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific) apparently is going ahead with a 20-episode order for a Scott Baio sitcom, Daddy’s Home, according to Deadline. The channel also...

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Comedians with cancer: How to help them, and also help yourselves

Comedians perform at benefit shows on a regular basis (particularly in New York City and Los Angeles), lending their laugh-making skills to raise money for all sorts of causes — from pet shelters to education to public service and health care. The benefits that hit home most for the comedy community, of course, are those hastily arranged to help pay the hospital bills for a stand-up comic who is suffering. Two long-time stand-ups are currently battling for their lives against cancer. Ron Shock, who began his comedy career relatively late at the age of 40 but did so in...

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Wendy Liebman on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Wendy Liebman brought her trademark stand-up delivery to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night, and confessed her love for Fallon, The Roots and NYC. The pacing of her jokes, from the delayed punchlines to even more-delayed tags, has influenced a generation of stand-ups. Don’t pay any attention to the fact that NBC cuts the beginning and end of her set to make it fit into five minutes. Weird rule on their part, if you ask me. Did you ask me? Just listen to her jokes, would you, please? Liebman is headlining the Women in Comedy Festival this Saturday...

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Could the future of NBC’s “The Office” be any more uncertain?

As NBC’s The Office nears the end of its eighth season this spring, so many things remain up in the air — both in the sitcom’s plot, as well as behind the scenes — that what are we to make of a season nine, if there even is one? For those of you not following along, let’s recap. On the show: Erin essentially abandoned her job as the receptionist to stay in Tallahassee, while Andy did likewise to win her back. In his absence, Nellie filled the vacuum and anointed herself office manager in Scranton, with the apparent blessing...

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Geoff Tate on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Geoff Tate is the lead singer of Queensryche. Yes, I know. And stand-up comedian Geoff Tate knows that even more so, and it was this Tate who performed on Monday night’s episode of Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. I don’t know what it is about Ferguson fans, but they’ve been slacking recently in posting videos to YouTube. And in this clip, you’ll need to fast-forward to the halfway mark to reach Tate’s appearance. Want to know how he feels about online dating and living with his pot-smoking brother? It’s in here. Roll the...

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