Day: May 17, 2012

Watch Conan O’Brien sit down for Late Show with David Letterman

For the first time in 13 years, Conan O’Brien paid a visit to David Letterman’s TV talk show. O’Brien took over NBC’s Late Night show from Letterman when the latter bolted to CBS for an 11:35 p.m. slot, all because NBC chose Jay Leno over Letterman. Now O’Brien knows that feeling, too, having left the Peacock Network for TBS all because NBC chose Leno over him. Wonder what they’ll talk about tonight? Of course, you don’t wonder. You know. They know. We all know. Roll the teaser clip! Letterman presses on: And then this: If this situation is even...

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Neal Brennan on race, brothers in comedy, and the competitive spirit of Twitter

When Neal Brennan‘s episode of The Half Hour debuts on Comedy Central this Friday night, it may very well be the first time you’ve ever seen that much of Brennan’s stand-up comedy. At least, as delivered by Brennan himself. But you’re certainly familiar with his comedy. Brennan co-wrote Half Baked with Dave Chappelle, then followed that up by co-creating and co-writing Chappelle’s Show with him. Brennan also wrote and directed sketches for the first season of HBO’s Funny or Die Presents, directed the 2009 film The Goods, and wrote material for SNL’s Seth Meyers to present at both the...

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R.I.P. Ron Shock (1942-2012)

After a five-month battle with urethral cancer that he shared with fans and friends through daily Facebook posts and regular YouTube videos, comedian Ron Shock died today. He was 69. Ron Shock¬†began his comedy career relatively late at the age of 40 but did so in Houston where he was a fellow “Outlaw” with the late Bill Hicks. In December 2011, he announced that he had been diagnosed with the rare and aggressive urethral cancer. Shock then moved to Las Vegas where he underwent chemo and other treatments. His wife, Rhonda, and others encouraged friends and supporters then to¬†donate...

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Brody Stevens brings his positive energy to Conan. Enjoy that!

If you don’t know Brody Stevens, either personally or even by following his Twitter feed @BrodyismeFriend, then I’m not sure quite how to explain him to you. Oh, wait. What’s that? That’s my job, to explain him to you? Alrighty then. Steven Brody Stevens has pitched for Arizona State, appeared in both films in The Hangover franchise as well as Due Date, provided audience warm-up duties for Chelsea Lately and several other TV shows, and much much more. As he’ll gladly will remind you. During his stand-up set. I’ve known Brody since I first threw myself into the comedy...

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Joe Machi’s TV debut, on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

There’s the phrase “came out of nowhere,” and then there’s the reality of it. Over at NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the show recently turned to Jeff Singer — one of the programming consultants for Montreal’s Just For Laughs (hold on, scratch that, revise it to show his LinkedIn bills him as Executive Programming Consultant and Live Event Producer for Just For Laughs) — to find and book more fresh, young stand-up talent on their program. When Fallon’s Late Night started (pre-Singer), more than a few of Montreal’s “New Faces” wound up making their TV debuts on the...

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