Day: August 30, 2012

After 17 years, Brian McCann and his characters exit Team Coco

Fewer people have had as much of an impact on Conan O’Brien’s three late-night TV talk shows as has Brian McCann. Late Night with Conan O’Brien was still trying to prove its worth to NBC in 1995 when McCann joined the show’s writing staff and supporting performing players (though McCann showed up on-air there as early as May 1994). He made the big move to Hollywood for the ill-fated run on The Tonight Show — during which time he managed to coin the nickname Coco for Conan while serving as the “Twitter Tracker” announcer, thereby spawning Team Coco — and...

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Comedians on TV and online from the 2012 Republican, Democratic national conventions

Every four years, the two major political parties in the United States of America meet in late summer to make formal their nominees for president and vice president, set party platforms, and mostly just party. As recently as a generation ago, the conventions held at least a modicum of drama (when the late Teddy Roosevelt challenged sitting President Jimmy Carter in 1980). Now, however, it’s all pomp and nonsense. A multi-day propaganda parade, with the mainstream media complicit in it all, because they enjoy a grand ol’ party like the rest of us. As long as there’s no news...

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Adam Hunter on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Do you remember Adam Hunter from the sixth season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing? Do you remember Last Comic Standing? Do you even remember NBC? If so, then you don’t need to wonder any longer what Hunter has been up to recently, because you could have seen him Wednesday night on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Hunter’s style is very much based on jokes per minute. If they have a thematic connection, it’s let’s talk about sex. Am I right, ladies? Roll the...

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Tom Cotter advances to finals of America’s Got Talent 2012

The viewing audience has spoken! Their votes last night put stand-up comedian Tom Cotter through to the finals of the 2012 season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Cotter, a 48-year-old who won the Seattle competition in 1994 and Boston’s contest in 2004, is the first comedian to reach the finals of AGT since Grandma Lee made it to the top 10 in 2009. Singing ventriloquist Terry Fator, who headlines a show at The Mirage in Las Vegas, is the only funnyman to have won AGT’s grand prize (he did so in season two). “I have digestive issues I can’t...

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