Day: October 25, 2012

SNL claims you demanded to see Louis CK, Fun; seeks out more crowd-sourced hosts, musical guests

A couple of years ago, you crazy kids went wild on Facebook with the notion that Betty White host Saturday Night Live at the tender age of 88. Sounded great, didn’t it? NBC and SNL listened, booking her for Mother’s Day weekend of 2010 and surrounding her with past SNL cast members to carry the bulk of the live sketch comedy load. The rest of the world was watching, and before long, you could find all sorts of Facebook group/fan campaigns to put anyone and everyone on the show. In 2012, NBC and SNL are on the crowd-sourcing bandwagon....

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Ayn Rand has a talk show, and her first guest is Rob Delaney?

Ayn Rand is dead. Long live Ayn Rand. Now why are we talking about her talk show in 2012, then? Is it because GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan professes to be a fan of hers? Is it because our society needs guidance? More likely, it’s because Michaela Watkins is particularly mischievous in the role of Rand as talk-show host, somehow transported to the present day with a low-fi set up (it’s public access, don’t you know) and comedian Rob Delaney as her first guest. No matter how angry you might be, you’re not going to be as angry as...

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“24,” the presidential debate joke edition: Late-night TV writers on their quick turnarounds

The final presidential debate of the 2012 campaign ended at 11 p.m. Eastern time Monday in Boca Raton, Fla. Meanwhile, up the East Coast in New York City, the writing staffs of four late-night TV comedy/variety shows already were beginning to pitch hundreds upon hundreds of jokes, video mash-ups and sketch ideas to play off the face-off between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney. By Tuesday morning, they’d whittled those ideas down to a select few, and hurried to make those bits funny enough to make it to air that night. How do these comedy writers do it?...

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Chris D’Elia on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Chris D’Elia, on the East Coast performing headlining dates at Carolines, swung by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to do a stand-up set and offer his impressions of drunk girls, and how they’re different from drunk guys. A drunk girl, as impersonated by D’Elia, starts off sounding a little bit like Bill Cosby (unintentionally, I bet), but then veers off into unintelligible gibberish, and then the inevitable trip to the fast-food drive-thru. You know what. It doesn’t even matter. You get it. She gets it. D’Elia co-stars with Whitney Cummings in NBC’s Whitney, which returns for its second-season premiere...

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Comedy Headlines for 10/25/12

What’s happening in the comedy world now… Fuse announced the premiere date for the second season of Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street — Billy Eichner’s quiz show returns with 12 new half-hours, starting at 10 p.m. Dec. 7. Aside from randomly-picked pedestrians, Eichner also will have help from celebrities this season, including Will Ferrell, Maya Rudolph, Rashida Jones, Debra Messing, Andy Cohen, Hank Azaria and Kristen Johnston. Franklin and Bash still has Kumail Nanjiani, but won’t have one other cast member when the TBS hourlong legal comedy returns for a third season. Garcelle Beauvais broke the news...

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