Day: October 15, 2013

More than 1,000 people applied to NBCUniversal’s “Late Night Writers Workshop” to diversify TV writing staffs

You’re not the only person to have noticed over the years that late-night TV comedy/talk shows are predominately written by and starring white men. NBCUniversal — which includes The Tonight Show (with Jay Leno current edition; Jimmy Fallon as of February 2014), Late Night (with Fallon; soon to be with Seth Meyers), Saturday Night Live, and Chelsea Lately on E! — hosted its first two-day Late Night Writers Workshop earlier this month to try to change that. Or at least open the doors of opportunity to more diverse voices. “We kind of thought that we would get maybe about 500...

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Aparna Nancherla’s TV stand-up debut on Conan

Aparna Nancherla is a writer/performer on FXX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, but on Monday night, she had the night off from her day job so she could perform her night job on another late-night TV talk show on another network. You dig? You dig. Nancherla was on Conan. She knows what to say when you sneeeze in public, as well as what to do if you keep on sneezing. Alrighty then. Keep it moving. Although Nancherla has performed on Bell’s show, her set on TBS for Conan O’Brien was her first proper stand-up debut on the TV....

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Donald Glover’s Instagram confessional, “Because The Internet”

Donald Glover is an actor (currently and most notably, on NBC’s Community, which he is only partially on for the upcoming season), a writer, a comedian and a rapper. For the latter, he has adopted a nom de plume or nom de rap of Childish Gambino. And for his latest album, “because the internet,” he released a teaser video last week, titled “yaphet kotto.” Roll it! So you think you’re caught up. But then, overnight, Glover also posted a series of confessionals on his Instagram @Childishness, using seven pages of hotel paper from a Marriott Residence Inn. Reposted without...

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Sherri Shepherd hosts season two of NickMom Night Out stand-up showcases

Sherri Shepherd hosts the second season of NickMom Night Out, the late-night stand-up comedy showcase that airs on Nick Jr. for an audience of mostly moms who are ready for a laugh after putting their children to bed. This week sees new episodes debuting nightly, with weekly premieres following at 10 p.m. Saturdays starting Oct. 26. Here is the schedule, so you don’t miss it, or in case you missed it, you can track it down this week. Monday, Oct. 14 – Episode #208 Tuesday, Oct. 15 – #202 Wednesday, Oct. 16 – #217 Thursday, Oct. 17 – #209 Friday, Oct. 18 – #214 Saturday, Oct....

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“Fashion Police” writer expelled from WGA, claims he stopped paying dues 15 years ago, already resigned

For a labor dispute in which the unionization of TV writers is in dispute, the Writers Guild of America sure is busy already, seemingly involved in the only actual decisions regarding E!’s Fashion Police with Joan Rivers. On Monday, the WGA announced it had expelled scribe Larry Amoros from the guild and fined him $14,000, following an investigation into whether Amoros had defied a writers strike against the E! snark show. The writers have been on strike since April, demanding back pay and benefits, while E! refuses to recognize them as part of the WGA and claims it won’t...

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