Day: February 24, 2014

R.I.P. Harold Ramis (1944-2014)

Writer/director/comedian Harold Ramis died early this morning, four years after first being diagnosed with the health problems that caused his autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. Ramis was 69. Ramis was born in Chicago on Nov. 21, 1944, and moved back to the Windy City in 1996 while still a hugely successful writer and director of some of the greatest comedy films of the past 40 years:¬†Groundhog Day. Ghostbusters. Caddyshack. National Lampoon’s Animal House. National Lampoon’s Vacation. Stripes. Meatballs. Groundhog Day. In a speech to Columbia College Chicago in the spring of 2010, just before he fell ill with the infection that...

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The Comic’s Comic on MSNBC: Morning buzz begets ratings for late-night TV in 2014

With the Winter Olympics over and out, the late-night TV comedy/talk/variety melee of 2014 begins in earnest tonight. Late Night with Seth Meyers debuts tonight on NBC. The Pete Holmes Show begins a new second season at midnight on TBS, up against the surging @midnight on Comedy Central. And, of course, we’ll see who viewers tune into at 11:35 or 11:37 p.m. (Eastern/Pacific) now that it’s Jimmy Fallon on against David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert, Arsenio Hall and everything else that’s on in that half-hour. Jon Stewart, Chelsea Handler and Andy Cohen already are grabbing hold...

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Behind the scenes and trailer for HBO’s “Silicon Valley”

HBO unveiled a trailer and behind-the-scenes footage for its upcoming eight-episode first season of Silicon Valley, which stars Thomas Middleditch as a computer programmer living with his friends (Josh Brener, Martin Starr and Kumail Nanjiani) in the home of another dot.com millionaire played by T.J. Miller, as they all seek to launch the next big thing in tech. Zach Woods also stars. The series debuts April 6. Here’s the extended trailer! Silicon Valley comes from the mind of Mike Judge, who was a Silicon Valley engineer in the 1980s before creating Beavis and Butt-Head and King of the Hill...

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Jeff Caldwell on Late Show with David Letterman

Why is there so much fighting in hockey? Maybe it’s the fans, explained Jeff Caldwell in his most recent performance on Friday night’s Late Show with David Letterman. Steroids in baseball, electrical outlets in the airport and electrical bolts in his electrician’s logo, it’s all covered here. Along with a free continental breakfast and a home gym system! But wait. There’s more! Roll the...

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Terry Fator on Late Show with David Letterman

Terry Fator returned to Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday night’s program, and it wasn’t even Ventriloquist Week! Fator has headlined The Mirage on the Las Vegas Strip since winning America’s Got Talent in its second season. What sets Fator apart from whatever you’re thinking of ventriloquists is that he uses his dummy characters to do a second thing — singing, impersonations, what-have-you. Here, Winston the Impersonating Turtle announces his bid for Broadway and “Phantom of the Opera.” Another dummy sings Cher. Or was that chair? Roll the...

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