Day: April 29, 2014

Ray Romano and Arsenio Hall tell each other’s old jokes onstage

If there’s Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday, what does it mean when two comedians get old-school nostalgic on a Monday night? I don’t know, but that didn’t stop Ray Romano and Arsenio Hall from taking to the mics — standing side-by-side on Monday night’s episode of Arsenio — to trade off telling each other’s jokes from back in the day. Who did the other’s jokes better, though? I say roll the clip, you decide. Roll the...

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The comedic chemistry of true BFFs: Best friends Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham star in USA’s “Playing House”

Tina and Amy are a great comedy team. We’re all right to love watching Tina Fey and Amy Poehler onscreen together, either as themselves at an awards show or playing fictional characters making merry in sitcoms or movies. But they’re part of a long line of great female comedy duos throughout TV history — from Lucy and Ethel, to Laverne & Shirley to Kate & Allie. The lesson and potential legacy of Fey and Poehler, however, for both fans of comedy and for future comedians is to show the beauty and effectiveness of translating a real-life friendship and partnership...

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How about them Cowboys? Cristela Alonzo on Conan

Cristela Alonzo returned to Conan on Monday, and joked about living on a Texas border town with Mexico, which meant she grew up as a Dallas Cowboys fan. Which used to mean something when everyone called the Cowboys “America’s Team.” But for the past two decades, what have they done for her lately? The studio audience at Team Coco seemed much more into Dora the Explorer than sports. Oh, millennial hipsters. Will they answer the phone without checking their caller ID, though? That’s how you know if you’re broke or not. Roll the...

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DirecTV cancels The Artie Lange Show

Less than two weeks after Artie Lange‘s diabetes hospitalized him on the road in Detroit, Lange had returned to New York City in good enough health to host his radio/video podcast, The Artie Lange Show, only to find DirecTV cancel it abruptly. Lange opened his three-hour program on Monday night with the announcement that it was his last show. He told listeners his agent called him on Friday with the bad news. “They were very amicable about it, very nice about it, very professional and generous. You know, we’re¬†two years and seven months into a three year deal, so...

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