Day: August 5, 2014

James Corden eyed by CBS as potential Late Late Show host to succeed Craig Ferguson?

James Corden? James. Corden? Seriously? When CBS Entertainment Chief Nina Tassler told the TV Critics Association last month that the network might be looking in a different direction for The Late Late Show in 2015, once Craig Ferguson ends his 10-year run of hosting the 12:35 a.m. hour, nobody expected that direction to be back across the pond. And yet CBS sources confirmed to multiple media outlets on Tuesday that CBS was negotiating with James Corden — the Tony-winning British actor otherwise not known in the United States — to take over the show. None of today’s media reports...

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Amy Schumer, Bill Cosby to play Carnegie Hall for 2014 New York Comedy Festival

Amy Schumer will play Carnegie Hall this November! Bill Cosby, too! They’re among the headliners announced today for this fall’s 11th annual New York Comedy Festival, to run Nov. 5-9, 2014, across the city, presented by Caroline’s on Broadway in conjunction with Comedy Central. The festival announced the lineup through media partner The New York Times. Highlights include: The annual Stand Up For Heroes all-star benefit for the Bob Woodruff Foundation, Nov. 5, The Theater at MSG Tig Notaro, Nov. 6, at Town Hall Hannibal Buress, Nov. 7, at Town Hall Marc Maron, Nov. 7, at NYU’s Skirball Center...

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40 Things I Learned in 2014 at Montreal’s Just For Laughs

Every year, I think I know what to expect heading into Montreal’s grand poobah of comedy festivals — Just For Laughs — only to realize I still have much to learn. Here are some of the things I learned from the 2014 edition of JFL Montreal: Tuesday is the new Wednesday. I thought I’d go up a day earlier than usual so I could take in more shows and do so without all of the industry asking for advice or circling the talent. Seems as though several agents also had the same idea this year! Jerrod Carmichael is the...

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Tommy Morris out at The Comedy Store; Adam Eget in as talent booker

Last week saw fundamental changes at comedy clubs in both New York City and Los Angeles. In the Big Apple, Al Martin sold off his longstanding stake in New York Comedy Club (it now redirects to EmpireTonight.com for the time being for schedule/tickets), and several longtime regular comedians and friends wished him farewell last Tuesday night. But Martin isn’t going anywhere, really. He still owns both Broadway Comedy Club and the Greenwich Village Comedy Club, offering showcase spots for the many NYC-based stand-ups who cannot break into the rotation at the A-level clubs or need extra spots. The news...

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John Milhiser’s year on SNL: “It was the year I felt the least funny”

Just after getting fired from Saturday Night Live, cast member John Milhiser kept his date as a talk-show guest for Running Late with Scott Rogowsky at the UCB Theatre. Milhiser told Rogowsky that his one and only season at SNL was “a dream come true,” but at the same time — “It was the year I felt the least funny.” Roll the clips. The Comic’s Comic also had talked to Milhiser this summer about his whirlwind year at...

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