Day: November 19, 2014

Meet Me In New York: Ophira Eisenberg

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they’re comedians? No, that’s not it. It is a fact, though, that America’s biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York’s vibrant comedy scene....

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Cecily Strong to host/address 2015 White House Correspondents Dinner

Anyone dismayed thinking Saturday Night Live replaced the wrong person at the Weekend Update desk this season will rejoice at this news: The White House Correspondents’ Association announced today that Cecily Strong will deliver the featured address at their 2015 dinner. “Her political humor is sly and edgy, and it comes with a Chicago accent. Cecily grew up in suburban Oak Park, Ill. and got her start in Chicago’s comedy scene with stints at iO and Second City,” WHCA President Christi Parsons said in making the announcement. Strong does have a journalism connection, too — her father served as Associated Press...

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Tracy Morgan recovering from trautmatic brain injury from New Jersey Turnpike crash

A court hearing Tuesday in New Jersey brought with it an update, however vague, about the recovery of Tracy Morgan from a fatal crash this June on the New Jersey Turnpike. Benedict Morelli, Morgan’s lawyer, told reporters outside the courthouse in Trenton that Morgan had suffered a traumatic brain injury in addition to broken bones in his leg, nose and ribs. “He’s fighting to get better, and if there’s a chance for him to be back to the Tracy Morgan he once was, he’s going to try to do that,” Morelli said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “But we just...

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Kathy Griffin reportedly replacing the late Joan Rivers as host of E!’s Fashion Police

Kathy Griffin may have been the only choice to replace the late Joan Rivers as host of E!’s Fashion Police, but reportedly it’s now a done deal. TMZ reported Tuesday that E! and Melissa Rivers had reached an agreement with Griffin to take over as host when Fashion Police returns for the 2015 Golden Globes in January. According to the report, the show no longer would air weekly — just for awards and other major red-carpet opportunities. Still no word on whether Rivers and the show would settle its longstanding strike with its...

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Netflix postpones launch of “Bill Cosby 77” stand-up special

Netflix announced overnight that a planned Nov. 28 day-after-Thanksgiving launch of Bill Cosby’s latest stand-up special, Bill Cosby 77, would not air. “At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand-up comedy special Bill Cosby 77,” said the brief statement. It comes after two more women, including former model Janice Dickinson, accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them decades ago. Dickinson revealed her allegations on Tuesday’s Entertainment Tonight. Over the weekend, NPR’s Scott Simon asked Cosby and his wife Camille about the allegations, but he remained silent. Instead, Cosby’s lawyer issued a terse statement: Over the last several...

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