Day: May 18, 2015

Broadcast TV Journalists Association giving Seth MacFarlane the Critics’ Choice Louis XIII Genius Award

Seth MacFarlane: Genius? If you can convince FOX to reboot Cosmos and teach viewers about space, while also managing to save Family Guy from cancellation, earning a Grammy Award for singing big-band tunes, making a hit out of a talking teddy bear movie, and hosting twice as many Comedy Central Roasts as Academy Awards, well, that’s got to be worth something more than just all of the piles of cash MacFarlane has earned. Even if he also put Dads on the air for one season. So today the¬†Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced it’d give MacFarlane the Critics’ Choice...

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Here’s the lineup, schedule for the 17th annual Del Close Marathon #DCM17

Set your countdown clocks: The 17th Annual Del Close Marathon is a little more than a month away — now serving up improvised comedy from thousands of performers across nine stages from 4 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2015, through the end of Sunday evening, June 28. Hosted and organized by the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, it’s a worldwide testament and celebration of the late Del Close, the improv master who taught and mentored the UCB’s founders. First in Chicago, then in New York City, and now his influence has gone global. DCM17 features 575 improv shows, with performers coming...

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David Letterman takes one last look around the Ed Sullivan Theatre for CBS Sunday Morning

David Letterman has lingered onstage for longer moments these days at the Ed Sullivan Theatre, where his 22 years hosting Late Show with David Letterman are coming to a close on Wednesday night (he hosted Late Night on NBC for 11 years before that). “So when I’m down here during band numbers or during commercial breaks, I will go to various places and — and try to memorize what it looks like and how I feel, and look at the audience and — and get the scale of things because even though I’ve done it for so long, I...

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Jim Gaffigan’s tribute to David Letterman

Jim Gaffigan has offered commentary fairly regularly recently on CBS Sunday Morning, so this week, he aptly paid his respects to David Letterman. After all, Letterman’s Worldwide Pants produced Gaffigan’s first network sitcom, Welcome to New York, on CBS back in 2000. That sitcom starred Gaffigan as an Indiana TV weatherman — Letterman’s first gig! — who moved to NYC. Gaffigan, like Letterman, grew up in Indiana. “He was the Hoosier who made it,” Gaffigan said of Letterman. “I appeared on the Late Show 22 times,” he said. “I know when Dave is in a great mood. I know...

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