Day: July 21, 2015

R.I.P. George Coe (1929-2015)

George Coe appeared in multiple episodes with the original cast of Saturday Night Live, but only credited as a ‘Not Ready for Prime Time Player” in the very first episode in 1975. Which still counts for a lot. Coe, who also earned an Academy Award nomination for his 1968 short film De Duva (The Dove) — which served as Madeline Kahn’s movie debut! — died July 18 in a convalescent facility in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 86. A Queens native born George Julian Cohen on May 10, 1929, he served in the Navy during the Korean War, where...

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The rising tide of Amy Schumer and the importance of lifting up your friends

With $30 million in box-office receipts from her first weekend as the star/writer of her first feature film, Amy Schumer‘s ascent to the A-list level of star status has not been lost on anyone, including Schumer. Nor has she lost sight of her funny friends who helped her and stood by her along the way. As Schumer has scored a hit with Trainwreck, earned Emmy nominations for her Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer, and stayed in front of our collective consciousness via magazine covers galore, high-profile speaking and hosting gigs — she has been returning the favor by...

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Trevor Noah tells GQ about preparing for The Daily Show backlash

GQ’s Fall fashion spread for 2015 features newly incoming host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, South African stand-up comedian Trevor Noah. Just like any comedian, Noah hates most of the jokes he told a few years ago, so all of the backlash surrounding his old Twitter posts was not lost on him. Nor is the fear and trepidation viewers may have about Noah taking over The Daily Show from Jon Stewart this fall. “A guy doesn’t leave and another guy comes in and there’s no backlash,” Noah told GQ. “That never, ever happens. When Michael B. Jordan...

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Regis Philbin to moderate Letterman panel to celebrate groundbreaking of National Comedy Center, Lucille Ball Comedy Festival

The people behind the scenes of David Letterman’s late-night TV reign will be reined in by Regis Philbin later this month to kick off the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival and celebrate the groundbreaking of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, N.Y. Philbin, the most frequent Letterman guest with 150 appearances on Late Night and Late Show, will moderate “David Letterman – Behind The Scenes Of Late Night’s Longest Running Broadcaster” on July 30 with panelists: Barbara Gaines (Executive Producer/Associate Producer Late Show/Late Night) Jerry Foley (Director/Supervising Producer/Technical Director Late Show/Late Night) Steve O’Donnell (Head Writer/Writer Late Night/Late Show) Steve...

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Judd Apatow on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Judd Apatow performed stand-up on Monday night’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and it’s so fascinating and fun to see Apatow return to the game after some two decades away from it. What he brings to it now, with age and experience and also not having to worry while also worrying about how it’ll go, and how he goes right after his own soft spot, attacking the notion of his fame, and how he’s a “troll in the corner” compared to his wife and daughters in the house. And for anyone who has seen Apatow’s Twitter campaign against Bill...

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