Day: September 2, 2015

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah hires new correspondents: Ronny Chieng, Desi Lydic and Roy Wood Jr.

Nary a day after posting a cheeky video in which new Daily Show host Trevor Noah ensured his correspondent team there’d be no major changes, he goes and hires three new correspondents! Very cheeky! Do they say cheeky in South Africa? At any rate. Congrats to Ronny Chieng, Desi Lydic and Roy Wood Jr., who join the existing team of Jordan Klepper, Hasan Minhaj, Jessica Williams, Lewis Black, John Hodgman, Al Madrigal, Aasif Mandvi and Kristen Schaal. Bios courtesy of Comedy Central: Born in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, and raised in Manchester, NH and Singapore, stand-up comedian and actor Ronny...

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R.I.P. Montgomery Wayne Seitz, active member of Austin’s comedy scene

The Austin comedy scene in the heart of Texas has been hot and getting hotter over the past decade, and in the most recent years, Montgomery Wayne Seitz was at the heart of its growing potential for aspiring comedians, creating an array of open mics and bar comedy shows across Texas’s capital city for them all to play. Seitz died unexpectedly last week. He was in his 40s. More than 200 of his friends have raised $12,543 as of this writing to a GoFundMe to help pay for his funeral service and take care of his two children. Seitz’s...

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R.I.P. Gary Marinoff (1958-2015)

Gary Marinoff held a bachelor’s degree from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, but when he died last week suddenly from a brain hemorrhage at 56, Marinoff never quite achieved his dreams of becoming “the next Woody Allen or Groucho Marx,” but as his sister, Janet, wrote on Facebook, “he never stopped trying.” Marinoff did appear as an extra in the background of several 30 Rock episodes, portraying the stage manager for fictional sketch show TGS, almost but never quite getting a speaking line on the award-winning NBC sitcom. Tina Fey did bring him, back, though, online for a cameo in Netflix’s...

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Drew Lynch drops the mic on his live semifinal performance of America’s Got Talent

Drew Lynch‘s self-confidence is peaking as he performed Tuesday night live on NBC for the semifinals of America’s Got Talent, not only laughing at his own jokes and the warm reception the Radio City Music Hall audiences have given him, but also dropping the mic and turning his back to them at the end of this three-minute set. Lynch joked about how his stutter made a customer-service rep think he was a woman with bad reception on a phone call. Tune in Wednesday night to see if Lynch advances to the finals of AGT Season 10. Roll the...

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