Day: December 8, 2015

Ryan Gosling joins the pantheon of great moments in Saturday Night Live laughing breaks

How great is Kate McKinnon? So great that on last weekend’s Saturday Night Live, McKinnon not only held her own but also continued delivering knock-out line after line as everyone around her broke into giggle fits or full-on laughs during a live sketch. “Close Encounter” found McKinnon, Cecily Strong and host Ryan Gosling playing the first three Americans verified as alien abductees by the NSA. Quickly, though, Aidy Bryant’s NSA agent laughed at something. Perhaps it was at Gosling, who couldn’t contain himself. And once the laughter started and the hands went over the faces to cover it, the...

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Just For Laughs announces JFL NorthWest fest in Vancouver; primetime special on The CW plus archived shows on CW Seed

It’s a big day for Just For Laughs on both sides of the border today. In JFL’s native Canada, the organization responsible for the massive Montreal festival announced a new winter fest celebrating comedy in Vancouver, British Columbia — JFL NorthWest. And in the United States, The CW announced it’ll air a primetime JFL special, Just For Laughs Starring Howie Mandel, that’ll air in January 2016, along with dozens of past JFL TV specials that already are online at CW Seed. The digital site also will become home to The Elevator Talk Show with Pete Holmes, a talk-show webseries...

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Jack Vaughn joins SiriusXM as Head of Comedy Programming

Hot off the heels of producing three of the five Grammy nominees for Comedy Album of the Year, Jack Vaughn has a brand-new gig as head of comedy programming for SiriusXM satellite radio. Vaughn, who created Comedy Central Records in 2002, had worked at Comedy Dynamics and New Wave as their senior vice president of production and distribution since 2012. He helped shepherd two Grammy nominees in 2014, and for the 2016 Grammys, his Comedy Dynamics produced three nominees — Louis C.K.: Live At Madison Square Garden; Lisa Lampanelli: Back To The Drawing Board; and Craig Ferguson: Just Being Honest. “This is...

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Jon Stewart returns to The Daily Show to lobby Congressional Republicans to save 9/11 first responders bill

Jon Stewart may have left The Daily Show, but he hasn’t left the fight. On Monday night, Stewart returned to the Comedy Central show, now as a guest of Trevor Noah, although Stewart took over the last half of the show — which went a few minutes long, actually — to plead his case for the 2010 James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, whose extension is getting held up by the Republicans in Congress. “It expired in September. Soon to be out of money, these first responders, many sick with cancers and pulmonary disease, had to travel at their...

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