Day: December 11, 2015

Jermaine Fowler: “Give ‘Em Hell, Kid” on Showtime

Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Jermaine Fowler’s Give ‘Em Hell, Kid premieres tonight on Showtime, and the former co-starĀ of truTV’s Friends of the People has emerged as a star in his own right. Fowler almost landed a sitcom on ABC’s fall schedule this year, then turning around and signing a brand-new deal with CBS that includes a second-chance at turning his life story into a primetime sitcom, plus this stand-up special on sister network Showtime. And the special itself is special. Here is the introduction, courtesy of his grandmother, Dolores (for whom his production shingle is named):...

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Stephen Colbert’s nostalgic week with fellow Second City alums Steve Carell and Adam McKay

This week found Stephen Colbert welcoming a star and the director of the upcoming dark comedy about Wall Street’s 2008 collapse, The Big Short. But Colbert really wanted to look further back in time and comedy history to the years he spent with Steve Carell and Adam McKay in Chicago. Colbert and Carell performed together in multiple mainstage productions of The Second City. McKay performed with Scott Adsit, Jon Glaser and Rachel Dratch in The Second City’s revue the year after Colbert and Carell. And of course, McKay went on to co-found The Upright Citizens Brigade, while Colbert and...

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Executive Producer of The Daily Show Adam Lowitt goes in front of the camera as “Senior Jewish Correspondent”

Adam Lowitt joined The Daily Show with Jon Stewart back in 2002 and worked his way up to executive producer and writer, but only Wednesday night did Lowitt make his first full appearance in front of the camera as an official correspondent for the show, now hosted by Trevor Noah. Which gave Lowitt an opportunity to play dumb as “Senior Jewish Correspondent” and joke that the show finally had a Jew on camera. Of course, even though Daily Show viewers hadn’t seen Lowitt, NYC comedians knew plenty about him, as for years he hosted a weekly showcase at Pianos...

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