Day: September 12, 2016

First look: Jeff Dye hosting “That Awkward Game Show” for Spike TV

You’ve seen Jeff Dye tell jokes on Last Comic Standing, try all sorts of tricks last summer on NBC’s I Can Do That, and this summer serving as an Asian tour guide companion for Henry Winkler, Terry Bradshaw, William Shatner and George Foreman on NBC’s Better Late Than Never. But none of that will be as awkward as Dye’s next gig. Dye is hosting That Awkward Game Show for Spike, the one-hour weekly game show where parents and their adult children team up to win cash money — but only by learning ridiculous and shocking truths about each other. If...

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Alex Moffat and Melissa Villaseñor officially join Saturday Night Live cast

Saturday Night Live has confirmed that it’s adding Melissa Villaseñor and Alex Moffat to the cast as featured players for season 42. I told you over the weekend that they were both finalists for the gig, along with Chris Redd, who had The Lonely Island vouching for him after his breakout turn in their new movie, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. You can watch and read about Villaseñor here. Moffat is a veteran of the Chicago comedy scene who co-starred in an aborted NBC sketch comedy series with Redd in 2014. For Election 2016 watchers, you’ll also want to know...

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Episode #112: Gary Owen

Gary Owen is the only white comic to host BET’s Comic View, and many years later, he’s bringing his whole family to the network in the reality series, The Gary Owen Show, debuting in October 2016. Not something you might have expected from a kid growing up in a trailer park with an abusive stepfather in southern Ohio. Gary always wanted to be a stand-up comedian, but he enlisted in the Navy straight out of high school. It was only when he was stationed in San Diego that he could use his leave hours to hit the comedy clubs...

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Amy Poehler, Peter Scolari, Archer, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Late Late Show among first-time Emmy Award winners in 2016

The Creative Arts division of the Emmys handed out awards over two nights this weekend. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey won the guest actress in a comedy category for hosting Saturday Night Live together, while Peter Scolari won guest actor in comedy for HBO’s Girls. For both Poehler and Scolari, this was their first Emmy win. And for Scolari, he was a late entry in the category, substituting for Peter MacNicol who was disqualified for appearing in too many episodes of Veep to be considered a guest actor. Other first-time winners included Archer (best animated program in its seventh...

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