Month: September 2016

Episode #114: Tony Hendra

Tony Hendra began his career at Cambridge University with the famed Footlights as the comedy partner of Graham Chapman, and starred in the annual revue with Chapman and John Cleese. He came to the United States as a duo act with Nick Ullett, appearing multiple times on The Ed Sullivan Show and Merv Griffin, before splitting up and taking a job as the first editor hired by the founders of National Lampoon. While there, he made the Lampoon’s first album, Radio Dinner, with Michael O’Donoghue, and followed that up by giving John Belushi, Chevy Chase and Christopher Guest their first...

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Iliza Shlesinger’s third Netflix special, “Confirmed Kills” launches as she embarks on late-night development deal with Freeform

It’s a great day and late-night for Iliza Shlesinger today. The former Last Comic Standing winner’s third Netflix stand-up special, Confirmed Kills, debuted in the morning, and by afternoon, the cable channel Freeform (formerly ABC Family) announced it’d try to develop a late-night TV show for her. “A late-night show has been the goal for me and I’m ready to throw my hat into the ring,” Shlesinger said in today’s announcement by Freeform. She already has a streaming series on ABC’s digital app, Forever 31, with a second season ordered to add to the existing seven episodes online now. I...

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Watch, listen to the “Oh, Hello” on Broadway press conference

George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon finally open their Broadway run of “Oh, Hello” with previews tonight. Celebrate with highlights from their New York City press conference earlier this month, thanks to Funny or Die. Roll the clip! And if you want to hear the whole thing, you may have noticed I was there, laughing and shaking my head throughout and even asking a question or two to Nick Kroll and John Mulaney myself. Well, you can hear the entire Oh Hello On Broadway press conference by contributing to my Patreon here! More: Oh, Hello on...

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The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail announces last show for Oct. 19 (2010-2016)

The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, which began as a weekly stand-up showcase in 2010 the back of Hollywood’s Meltdown Comics and begat three seasons on Comedy Central, will be ending its six-year run next month, the stars and producers announced today. Their final live show will happen Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Here’s their announcement: After six years of putting our blood, sweat, and urine into a live show every Wednesday, we have decided that it’s time to hang up our spurs on The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. When we started this thing in 2010, we only wanted...

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Showtime renews DICE for a second season, to air in 2017

Showtime waited to roll the dice on a second season, but why not gamble on Andrew Dice Clay once more? Showtime announced today it’ll order up seven more episodes of DICE, starring Clay as a version of himself living and working in Las Vegas, with Natasha Leggero playing his girlfriend and Kevin Corrigan playing his best friend. From the network’s announcement: Produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, season two of the scripted, semi-autobiographical series will dig deeper into the many facets of Andrew Dice Clay – beyond the character who once sold out Madison Square Garden – as the...

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