Day: October 3, 2016

Kevin Avery parodies his own Wells Fargo corporate video for HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Aspiring comedians often take whatever commercial gigs or corporate work they can as they’re trying to pay the bills and move up the show business ladder. And sometimes, those “before they were famous” gigs come in handy when they do make it bigger. Like last night on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which found itself with the subject of an old Wells Fargo corporate video spokesperson among its ranks. What better way to parody and satire Wells Fargo today for its own internal fraud operation and malfeasance than by having the guy who filmed the bank’s internal...

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ABC orders reboot of “The Gong Show”

Every TV game show that once was old, now is new again at ABC. The broadcast network today announced it’d ordered 10 episodes of a new edition for The Gong Show, which last aired in syndication in 1989 (with a Comedy Central version in 2008). Over the past year, ABC has found success in primetime rebooting Match Game, The $100,000 Pyramid and Celebrity Family Feud. The 2017 version of The Gong Show will be spearheaded by Will Arnett and Sony Pictures TV. No host has been named yet. “The comedy culture we are living in has finally caught up to The...

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All-Star Comedy Cellar Late-Night Jam: Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Aziz Ansari and John Mayer

So, this happened! The Roots Picnic on Saturday didn’t just bring all-star musical talent and celeb-watching to New York City’s Bryant Park, but also led to spillover late into the night Saturday at the Comedy Cellar. That’s where Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock once again held court, onstage together riffing for hours — this time joined not only by Aziz Ansari, but also by John Mayer (who raced back to his place to grab his guitar) and Cory Henry on piano. Photo by Ardie...

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Episode #115: Andy Zaltzman

Cue the bugle sounds and put your puns where we can see them, because Andy Zaltzman is my guest today. Zaltzman is a critically-acclaimed comedian in the UK where he has been performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since 1999 and collaborating with John Oliver since 2001 — they created the hugely popular podcast, The Bugle, in 2007, only stopping earlier in 2016 when it became acutely apparent that Oliver’s Emmy-winning work on HBO’s Last Week Tonight had made him too busy to continue working with Zaltzman. Zaltzman is relaunching The Bugle on Oct. 21, 2016, with a rotating lineup...

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