Month: January 2017

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee will present “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” at same time as actual WHCD in D.C.

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and TBS have announced its first “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” which will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at The Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. It’ll take place at the exact same time as the actual WHCD — which hasn’t announced much more than its date yet. “Executives at TBS offered their full support of the gala by nodding politely and then muttering under their breath as we turned around,” Bee said in the official press release. “The evening is sure to bring plenty of surprises, music, food, and laughter—and if you’re...

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Episode #135: Mike Royce

Mike Royce was a stand-up comedian and audience warm-up guy for The Maury Povich Show and Spin City before he broke through as a writer for the Sklar Brothers and their MTV series, Apartment 2F. He later helped his friend Ray Romano on a book and eventually his hit CBS sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond. Since then, Royce has gone on to run the shows for Louis CK’s Lucky Louie, TNT’s Men of a Certain Age, and FOX’s Enlisted. All of those are more heralded now than their ratings ever were, and Royce won the Peabody Award for co-creating Men...

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Frank Castillo wins Roast Battle II on Comedy Central

From door guy at The Comedy Store to winner of Roast Battle II, congrats to Frank Castillo. Castillo prevailed over Matthew Broussard in the live finale broadcast Sunday night on Comedy Central from the old House of Blues venue — reconfigured into a battle arena for Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle — in a 3-1 decision from celebrity judges T.J. Miller, Jason Sudeikis, Patton Oswalt and Natasha Leggero. Much was made of Castillo’s Mexican heritage (thanks Trump), although it certainly helped that Broussard botched one of his jokes. Castillo (who credits himself as a co-producer of the weekly Roast Battles...

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Conan O’Brien heading to Mexico City to broadcast primetime TBS special for all-Mexican audience

For his sixth international trip in the past two years, Conan O’Brien is heading to Mexico City. Wall or no wall. CONAN Without Borders: Made in Mexico will air in primetime — 10 p.m. Eastern/Pacific on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, on TBS. The hour-long special is set to premiere Wednesday, March 1, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), exclusively on TBS. O’Brien will shoot the special hour of Conan with an all-Mexican staff, crew, guests and studio audience. “Although I’m eager to make a show in Mexico, if the U.S. government meets my demand for $100 million in tax incentives, I will...

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