Month: April 2017

Hasan Minhaj keynote speech at the 2017 White House Correspondents Association dinner

Hasan Minhaj faced an uphill task taking on the keynote speech at the 2017 White House Correspondents Association dinner, the first in 36 years to not feature the sitting president (and that, in 1981, was because President Reagan had been shot in an assassination attempt). No Trump. No Trump lackeys in his stead. And Samantha Bee, host of Full Frontal on TBS, was throwing a star-studded Not The White House Correspondents Dinner a few blocks away. Minhaj, a correspondent for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Comedy Central, joked about how many other top comedians passed on the...

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Highlights from Full Frontal with Samantha Bee “Not the White House Correspondents Dinner”

Whether this becomes a new annual ritual or not, Samantha Bee and her Full Frontal team from TBS put on a heckuva show Saturday night in Washington, D.C., with their first “Not the White House Correspondents Dinner” special. Among the top highlights: A clip reel of comedians taking digs at President Trump. Among them: Billy Eichner, Robin Thede, Norman Lear, Bridget Everett, Patton Oswalt, Rhea Butcher, Cameron Esposito, Kumail Nanjiani, Carl Reiner, Janelle James, Paula Pell, Jordan Carlos, Retta. Will Ferrell reprised his George W. Bush impersonation to show us how W doesn’t seem so bad now, does he?...

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Review: “Gilbert” at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

You know the voice of Gilbert Gottfried. But who is the man behind the voice? That’s the question Neil Berkeley wanted to answer. Berkeley, who previously directed the 2014 documentary Harmontown, wondered how character comedians lived offstage when not in character. Which naturally led him to Gottfried. Those dirty jokes. That voice, so loud, so high. Gottfried couldn’t possibly be like that all the time. Or could he? Gottfried, following a screening Tuesday night of Gilbert at the Tribeca Film Festival, said he told Berkeley initially:¬†“I think you should set your sights much higher than that. And then after...

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20 years later, “Roseanne” revival in the works with full cast attached

Everything old can be new again in this era of Too Much TV. Re-enter Roseanne. The hit ABC sitcom, which aired 222 episodes from 1988 to 1997 and peaked at the top of the ratings in its second of nine seasons, is calling for a full reunion (no word on which Becky) in the form of an eight-episode limited series revival. Deadline broke the news today, with other trade publications quickly confirming it. Deadline reports¬†the revival — with original series EPs Tom Werner, Roseanne Barr, and Bruce Helford plus cast member Sara Gilbert — already is shopping the reunion...

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“Tommy Maitland” will host ABC revival of The Gong Show. Or is it Mike Myers?

British comedy legend Tommy Maitland will host ABC’s revival of The Gong Show this summer. So says the press release. And yet. You’d think you would have heard of Tommy Maitland, or followed him on Twitter or seen his Facebook fan page if he were a true legend of comedy. Instead, @mrtommymaitland only went live today. But as my friend Megh Wright over at Splitsider has surmised, underneath that makeup lies one Mike Myers, most probably definitely. Myers recently re-emerged himself this past month, appearing on the NYC Podfest, and just this week talking up the potential of another...

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