Day: May 9, 2017

Review: Norm Macdonald, “Hitler’s Dog: Gossip & Trickery” on Netflix

I had the opportunity to speak to Norm Macdonald right after I had previewed his new Netflix hour, Hitler’s Dog: Gossip & Trickery. We had a great chat and I’ll post that shortly. But first, my thoughts on Macdonald’s Netflix special. He agreed with me on this part: Toward the end of his first Netflix hour, Norm Macdonald downplays his importance, comparing himself instead to “some cheap magician” and invoking the subtitle for the comedy special. “Nothing I have said, really, is of substance,” Macdonald says, to big laughs from the crowd at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston. “I...

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Zach Galifianakis was prepared to guest host Jimmy Kimmel Live

Zach Galifianakis was Jimmy Kimmel’s first guest back Monday after paternity leave from Jimmy Kimmel Live. We quickly learned that Galifianakis had prepared as if he were guest hosting for Kimmel. Sure they joked about it in the opening segment. But Galifianakis had done his homework, as we also saw in multiple segments where the comedian and star of FX’s Baskets interviewed Kimmel’s co-executive producer, Jason Schrift, as well as “Cousin Sal,” to take notes and fill his expected hour. Roll the clips! Galifianakis spent his first Los Angeles days at the Hollywood Youth Hostel down the street from...

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Skankfest NYC 2017 announces headliners Jim Gaffigan, Reggie Watts and Michelle Wolf

New York City comedians likely knew or heard about last year’s inaugural Skankfest, which brought in Doug Stanhope, Todd Glass, the Impractical Jokers and more alongside organizers Legion of Skanks (Luis J. Gomez, Dave Smith and Big Jay Oakerson) at The Creek and the Cave. For their second year, they’re aiming bigger, naming headliners Jim Gaffigan, Reggie Watts and Michelle Wolf, hosting events at multiple comedy clubs in both Manhattan and Queens during the week of June 18-22, 2017, with the goal of a nationwide touring festival for 2018. Here’s the official release announcing Skankfest NYC 2017, held June...

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Larry Wilmore is “Black on the Air” in new podcast series with The Ringer

After almost a year off the air since Comedy Central abruptly canceled The Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore is Black on the Air. That’s the title of Wilmore’s new podcast, announced today by The Ringer as part of its podcast network. Wilmore will kick off his podcast series with guest Norman Lear on May 11. “Larry is one of a kind — not just one of the best thinkers and fearless voices we have, but someone who can talk to anyone about anything,” said The Ringer’s CEO Bill Simmons in a press release. “He will land a steady flow of...

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