Day: May 19, 2017

FOX to test out comedian-based daytime talk show “Punchline” during summer 2017

Daytime TV already has hourlong talk shows hosted by Ellen Degeneres and Steve Harvey, and panel discussions including the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood. But what about a half-hour whiz-bang of a show in which comedians just riff jokes about the day’s headlines? That’s essentially the premise of Punchline,¬†which will get a four-week trial run starting July 10, 2017, on FOX-owned stations. The exact premise and logline? Punchline¬†is a half-hour, daily, current events driven show, hosted by Marc Istook, where two teams of comedians compete to come up with the best punchlines based...

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Maria Bamford commencement address to University of Minnesota class of 2017

Maria Bamford graduated from the University of Minnesota with a creative writing degree in 1993, and returned 24 years later to deliver a creative and meta commencement address to the class of 2017. In her speech, Bamford described exactly how she ended up getting invited and paid to speak. “Was my alma mater lowballing me? I’m not a sitting governor and the football coach isn’t living check to check,” she joked. She also disclosed how her husband ended up with massive college loan debt. And she closed with a great way to pay it all forward. Love...

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