Day: July 13, 2017

Early review: Punch Line in summer trial run on FOX late-night stations

FOX has used recent summers to test out shows for potential syndication in both daytime and late-night, with The Wendy Williams Show and Page Six TV being the most notable success stories so far. In between, Real Housewives of New York‘s Bethenny Frankel also earned a talk show this way, only to have it cancelled two years later. Now comes Punchline, which just started a four-week trial run in late-night on Monday. It’s a game show format, hosted by Mark Istook and created by the makers of Chopped. In Punchline, a team of three stand-up comedian “challengers” faces off against...

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On Second Thought with Liam McEneaney

Episode #6 of my exclusive Laughly audio series, On Second Thought, is out now with featured guest Liam McEneaney. On Second Thought asks: If tragedy plus time equals comedy, then comedy plus time equals what now? Liam McEneaney hosted one of the more popular alternative basement comedy rooms in New York City for a decade, and turned his weekly showcase into a documentary and stand-up concert film, Tell Your Friends!, which played at SXSW and Montreal’s Just For Laughs. He has put out two comedy albums, one with A Special Thing, the second with Comedy Dynamics. A native New Yorker, McEneaney...

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2017 Emmy nominations for comedy and comedians on TV

I’ll get into all of this in detail later, but for now, just the facts, ma’am. Here are your nominees in the comedy categories for the 69th annual Emmy Awards, to be handed out live Sept. 17, 2017, on CBS. Full list here Comedy Series Atlanta (FX) black-ish (ABC) Master of None (Netflix) Modern Family (ABC) Silicon Valley (HBO) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix) Veep (HBO) Variety Talk Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS) Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC) Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO) The Late Late Show With James Corden (CBS) The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS) Real...

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Watch the first two episodes of FUNNY HOW? with Kliph Nesteroff on Viceland

If you haven’t yet read The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy, then what kind of comedy nerd are you, anyhow? Kliph Nesteroff’s book gives you an overview of our nation’s comedy scene with extra peeks into the naughtiest, weirdest nooks and crannies of it. But if you put down his book wondering what Nesteroff had to say about comedy today, then he’s here — or at least on cable TV — with a new series to do just that: FUNNY HOW? on Viceland debuted this week. David Jermyn writes and directs the episodes. The...

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Jackie Kashian on Conan

Everything Jackie Kashian knew about relationships before getting married, she’d learned from being in stand-up comedy, and as she told the Conan audience on Wednesday night, that boils down to only three stereotypical jokes. Fortunately for Kashian and for us, she knows how to roll with anything, and role play accurately, too. Roll the...

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