Day: January 29, 2018

Adult Swim schedules midnight specials for Jena Friedman, Eric Andre

As Sunday, Feb. 18, becomes Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, Adult Swim is getting especially weird, thanks to two new short-form comedy specials from Jena Friedman and Eric Andre. Soft Focus with Jena Friedman will premiere at midnight ET/PT. The network describes her special as “a live-action comedic human-interest program where fact and fiction blend in a harmonious union of what the f***.” Friedman talked to me a little bit about it for my podcast, Last Things First. And I can alert you to the fact that some of what she captures on camera is truly bonkers, in a style...

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Episode #191: Matt Jones

You probably recognize Matt Jones from the critically acclaimed AMC series, Breaking Bad, where he played Badger. But Jones has an extensive comedy background, starting in Southern California, where he performed improv in high school, then eventually to Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, and back to Hollywood for multiple TV roles in sitcoms and sketch shows the likes of Reno 911, Community, The Office, and the pilot episode of Key and Peele. He has co-starred more recently as a regular on the CBS sitcom, Mom, and stars in the new Pop series where he runs an aerobics studio, Let’s Get Physical. We get into competitive...

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Dave Chappelle wins the Grammy Award for Comedy Album of the Year

To the surprise of perhaps nobody outside of Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for the audio double-album of his first two Netflix specials of 2017, The Age of Spin and Deep In the Heart of Texas. Chappelle hadn’t put out a comedy album in what seemed like forever, which only made it slightly less surprising to hear him say upon accepting his Grammy: “I am honored to win an award…finally.” But he was sincere and straight to the point about thanking just about everybody. Earlier in the telecast, Chappelle helped contribute to...

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Donald Glover as Childish Gambino wins a Grammy Award and performs on the Grammys with his Lion King castmate

In the past year, Donald Glover has won Emmy Awards for his TV show (FX’s Atlanta) and now owns a Grammy Award for his musical moniker, Childish Gambino. He won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance on Sunday night for “Redbone,” and also performed during the telecast his song, “Terrified,” with an extra vocal assist at the end from JD McCrary. McCrary plays Young Simba to Glover’s Simba in the live-action version of The Lion King filming this year for a release date in 2019. Glover also stars this year in the Star Wars spin-off, Solo, as a young...

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Highlights from Conan O’Brien’s trip to Haiti

Conan O’Brien and Team Coco have found magic in the past few years by taking Conan out of the United States for a series of one-hour travelogue specials. They’re usually planned out in advance, with help from local celebrities or tie-ins to the show. Haiti is and was different. This was Conan responding immediately and directly to President Trump’s outlandishly ridiculous and racist comments about the island nation. And once you take even just a minute to learn the history of Haiti, then you know how wrong we are as Americans to take the island for granted. You can...

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