Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Meet Me In New York: Matt Goldich

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they’re comedians? No, that’s not it. It is a fact, though, that America’s biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York’s vibrant comedy scene....

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The weekly late-night TV talk show writing staffs for Fall 2017

Two weeks ago, I rounded up all of the writing staffs working on America’s nightly late-night TV comedy talk shows. Say that three times fast! Easier said than trying to say all the names of the writers three times fast, I’ll tell you that much. At any rate. That proved interesting and useful enough that I circled back to capture the current writing staffs of our weekly late-night comedy programs as of Fall 2017. Last Week with John Oliver (HBO, Sundays) John Oliver Tim Carvell Josh Gondelman Dan Gurewitch Geoff Haggerty Jeff Maurer Ben Silva Scott Sherman Will Tracy...

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Gilbert Rozon resigns as president of Just For Laughs, judge on French TV show, after renewed allegations of sexual harassment, assault

Yesterday morning, Just For Laughs president Gilbert Rozon woke up and promoted his upcoming appearance as a judge on French television’s version of America’s Got Talent: La France a un incroyable talent. 12 hours later, Rozon surrendered it all, amid widespread and renewed allegations of sexual harassment and assault. His official statement last night in both French and English: Déclaration officielle J’annonce que je quitte dès maintenant mes fonctions de Président du Groupe Juste pour rire, de Commissaire aux célébrations du 375e de Montréal ainsi qu’en tant que Vice-Président de la Chambre de Commerce du Montréal Métropolitain. Je me retire...

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Fashion Police on E! will end on Nov. 27, 2017 with unaired footage of the late Joan Rivers

Fashion Police on E! was never quite the same after the death of Joan Rivers three years ago, and frankly not even really the same to watch years before that when the writers went on strike and Rivers allowed scabs to cross the picket line. They tried filling her seat with Kathy Griffin to no avail. Then only broadcasting after major awards telecasts. Now Joan’s daughter, Melissa, is pulling the plug on the show. “Thank you to E! for having the vision to see the potential of Fashion Police which changed both the entertainment and fashion industries,” said Melissa...

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Chelsea Handler calling it quits on her Netflix talk show

After a year and a half off of TV and onto Netflix, Chelsea Handler has had enough of the talk show circuit. Handler called it quits today, although weekly episodes of Chelsea will continue on Netflix through the end of 2017. The next episode shows up Friday, so expect to hear her talk much more about her decision then. In the meantime, here’s her statement: “Like so many across the country, the past presidential election and the countless events that have unfolded since have galvanized me. From the national level down to the grassroots, it’s clear our decisions at...

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