Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Episode #56: Roy Wood, Jr.

When Roy Wood Jr. started interning in morning radio and working in his native Birmingham, Ala., he initially thought he might be the next Ricky Smiley. Wood’s determination and hustle, as well as his talent for prank calls, led him on a slightly different path slowly but surely up the show business ladder. From MC and feature in one comedy club after another through the South, Wood built up his brand and his comedy material, and by 2010, he was ready for Last Comic Standing, where he finished third in the NBC contest’s seventh season. After a year of...

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Zach Galifianakis tells Conan the one question he wouldn’t ask President Barack Obama on “Between Two Ferns”

“Yeah, that was a weird thing,” Zach Galifianakis told Conan O’Brien, almost two years after he had sat down with President Barack Obama for an installment of his Funny or Die series, Between Two Ferns. “I went to the White House before we shot it,” Galifianakis told O’Brien on Tuesday’s Conan. While there, he noticed the White House’s in-house restaurant menu featured a dessert called Chocolate Freedom. “I say to them, not trying to be funny, ‘You guys call the president this, right?’ They all said, ‘You have to ask him that!'” Nope. Not gonna do it. And he...

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Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond organizing Lorne Michaels tribute at Lincoln Center to benefit American Songbook

The husband-wife team of Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond are organizing an all-star tribute to Lorne Michaels at Lincoln Center on Feb. 11, 2016, to benefit the center’s American Songbook series. So far they’ve lined up Tituss Burgess, Jimmy Fallon, Cheyenne Jackson, Taran Killam, Jane Krakowski, Audra McDonald, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short and more for the event at Alice Tully Hall. Fey and Richmond, who’ve worked for Michaels both at Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, are helping put this together to honor him for showcasing live musical greats for more than 40 years now on SNL. More info when...

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Behind the scenes of the “Fuller House” Full House reunion for Netflix

Here’s a nostalgically fun look with the cast and fans of ABC’s Full House, which is coming back two decades later to catch up with the Tanners and their extended family as Fuller House on Netflix. The sequel series premieres in full on Feb. 26, 2016. Roll the clip? You got it, dude! Credits and official description: In Fuller House, the adventures that began in 1987 on Full House continue, with veterinarian D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure) recently widowed and living in San Francisco. D.J.’s younger sister/aspiring musician Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) and D.J.’s lifelong best friend/fellow single mother...

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Woody Allen casts Elaine May, Miley Cyrus to star alongside him in six-episode Amazon series

Woody Allen shared the Broadway stage with Elaine May — although not onstage together, technically — as writers in 2011 for “Relatively Speaking,” a collection of one-act plays. Allen did cast the legendary May back in 2000 for his movie, Small Time Crooks. And he’s turning back the clock once more to work with May, and also with Miley Cyrus, for his new, still-untitled, six-episode Amazon Studios series. Amazon confirmed Monday that Allen not only will be writing and directing the six half-hours, but also will appear onscreen alongside May and Cyrus. It’ll be set in the 1960s. Not...

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