Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Steve Harvey met with Donald Trump to help Ben Carson on Housing and Urban Development agenda

Seven days from now, Donald J. Trump, who inherited his wealth and real-estate endeavors from his father and won the 2016 presidential election despite a deficit of 2.9 million votes, thanks to help from misinformation campaigns and narrow Electoral College margins in multiple states, will take the oath of office to become President of the United States. So why was he meeting with comedian and Family Feud host Steve Harvey? We’re not taking your top six answers, nor polling 100 people. We’re not consulting with Harvey’s advice books or his daytime talk show. Harvey showed up at Trump Tower on...

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Review: Jim Gaffigan, “Cinco,” on Netflix

Jim Gaffigan is keeping pace, producing as many stand-up specials now as he has reproduced children with his wife, Jeannie. Cinco is the magic number. It’s also the headline I gave to my review of Gaffigan’s newest stand-up special, which came out this week exclusively on Netflix, along with a deal bringing his previous four specials to Netflix. Here’s an excerpt from my review, which appears in Decider. A child of the Midwest, Gaffigan’s childhood memories always revolved around winter, cold and snow, but he also stops to give a shout-out to the other seasons – and different voices...

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Nick Thune on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon introduced Nick Thune on Thursday night’s episode of The Tonight Show as one of his favorite comedians, and also reminded viewers that Thune has a new stand-up comedy special (Good Guy) on “NBC’s digital comedy platform,” And if that wasn’t direct enough for you, Thune also wore a Nick Thune T-shirt promoting his special underneath his jacket! Thune has a back-up plan if everything goes awry, though. He’ll become a youth pastor. Don’t you see it? Here’s his explanation of his new life as Pastor Nick. Roll the...

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R.I.P. Tony Rosato (1954-2017)

Tony Rosato, one of only three comedians to perform on TV as a cast member of both SCTV and Saturday Night Live, has died of an apparent heart attack. Rosato was 62. Born in Naples, Italy, on Dec. 26, 1954, Rosato immigrated to Canada with his parents when he was 4. He could have become a chiropractor but dropped out of the University of Toronto instead to pursue improvisational comedy at The Second City. That decision worked out well for him. Rosato joined the cast of SCTV for its third season, and first on the CBC in 1980 —...

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“Next time you should come” Chris Rock on an impromptu all-star lineup at the Comedy Cellar

A couple of weeks ago, a friend told me he’d seen Aziz Ansari drop in at a random comedy show in New York City, and that he’d only performed a short set. What was that about? my friend wondered. My reply: Perhaps Ansari was practicing a bit for the Golden Globes, or even something for a scene in the upcoming second season of his Netflix series, Master of None. What we didn’t know then — Ansari’s hosting Saturday Night Live next week (Jan. 21, 2017), so obviously he’d want a fresh, new and easily timed TV-friendly monologue for that!...

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