Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Summer SNL Weekend Update writing staff includes once-suspended Katie Rich

Saturday Night Live brought back a limited-edition primetime half-hour version of Weekend Update last night. It’s not exactly the same as when they first tried this in 2008. For one thing, those Thursday-night live episodes happened in the run-up to a presidential election. So, secondly, they featured cold opens dealing with the campaign and the presidential and vice-presidential debates. And thirdly, the Weekend Update anchors and supporting cast have all changed over since then, save for Kenan Thompson. That said, two newsworthy bits to report. Katie Rich, whom SNL had suspended from the writing staff last season over a...

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YAS! 2 Dope Queens Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson fronting HBO specials

The hit comedy podcast 2 DOPE QUEENS, starring Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson, is coming to HBO in 2018 with four hour-long specials. Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programming said: “Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson prove you can be hilarious and socially conscious at the same time. We’re looking forward to bringing these very funny, talented women and their unique points of view to the HBO audience.” 2 Dope Queens launched their podcast in 2016 via WNYC, offering weekly stand-up showcases and storytelling hosted by Williams (star of new movie, The Incredible Jessica James, and former correspondent on The Daily...

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Drew Lynch on Conan

You may remember Drew Lynch from his performances a couple of summers ago on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, where he made it to the finals before finishing runner-up to ventriloquist Paul Zerdin. Lynch made his Conan debut last night, and let us know that audiences still cannot believe he stutters, so he likes to toy with them sometimes. Roll the...

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Seeso is finito: NBCUniversal comedy streaming platform announces it’s shutting down later in 2017

Closed before it even really had a chance to catch on, NBCUniversal announced today via Facebook that Seeso is shutting down later this year. The memo: Dear Seeso-ers, We’re writing to let you know that later this year, Seeso will be shutting its comedy doors. Though we will be departing, much of our comedy will live on – and some of your favorite Seeso Originals have already found a new home. You can now find HarmonQuest, My Brother, My Brother and Me, Hidden America with Jonah Ray and The Cyanide and Happiness Show on VRV: We’ll let you know...

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Bill Murray now has seen “Groundhog Day: The Musical” on Broadway

Bill Murray, comedy legend and star of the 1993 now-classic film, Groundhog Day, attended the Broadway performance Tuesday night of Groundhog Day: The Musical. Murray sat with his brother, Brian Doyle-Murray (who played a Punxsutawney official) and Danny Rubin (who co-wrote the screenplay as well as the Broadway adaptation), and toasted the Broadway cast backstage afterward. Pictured above: Murray next to Andy Karl, who plays Phil Connors on Broadway; on the left, Barrett Doss, who plays Andie MacDowell’s character. Photo by Hilary Swift for the NYT. Sopan Deb of The New York Times shadowed the Murray brothers and filed...

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