Day: May 20, 2009

NYT profiles Conan O’Brien, late-night TV shuffle

This coming Sunday's New York Times Magazine profiles Conan O'Brien, and is as much about the changes in late-night TV coming this summer and fall, as it is about O'Brien himself. Some great quotes. Such as this tidbit, in which O'Brien talked about how, earlier this year, he'd tape two Late Nights on Thursdays so he could spend his Fridays building his relationships with various NBC affiliates around the country: ‚ÄúI felt like Lyndon Johnson in the hill country, running a grass-roots campaign,‚Äù O‚ÄôBrien said. ‚ÄúIn places like Oklahoma City, everyone was wearing Conan wigs and they brought a Clydesdale out of a truck. I grabbed a cowboy hat and rode in circles in front of the station. There were cheerleaders doing cheers for me and banners with my name on them. I kept thinking, I came into show business through the back door of SNL and The Simpsons, and now I‚Äôm in the carnival. Which I love. If you want to host The Tonight Show, you need to go to Kansas City and Cleveland and Milwaukee and San Jose and Oklahoma City. There‚Äôs something about the show that does belong to those people.‚Äù (photo by Dewey Nicks for the...

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Review: Jenny Slate in “Dead Millionaire”

Jenny Slate long has been a dirty darling of New York City's independent comedy scene as half of the duo Gabe & Jenny. You may have seen her deliver a witty barb or two by herself as a talking head on a VH1 clip show, but what would a full-fledged solo Jenny Slate show look and sound like? Let me give you a hint: Her weekly show with Gabe and Max Silvestri isn't the only thing that's Big Terrific. Behold: "Dead Millionaire." Jenny Slate's one-person show, currently enjoying its first limited run at the UCB Theatre in NYC (next show: May 21), imagines a future in which she has become a famous eccentric performer, and upon her death, all of the characters who have interacted with her come back to offer remembrances, celebrate at "Jenny's I'm Dead Now Party" and find out who she had left her many millions to, and her little dog, too! The show opens with Slate playing a TV anchor reporting live from the Jewish temple services in Canton, Mass., reporting on the tragic death of this "Jewy beauty." Onstage, Slate also takes on the persona of her attorney, Ruth Diamond Phillips (Wellesley '85), an uptight single gal that Slate manages to play tricks upon from beyond the grave; Slate's beloved niece, Misty, who explains the wisdom behind the film Men in Black; her dumb, blind,...

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