Day: November 9, 2010

Watch Myq Kaplan on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Wondering what Myq Kaplan is up to since finishing in the top five this summer on NBC's Last Comic Standing? For one thing, Kaplan is touring North America with the other finalists all fall and winter. For another, he was a guest last night on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Myq Kaplan: Still ready to riff with the studio audience, and even with you at home. Roll the clip!...

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This is what Jeff Zucker saw last night. Even he couldn’t avoid Conan’s debut!

Jeff Zucker's reign at NBC is almost over, and last night, he was supporting his wife, Caryn, who along with comedian Bob Saget produced an annual benefit show for the Scleroderma Research Foundation called Cool Cuisine, Hot Comedy, at Carolines on Broadway. See WireImage photos from the event. This is what greeted Zucker as he crossed Broadway to head into Carolines. A giant Conan billboard. Zucker didn't walk the red carpet, so I didn't get to ask him if he planned to watch any TV last night, but it seemed almost everyone else who was awake was keenly aware of Conan's debut, too. You couldn't avoid knowing about it. Not even Zucker could avoid it. The ratings for Conan's debut on TBS were big. How big? Big enough to dominate everyone else, especially his head-to-head demographic rivals and friends at Comedy Central in Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Here are last night's ratings for selected late-night competition, which excludes the numbers for Chelsea Lately on E! at 11, Nightline on ABC at 11:35, and Jimmy Kimmel Live after midnight. I'll break it all down for you later as the viewership shakes out. Late-night TV for Monday, Nov. 8, 2010: (Total viewers/18-49) Conan 4.2 million/3.3 millionTonight Show with Jay Leno 3.5 million/952,000Late Show with David Letterman 3.3 million/1.3 millionLopez Tonight 1.4 million/883,000The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 1.3 million/687,000The Colbert Report 1.0...

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Gobble up this news: FOX will air sampling of “Bob’s Burgers” on Thanksgiving evening

FOX has announced it will roll out an extended sneak preview of its upcoming animated series, Bob's Burgers, on Thanksgiving night during its two-hour broadcast of The Simpsons Movie. It's another early sign of support for Bob's Burgers, which is good news for comedy fans, since the series is voiced by comedians: Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman and Dan Mintz. The series officially debuts in January 2011. Last month, the network ordered six additional scripts for the series. Here's a clip of the cast and creators discussing the show during Comic-Con in San Diego. Roll it!...

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Contest: Win a free pair of tickets to see Colin Quinn on Broadway in “Long Story Short”!

Hey, you there. Yes, you. Would you like to see Colin Quinn on Broadway in his latest one-man show, "Long Story Short"? Would you like to see that show for free? Well, you may be in luck. First, watch this video of Anderson Cooper interviewing Colin Quinn and his director, Jerry Seinfeld.   OK. Done yet? Now follow these simple steps. 1) Read this post. You're doing great so far! 2) Leave a comment on this post. 3) In your comment, let me know what historical empire you're most looking forward to hear Colin Quinn joke about and why. 4) Be sure to fill out a valid email when you're commenting so I can contact you. 5) If you've done all of that and left my favorite comment, then you win! Colin Quinn's "Long Story Short" has its official opening night tonight, with a limited 11-week engagement through January...

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In separate monologues, David Letterman and Jon Stewart acknowledge their “new” late-night competition

Meet your new late-night TV competition, same as the old competition. That was the case for David Letterman last night, as just like a year ago, he's up against Conan O'Brien for viewers. And unlike Jay Leno, Letterman had no problem bringing up Conan by name. Or using it at Leno's expense. Here's some footage from last night's Late Show monologue (with added jokes about former President George W. Bush's new memoir). Roll it.   The situation is decidedly different for Jon Stewart on Comedy Central. He's been ruling the roost at 11 p.m., but now he and Conan will be targeting the same demographic. For some reason, Stewart isn't all that optimistic, at least by how he opened the show last night on The Daily Show. Roll it....

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