Day: February 9, 2011

Craig Ferguson and Conan talk fatherhood, European copycats; plus a peek at @CraigyFerg’s EPIX special

There's always a more interesting talk-show dynamic going on when one talk-show host appears on another host's show. And last night's episode of Conan was no different, as Conan O'Brien welcomed Craig Ferguson to the show for two panel segments. They seemed to get along just fine. Which is a nice change of pace from the ever-lingering "late-night wars" (Ferguson seems to be OK in everyone's book, though, isn't he?) Ferguson is a new dad, so they joked about being a modern father, and appeasing their wives. Ferguson also joked about swimming with sharks, and inviting his French copycat onto his own program.   At the end, he almost forgot to plug his upcoming stand-up special, which debuts on EPIX on Feb. 19. Here's an extended behind-the-scenes clip with scenes and interview footage with CraigyFerg so you don't forget. And a pull-quote for you from the interview: "Anyone that doesn't embrace the mind-crushing ego-deflation of the early life of a stand-up comic shouldn't be in it."...

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Paul Rudd as Jay Leno, Jon Hamm on the Butthole Surfers; watch readings from Jon Glaser’s new book

The Bell House in Brooklyn was packed to capacity and even beyond, with gawkers spilling out past the doors to hear readings from Jon Glaser's new book, My Dead Dad was in ZZ Top. It didn't hurt that the book party was free. Oh, and that among those reading included John Hodgman, Jon Hamm and Paul Rudd! Jon Hamm read from letters and secret government documents purporting to reveal the true origins for the band Butthole Surfers.   Paul Rudd followed by reading a selection of letters imagining the bands and musicians who asked Jay Leno about becoming his new house band after Kevin Eubanks left The Tonight Show. Rudd chose to voice Leno's parts as Leno. You like?   The book is available...

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For Your Consideration this Oscar season: Ms. Black Swan, a short film starring Alex Borstein

You're not watching MADtv. This is a new video in which Alex Borstein brings back her Ms. Swan character for a short film teaser trailer "For Your Consideration" this Oscar season. Introducing Ms. Black Swan. All toilet humor aside, I did appreciate her "Dave Chappelle" ballet moves. Roll the clip!   Written by Borstein. Directed by Jackson Douglas. With John Viener in the role of choreographer Thomas...

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Barry Sobel talks about his new 3 Minute Talk Show with Fred Willard & Ben Lee, produced by Tom Hanks

Perhaps you've noticed the new 3 Minute Talk Show that popped up this year online? It's from L Studio, the original online webseries arm of Lexus that also distributes Lisa Kudrow's Web Therapy. What makes 3 Minute Talk Show different, aside from the obvious time-limit inherent in its name, is the talent behind it: veteran stand-up Barry Sobel hosts, with Fred Willard as his sidekick, Ben Lee providing the house band, and production coming from Tom Hanks' Playtone house. Hanks even served as the first guest to kick off the online talk show last month. Other guests so far have included Bryan Cranston and Cedric the Entertainer. Today's guest is The Jonas Brothers, or at least Joe Jonas. Is he the cute one? Roll the clip to get yourself caught up, and then on the flip side, The Comic's Comic has the first interview with Barry Sobel to explain himself!   Here's what Barry Sobel had to tell me about this week's episode: "My favorite episode is the one you are breaking‚Ķ our guests are ‚ÄúThe Jonas Brothers‚Äù‚Ķ Well that‚Äôs what I thought ‚Äòtil Fred breaks the news that because of budget reasons, we could only afford one Jonas. The joy of the entire show is to sit next to Fred Willard and ‚Äúplay comedy.‚Äù I leaned in a second before Joe Jonas walked out and said, ‚ÄúI am...

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Norm! Comedy Central orders “Sports Show with Norm MacDonald” for 8-episode run

Turns out Norm MacDonald is getting his own comedy talk show in addition to hosting a poker series. Double down on Norm! Comedy Central announced today it's picking up Sports Show with Norm MacDonald with an initial eight-episode order. The new series is slated to begin production this month with an April premiere. Format? Taped in front of a live studio audience, MacDonald will deliver his own take on the top stories in sports. Think of his tenure on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update desk during the 1990s, but focused solely on sports in 2011. "Norm has the uncanny ability to say what I didn't even realize I was thinking," said Comedy Central's Kent Alterman. "I'm excited and look forward to doing this series," said MacDonald. "On this show, we plan to put the central back in Comedy Central." You'll also see a new one-hour special out of him, called "Norm MacDonald: Me Doing Stand-Up," next month on Comedy Central, premiering March 12. Related: Here's a clip from way back in 1998, when MacDonald hosted the ESPYs. Don't hold back!...

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