Day: October 17, 2013

Sneak peek @midnight with Chris Hardwick, debuting Oct. 21, 2013, on Comedy Central

Chris Hardwick has another late-night TV talk show coming to a TV or mobile viewing device near you next week, and he’s not talking dead, nor is he talking bad… He’s talking about everything else in the news, at midnight, @midnight, on Comedy Central. The show debuts Monday, Oct. 21, at midnight (Eastern/Pacific) after The Colbert Report, with new episodes airing Mondays-Thursdays. Hardwick will have a rotating panel of stand-up comedians, and he’ll decide each night who has the funniest take on that day’s newsmakers and headlines. His first week’s guests will be: MONDAY 10/21 • Doug Benson @DougBenson • Natasha Leggero @natashaleggero...

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Alan Alda rationalizes his role as Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H in Q&A retrospective

Would you believe that Alan Alda’s Hawkeye Pierce wasn’t the moral center of M*A*S*H, the hit CBS series for 11 seasons from 1972-1983? That’s what Alda would have us believe. Here. “I never saw myself as the moral center of M*A*S*H,” Alda told Jeff Greenfield during a conversation Tuesday night for the Museum of the Moving Image, co-presented by the Comedy Hall of Fame as it launched a new speaker series called “The Iconic Characters of Comedy.” Alda, now 77, would have us believe he was but one of many humble actors trained in the theater who read and performed...

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Nyima Funk is not ready to be on SNL

Talk about your NOT ready for primetime players… Nyima Funk, a Second City alum who has appeared on TV in Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Key & Peele, and Wild ‘N Out, but her improv and sketch comedy skills obviously aren’t ready for Saturday Night Live. Am I right, Kenan Thompson? Bringin’ the funk with a short-and-sweet response to the latest debate over SNL’s lack of diversity… Roll the clip! Related: Thompson told TV Guide this week that SNL has no black women in the cast because, “like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.” Funk...

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South Park creators miss deadline to air “Goth Kids 3” episode, blame power outage

They’ve spent up to 17 seasons on their own deadlines, pushing animation to the limit to bring you a fresh new episode of South Park. In the 2011 documentary, South Park, 6 Days to Air, you saw how creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker made it all happen. This week, the dynamic duo finally blew a deadline and failed to submit their half-hour episode to Comedy Central in time for last night’s airing. Blame it on the electricity. Or lack thereof. South Park Studios announced Wednesday that a power outage Tuesday night shut down its computers and animators who were working on editing,...

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