Day: October 10, 2014

John Heffron cuts deep with comedians in new Comedy Bit List podcast series on Rhapsody

Just when you thought there were more than enough podcasts that involved comedians interviewing comedians, along comes another comedian-on-comedian podcast — but this one offers a twist. Or two. For one thing, Comedy Bit List with John Heffron, hosted by the former Last Comic Standing winner, airs on Rhapsody. For another, Heffron’s interviews via Rhapsody’s streaming music service allows him to jump in and out of his interviews to play recorded jokes from the comedians for more in-depth discussions, or sample songs that spur further conversation. “Unlike a podcast, we can play music and comedy bits — and the...

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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart hires Hasan Minhaj and Trevor Noah as correspondents

Michael Che bolted at the end of the summer for a desk job at Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update. Larry Wilmore will leave at year’s end for his own half-hour, replacing The Colbert Report and following his once-and-future boss, Jon Stewart, in 2015. And so the beast that has produced not only Che and Wilmore, but also catapulted John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Ed Helms, Rob Corddry and so many more before them, needs to be fed new talent. And so it is written, so it shall be done — The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has hired two...

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Now this is parallel thinking: “Key & Peele,” “Friends of the People” both imagine the true story behind Urkel on “Family Matters”

All of the talk this week about Saturday Night Live‘s new Tina Turner sketch looking a little too much like The Groundlings new Tina Turner sketch been getting you down? We have another, better example of parallel thinking in sketch comedy to examine already! I bet the folks at TruTV and new sketch comedy series Friends of the People are breathing easier knowing that they chose to sneak peek their “Untold Hollywood History” sketch this summer for the TV Critics Association. It’s difficult enough launching a new sketch comedy TV series. Tougher still when a critically-acclaimed sketch comedy show...

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