Day: June 22, 2015

Tom Shillue takes over hosting duties of “Red Eye” on FOX News

When Greg Gutfield stepped away from his late-night FOX News talk-show creation to host his own primetime Sunday show, who would take over the 3 a.m. hour (midnight Pacific) on Red Eye? As The Comic’s Comic first reported in February, stand-up comedian and storyteller Tom Shillue already had emerged as an early frontrunner — and overnight tonight, Shillue steps in full-time as the new permanent host of Red Eye. Congrats, Tom! “Thanks Sean,” Shillue told The Comic’s Comic today. “I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting the show that I used to watch every night before I went to bed!”...

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Comedy Central at peak TV glory, just as TV viewership is fading

If you want to get a sense of where Comedy Central stands in the TV landscape, consider this. Consider these two things, really. The basic cable TV network has so much quality programming that its “For Your Consideration” video for Emmy voters will remind you of such — Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer, The Daily Show, Key & Peele, Nathan For You, Review, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, South Park, Tosh.0, Workaholics. Roll the clip! And this weekend’s New York Times Magazine features an in-depth look at where the network stands as it and its head Kent Alterman...

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President Barack Obama on WTF with Marc Maron

“How do we talk to folks who already aren’t so dug in to a particular way of thinking about politics? That we can create more space for people to have a normal, ordinary conversation? And one in which the lines aren’t clearly drawn in black and white, and it’s not this battle in a steel cage, one side with another?” President Barack Obama said that’s why he visited the home garage studio of comedian Marc Maron on Friday for an hourlong chat for Maron’s podcast, WTF with Marc Maron. Maron ditched all the WTFs in his intro (respect) from...

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CollegeHumor’s Comedy Music Hall of Fame, on IFC

CollegeHumor and IFC created the hour TV special, CollegeHumor’s Comedy Music Hall of Fame, but after watching it twice over the weekend, I still cannot figure out why this exists. Both CollegeHumor and IFC enjoy reputations of existing on the fringes of mainstream comedy, but they’re not trying to make fun of an entire genre of popular comedy here. At the same time — despite the lifetime achievement award for Weird Al Yankovic — there’s a dearth of stars represented in the hour. Sure, Tenacious D shows up for a mock interview “via satellite” with host Paul F. Tompkins,...

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