Day: September 28, 2015

Retta is pitching her own late-night TV talk show

Did you know that Retta currently is pitching networks on her own late-night TV talk show? Or that at least one network is interested in the possibilities of a late-night show fronted by Jen Kirkman? Or that Margaret Cho and Iliza Shlesinger would love to do it, too? So would lots of comedians. But Vulture only asked 37 of them there so-called “women comedians” and published their e-mail replies today in conjunction with the relaunch tonight of The Daily Show on Comedy Central with decidedly unfemale comedian Trevor Noah hosting. Oh, and Samantha Bee will launch her own new TBS...

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Highlights from Brian Regan LIVE on Comedy Central

Brian Regan’s live stand-up performance Saturday night was a big hit to the 6,000 audience members inside Radio City Music Hall, and seemed to work out well, too, for the folks at Comedy Central, who’d never produced a live stand-up special before. Sure, the cable network has gone live every four years recently for Election Night coverage on The Daily Show, and added live segments for fund-raising in the biennial Night of Too Many Stars, but this special with Regan was special indeed. Ray Romano, who shares the same manager as Regan, showed up to watch and share congratulations...

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Jim Gaffigan live at the Festival of Families in Philadelphia, warming up the audience for Pope Francis

What’s more nerve wracking? Performing in front of the Pope? Or performing for a restless audience of tens of thousands of Catholics anxiously awaiting the Pope? It’s a question only one comedian can answer, as Jim Gaffigan delivered about 16 minutes of stand-up comedy early Saturday evening in Philadelphia to an assembled throng outside at the Festival of Families. Pope Francis wasn’t there yet, so news crews from CNN globally to CBS locally cut in and out from Gaffigan’s performance on live TV, referring to him multiple times as “Catholic comedian” or “Christian comedian” Jim Gaffigan. Which he and...

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Episode #21: Seaton Smith

Seaton Smith came to your attention earlier in 2015 playing the character Motif on FOX’s sitcom, Mulaney. Since then, he has told jokes on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, and spoken his mind on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. I was fortunate to know Smith as early as 2009 at the first Bentzen Ball comedy festival in Washington, D.C., where he was still living at the time. We reminisced about that, and Smith told me about his start in the D.C. comedy scene, what he learned at an even younger age performing stand-up in a talent...

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