Day: June 14, 2016

Comedy Central’s “Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle” multi-night broadcast this summer from Montreal’s Just For Laughs

We’ve just received word that Comedy Central’s planned Roast Battle special actually will be broadcast as a weeklong TV showcase competition! Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle will air over four consecutive nights at the end of July from Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival. Ross and referee/comedian Brian Moses will lead three nights of bracket-style one-on-one roast comedy competition — the first three nightly episodes (July 28-30) will air the night following the live competition, with the finals on July 31, 2016, broadcast LIVE from L’Astral in Montreal. Tickets are on sale now, although the competitors and judges have yet...

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Larry David bringing a ninth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm to HBO

Forget the pretty. Forget the good. This is great news. After a five-year hiatus, Larry David will return to his semi-autobiographical, semi-scripted life as “Larry David” on HBO for a ninth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Casey Bloys, HBO programming president, made the announcement today: “We’re thrilled that Larry has decided to do a new season of CURB and can’t wait to see what he has planned.” Added David, in the HBO press release: “In the immortal words of Julius Caesar, ‘I left, I did nothing, I returned.’” Well, not exactly. David co-wrote and starred in an HBO movie in...

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Monologues a microcosm of the metaphor for late-night TV and the politics of today in 2016

Remember how your parents and grandparents warned you growing up about how to protect yourself in the case of a mass shooting? No. They were more worried about global thermonuclear war killing us all, than they were of a single madman shooting up a church, a movie theater or a nightclub. And yet, here we are. Another mass shooting. Another night in which the late-night TV variety/comedy talk-show hosts feel a need to weigh in. When did this become our new normal? I suppose it traces back to 2001, when Americans found as much if not more comfort after...

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Daniel Sloss on Conan

Daniel Sloss returned to Conan again — and on Monday night’s show, Sloss wondered how Brits can get condoms for free, but if a woman wants a tampon, she has to pay for it, and then gets taxed upon it as a “luxury item.” And you thought your health-care system had issues. Sloss also started his stand-up set by noticing that dumb Americans only differ from dumb people around the world in that they’re uniquely confident, and supported by their peers despite their stupidity. Go figure. Roll the...

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