Month: August 2016

The new 2016 cast of MADtv on The CW on finding their roles, and team bonding

MADtv‘s revival happened quickly. Four months ago, The CW announced it’d reboot the old FOX late-night sketch comedy series from the 1990s and 2000s, with the original creators finding a new cast. Two months ago, they announced their new cast. Last week, they premiered in primetime! It’s more than a whirlwind for the eight comedians thrown into the network TV spotlight: Carlie Craig, Chelsea Davison, Jeremy D. Howard, Amir K, Lyric Lewis, Piotr Michael, Michelle Ortiz and Adam Ray. I caught up with two of them between tapings. How have you and the rest of the group bonded since getting cast,...

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Lavell Crawford drops 120 pounds

Lavell Crawford joked about his weight and his battle with “the sugar” over the course of finishing runner-up on Last Comic Standing, panels on Chelsea Lately and his own hour-long stand-up comedy specials, and shined playing Better Call Saul‘s bodyguard/assistant on Breaking Bad. But since filming a supporting role in the new movie, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Crawford has lost upward of 120 pounds. Just take a look at his face (above) from a week ago. He’s gotten into even better shape than when he cited the “120 pound” weight-loss in late July. As he joked last...

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Drew Hastings faces court trial in allegations he committed felonies as mayor of Hillsboro, Ohio

Drew Hastings, the stand-up comedian with two decades of performing experience who’s serving his second four-year term as the mayor of Hillsboro, Ohio, will stand trial this fall on felony allegations including election falsification, theft, theft in office and tampering with records. Hastings entered not guilty pleas Monday at his arraignment in court. The judge also entered a pre-trial publicity order instructing everyone involved in the case to avoid commenting to the media directly or indirectly via social media. As The Times-Gazette reported, Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove of the Highland County Common Pleas Court said: “We’re going to try this case in the...

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Jimmy Fallon to host 2017 Golden Globes

NBC announced that Jimmy Fallon — not Ricky Gervais, nor the dynamic duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler — would become the network’s next host of the Golden Globes. From the press release, which accompanied NBC’s turn at the summer TV Critics Association (TCA) press tour today: “We’re thrilled to announce Jimmy as host of ‘The 74th Annual Golden Globes,’” said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt. “This is the most spontaneous and uninhibited award show on television, and Jimmy’s playful, disarming comedic brilliance makes him the ideal host to enhance and elevate the sense of fun and irreverence...

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Brendan Eyre on Late Night with Seth Meyers

For his late-night network TV debut, Brendan Eyre showed how you can make a nervous energy work in your favor, as his opening bit on Monday’s Late Night with Seth Meyers brought the crowd into his corner to share his embarrassment at trying and failing to groom his body hair. “Don’t go in the woods!” Neat trick how another of his jokes, involving his mother packing him a healthy lunch for school, called back to a panel discussion Meyers had with an earlier guest on the show. His closing bit, too, will make you walk through the aisles of...

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