Month: October 2016

Bill Murray and Vince Vaughn lead Cubs fans in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” for 2016 World Series

Usually the World Series gives participating cities a chance to show off their homegrown musical talent to sing the National Anthem. In the case of the Chicago Cubs, they did just that in a way, with their regular anthem singer Wayne Messmer holding court once more. But Cubs fans at Wrigley Field have their own even more peculiar tradition, thanks to the late legendary broadcaster Harry Caray, leading the crowd in the 7th inning stretch singalong, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” For the first Cubs home games in a World Series since 1945, the team asked longtime fans...

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Episode #120: Nicole Byer

Nicole Byer first captured the comedy world’s attention as part of the improv group, Doppelganger, which also featured future Saturday Night Live player Sasheer Zamata. Byer co-starred in a late-night sketch show on FOX produced by The Lonely Island called Party Over Here. She’s also appeared on Lady Dynamite, Transparent, 30 Rock and the movie, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. Nicole’s relationship with MTV began with appearances in webseries, then on TV with Girl Code and Ladylike, and now her own starring series based on her life, Loosely Exactly Nicole. She caught up with me before her first-season...

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The PBS broadcast of Bill Murray: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize

In case you missed it due to a Halloween party or the World Series or college football, there was a major comedy event on TV this past weekend, too. PBS broadcast the 19th annual ceremony awarding the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, this year of 2016 to Bill Murray. It began with a cold opening video message from Steve Martin, mocking Murray and his movies, then onto Jimmy Kimmel and other presenters including Aziz Ansari, Roy Blount Jr., Jane Curtin, Miley Cyrus, Brian Doyle-Murray, Rhiannon Giddens, Bill Hader, Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman, Paul Shaffer, Emma Stone...

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Sebastian Maniscalco on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The sharing economy amuses and amazes Sebastian Maniscalco. The comedian joked about using AirBnB and the increasing number of options for Uber these days, when Maniscalco performed on Friday’s Late Show. Did you know there’s something called Uber Kitten now? Roll the clip. Maniscalco also got a bonus panel session with Stephen Colbert. “This was my first panel, ever,” Maniscalco announced. Colbert asked him if growing up in a big Italian Catholic family made it more difficult to choose comedy. It could be worse. You could be in your socks in a stranger’s house meeting other strangers without...

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