Day: August 8, 2017

Review: George Lopez, “The Wall: Live! From Washington, D.C.” on HBO

Three days before Trump threatened to unleash “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” comedian George Lopez was lobbing all sorts of F-bombs at the president from inside Washington, D.C., during his live HBO performance Saturday night, The Wall: Live! From Washington, D.C. As I wrote in my Decider review of Lopez’s newest hour: In the five years since his previous live HBO comedy special (2012’s It’s Not Me, It’s You, also directed by Troy Miller), Lopez, now 56, saw one sitcom come and go (Saint George, 2014-2014, FX), endured an embarrassing episode in a Canadian casino, took down...

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FOX casts Maya Rudolph for live TV musical performance of A Christmas Story in 2017

FOX had a cultural hit in bringing a live version of the musical Grease to TV, and this Christmas, they hope to capture the same magic by casting Maya Rudolph in A Christmas Story, airing live on Dec. 17, 2017. Rudolph will star as 9-year-old Ralphie Parker’s mom. No word yet on who’ll play Ralphie, or his dad, as foils to Rudolph. But the three-hour live TV event, inspired from the Tony-nominated Broadway adaptation of the 1983 holiday classic movie, will be executive-produced by Marc Platt (Grease: Live, La La Land) and filmed on the Warner Bros. Studios lot...

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“Meteor Shower,” Steve Martin’s newest play, will mark Broadway debuts for Amy Schumer and Keegan-Michael Key in 2017

Steve Martin’s newest play, “Meteor Shower,” will mark the Broadway debuts of comedians Amy Schumer and Keegan-Michael Key when it raises the curtain this November at the Booth Theatre. Schumer said on Instagram: “I got to do a Steve Martin play in college and have loved him since I saw him as the waiter in the muppet movie. He is my friend and I just love him and can’t believe I get to be in his play on BROADWAY!!!” Key told Twitter he “can’t wait to have this experience” with Schumer, Martin, Laura Benanti and Alan Tudyk. To which...

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David Letterman will make a six-episode talk show for Netflix in 2018

STOP THE PRESSES! Sit down and brace yourselves. David Letterman, the longest-serving host in U.S. late night television – the original host of Late Night (NBC) and The Late Show (CBS) – is returning to television for a new series for Netflix! He has committed to six hourlong episodes that’ll combine in-depth interviews with field pieces. The series, yet to be named, will premiere in 2018. “I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix. Here’s what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first,” Letterman said. “Thanks for...

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On Conan, Bob Newhart remembers meeting Don Rickles, and the joke thief who changed Newhart’s career

On Monday night’s Conan, Bob Newhart reminisced about his dearly departed friend, Don Rickles — they and their wives were fast friends for five decades. Newhart recalled the first night he and his wife got to see Rickles perform live in Las Vegas. Even though Rickles was performing late-night in a casino lounge, while Newhart was performing in another casino’s mainstage, Rickles knew just how to level the playing field. Newhart also told Conan O’Brien about how a joke thief — whom Newhart declined to name, even though the thief has died — changed Newhart’s career. He had thought...

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