Day: March 18, 2018

R.I.P. Mike MacDonald, the king of Canadian comedy

Mike Allan MacDonald joked onstage that he was “the King of Canadian Comedy,” but to many in Canada, he was royalty. Unlike the other great comedians to come out of Canada, MacDonald stayed. He stayed ’til the end, dying Saturday from heart complications. He was 63. 62 according to his personal Facebook profile. His first stand-up special, Mike MacDonald; On Target, also was the first comedy special for CBC. He’d make three specials for CBC and Showtime. Host Canada’s Gemini Awards. Perform at Montreal’s Just For Laughs more than perhaps anyone else. His American TV credits included A&E’s An Evening at...

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Will & Grace’s second life on NBC will have at least three seasons, extend through 2020

A decade after an eight-season run on NBC, Will & Grace is proving even more popular for the network in its revival — already earning a two-season renewal into 2020. The cast and creators announced the news Saturday during a previously planned celebration of the sitcom at PaleyFest in Beverly Hills. After originally airing from 1998-2006, Will & Grace came back via a mini-reunion of Will, Grace, Jack and Karen — Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally — in the fall of 2016, tied to the elections. NBC and viewers loved them so much, they ordered...

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Jimmy O. Yang on How To American

Jimmy O. Yang has a new memoir out, How To American. It’s about how his family brought him to the States from Hong Kong when he was 13, and how he discovered comedy. It’s also a great time for Yang, as he stands to benefit from T.J. Miller’s departure from Silicon Valley. His character, Jian Yang, takes over the incubator house where the Pied Piper guys do all their funny business. Yang went on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week to talk about how he first found out about comedy via BET. So it may make more...

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Ali Sultan wins Best of the Midwest comedy competition at Gilda’s LaughFest 2018

Five years after winning the Funniest Person in the Twin Cities contest, Ali Sultan has leveled up, taking home the title of Best of the Midwest in the 2018 Gilda’s LaughFest competition. Sultan beat out seven other up-and-coming stand-ups from the region for the title and the $2,500 prize Thursday during the annual festival in Grand Rapids, Mich.   The other finalists were Geoffrey Asmus, Reena Calm, Mickey Housley, Joe Kilgallon, Holly Lynnea, Mary Santora  and Brent Terhune. Sultan moved with his family from Yemen at age 15, and in his first year of stand-up in Minnesota, also managed...

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Howie Mandel and “Deal or No Deal” returning with new episodes in late 2018 on CNBC

If you thought it was crazy enough that a suitcase model from Deal or No Deal would become British royalty in 2018, then get ready for more craziness, because the entire game show itself is coming back with new primetime episodes by the end of the year. Without Meghan Markle. Obviously. But with Howie Mandel! Obviously. On CNBC. From the press release: The reimagined “Deal or No Deal” will feature all the high energy and risk-reward that captivated audiences, with some exciting new twists. Produced for CNBC by Emmy-winning Production Company Truly Original, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North...

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