Day: January 22, 2019

R.I.P. Kevin Barnett, true “Friends of the People”

Kevin Barnett was as friendly as he was funny. And he was so much of both, so much so his comedy cohorts probably named themselves Friends of the People because of him. This tall kid from South Florida, who graduated from Florida State in 2009, and two years later, already was a New Face at Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival, always had a smile on his face and a joyous mood to share with those around him. Even when he was bombing, he was laughing about it. And when he wasn’t bombing, he was joking about bombing. And...

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Tom Cotter and Samuel J. Comroe performed on America’s Got Talent: The Champions

Former America’s Got Talent finalists Tom Cotter and Samuel J. Comroe both returned for this season’s all-star champions competition. Cotter, facing Simon Cowell for the first time (Cowell wasn’t a judge when Cotter finished runner-up in season 7), got buzzed during his act. That surprised everybody in the theater, but after a momentary pause, Cotter kept going and seemed to win everyone else over but Cowell. Comroe received a warmer reception. But neither comedian advanced to the finals this time...

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Team Coco Orange now available as a paint color

A paint color specific to a comedian? What’s next? No, really. What’s next. I’m not in the brand partnership department, so I’m not sure what comes next in late-night TV tie-ins with commercial products, but now both ice cream flavors and paint colors are off the board. Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon both have Ben & Jerry’s flavors. Now Conan O’Brien has his own Pantone paint palette. “Team Coco Orange.” Just in time for Conan’s debut as a half-hour show on TBS tomorrow...

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Viceland asking comedians to host primetime VICE LIVE

Cable channel Viceland will debut a new, live, two-hour nightly show in primetime next month, hosted by three comedians and a rapper. Marie Faustin, Zack Fox, Sandy Honig and Fat Tony will anchor VICE LIVE from 9 to 11 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays starting Feb. 25, 2019. Broadcasting from VICE headquarters in Brooklyn, the show (live, with a seven-second delay) will cover the day’s topics and trends with a fun spin. From the network’s own description: The show will be another platform for audiences to frame the rapidly-shifting, absurd and often messy culture around them, magnifying the multi-faceted lifestyle/cultural content and...

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Steve Carell returning to TV with Netflix series, “Space Force”

It might not be The Office reunion you were looking for, but Steve Carell will return to starring in a TV series quite soon, with the guy who co-created his past hit sitcom. But Greg Daniels and Carell are taking their next office into space! Space Force, based on Donald Trump’s call for a new military branch, and they’re heeding the call. Sort of. You get it. Coming soon to Netflix. Roll the...

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