Day: April 30, 2019

The Friars Club looks to rebound from series of financial miscues

For more than a century, The Friars Club stood as a testament to the power of the press and of comedy to do good. The organization began in 1904 by press agents, but over the decades became best known for its celebrity roasts, which eventually became a staple for Comedy Central. In recent years, however, the club itself has fallen on hard and/or illegitimate times, as explained in a thorough piece earlier this month in The New York Times. The club gained Jimmy Fallon and all of his Late Night crew in the late 2000s, but lost its tax-exempt...

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Showtime adding second weekly episodes of Desus and Mero for summer 2019

Starting next week, Showtime is doubling up on talk show DESUS & MERO, expanding the show to two nights a week through the summer. Already airing Thursdays at 11 p.m. ET/PT, DESUS & MERO also now will air at 11 p.m. Mondays, too. The two-per-week schedule begins May 6 and runs until their end of summer hiatus Aug. 5. Upcoming guests on DESUS & MERO will include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Charlize Theron, Amy Poehler, Gabrielle Union, Seth Rogen, Spike Lee, Bill Hader, Regina Hall and...

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Fred Savage to host summer FOX talk show spoof, “What Just Happened?”

Move over Chris Hardwick. Fred Savage will host his own after-show talk show, even though the show it’s talking about this summer isn’t an actual show. You get it? What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage will premiere Sunday, June 30, 2019, on FOX. Savage’s comedy talker will focus on a fictional TV drama called The Flare, itself based on a fictional series of sci-fi books that the actor supposedly has loved since childhood. Hence, the superfandom. He’ll interview actual celebrities, pay set visits to the faux show, and interview “cast” members, too. Savage has created this spoof with Dave...

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Showtime plans four-part documentary series on The Comedy Store and Mitzi Shore

I’m Dying Up Here may have died after two seasons on Showtime, but the pay cable network is going directly to the source material for a new four-part docu-series about The Comedy Store and its late great owner Mitzi Shore. This is not news to anyone who has visited the Store earlier this year. I saw film crews all over the club during separate visits to the famed Sunset Strip venue in February and March. Now for the actual news about the documentary project, which will premiere sometime in 2020: Mike Binder, himself a former young Comedy Store comic...

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NBC’s Late Night Writers Workshop class of 2019

Congrats to the seventh class of comedians chosen to participate earlier this month in NBC’s Late Night Writers Workshop: Jill Cepela, Dylan Eshbaugh, Shenovia Large, Alexandria McCale, Mona Mira and Chloe Radcliffe. They were picked from 1,000 applicants to participate in an intensive five-day program at 30 Rock designed to help them in seeking careers as late-night TV writers. Created in 2013, NBC’s Late Night Writers Workshop alumni includes Jenny Hagel (Late Night with Seth Meyers), Kate Sidley (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and Nedaa Sweiss (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon). “Our Late Night Writers Workshop has...

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