Day: May 9, 2019

Conan O’Brien on why he settled lawsuit by man who claimed his TBS writers stole jokes from Twitter

The lawsuit by a San Diego man claiming Conan O’Brien’s TBS late-night show stole jokes from his Twitter for Conan’s monologue has settled out of court, shortly before going to trial. O’Brien wrote about the decision to settle in an essay today in Variety, saying in part:  “I decided to forgo a potentially farcical and expensive jury trial in federal court over five jokes that don’t even make sense anymore. Four years and countless legal bills have been plenty.” I will tell you what we told him, and what we subsequently swore under oath in a deposition: we had...

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truTV orders animated series from Jo Koy, sports/comedy talker from Clayton English and Noah Gardenswartz

truTV is continuing to add new series from stand-up comedians, announcing two new orders today: This Functional Family from comedian Jo Koy (truTV’s first animated series), and Game Changers from Clayton English and Noah Gardenswartz. Koy’s This Functional Family gets a 10-episode order, expected to premiere in 2020. At the center of this multi-racial, multi-generational, multi-everything modern family is comedian Koy: a guy who just wants to be a good son, a better dad, a decent brother, and a solid ex-husband. Oh, and maybe get his career and dating life on track if his mother would just leave him...

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Colin Quinn’s “Red State Blue State” special will premiere Memorial Day on CNN

Colin Quinn has done Broadway, HBO and Netflix. For his next trick, his new comedy special is premiering on CNN. Red State Blue State debuts Memorial Day (Monday, May 27) at 9 p.m. Eastern and 9 p.m. Pacific on CNN. It’s not completely out of character for the Cable News Network, which already has W. Kamau Bell roaming the country for his series, United Shades of America; CNN also previously gave D.L. Hughley a weekly comedy news program. Quinn’s socio-political work allows the network to give audiences another take on the news. Here’s a little tease from his earlier...

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