Day: August 19, 2019

James Corden extends CBS contract through 2022

James Corden, winner of seven Emmy Awards and nominated for another seven this year, has extended his contract with CBS through 2022. Corden took over The Late Late Show in 2016. “James Corden has burned his way to the top of American television with a daring, energetic and inventive broadcast that stands out in the late night space,” said David Nevins, Chief Creative Officer for the CBS Corporation. “He is a host and performer whose considerable talents shine on every stage, and he has created a cutting-edge comedy factory with shows that have resonated across multiple platforms. James and...

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Top 10 comedians by estimated income, June 2018-2019

Forbes came out with its annual rankings of the wealthiest comedians by how much they earned in the fiscal year ending in June. And until we get a look at their tax returns, or someone else comes up with a better calculation, this is the list to which everyone will continue to refer. How Forbes adds it all up? Mostly a combination of three things: 1) ticket sales from touring as a stand-up (perhaps the easiest to find), 2) endorsement deals (ad campaigns can be tracked, if not always disclosed with dollar figures) and 3) deals for a comedy...

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Review: Joel McHale, “Live from Pyongyang” on Comedy Dynamics

Joel McHale’s first ever full-length comedy special, Live From Pyongyang, which actually was filmed at the San Jose Improv, is out now on the Comedy Dynamics Network via iTunes, Amazon Prime, Google Play, xBox, and other platforms. Here’s the thing about McHale, the stand-up comedian. If all you know about him is what you’ve seen on Community, or The Soup, then you might think it’s a bit of a prick. That’s not an accident. As he told Conan years ago, “I’m a professional dick,” adding: “I want the audience to hate me.” The story he tells about hosting a televised...

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Review: Jim Gaffigan, “Quality Time” on Amazon Prime Video

There’s a moment in Jim Gaffigan’s first Amazon comedy special, which also is Amazon’s first Amazon Originals comedy special, in which the comedian reveals: “I do sometimes lie up here.” He says it as a segue to jokes about needing to lie to one’s children, and other jokes, including 10 minutes of jokes about horses, most of which are based in solid truth. I point this out because it’s extra funny how he decides to lie at the very beginning of Quality Time, mocking his appearance as if he’s preparing for some movie role by eating himself out of...

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R.I.P. Kip Addotta (1944-2019)

Kip Addotta, a stand-up comedian who performed 32 times on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the 1970s-1980s and whose punny songs found great success through the Dr. Demento radio show, has died. Addotta was 75. Born June 16, 1944, in Rockford, Ill., Addotta’s family had immigrated to Rockford two decades earlier from Sicily, and the comedian would talk and write later in life about his family’s mob connections. In his autobiography published last year, “Confessions of a Comedian,” he revealed that his mother had abandoned him as a baby, that he slept in a crib until he...

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