IFC’s ONN writing staff unionizes, joins WGA-East
After The Comic's Comic reported exclusively that The Onion News Network series on IFC was facing a work stoppage due to a lack of union protections for its writing staff, comes word that the seven writers on the cable TV series have earned the right... [Read More]
BET halts production on “The Mo’Nique Show”; indefinite hiatus
In a statement this afternoon, BET announced the "indefinite hiatus" and end to its late-night talk show, The Mo'Nique Show.  The next "new" episode airs on Tuesday at 11 p.m. with two weeks remaining on the schedule. But that's that. "Mo'Nique Hicks... [Read More]
Watch Paul F. Tompkins introduce Andy Kindler for his State of the Industry 2011
Paul F. Tompkins has it just about right, albeit with a few words that make this video NSFW, in introducing Andy Kindler before Kindler's State of the Industry address on Friday afternoon at Montreal's Just For Laughs festival and conference. Roll th... [Read More]
Surprise! Jon Stewart’s weekend visit in Afghanistan boosts U.S. troop morale
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart's Jon Stewart joined Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, along with NBA star Karl Malone and magician David Blaine for Mullen's quick, unannounced weekend visit to the American soldiers s... [Read More]
Louis CK and Dane Cook finally meet mano-a-mano…on “Louie”
After all of these years of people and comedians speculating about whether Dane Cook stole jokes from Louis CK, or whether the two comedians were secretly or publicly feuding about said allegation, we finally get to see Louis CK and Dane Cook sit dow... [Read More]
Work stoppage looming? Impasse in WGA negotiations over The Onion’s ONN series on IFC
Last night, former and current contributors to The Onion -- America's leading humor print and online publication -- received an appeal by email to support the writing staff of the IFC's Onion News Network series, who wrote for the first season without an agreement under the Writers Guild of America. An email from the WGA informed them last night, the ONN writing staff were not about to continue their second season as "the only scripted live action television show now in production where the writ... [Read More]
Jarrod Harris makes his late-night TV debut on Lopez Tonight
George Lopez introduced Atlanta native Jarrod Harris to Lopez Tonight last night by saying it was his "late-night debut," and in it, Harris jokes about longtime popular joke target Southwest Airlines, less frequently seen in the wild Alaska gangstas, a foolproof method of combating creditors, and more. [Read More]
Newer than New Faces? JFL Montreal debuts “Unrepresented” with 10 free agent comedians
One thing that always brings comedy industry scouts, agents and managers to Montreal's Just For Laughs festival each July is the opportunity to scoop up rising comedic performers before they sign with some other talent management or agency and get th... [Read More]
John Pinette: “Still Hungry” as a comedian after 25 years
John Pinette is still hungry. Not just for food, which he will recount, regale and reheat his temper over in his upcoming Comedy Central special, which is called Still Hungry and premieres on Friday night and arrives in DVD and CD forms on Aug. 2, 20... [Read More]
Olivia Wingate brings her artists to The Artists Organization
Here's some industry news to chew on just as the comedy industry settles into Montreal: Olivia Wingate has just announced that she's no longer head of Olivia Wingate Artists, instead helping The Artists Organization expand into comedy management by b... [Read More]