Stephen Colbert on His Relationship with Jon Stewart | No Fact Zone interview
The No Fact Zone has an excellent, lengthy interview with Stephen Colbert up today, and it's well worth reading for any fans of him and The Colbert Report. [Read More]
Andrew Norelli: A Cut Above Stupid (review)
If Andrew Norelli raced for a living, he’d drive a dragster instead of an Indy car. Hey, he prefers straight lines to curves. He seldom veers off the worn but proven path to laughs, but the skill to take the audience on an amusing ride from Point A to Point B makes Norelli an interesting and entertaining comedian. On A Cut Above Stupid, his new album from Uproar! Entertainment, he simplifies the complexities of life and injects mirth into the mundane. Consider him a comfort comedian for these di... [Read More]
Backstage's 10 Comics to Watch
Blake Anderson, Hannibal Buress, Carly Craig, Paul W. Downs, Brian Gallivan, Morgan Murphy, Kumail Nanjiani, Johnny Pemberton, Sara Schaefer and Jenny Slate make Backstage's 10 Comics to Watch list. [Read More]
‘Saturday Night Live JPN’ Set For Debut
Saturday Night Live JPN, the third local adaptation of NBC's venerable late-night sketch comedy show (Italy and Spain have the others), is set to premiere tomorrow on Fuji, Japan's top network. Broadway Video Enterprises and Japanese indie producer Yoshimoto Kogyo collaborated on the series, on which Fuju producer Isao Kagari serves in the Lorne Michaels role, pulling cast members from his late-night show Pikaru No Teiri to join a weekly host and musical guest -- the same as the American verison... [Read More]
Kristen Schaal is Keeping it Real Weird | Backstage profile
"I'd like to be a little more cerebral, I guess," Schaal says. "I think I was very visual at the beginning, and now I'd like it to be something where maybe I could even put it on a CD." She notes that there isn't much material from her first 10 years of doing standup that would make sense sans images. "There would be so many silent pauses. People would be like, 'What is she doing up there?' 'Well, she held up a dead caterpillar. She was talking to a bird, but the bird wasn't there.' 'Really? Ugh... [Read More]
Ben Bailey Set As Host Of NBC Game Show "Who's Still Standing?"
Comedian Ben Bailey, host of Discovery Channel's Cash Cab, has been tapped as host of NBC's upcoming game series Who’s Still Standing? Based on the Israeli series Still Standing, it offers a contestant the chance to win a cash prize of up to $1,000,000 by taking down each of their opponents in fast-paced trivia battles. [Read More]
'Cosby Show' grandmother Clarice Taylor dies
Actress Clarice Taylor has died of heart failure at the age of 93. The Cosby Show and Sesame Street regular passed away on Monday. The actress, who earned an Emmy Award nomination in 1986 for her role as matriarch Anna Huxtable on The Cosby Show, also starred in Tell Me That You Love Me, The Wiz and Junie Moon, opposite Liza Minnelli. She also portrayed grandmother Harriet on America's children TV series Sesame Street. [Read More]
Chris Gethard Declares War Between New York and Chicago
Chris Gethard has been invited to Chicago's Just For Laughs festival, so of course he used the invite as an excuse to launch a "New York Is Better Than Chicago" campaign and competition. And he's not just talking about comedy scenes, either, he's throwing down the gauntlet on everything about Chicag... [Read More]
Watch Jesse Joyce play an alcoholic stand-up comedian in the independent movie, "Stags"
For his role in the independent feature film, Stags, Jesse Joyce plays a brooding, alcoholic stand-up comedian. A real stretch, right? As Joyce readily tells his comedy club audiences, he no longer drinks. But he still can act drunk in... [Read More]
The Office to be remade in Sweden as 'Kontoret'
The Office is to be remade in Sweden, nearly ten years after Ricky Gervais first appeared as hapless boss David Brent. Swedish broadcaster TV4 has commissioned eight 22-minute episodes. Kontoret (a translation of The Office) will star Henrik Dorsin as boss Ove Sundberg. Dorsin is known in Sweden for writing and starring in a number of hit series including comedy Solsidan, from which his Kontoret character has been derived. [Read More]