SNL receives Peabody / Lorne Michaels talks about "McGruber" movie | Hollywood Reporter
Lorne Michaels said that now that the "SNL" season is over, his team will start looking at new people and new writers in the coming weeks. When the show returns in September, "there will be something interesting to do" with political specials and "Weekend Updates" given that the elections are done, he said when quizzed about the next step for the political sides of "SNL." He didn't provide specifics. He also told THR that a "McGruber" film is still being looked at. "It would have to be in the su... [Read More]
Jimmy Kimmel Demolishes ABC's Upfronts | NYTimes
Mr. Kimmel said, "Everything you're going to hear this week is" nonsense. "Let's get real here. Let's get Dr. Phil-real here. These new fall shows? We're going to cancel about 90 percent of them. Maybe more. If ABC is so confident in its new fall shows, he asked, why is it announcing them at the same time it announces the midseason shows that will replace those fall shows? "This show ‘Shark Tank' has the word tank right in the title," he said. To the ABC advertisers, Mr. Kimmel said, "Every ye... [Read More]
Ben Stiller On Zoolander 2
Mr Stiller gave us the skinny on how the intended sequel is progressing and what we can expect when Derek, Hansel and an all-grown-up Derek Jr finally make their glorious return to the big screen... [Read More]
The Twittering comics | Time Out Chicago
"For a comedian, it's a great way to promote your shows," Vatterott says, "and perhaps, by word of mouth, be known as someone funny to follow and not someone who just updates the world on menial tasks like people do on Facebook. If I read one more person who tells me, ‘Nap time for Meg!' or ‘John's having soup!' it might be enough for me to go outside and interact with real people." [Read More]
Arab Humor . . . No Joke | WSJ
In the end, what mars the Arab-American Comedy Festival is the danger to your health: The laughs come so thick and fast that there's no chance to breathe for minutes at a time. One shows up wondering, will it be an extended political rant? Will there be too much phoney applause for bad jokes, endless ethnic boosterism or straining for sympathy, a long bemoaning of injustices, all dressed up as humor? Not a bit of it. Instead, the audience gets a splendid, merciless anatomy of the Arab-American e... [Read More]
Review: Jenny Slate in "Dead Millionaire" | the comic's comic
What really makes the whole thing shine so brightly is watching, hearing and discovering the demented lunacy that comes out this little Betty Boop of a spritely girl, and wondering, what does she have up her sleeves next? I, for one, cannot wait to find out. [Read More]
Meet Bryson Turner, 2009 Funniest Person in Austin | the comic's comic
Turner is a recent transplant to Austin's comedy scene -- he's from the Pittsburgh area and formed his early stand-up start in D.C. Here, let him explain how he has settled in nicely enough in Austin, and why he chose the Texas capital to grow his career as a comedian. [Read More]
Heeeere's . . . Conan!!! | NYTimes
On a chilly Thursday night in late January, four weeks from his last show as host of "Late Night," Conan O'Brien was strumming a guitar behind his beat-up desk in his cluttered office at Rockefeller Center, figuring out how to say goodbye. After 16 years and 2,725 shows, O'Brien would be moving, along with almost all his staff, to Universal City in California to take over "The Tonight Show." He'd had time to ponder his farewell. [Read More]
Mitch Hedberg jokes still inspiring | Punchline Magazine
To this day, Mitch Hedberg is one of the most imitated comedians around. If you've been to more than one open mic you've provably seen a comic copying his style of accented, percussive speaking; sometimes good, usually terrible. I know that for my part I've heard a lot of comics telling bizarre one-liners they must have thought sounded Hedbergian. But what is usually missing is the strong underlying logic that Mitch employed when constructing his jokes. And while he certainly made it seem natura... [Read More]
Ron White shrugs off on-stage smoking troubles in N.D.
Comedian Ron White is breaking his silence about authorities giving him grief for puffing on a cigar during his act last month in North Dakota. White, speaking with the TMZ gossip TV show Monday outside a Beverly Hills restaurant, called the ash-clash in Bismarck "a little cigar incident, no big deal." White said that cities on his tour know "that I am going to smoke on stage. It's really considered a stage prop, as much as I hate to say it." [Read More]