Best Guest Star: Patton Oswalt
If television as a whole seemed a little obsessed with casting comedian Patton Oswalt last season — he appeared in no fewer than seven shows! — it’s because no one plays obsessives better. [Read More]
John Oliver's 'Daily Show' Ratings Are on Par with Jon Stewart's
We're only a couple days into John Oliver's summer fill-in stint as host of The Daily Show, but his ratings have been good so far. Oliver's debut episode Monday pulled in 1.5 million viewers and a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic, matching the show's average ratings for the year under Jon Stewart... [Read More]
IFC Renews 'Portlandia' for Two More Seasons
IFC announced today that they've renewed Portlandia for a fourth and fifth season. Each will consist of 10 episodes each. With Fred Armisen's recent departure from SNL, he'll now have more time to devote to the series, which is the flagship show of IFC's recent original comedy push. It's no surprise... [Read More]
Fallon's 'Tonight Show' Will Be Called 'Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'
When Jimmy Fallon takes over NBC's Tonight Show in February of next year, the program will be reverting back to its old title. Fallon's version will be called The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon instead of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, making him the first host to use the word "starring" in... [Read More]
Insane Clown Posse finally getting their own TV show on Fuse
Starting Wednesday, July 24, Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J will star in the weekly series Insane Clown Posse Theater, wherein the two Detroit rappers will comment on music videos and perform in sketches. Think of it like those video segments of Beavis & Butt-Head, or the entirety of Mystery Science Theater 3000. [Read More]
HBO Greenlights Comedy Pilot From Lorne Michaels, Diallo Riddle & Bashir Salahuddin
HBO has given the green light to a half-hour comedy pilot from former Late Night With Jimmy Fallon writers/performers Diallo Riddle & Bashir Salahuddin, which is executive produced by Late Night exec producer Lorne Michaels. [Read More]
Talking to Ben Kronberg About 'The Half Hour', Music, and the Unavoidable Humility of Comedy
New York-based standup Ben Kronberg fits in the tradition of low-energy, one-liner comics, often incorporating his joke-filled notebook into his act. But his talents are varied; he also does the music for the excellent Modern Comedian series. I met up with him recently in a Williamsburg coffee shop to talk about DIY shows and the rat-race that is New York comedy. [Read More]
John Oliver Takes Over for the Summer as 'Daily Show' Host Tonight
John Oliver is hosting The Daily Show for the first time tonight. He'll be steering the ship of television's #1 fake news show throughout the summer while Jon Stewart takes some time off to direct an Oscar bait movie. Oliver's guest tonight is Seth Rogen, and he has Armando Iannucci, Mavis Staples, ... [Read More]
Larry David yells at Jon Hamm about electric cars in ‘Clear History’
Another teaser clip of the forthcoming HBO comedy, Clear History is amongst us. It stars Jon Hamm and Larry David, bearded and with long hair in what I can best describe as “Lebowski-esque.” David not only stars in the film but co-wrote and produced it, which premieres on August 10th. So... [Read More]