The Second City announces 2017 recipients of its annual Bob Curry Fellowship via NBCUniversal
The Second City has announced the 2017 recipients of the 4th Annual Bob Curry Fellowship: Terrance Carey, Dan Bazaldua, Eunji Kim, Sophia Rafiqi, LeLe Mason, Rolando Lep, Rob Wilson, Adrienne Brown, Damon Royster, Evan Mills, Atra Asdou, Jayson Acevedo, Riley Mondragon, Squeek Rangel, Brian Keys and... [Read More]
FX CEO John Landgraf Explains Why Networks Should Take a “Quantum” Approach with Improving Diversity
Back in November, Variety published a breakdown exploring diversity in TV directing jobs at ten networks, and even though all the networks were dominated by white men, FX had the worst numbers with just 12% women and people of color credited as directors. It’s been less than a year since that ... [Read More]
Larry Wilmore talks about his surprising cancellation by Comedy Central
Larry Wilmore built his Nightly Show on Comedy Central around the concept of "Keeping it 100," and in the final week of shows on TV, Wilmore has made that even more evident -- not only by ditching the idea of producing new segments Tuesday night (joking that he and his staff got into all of [&hellip... [Read More]
Larry Wilmore talks about his surprising cancellation by Comedy Central
Larry Wilmore built his Nightly Show on Comedy Central around the concept of "Keeping it 100," and in the final week of shows on TV, Wilmore has made that even more evident -- not only by ditching the idea of producing new segments Tuesday night (joking that he and his staff got into all of [&hellip... [Read More]
‘The Nightly Show’s Robin Thede Calls for Writers’ Room Diversity: “We Must Do Better”
The Nightly Show writer and performer Robin Thede has an excellent Lenny Letter essay out this week called “On Making the TV Writers’ Rooms More Diverse,” and it should be required reading for anyone interested in writing for television, and even more importantly, the TV writers an... [Read More]
‘The Nightly Show’s Robin Thede Calls for Writers’ Room Diversity: “We Must Do Better”
The Nightly Show writer and performer Robin Thede has an excellent Lenny Letter essay out this week called “On Making the TV Writers’ Rooms More Diverse,” and it should be required reading for anyone interested in writing for television, and even more importantly, the TV writers an... [Read More]
Dulce Sloan wins 12th annual StandUp NBC diversity showcase, talent deal
Congrats to Dulce Sloan, named winner of the 12th annual StandUp NBC (formerly called Stand-Up For Diversity) contest, and with it, a talent holding deal with NBC. Former contest winner Tone Bell (NBC's Truth Be Told, and just added to the cast of The CW's The Flash) hosted the showcase finals at th... [Read More]
Aziz Ansari Calls Out ‘The Late Show’s Lack of Diversity: “There Are a Lot of White Guys Back There”
Here’s a clip from Aziz Ansari’s visit to last night’s Late Show, where he gives Stephen Colbert a perfect double serving of awkwardness — first when he calls out CBS and The Late Show’s terrible track record of staff diversity (to which Colbert, as he is known to do, l... [Read More]
Inside the Comedy Factory
As the UCB empire has grown from a punk-rock upstart to an industry institution, the way it operates affects the comedy world more than ever before. A few years back, Terry Withers, star of the Terry Withers Mysteries at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, and also the theater’s ... [Read More]
The Diversity of Late Night Guests Isn’t Much Better Than the Diversity of Its Hosts
In February 2014, Jay Leno stepped down from The Tonight Show on NBC. Two months later, Letterman announced he would retire from CBS’s Late Show, and Craig Ferguson announced he would leave CBS’s The Late Late Show. The shuffle felt seismic and exciting — would we finally see some ... [Read More]