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The Lonely Island will start first-ever tour at Bonnaroo

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 17:02

The Lonely Island is launching a two-week tour of the East Coast and Midwest this June. So you can start making your summer travel plans to Minneapolis now.

The Emmy-winning trio, who rose to fame on Saturday Night Live, will perform at the prestigious Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee on June 15. Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone will then start their first major tour in Washington, D.C. on June 18.

The Lonely Island thrives after Saturday Night Live

The long-time friends from middle school collaborated with Adam McKay to help create the SNL Digital Short series which spawned many SNL classics. No one can forget the comically-censored video for their 2006 collaboration with Justin Timberlake: Dick in a Box. That song won a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. Their 2009 T-Pain collaboration I’m on a Boat went double-platinum and earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. The catchy theme song that they co-wrote for The Lego Movie, called Everything is Awesome, was even nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song—which they also performed at the Academy Awards ceremony.

The pop-locking, gold chain-wearing musicians also wrote, directed, and starred in feature films Hot Rod and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. The films were a long way from the short films that the three friends made right after college and posted on the internet using borrowed equipment. While all three eventually worked as writers for SNL, Samberg is probably the most well-recognized because he was also a cast member on the show.

Die-hard fans can register for pre-sale ticket notifications now through Sunday, February 24 at 10:00 p.m. PT. Pre-sale tickets will be available from February 26 – February 28. General sale tickets will be available on March 1 on Ticketmaster’s website. Bonnaroo tickets are already available for sale.

Check out all of their hit songs in the tour announcement video.

The Lonely Island 2019 Tour Dates

June 15 – Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN
June 18 – The Anthem in Washington, D.C.
June 19 – The Met Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA
June 21 – TBA – New York City
June 22 – Kings Theater in Brooklyn, NY
June 24 – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA
June 26 – Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI
June 29 – The Armory in Minneapolis, MN

 

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Jussie Smollett hoax story gets The Daily Show treatment

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 14:06

Daily Show Senior Culture Correspondent Jaboukie Young-White is ready for the role of a Lifetime. Or at least a role on Lifetime. On Tuesday night’s Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Young-White notes his similarities to Jussie Smollett: they are both black, gay, and actors.

While Trevor Noah does not think that the two look alike, Young-White says, “to white people I do and hopefully to whoever is casting the Jussie Smollett Lifetime movie.” Young-White is also available to take over Smollett’s role on Empire.

Smollett made waves in the news after posting a since-deleted Instagram photo from the hospital after an alleged hate crime. The Empire star claimed that he was assaulted on January 29 by two masked men shouting, “This is MAGA country!” as he walked home from a Subway restaurant. Since then, many—including the police—believe the actor-singer orchestrated the attack himself causing a whirlwind of controversy.

Comedians react to Jussie Smollett hoax

Some comics and late night show hosts have avoided discussing the sensitive case. Young-White and Noah analyzed the alleged crime in a five-minute segment last night on The Daily Show. Noah speculated about possible items found in the apartment of the brothers arrested for the crime, including a Faking Hate Crimes for Dummies book.

Young-White joined to discuss the situation because he is black and gay and is well-suited to cover stories like this or if “RuPaul robbed a bank.”

The 24-year-old comedian used his platform to teach the viewing audience about the case while showing off his made-for-tv movie acting chops. Of course, Young-White is, “still piecing together leads from the Chicago police department and more reliable sources like TMZ.” He explained the gay trans panic defense that is legal in 47 states. He also proposed alternative ways in which Smollett could have gained attention, such as leaking nudes or posting a death threat letter on Twitter.

The Chicago native is not the only comic with loose connections to the Smollett case. Nigerian comedian Godfrey told TMZ on Tuesday that “Nigerians are very angry.” He continued that Smollett, “owes them [Trump supporters] an apology. He owes everybody an apology. He owes the black community an apology. He owes the gay community an apology.”

Jussie Smollett goes from victim to suspect

Chicago police are reportedly working to move Smollett’s case to a grand jury, where the arrested brothers’ testimony will be officially documented. The police have requested a follow-up interview with Smollett and are waiting for him to respond.

A Chicago police spokesperson said last week that Smollett is no longer considered a victim in the alleged attack. The actor could face prison time if he falsified a police report.

Watch Young-White’s complete Daily Show segment below.

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8 brilliant stand-up specials on Netflix to celebrate Black History Month

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 14:15

Happy Black History Month! Black comedians have been an integral part of stand-up comedy for decades. Netflix has produced several specials where black comedians speak their truths about racism, privilege, and politics. To celebrate the work of black comics, Laughspin is bringing eight Netflix specials that will have you laughing (and thinking) not just in February, but all year round!

W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro

W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro covers all sorts of racial issues plaguing the United States. W. Kamau Bell goes from talking about racism at the highest levels of politics to how white women act when things get hard, all while examining his places of privilege and marginalization. The Netflix special came after his Emmy Award-winning docu-series United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell premiered on CNN and Bell shows just as much political nuance in this special. If you’re still not sure, what if I told you that Laughspin ranked Private School Negro the second-best stand-up special of 2018!

Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark


In Trevor Noah: Afraid of the Dark, Trevor Noah isn’t afraid to talk about globalization, immigration, nationalism, and race. While he peppers the special with sillier subject matters, as most of Noah’s comedy does, the special at its heart is political and tackles serious topics.

Nicole Byer, Comedians of the World

Netflix has not produced a single hour-long stand-up comedy special with a black female comedian, which is almost impressive since they have put out over 150 specials since 2012. Netflix seemingly tried to rectify the situation by booking comedy specials from Wanda Skykes and Tiffany Haddish planned for 2019. While Netflix needs to be better about featuring black female talent, they have had black female comics on their various stand-up comedy series. Nicole Byer’s set on Comedians of the World is pure joy and showcases how black is beautiful. Yamaneika Saunders set on The Degenerates is also more than worth a watch.

Katt Williams: Great America


Katt Williams has had his ups and downs, but Great America is one of his high points. The comedy special is not only more political than a lot of Williams’s other work, but it also takes on difficult topics. Williams covers slavery, racial tensions in America, and how deceitful white people can be—all while he stands in a fake oval office.

Chris Rock: Tamborine

Tamborine was the first stand-up special from Chris Rock in ten years and, after ten years, Rock’s comedy got a lot more thoughtful. The parts of this special where he talks about raising his children and the struggles of being a black father are truly profound. The special has an intimate feel since it was filmed in the relatively small Brooklyn Academy Of Music and was directed by Bo Burnham. Tamborine also made our top specials list coming in at #5!

DeRay Davis: How To Act Black


DeRay Davis is unapologetic in his special How to Act Black. There are a lot of silly jokes in the special, including many recurring jokes about how to act black. Davis also talks about Black Lives Matter, police relations and mass shootings and is a favorite amongst comedians.

Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation


Dave Chappelle came out with four excellent Netflix specials seemingly out of nowhere and any of the four would probably be at home on this list. However, The Bird Revelation has a very different feel to it. It is so intimate and so real. At the end of the Netflix special, when Chappelle reads from Iceberg Slim’s book, Pimp: The Story of My Life as a way to talk about his own disappearance from Hollywood in 2005, is an important part of understanding Chappelle and also a legacy of being a black entertainer.

Richard Pryor: Live in Concert


Okay, so this isn’t a Netflix special, but it is a special which is currently streaming on Netflix. If you haven’t seen it, you have to watch it right now. For many people, Live in Concert was the first comedy special they ever saw. Richard Pryor is a part of comedy history and this is arguably the most influential comedy special of all time.

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Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina joins Jumanji sequel

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 11:53

Awkwafina is confirmed to star in the Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel. The crossover comedic actress and rapper will join returning cast members Dewayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Nick Jonas, and Karen Gillan in an unannounced, but apparently significant, role.

The casting adds to Awkwafina’s fast-growing list of credits—just for 2019 alone. She is working with an all-female writing room to create a 10-episode, half-hour series for Comedy Central, simply titled Awkwafina. The show will feature her father and grandmother and take place where she was raised—near Queens Boulevard in New York City.

The Crazy Rich Asians star received great reviews for her performance in The Farewell earlier this year. That film revolves around a Chinese-American woman planning a wedding while dealing with her grandmother’s terminal illness. In a change of pace, Awkwafina also appears in the 2019 sci-fi fantasy drama film Paradise Hills. She also stars in Jordan Peele’s YouTube series Weird City.

Awkwafina is a comedy star on the rise

Last year was a busy one for the young star, too. Awkwafina starred in the female-driven film Ocean’s 8, hosted Saturday Night Live, and released a new hip-hop album, In Fina We Trust. The fashionable, breakout star from Crazy Rich Asians earned a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Awkwafina will hopefully bring her trademark high energy and wit to the Jumanji sequel about a video game that transports teen players to a magical world. Not much is known about the sequel’s plot at this moment. The four teens from the 2017 movie will also return. In addition to Awkwafina, Danny DeVito and Danny Glover will join the teens on their adventure. The 2017 Jumanji installment had a huge global appeal and was the fifth highest-earning film that year—with global gross earnings approaching a billion dollars.

The 2017 Jumanji film was the second installment of the franchise originally based on the 1981 children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg and the corresponding board game. The original installment debuted in 1995 starring Robin Williams.

Filming for the third installment of the film will occur in Hawaii and Atlanta through April. Jake Kasdan returns as the film’s director. Kasdan wrote the film along with Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. The film is scheduled for a December 13 release.

 

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Album Review: Sara Schaefer soothes the soul in Live Laugh Love

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 11:00

When you first look at the cover art for Sara Schaefer’s second comedy album Live Laugh Love, you would think you were about to listen to an Elizabeth Gilbert-esque sage tell the story of how she embarked on an internal, spiritual breakthrough that’s universally relatable to a wide audience.

However, after listening to the Virginia-born comedian’s hour-long set, you will experience something more enjoyable and possibly more soothing for the soul than any potential self-help seminar.

In fact, by the end of the album, the listener will indeed accomplish the three actions Schaefer pokes fun of throughout the live recording: they will live a unique life by briefly walking in Schaefer’s shoes; they will laugh at her witty observations and insights; and ultimately, they will love the time they’ve spent exploring the world through her eyes.

Schaefer, a 16-year veteran of the industry, demonstrates a natural ability to immediately win over an audience, whether it’s through her witty spoken word or her guitar-centric musical interludes. When it comes to her songs, it’s not about nailing high notes or making sure her strumming is perfect. Rather, the exercise serves as a subheading would for a writer: as a means to transition from one topic to another in a way that gains (and keeps) the audience’s attention and favor.

With Live Laugh Love, the technique is masterfully executed.

Whether the Emmy-winner is examining the political landscape of our nation, re-evaluating her social media presence, or rationalizing her consumption of possibly tainted romaine lettuce, Schaefer tackles issues in a way that not only makes for a humorous and entertaining experience but an informative one as well.

There’s also an admirable honesty interwoven throughout her material, a quality that allows her to safely tiptoe through political landmines that would serve as massive pitfalls for other less savvy comics in the business. When she spends an extended period of time exploring the circumstances surrounding her trip to Hobby Lobby, she does so with a laughable, tongue-in-cheek tone that immediately disarms any potential counterpoints possessed by a political adversary. Also, the introspective conversation actually helps the listener to not only understand her viewpoint but also possibly acknowledge and accept an intelligent point of view that differs from their own.

Overall, Live Laugh Love is an intelligent and overwhelming engaging sixty minutes of comedic playfulness. The former late night host is a master at her craft and, whether it is through her words or her music, she accomplishes a feat many gurus and self-help experts seek through their various seminars, talks, and programs: overwhelming success.

Sara Schaefer’s Live Laugh Love is available now in stores and on digital platforms.

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Chris Rock will direct Saving Kenan pilot at NBC but we’re all talking about Kenan Thompson’s SNL future

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 19:32

Chris Rock will direct the new Kenan Thompson pilot for NBC, called Saving Kenan. The announcement is just one more item making Thompson’s fans wonder if he will leave Saturday Night Live after this season. Thompson holds the record of longest-tenured SNL cast member with 16 seasons to his name. He continues to express his gratitude being on SNL as reports about other cast members’ futures percolate. Rock and Thompson crossed paths when Rock hosted the sketch series in 2014.

Rock, whose stand-up special Tamborine ranked fifth on Laughspin’s Top 20 Stand-Up Specials of 2018, is no stranger to sitcoms. In addition to developing and writing Everybody Hates Chris, Rock also directed an episode of the semi-autobiographical CW series. In Saving Kenan, Thompson will play a recently widowed father raising his children while reluctantly accepting help from his father-in-law. Rock will co-executive produce Saving Kenan with Thompson.

Audiences are used to seeing Rock in front of the camera, but he made his feature film directorial debut with the 2003 comedy Head of State. He’s also directed I Think I Love My Wife and the Oscar-nominated Top Five. Rock also worked with Amy Schumer directing her Live at the Apollo HBO special. Fans of the Grown Ups star can still see him on-camera in Season Four of FX’s Fargo series and the upcoming drama film Molly.

Is Kenan Thompson leaving SNL?

Thompson has a full plate that has everyone wondering one question: Is Kenan Thompson leaving SNL? In addition to a potential series at NBC, the Fat Albert star will serve as a judge on a new stand-up competition show Bring The Funny, hosted by Amanda Seales. On Valentine’s Day, Nickelodeon announced an All That revival with Thompson as executive producer. The former childhood cast member plans to be fairly hands-on with the rebooted sketch show. “If I’m not at the table read, I’ll be on the phone during the table read,” he assured. “I’ll be around.”

Despite slowly taking over your TV screen, Thompson seems to be the only one who thinks he’ll return to SNL next season. On The Wendy Williams Show, the daytime talk show host pleaded with Thompson to stay with the Saturday night sketch show should Saving Kenan get picked up for series. Thompson responded, “You know I’m all about getting it all. I want every single check.”

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Bo Burnham film Eighth Grade keeps winning awards; adds WGA win

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 18:28

Bo Burnham shocked Hollywood with another surprising win for Eighth Grade. Burnham won the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award for Best Original Screenplay, with just a week until the Oscars. The winner of this award is often a contender for Best Picture at the Oscars, so Burnham’s win was especially meaningful.

Eighth Grade wins despite 0 Oscar nominations

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences did not nominate Eighth Grade for any Oscars. The popular indie film—holding a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes—took one of the most prestigious WGA awards against Oscar heavyweights Roma, Green Book, A Quiet Place, and Vice.

While Eighth Grade recently won the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award for Outstanding First-Time Feature, Eighth Grade does not have any nominations for the upcoming Academy Awards. Fellow Oscar bait films Roma, Green Book, and Vice all have multiple nominations. However, Eighth Grade is the only film to be recognized by both the DGA and WGA this year.

Eighth Grade is a coming-of-age film about a struggling middle school girl who creates rarely-viewed YouTube videos with life advice. In a piece for the Los Angeles Times in December, the filmmaker explained that he wrote his movie “as a tribute to the young people I was seeing online that no one was paying attention to…Real kids posting videos that no one was watching—unseen, unprocessed, unadulterated by a built-in audience, desperate to express and define themselves in real time for an audience that may not be there.” Burnham is intimately familiar with the world of online videos since his comedy career began on YouTube.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? was the other surprise winner at the ceremony, taking the prize for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film starring Melissa McCarthy won against A Star Is Born, BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, and If Beale Street Could Talk. A Star Is Born, Black KkKlansman, and Black Panther are all nominated for Best Picture Oscars—unlike Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Barry, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel win WGA Awards

Some of the other comedy wins are less surprising. Critical darling The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won for Best Comedy Series against Atlanta, Barry, GLOW, and The Good Place. HBO’s critically-acclaimed Barry won for Best New Series. Barry also won Best Episodic Comedy for Chapter One: Make Your Mark—for which Bill Hader also won a DGA Award.

In the Comedy/Variety Talk Series category, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver won over Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Comedian Nathan Fielder’s Nathan for You show (RIP) won Best Comedy/Variety Sketch Series over At Home with Amy Sedaris; I Love You, America; Portlandia; and Saturday Night Live.

Finally, the WGA awarded The Fake News with Ted Nelms with Best Comedy/Variety Special over Drew Michael’s eponymous HBO special, the 2018 Oscars broadcast, and the 2018 Rose Parade Hosted by Cord & Tish.

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Dave Chappelle surprises Charlotte couple with free tickets on Valentine’s Day

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 17:41

Dave Chappelle made one couple’s Valentine’s Day very special. Deidra and Eddie Dickens from Charlotte, North Carolina were more than surprised when Chappelle approached their Valentine’s Day dinner to deliver tickets to his show at The Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

Deidra, in an effort to surprise her husband for Valentine’s Day, specifically bought four wheelchair-accessible tickets. Her husband regularly uses a wheelchair, and she wanted to make sure he was comfortable with an aisle seat. Realizing tickets were sold out, she tried Craigslist. After sending the seller $500 for the tickets, she never heard from him again, leaving her with an empty pocket and no tickets.

“They have no empathy or goodness, or I don’t know, maybe no soul,” Dickens told CBS affiliate WBTV.

WBTV teams with Dave Chappelle for Valentine’s Day surprise

Coordinating with Chappelle’s team on Thursday, WBTV told the Dickens that an anonymous viewer had donated four tickets to the show, along with a paid dinner at the Omni Charlotte Hotel beforehand. At the dinner, accompanied by cameras, the Chappelle’s Show star popped in to surprise the couple with tickets to his show.

“Always get your tickets from reliable sources,” Chappelle said as he sat down with the couple and their friends. Shocked to see the comedian, their priceless reactions were caught by WBTV cameras.

Chappelle, who recently won his second Grammy for Best Comedy Album, told WBTV he was happy to help. “It felt good. It felt like I just got to make something that was wrong right.”

Dave Chappelle jokes about Kevin Hart, Jussie Smollett

Chappelle opened the Charlotte show by saying, “We have a lot to talk about.” The legendary comedian discussed the Kevin Hart Oscars controversy, transgender community critics, and the ongoing Jussie Smollett case. During his set, reports came in that police were considering whether or not the Empire actor fabricated his account of being beaten by two men while hurling hate speech. Chappelle joked that it made him want to break a dollhouse over Smollett’s head, referencing the joke at the center of Hart’s controversy.

“If I ever get in trouble for the things I say, I’ll say it right now: I’m going to apologize,” said Chappelle.

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Don Cheadle wore a pro-trans shirt on SNL; Queer Twitter rejoices

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 13:39

People are praising Saturday Night Live host Don Cheadle for standing up in defense of trans youth.

Cheadle hosted SNL in what was a bounceback episode for the Saturday night sketch series. When he introduced musical guest Gary Clark Jr., the Black Monday star sported a shirt saying, “Protect trans kids” in all caps. The silent but powerful message was a reminder that trans children, as well as much of LGBTQ youth, face startlingly high rates of abuse and suicide.

Protect trans kids shirt raises LGBTQ awareness

Donald Trump, who promised to be an ally to the LGBTQ community during his 2016 presidential election, has gone back on that promise by attempting to ban trans soldiers from serving in the military, planning a government redefinition of gender to erase the marginalized community from gender-related protections, and bolstering so-called ‘religious objection’ protections for people to discriminate against queer Americans.

The call to ‘protect trans kids’ is more than just an anti-bullying suggestion. The world is not a safe place for transgender people—especially queer children with less-than-understanding parents. The ostracization of trans people in the media and in the government suggests to observant transgender children that their country thinks something is wrong with them. Trans teens, not surprisingly, face higher rates of suicide than their cisgender classmates.

Trans students continuously face discrimination and harassment over which sports they play, where they pee, and how they choose to identify.

Trans Twitter praises Don Cheadle shirt on SNL

Growing up transgender (or gender non-binary) is difficult enough without the government legislating against your personhood. Cheadle’s show of solidarity proved to be a powerful message for many on the internet. The LGBTQ community took to Twitter to express their joy and gratitude at the quiet—but not subtle—support.

Thank you Don Cheadle for using your platform to help save lives.

Saturday Night Live recap: Don Cheadle leads SNL bounceback episode

Sun, 02/17/2019 - 12:35

It’s surprising this was Don Cheadle‘s first time hosting Saturday Night Live since the Avengers star has been a household name for years. Cheadle brought his acting chops to every role he played Saturday night no matter how silly, which really elevated this week’s SNL. While some sketches fell a little flat, there were a lot of hits. Most of those hits came from risky or flat out weird sketches that felt new. More importantly, they felt fun! As always, Laughspin is letting you know which Saturday Night Live sketches you need to stream on a lazy Sunday using our very own super official Star Scale.

Saturday Night Live Cold Open

Alec Baldwin returned as Donald Trump to parody a recent press conference the president gave about the border wall and his declaration of a national emergency. The real-life press conference was so unhinged it seemed very easy for Baldwin to lampoon. This sketch is funny, but because the source material is so wild, it falls flat at moments and is entirely too long. That being said, Baldwin carries the sketch all by himself and gives a solid performance, as expected by the Glengarry Glen Ross star. Some of the jokes in the cold open like, “Trump doesn’t want to be president,” feel very stale, but it’s impressive that SNL put this one together considering the press conference itself only happened the day before.

Don Cheadle SNL Monologue

A lot of first-time SNL hosts do a sincere monologue rather than a funny one, but Cheadle somehow blends them both. The monologue is funny without getting too sentimental or precious. While the ending is a little cheesy, the lead up to it is very charming.

Pound Puppy

This sketch will give you nightmares in the best way. The premise of a fake dog you can have sex in is so outlandish that once it is introduced, the sketch becomes a little one note, but that note is funny. It is hard to call what is happening in this sketch physical comedy since, for a lot of it, there are no actors on screen, which works since this sketch is all about the visuals.

Fresh Takes

When SNL brings back a sketch they already did, sometimes the question is: Why? No one was clamoring for another Fresh Takes, but this is a rare case where the remake might be better than the original. The original features Larry David and Miley Cyrus. David and Cheadle play the same characters and Cheadle does it way better.

Extreme Baking Championship

Something just doesn’t work in this sketch. The issue might be that it’s just the popular Netflix show Nailed It! There is something innately funny about ugly cakes, but for any viewers who have actually seen Nailed It! this sketch will leave you thinking, “Did whoever write this not know that an ugly cake baking show already exists?” They raise the stakes, but the premise just doesn’t feel original.

Family Feud: Oscar Edition

SNL has done a lot of Celebrity Family Feud sketches over the years. These sketches always feel a little like an excuse to show off how great everyone is at impressions—usually that’s okay. This iteration felt a little weaker because some of the impressions were not great. Kenan Thompson’s Steve Harvey is always a delight and it is good to see him in the episode since he was largely absent this week. Maybe it had something to do with announcing an All That reboot at Nickelodeon!

SNL Weekend Update

This week’s Weekend Update was forgettable. Colin Jost mourned the cancellation of Amazon’s proposed headquarters in New York City, even though back in November he was heavily criticized for remarks about Amazon’s move to Queens. Mikey Day closed out the segment with an old man character whose only joke for nearly four minutes is that people over 100 die of natural causes. Overall, Weekend Update was fine but didn’t manage to bring the laughs. They should have talked more about The Mule.

Bar Fight

What a weird and fun sketch this is. The dance number to Mika’s Lollipop is perfect. Beck Bennett and Cheadle are pitch perfect as rowdy bar patrons. This sketch is better the less you know about it going in and explaining it makes it sound really dumb—so just watch this one. It is pure joy.

Roach Ex

This fake ad has so many tonal shifts. At first, it really feels like a typical roach killer ad, but the end is where this SNL sketch really shines. The intensity that Cheadle brings to his character of a giant cockroach who slept with a human woman is impressive. Throughout this episode, Cheadle really showcases how good of an actor he is which really elevates sketches like Roach Ex.

Wedding Venue Ad

Kate McKinnon plays a male character in this sketch and, when it is revealed, you just know that this is going to be a perfectly weird sketch. The stock video used in Saturday’s final SNL scene is perfect. Aidy Bryant and McKinnon are doing two different accents that are unrecognizable, but somehow it only makes the sketch funnier. While this sketch is, in essence, just a list of things that can be found in a banquet venue, the way they are described in a slightly ‘off’ manner is really funny. The more things they say, the better it gets which points to really smart writing at the core of a really goofy sketch.

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: These stars just landed big pay raises

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:02

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel stars Rachel Brosnahan and Tony Shalhoub will take home a major pay increase for the Amazon show’s upcoming third season, according to a report from Deadline.

Brosnahan and Shalhoub signed new deals, with fellow co-star Alex Borstein in final salary negotiations. The raises are not without merit. After two successful seasons—garnering eight Emmys and a Golden Globe to name a few of its accolades—it makes sense for the cast to seek better pay.

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel stars enjoy significant pay raises

Brosnahan will reportedly make more than triple her previous salary, around $300,000 per episode for the upcoming season. Brosnahan’s star is certainly on the rise with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Though she appeared in Netflix’s House of Cards, as well as films like The Beautiful Creatures and Finest Hours, the actress often reminds people she had to audition for the role of Midge Maisel.

Shalhoub, on the other hand, was already an Emmy Award-winning Hollywood veteran. Because of his past success, he started higher up on the pay ladder compared to Brosnahan. However, he still expects to get a significant pay raise, north of $250,000 per episode according to reports.

Borstein too, who won an Emmy for her portrayal of Mrs. Maisel’s manager, Susie Myerson, is apparently finalizing her deal. The MADtv alum expects to end up with a similar payout.

Amazon ensures the future of ‘Marvelous’ comedy series

The 1950s comedy recently took home three Screen Actors Guild Awards. In fact, it was at the SAG Awards last month that Shalhoub jokingly referenced the negotiations in his acceptance speech. “I want to thank everyone in Amazon, Jen Salke, and especially James Sterling in legal affairs—and not just because I’m in the middle of a renegotiation,” he said on stage while accepting his third SAG Award (he previously won twice for Monk).

Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has been a knock-out since its launch. Originally, Amazon picked it up with a two-season order, though it was renewed for a third in May of last year. The third season is expected to hold at least ten episodes with Amazon originally having ordered 18 episodes be spread over two. Hopefully, the contract renegotiations will bode well for Amazon Studios’s ongoing labor dispute with IATSE Local 52.

Fans can now enjoy Season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon.

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Late night round-up: Adam Sandler, Nathan Macintosh, Jenny Zigrino, Byron Bowers

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:11

Love was in the air this Valentine’s Day week on the late night talk shows. The lovey-dovey feelings even penetrated some of the stand-up sets this week. Jenny Zigrino shared some dating gaffes while Adam Sandler helped Jimmy Fallon celebrate five years on The Tonight Show with a little serenade. Nathan Macintosh and Byron Bowers, both late night vets, came in with great sets and tight jokes. All are certainly worth watching while your boss goes around offering leftover chocolates from his failed Tinder date.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Nathan Macintosh continues to make the rounds doing stand-up on late night with his set on The Tonight Show last Friday. Macintosh has been on Late Show. He’s been on Conan. He’ll probably be on whatever that David Spade late night show will be once it gets going. This set about food made me really want nuggets—and I’m not even drunk. (Macintosh’s album To The Point is out on Comedy Records March 29.)

Okay, so Adam Sandler didn’t go on The Tonight Show to do stand-up. But Sandler is standing up on a microphone in front of the blue curtain being funny, so we’re going to count it! Jimmy Fallon celebrates five years behind the desk at The Tonight Show and Sandler serenades the late night ahead of Valentine’s Day.

Late Night with Seth Meyers Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Byron Bowers is a frequent late night comedian with appearances on Comic View and The Pete Holmes Show—and it’s no surprise why. The funny Atlanta native impresses with his network television debut (we get it, Stephen, you wanna debut people) on The Late Show doing jokes about family and mental illness.

Late Late Show with James Corden Jimmy Kimmel Live! Conan

Jenny Zigrino celebrated Valentine’s Day with Conan O’Brien and the Team Coco crowd. Her Conan set goes into the finer points of ghosting and absurd online dating pictures. By the end of her set, you’ll want to chow down on some discounted V-Day chocolates with her as you compare inappropriate Tinder messages.

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Jimmy Carr lands second Netflix stand-up special

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:59

Jimmy Carr is coming out with a new Netflix special. The stand-up special, called Jimmy Carr: The Best of Ultimate Gold Greatest Hits, will premiere globally on Match 12, 2019.

The special promises to showcase a collection of Carr’s best jokes and will feature the type of raunchy jokes and deadpan one-liners that audiences know and love from the British comedian. The special was filmed at The Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland.

Jimmy Carr pulls double duties at Netflix

Carr currently hosts Netflix’s The Fix, which premiered last year. In The Fix, he is joined by comedians D. L. Hughley and Katherine Ryan, as well as journalist Mona Chalabi. Guest comedians join the group every episode as they try to offer a solution to an important world issue. Jimmy Carr: The Best of Ultimate Gold Greatest Hits is his second Netflix special after  2016’s Jimmy Carr: Funny Business.

In the U.K., Carr also hosts 8 Out of 10 Cats, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and also The Big Fat Quiz of the Year.

While Carr has made a name for himself as a TV host, he works just as hard as a stand-up. He’s toured as a stand-up since 2003 when he premiered his show Charm Offensive to sold-out crowds at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He also wrote three books including The Naked Jape: Uncovering the Hidden World of Jokes a book on the history of making jokes.

Carr announced the new special via social media. Watch his announcement below.

My brand new special, The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits, lands on @NetflixIsAJoke on March 12th.#UltimateGoldGreatestHits pic.twitter.com/Fd3xNYyNsk

— Jimmy Carr (@jimmycarr) February 15, 2019

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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Every comedian who ever sashayed down the runway

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:24

RuPaul’s Drag Race is an entertainment juggernaut. After ten seasons of the show, a lot of talent has sashayed their way down the mainstage. From Drag Race’s humble beginnings on Logo to the bright lights of VH1, hundreds of celebrity guests and judges joined RuPaul for a shot on the runway. While some celebrity appearances like Henry Rollins or Nancy Pelosi might have left viewers scratching their heads, comedians and Drag Race have always paired nicely together.

Every season of Drag Race and Drag Race All Stars has featured at least one “comedy challenge” and comedians have always been there to read the girls to filth. This list is only guests. So no: we are not including Ross Matthews, Todrick Hall, Bob the Drag Queen, or Bianca Del Rio or any other comedy queens that competed. With the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 4 airing tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST on VH1, Laughspin is here to let you know every comedian and comedic actor to grace the queens with their presence (or slay them with shade).

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 1 Debra Wilson

Everyone who watched the first season of Drag Race (before all memory of it was wiped from the internet) remembers it is was rough. Season 1 was funny for all the wrong reasons except for their inclusion of Debra Wilson. The longtime MADtv actress started a long tradition of comedians on the show.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2 Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin is a gay icon who found her way onto the show multiple times. The first fabulous occasion was on Season 2, but she would come back as one of the only comedians to appear on Season 7.

Kim Coles

Known for her roles on In Living Color and Living Single, Kim Coles is also a stand-up comedian. At the time of her Drag Race appearance, she hosted the short-lived game show Pay It Off on truTV.

Kathy Najimy

The second Kathy of the season, Kathy Najimy might be best known for playing Peggy Hill on King of the Hill. Season 2 of Drag Race came the same year as the final season of King of the Hill.

Niecy Nash

The same year Niecy Nash appeared on the show, she won an Emmy for Clean House. While she hosted Clean House for seven years, she might be better known for her role on Reno 911!—for which she received two Emmys.

Cloris Leachman

Cloris Leachman is a comedy icon. With a career that spans eight decades, she barely needs an introduction. She judged the episode where the queens dressed up elders in drag, which she got a kick out of sitting next to co-judge Debbie Reynolds.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3 Bruce Vilanch

Early on, all of the comedians on Drag Race were women. Bruce Vilanch is the first male comedian to appear on the show. The comedy writer would come back to judge again on the fifth season.

Lily Tomlin

Lily Tomlin is another icon to flaunt it on Drag Race. The episode she came on for, Queens in Space, is now iconic for a fight between Mimi Imfust and Shangela backstage. The so-called “sugar daddy rant” has over one million views on YouTube. RuPaul has since appeared on Tomlin’s Netflix show Grace and Frankie.

Aisha Tyler

Aisha Tyler was an amazing judge for Season 3’s Snatch Game because of what seemed to be a genuine love of the show. In the episode, she seems to absolutely enjoy what she is doing!

Rita Rudner

Rita Rudner established herself as one of the top female comedians of the 1980s through her appearances on The Tonight Show and HBO specials. With Drag Race’s record of booking top female comics, she seemed like a natural fit as a judge.

Arden Myrin

Arden Myrin appeared on the same episode as Rudner. Fittingly, they both judged a stand-up comedy challenge where the queens had to write and perform jokes. As a stand-up and improviser before she became a comedic actor, the MADtv star gave the girls specific critiques to help them kill not just a runway, but a crowd.

Wayne Brady

Wayne Brady strangely judged a hair challenge on the show and not one of the many improv challenges that happened over the ten seasons (Brady is bald). Four years after this episode, Brady dressed in drag to play Lola in the Broadway version of Kinky Boots.

Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho appeared in the third season of Drag Race as a judge, but many remember her cameo playing Kim Jong-Un in a pre-recorded video message played for Kim Chi during the Season 8 finale.

OMG @margaretcho & @KimChi_Chic this endorsement is EVERYTHING

Did you see Mo’Nique and Steve Harvey get into it on Steve?

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 18:01

Mo’Nique has some real issues with Hollywood and those issues put her at odds with Steve Harvey on his daytime talk show, Steve, on Wednesday.

The comedian and actress went on Harvey’s show to discuss how she had been “blackballed” by Hollywood for the last 10 years since her Oscar-winning performance in the 2009 movie, Precious.

Steve Harvey calls out Mo’Nique’s Hollywood reputation

The interview begins with Harvey calling out that Mo’Nique, and her manager husband Sidney Hicks, have a reputation for being “difficult.” A rumor that, as Mo’Nique claims, began with her work on the film. “We got labeled as ‘difficult’ because I said one word — and that was ‘no’,” referencing her refusal to campaign for the film by attending the Cannes Film Festival without extra pay, according to Deadline.

But the issue for Mo’Nique, at its core, was that producers Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, as well as director Lee Daniels, seemed to understand her position in private conversations while still shaming her in public. “Y’all knew that I was not wrong. Each one of you said to me, ‘Mo’Nique, you’re not wrong’,” she said to Harvey. She added that she was “hurt” by certain comments the Steve host made himself in the press.

Harvey pointed out that Mo’Nique also invited Winfrey, Perry, and Daniels to “suck her private parts,” during a stand-up show, which did not help the situation.

Mo’Nique claims Netflix undervalued her for comedy special

Mo’Nique’s troubles with the Hollywood “game” only became worse in January 2018 when she was offered only $500,000 for a comedy special. Other comedians like Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, and Amy Schumer were paid hundreds of thousands more, according to People. In response, she called for a boycott of Netflix “for gender and color bias,” People reported. Mo’Nique appeared on The View in 2018 to explain her point, saying Netflix told her, “We go by what we anticipate you’ll do,” when it comes to making an offer for her special.

The View reported that Amy Schumer received $13 million for her first special, The Leather Special, while Chappelle and Rock each received $20 million for their own specials. Netflix told Mo’Nique that Schumer was given an offer based on her audience draw. Joy Bahar asserted in the interview, “It’s about asses in the seats.”

Mo’Nique replied, “I totally agree with you, and when you look at the resume of Mo’Nique, that’s asses in the seats.”

Schumer just announced on Tuesday that her second Netflix special will be available for streaming March 19.

“Rich people problems” don’t get sympathy from Steve Harvey

Harvey did not lend Mo’Nique very much sympathy, saying her issues with Netflix are “rich people problems.”

She responded, explaining that her boycott was not about just receiving a paycheck. “[Inequality is] devastating. And it’s extreme. And people said, ‘Mo’Nique, do you think calling a boycott was extreme?’ You’re damn right. But isn’t inequality extreme?”

Harvey and Mo’Nique’s argument became heated as they continued. “When you tell the truth, you have to deal with the repercussions of the truth. We’re Black out here,” Harvey said, adding, “We’re out here in the game. This is the money game. This ain’t the black man’s game, this ain’t the white man’s game. This is the money game. And you cannot sacrifice yourself.”

He continued, “The best thing you can do for poor people is not be one of them.”

But Mo’Nique stood firm that she would never sacrifice her comedy to make others comfortable. “Before the money game is called the integrity game. And we’re lost the integrity, worrying about the money.”

Harvey, getting even more fervent, responded, “I cannot, for the sake of my integrity, stand up here and let everybody that’s counting on me crumble so I can make a statement.”

Mo’Nique, Steve Harvey remain friends through heated exchange

In the second part of the interview, the two comedians and longtime friends attempted to repair their differences. Harvey even admitted that he should have called her and spoke to her directly about the issues she was facing over the last few years.

“I hate what’s happening to you. I hate what they’re saying that’s not true. I want them to know that you’re caring, that you’re a great mother, that you’re an incredible talent. I don’t like the fact that you’ve been blackballed. You’re too talented to have to worry about all this,” Harvey said.

He then promised to “try and arrange — I’m going to do my best — to get the conversations that need to be had between you and these people so you can hear from them.” Harvey added that both Mo’Nique and her critics should apologize to each other in order to move forward.

Mo’Nique filmed five movies since Precious and currently has an artist residency at the SLS Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, making her the first black female comedian to have a residency anywhere in the city, according to The Washington Post. Despite those films and her residency, the Moesha star still claims Hollywood is out to get her.

While she does say she may have some regrets about her career, she asserts that she refuses to “back down” or “back up” for the sake of being considered easy to work with.

 

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Schitt’s Creek proves Pop TV is the next great comedy network you should be watching

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 13:21

Schitt’s Creek is the little comedy show that could. The Eugene Levy-led sitcom you’ve probably seen ads for on the subway wavers between a cult classic and a sleeper hit. However, after it was nominated last year for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Series, the Canadian comedy seems to have finally found some love from the mainstream.

If you ever streamed Schitt’s Creek in the U.S., you know a reminder flashes on the screen that you are watching a “Pop Original” before seeing what’s new with the Rose family. In Canada, Schitt’s Creek airs on CBC Television, but since 2015, Pop TV has brought the show to the U.S.

What is Pop TV?

But what is the Pop TV network? The channel is hardly a household name and has gone through several rebrands since it started as a joint venture between the CBS Corporation and Lionsgate Entertainment in 1981. In the years since, Pop TV has quietly made some of the most inventive sitcoms on television.

Like most small networks, Pop airs reruns of hit shows like Gilmore Girls and Ghost Whisperer. Most of the channel’s original content revolves around half-hour comedies. However, these are not your dad’s sitcoms. The comedies on Pop TV are indie and Avant-garde. Their programming feels like it would be at home on a channel like IFC or the now-defunct Seeso.

Pop TV comedies experiment with unscripted television

Schitt’s Creek might actually be their most conventional sitcom. Their show Hollywood Darlings started in 2017. It is an improvised sitcom starring Jodie Sweetin, Christine Lakin, and Beverley Mitchell all playing themselves. Actors playing themselves is not the newest idea, but the way Hollywood Darlings does it brings it to the next level. They use their real families and friends in the show. These recurring and guest stars also play themselves and, with the improvisational nature of the show, it doesn’t feel like a typical sitcom.

Hollywood Darlings was made after they released another improvisational sitcom called Unusually Thicke starring the late Alan Thicke and his real family. However, with Unusually Thicke, the show billed itself as a reality-sitcom hybrid and the reality portion makes the show not work. Where Hollywood Darlings feels like The Office mixed with The Comeback, Unusually Thicke felt like an overproduced reality show. The same year they made Hollywood Darlings they made Return of the Mac, a show with a similar premise but staring Joey McIntyre.

Reality sitcom crossovers are not the only risky sitcoms Pop is making. Hot Date also came to the network in 2017. The show is based on a series of College Humor sketches of the same name.  The show, which was recently renewed for a second season, stars Emily Axford and Brian K. Murphy as they play multiple sets of couples each episode. The structure of the show feels a bit like Portlandia. Murphy and Axford put on different wigs and voices to play multiple characters every episode and the characters in Hot Date are usually interconnected or overlap with each other over different scenes. It doesn’t even feel fair to call Hot Date a sitcom. It is more of an experimental comedy experience.

Schitt’s Creek leads growing Pop TV comedy slate

Even two of their more conventional sitcoms, Swedish Dicks and Let’s Get Physical, don’t feel like shows you could see on any other network. While they don’t redefine what the structure of a sitcom is, the premises and humor feel outside of the ordinary. Let’s Get Physical follows a former Aerobic champion as he tries to win his own inheritance after his late father challenges him to return to the imagined cutthroat world of competitive aerobics. Swedish Dicks follows a DJ who, with help from a stunt man, starts his own P.I. business. Both shows are set in the modern day but have a nostalgic feel to them. Let’s Get Physical channels the ‘80s, while Swedish Dicks goes ‘70s. Both shows are also rooted in absurdist humor shoehorned into a sitcom format.

Their newest show is simply called Flack. While not much is known about the series, premiering February 21, it promises to be a dark dramedy about crisis PR starring Anna Paquin. From the trailers released, it will be another show that goes to new places with a half-hour comedy format. Pop TV also ordered two new comedy series late last month: Best Intentions from American Pie writer Adam Herz and Ride or Die. Best Intentions revolves around an awkward teenager and his guidance counselor father while Ride or Die is about a murder at an elite spin studio.

With the success of shows like Schitt’s Creek, Pop TV proves to be more IFC than IFC. Their shows are weird and new. Maybe not every comedy on Pop TV is perfect, but having comedies that are new and different pushing the structure of sitcoms is good for comedy overall. It’s strange that comedy nerds haven’t flocked to this channel the way they have in the past to Adult Swim or Seeso or even FXX. It’s time comedy nerds learn about Pop TV and their weird approach to half-hour comedies. So, who is watching the premiere of Flack with me?

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All That revival confirmed at Nickelodeon; Kenan Thompson will “be around”

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:41

Ready yet? Get set. All That is coming back to Nickelodeon! The hit kids sketch show will return with former cast member Kenan Thompson as executive producer.

All That ran from 1994 to 2005 on Nickelodeon launching the careers of many comedy actors. In addition to the SNL star, Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon, Kel Mitchell, and Gabriel Iglesias all got their big breaks on the tween version of Saturday Night Live. Many of its characters are considered classics among millennials born in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Variety confirms All That revival at Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins told Variety, who broke the story, “People are really fond of it,” noting All That “stayed in the zeitgeist for many years.” Robbins served as a co-creator and an executive producer of the original run.

Robbins is right that the sketch show remained a nostalgic favorite for adults under 40. Many were excited for the possibility of a Good Burger sequel when Thompson teased it on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen in December. “We’ve been talking about it for a long time. We’ve had meetings about it,” he said on the show. “So it’s in the higher powers’ hands cause we’ve both said that we’re down to do it.” It appears those higher powers delivered something even greater to the 40-year-old father of two.

New kids will collaborate with All That legends

“We think there’s a great opportunity to find the next pool of stars,” said Robbins. Though Nickelodeon plans to start fresh with an all-new likely-unknown cast, adult fans of the show can expect former cast members to make appearances. The new All That will likely be a “mash-up” of the show’s old characters with a lot of new sketches. That bodes well for fans of Pizzaface, Milkman, Superdude, and Lori Beth Denberg’s Vital Information anchor.

Kenan Thompson on All That: It means everything to me.

Thompson is very vocal about what the program meant for him in his early years. “It was my first job that I ever had,” he told Variety. “It gave me an opportunity.” Hopefully, the series will do for a new cast of unknowns what it did for Thompson and many of his castmates. “I think it should be a staple show for Nickelodeon.”

Of course, with a new hosting gig on the horizon and a sitcom pilot up in the air at NBC, Thompson’s future as SNL’s most tenured cast member is called into question. As far as he’s concerned, he’s still showing up to 30 Rock every week. The Good Burger star is not delusional. He knows he has a lot on his plate right now. However, he still hopes to have a say over All That’s tone and casting. “If I’m not at the table read, I’ll be on the phone during the table read,” he assured. “I’ll be around.”

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Bill Cosby is developing TV shows from prison

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 17:33

Bill Cosby made some bizarre claims in his first public message from behind bars. The disgraced Cosby Show star said he is a political prisoner and a victim of entrapment. Cosby’s PR rep Andrew Wyatt emailed his client’s message on Wednesday morning to Philadelphia’s NBC10 anchor Erin Coleman.

On Monday and Tuesday, the news program aired an exclusive two-part interview series with Wyatt providing the first detailed insights at Cosby’s life in prison. Wyatt said that the message was transcribed from a conversation the octogenarian, who was found guilty last year of sexual assault, had with his wife Camille on Tuesday night after hearing about the telecast.

Bill Cosby rep says the star looks “amazing” in interview

In Coleman’s interviews with Wyatt, the spokesman said that Cosby told him that he is having an “amazing experience” in prison. Wyatt also said that Cosby is smiling and “looks really amazing.” Wyatt says that he’s not sad because “he did nothing wrong.” Wyatt, who visits the comedian every other week, is the only person to visit him in prison besides his attorneys. He was also by his side during trial. Cosby is housed at the new maximum security SCI Phoenix facility in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania as prisoner NN7687.

Mrs. Cosby has not visited him and Wyatt says that Cosby does not want her to visit him in prison. Wyatt explained that they talk on the phone for the maximum time allowed—three times a day for three minutes per call. According to Wyatt, the couple have dealt with the star’s infidelity in the privacy of their marriage.

Camille Cosby claims husband is in high spirits in prison

In reference to the dozens of women who accused Cosby of sexual assault, Wyatt remarked, “Women do lie.” Per Wyatt, his wife believes that he is more creative than ever right now and is developing show ideas. Apparently, she also appreciates discussions about Cosby during Black History Month and refers to him as a civil rights icon.

Cosby’s legal team is appealing his sexual assault conviction. He is currently serving a 3-10 year prison sentence.

We’re not sure he’ll get a chance to pitch these ideas to NBC anytime soon, but David Spade just got a late night show. So anything’s possible.

Read the complete statement from Cosby below:

“I heard about Ms. Coleman’s [NBC10] interview from the residents here. Here’s why I, [Mr. Cosby] have ‘no’ remorse and will never have remorse. I was given a deal; I settled out of court for $3.8 million dollars; I waived my 5th amendment rights; I was declared Not Guilty in 2005 by the Commonwealth – never charged. However, a low-life District Attorney and a corrupt Judge needed me Guilty now. Not for justice, but for their political aspirations. They say, Mr. Cosby you must attend these classes. Why? One word. Entrapment! My political beliefs, my actions of trying to humanize all races, genders and religions landed me in this place surrounded by barb wire fencing, a room made of steel and iron. So, I now have a temporary residence that resembles the quarters of some of the Greatest Political Prisoners – Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Randal Robinson, and Dr. Benjamin Chavis. I stand upright as a Political Prisoner and I Smile. The Truth is Strong!”

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Last Call with Carson Daly ending after 17 years; NBC ponders replacement

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 15:12

NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly is ending after 2,000 episodes. Carson Daly tweeted on Tuesday, “Yes, Last Call is wrapping up! I’m forever grateful & proud to all who have worked w us over the years.”

The show, which has aired at 1:30 a.m. for 17 years, will end this season, but NBC has not yet announced a final date. Last Call is a half-hour late night show featuring interviews with big talent and live music. Daly, who also has radio DJ on his active resume, helped break music talents on Last Call such as Maroon 5, Halsey, and Ed Sheeran.

Yes, Last Call is wrapping up! I’m forever grateful & proud to all who have worked w us over the years. So many have gone on to incredible success. I owe our EP Stewart Bailey & team a bottle of something expensive. They masterfully keep this train on the track for many years.

— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) February 12, 2019

The Last Call host further tweeted that he wants to focus more on his other hosting duties and other areas of passion within “our company.” The former MTV VJ continued, “The Golf Channel has always been a favorite of mine and we have a few exciting things in the works.” NBC Sports Group previously announced that he will co-host a podcast with professional golfer Rory McIlroy for their digital GOLFPASS platform.

Carson Daly lightens load as Last Call ends

Daly keeps a busy schedule from morning through primetime into late night with Last Call. In the mornings, Daly hosts the Today’s digital studio, the Orange Room. During primetime, he hosts The Voice.

With the newfound free time, Daly will be able to focus more on his family. “My family will always remain my top priority and greatest gig,” he shared. The late night host met his wife Siri Pinter on Last Call and the couple has three children.  

Will Chelsea Handler get NBC late night slot?

In a Tuesday video segment on Today, Daly explained that he felt like he was squatting on the time slot and wanted to pass it on to someone younger. NBC will reportedly announce a replacement for the 1:30 a.m. time slot. At least one source is speculating that Chelsea Handler could be a potential candidate. The talk show Later previously filled the time slot with hosts including Greg Kinnear and Bob Costas.

Unfortunately for NBC, David Spade is taken.

The final season of NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly airs weeknights at 1:35 a.m.

.@CarsonDaly is signing off from @lastcallcd after 17 years. He reflects on his time with the show, which is also where he met @siriouslydelish! pic.twitter.com/AVH75T13cm

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 13, 2019

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Samantha Bee revives Not the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 17:33

Samantha Bee is getting ready to roast President Donald Trump. No, she has not officially joined the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) and she is not hosting their annual gala dinner in April. Instead, she’s bringing back her Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on the same night because the WHCA “doesn’t have the balls to face a comedian.” In a video posted on Monday, Bee says, “Someone’s gotta roast that motherfucker and if they won’t do it, I will.”

On Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, she announced that her event will celebrate the First Amendment. According to a press release, the dinner will feature a combination of, “signature comedy, celebrity guests, and better food than last time.” The teaser shows the comic preparing a feast with the President’s favorite foods—including fried chicken nuggets, pizza, and of course, hamberders.

President Trump has avoided the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

Trump broke with tradition when he did not attend the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in 2017 or 2018. The sitting president typically attends, with members of the press, and at least pretends to laugh at the jokes. Of course, Trump has a complicated relationship with the “fake news” media and has previously tweeted displeasure about being the butt of jokes.

In November, Trump tweeted that “for the first time in decades, they will have an author instead of a comedian” and implied that he may attend this year. The day before that tweet, the WHCA announced that historical author Ron Chernow will be 2019’s featured speaker.

So-called comedian Michelle Wolf bombed so badly last year at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that this year, for the first time in decades, they will have an author instead of a comedian. Good first step in comeback of a dying evening and tradition! Maybe I will go?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2018

The WHCA announcement came after last year’s event featuring Michelle Wolf, who slammed the president and his press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The WHCA distanced themselves from her jokes and released a statement that her monologue was not in the “spirit” of the program’s mission.

Samantha Bee bucks back with Not the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

Bee also held her own dinner program in 2017. That event aired on TBS on the night of the WHCA dinner, with an uncensored version broadcast on Twitter. Her event featured special guest Will Ferrell as George W. Bush and reportedly raised $200,000 for the Committee to Protect Journalists. This year’s event will benefit the same charity. The 2017 dinner featured a variety of segments including sketches, pre-recorded bits, and comedians such as Patton Oswalt and Kumail Nanjiani roasting President Trump.

Bee’s special will air on Saturday, April 27 at 10:00 p.m. ET on TBS. She is taping the special the day before at Washington, D.C.’s DAR Constitution Hall—just blocks away from the White House.

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee airs on Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET on TBS.

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