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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Mocks Donald Trump As She Accepts Mark Twain Prize

PBS again must tiptoe through a political minefield as it broadcasts the annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. This year it was Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s turn to be feted at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts ceremony. She's best known these days for her work as vice president Selina Meyer on HBO's Veep, for which she already has been awarded six consecutive Emmys, as well as her nine years playing dance-challenged Elaine Benes on NBC's Seinfeld. But the… Read

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‘Late Late Show’ Makes A ‘Halloween’ Murderer Out Of James Corden

Halloween’s Michael Myers finally speaks – and sounds a lot like James Corden. On CBS’ The Late Late Show last night, host Corden donned the old William Shatner rubber mask and sat for some very candid jailhouse interviews, a la Netflix’s Making a Murderer. Breaking his “eerie silence” (as one seen-it-all sheriff describes it), Corden’s chatty killer launches in with, "Yeah, uhh, I don't know where this whole he doesn't talk thing came from." Like Murderer‘s Steven Avery… Read

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‘Black Monday’: Bruce Dern, Melissa Rauch & Horatio Sanz Among Guest Stars Set For Showtime Comedy

Bruce Dern (Big Love), Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) and Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live, Glow) have signed on as guest stars on Black Monday, Showtime’s half-hour Wall Street comedy series starring Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall that premieres in 2019. The series hails from Happy Endings creator David Caspe, Black List writer Jordan Cahan (My Best Friend's Girl), Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (Preacher) and Sony Pictures TV Studios. Also joining as… Read

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Eddie Griffin Signs With Abrams Artists Agency

Abrams Artists Agency has signed comic and actor Eddie Griffin in all areas. Griffin, who is onscreen as a pastor in the hit feature A Star Is Born, is a veteran stand-up comedian who probably is best known to moviegoers for starring 2002’s Undercover Brother, written by John Ridley and directed by Malcolm D. Lee. He also toplined the 1996-2000 UPN series Malcom & Eddie alongside Malcom-Jamal Warner. Griffin’s Las Vegas residency, The Eddie Griffin Experience, is in its… Read

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‘The Conners’ Showrunner: ‘Roseanne’ Fans “Would Find All the Elements Of the Show They Love Intact” In Spinoff Series

The stakes couldn’t be higher for tomorrow night’s premiere of The Conners, the Roseanne spinoff series starring John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert. Conceived under extraordinary circumstances in the fallout of Roseanne‘s abrupt cancellation following star Roseanne Barr’s controversial Valerie Jarrett tweet, The Conners has the difficult task to live up to the legacy of the mothership series while building a complete and satisfying new show without Barr whose… Read

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Jaboukie Young-White Makes ‘Daily Show’ Debut, Schools Old Trevor Noah On Voting

Jaboukie Young-White made his debut as The Daily Show‘s latest “Senior Youth Correspondent” last night, and like Jessica Williams and Demitri Martin before him, staked his territory teasing his “old young” host for their generation gap. Said Noah in introducing the new correspondent, “As young people, we know that we should be voting…” “First of all, Trevor,” said Young-White, “we’re going to need to stop saying we because you’re old.” When Noah protested that he was born… Read

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Kanye West Jokes Write Themselves For Late Night Hosts; Jimmy Kimmel Says Only Thing Missing Is Hospital Bracelets

The jokes finally wrote themselves, said an appreciative and delighted Jimmy Kimmel last night, only hours after the gag-writing began in the Oval Office as Donald Trump sat speechless while rapper Kanye West held forth on, well, held forth. “It was a crazy conversation,” Kimmel said on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, summing up the visit as the type of conversation usually held by “people wearing hospital bracelets.” (Watch Kimmel below). West, Kimmel noted, “praised Trump’s… Read

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Taran Killam Recalls When Lorne Michaels Wanted To Make Trump “Likable”

Saturday Night Live too easy on Donald Trump? Just the suggestion might send MAGA hats exploding into the sky, but former cast member Taran Killam says executive producer Lorne Michaels was once intent on making the pre-White House Trump “likable.” Long before Alec Baldwin puckered up for his orange-faced SNL Trump portrayal, Michaels was trying to get the then-candidate to guest-host the show, recalls Killam on Matt Gourley’s Earwolf podcast I Was There Too. "Lorne was… Read

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‘SNL’ Promo: Seth Meyers Goes Home Again In Not-So-Emotional Journey

Seth Meyers goes home again this weekend as host of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and though the trip from his Late Night perch isn’t exactly a long one it makes for a decent promo. “No one ever said that homecomings were easy,” Meyers thinks to himself in a mock-serious tone as he’s wheeled through a tracking shot en route to Studio 8H. Breaking out of his reverie when he sees SNL‘s Kenan Thompson and Alex Moffat, the former Weekend Update host shouts, “Is it weird to see… Read

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‘South Park’ Mocks Brett Kavanaugh Hearing With Help From Mr. Hankey

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In their third episode of Comedy Central’s South Park Season 22, Matt Stone and Trey Parker haul Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo in, to testify at a packed hearing, about some of his questionable behavior and remarks from years ago. “Mr. Hankey, 14 years ago, did you, or did you not, say everyone in South Park is a ‘goddam douchebag’?” asks Mr. Waithouse in the clip, which comes ahead of Wednesday’s episode, and after Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate Judiciary Committee testimony… Read

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Comedy Writers Rally In Support After ‘Late Show’ Scribe Apologizes For Kavanaugh Joke

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Late Show with Stephen Colbert writer Ariel Dumas apologized yesterday for tweeting about her happiness in helping to ruin Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s life. Considering Kavanaugh had just secured a lifelong gig on the Supreme Court, the “ruined life” tweet was, as Dumas later said, an attempt at sarcasm. But did Dumas go too far – in apologizing? Many of her fellow comedy writers are coming to her defense. One even pledged “fire and fury” from Dumas’ fellow female comedy… Read

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Watch Conan O’Brien Bid Farewell To Hour-Long Episodes, Band; New 30-Minute Format Bows In January

Assuring his viewers that “a little less” Conan will be just fine, talk host Conan O’Brien finished the final hour-long episode of Conan last night, detailing the previously announced plans that will see the show’s new 30-minute format debuting January 2019. Until the return, O’Brien said, the show will be on hiatus, but its host certainly won’t. In addition to leading the 18-city tour Team Coco Presents Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-Up and Investment Tips, O’Brien… Read