Posts tagged as Anthony Jeselnik

Norm Macdonald and Anthony Jeselnik Join Season 9 of 'Last Comic Standing'

NBC is prepping the upcoming ninth season of the Wanda Sykes-produced Last Comic Standing, and The Wrap reports that a new host and judge have just been added to the show. SNL alum Norm Macdonald will join Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans as a judge, while Anthony Jeselnik will serve as host. "We are excited that Norm is joining Roseanne and Keenen in helping us find America’s newest comedy star," said NBC exec Paul Telegdy on the news. "This is a hugely talented and iconic panel. Anthony will add his unique quick-witted humor as the host of the show."

Anthony Jeselnik, Louis CK, and the Shifting Definition of "Offensive" Comedy

Just as the news broke on Monday that sociopathic dreamboat Anthony Jeselnik’s Comedy Central show The Jeselnik Offensive was canceled (to no small amount of glee from certain New Zealanders), Huffington Post Live released a video interview with Artie Lange, where the recently sober comic addresses his past use of the word “faggot” and other offensive slurs. “Times have changed, comedy has changed,” Lange says. “We live in a more enlightened time where you should think twice before you speak, because we’re talking about people.” While Lange was only referring to himself, it was a very timely comment for Jeselnik, who has built a career out of manufacturing [...]

What It's Like to Write For a Late Night Talk Show

Comedy is an industry. For every performer on stage, there are hundreds of people working behind-the-scenes. These creative and business jobs, which exist in all disciplines and levels of comedy, collectively make up the comedy scene. In this column, we're looking a comedy jobs that are less visible than that of a performer, and talking to the people who do those jobs about what they do, how they got there, and how that job has affected their perspective on comedy.

The past year has brought a crop of new late night talk shows to television, and that means more opportunities for late night writers. One of the most sought [...]

Talking to Anthony Jeselnik About 'The Jeselnik Offensive,' His Career Goals, and What Comedy Central Won't Let Him Say

2013 has been a prolific year for comedy’s resident dark lord, Anthony Jeselnik, with the debut of his new show, The Jeselnik Offensive, and his new album, Caligula. Fresh off last week’s premiere of season two, I caught up with Anthony to find out what we can expect this season, if his mother is offended by his jokes, and if he was scared to make fun of cancer to actual cancer patients.

When you started out as a comic, was TV always your goal?

No, I originally wanted be a comic writer. I liked the idea of writing because you get to do it again every single week or [...]

Comedy Central Renews 'Nathan for You' for a Second Season

Comedy Central did the right thing today and picked up its critically-acclaimed series Nathan for You for a second season. Billed as a "docu-reality" series that follows comedian Nathan Fielder as he uses his business degree to advise struggling companies, Nathan for You is easily TV's best new comedy, and it should get even better in its second season. Created by Fielder and Michael Koman (Eagleheart, Conan),  Nathan For You wrapped its eight-episode first season last week. The network says Season 2 will debut in 2014 and consist of 10 episodes this time around. Hopefully, Comedy Central will allow Fielder to strap himself to the front of a plane to [...]

The Inside Story of Whiplash, One of New York's Best and Most Influential Standup Shows

"Whiplash is like a magical kingdom where laughs run free and jelly beans are the main form of currency," says comedian Aparna Nancherla, of UCB's late night standup show. For half a decade, Whiplash has consistently proven itself as an exciting and eclectic show that stands out even in the city's buzzing comedy scene, a favorite of megastar names like Louis C.K. and Chris Rock as well as a reliable well-spring for the next big stars — the likes of Pete Holmes and Kumail Nanjiani were once regulars. It's the reason that Splitsider turned to Whiplash for our first concert film, where host Leo Allen welcomed Jared Logan, Sheng [...]

Anthony Jeselnik Says 'The Jeselnik Offensive' Has Been Canceled

At a performance at the New York Comedy Festival over the weekend, Anthony Jeselnik told the crowd that The Jeselnik Offensive has been canceled by Comedy Central. According to The Laugh Button, the comic said the show had already been canceled and wouldn't be returning for a third season, adding that he no particular future plans with Comedy Central.

Ratings for the weekly topical show had been slipping over the course its 18 episodes, and as the title suggests, the series was no stranger to controversy. It was also a great place to see comedians tell silly jokes about bears and legal rulings, and also for Eric [...]

Anthony Jeselnik Talks with Conan About His New Zealand Shark Controversy

Here's Anthony Jeselnik on Conan last night, discussing the controversy that resulted when he goofed on the death of a New Zealand shark attack victim earlier this year, which resulted in him getting death threats and someone publishing his parents' phone number and address online. It's a cautionary tale for any of you who are thinking of making fun of shark attack victims on national TV sometime soon.

Anthony Jeselnik Hates "Black Hole Sun"

"I don’t think that anyone likes 'Black Hole Sun.' I’ve never heard of anyone who likes it. I don’t understand why it gets played so much … If you just heard the instrumental version, you’d want to kill yourself. And when you hear the words, the lyrics are brutal, and the way he sings them. If you watch the video, look at the band while they’re playing the song. They have the look on their faces that everyone has when they listen to the song, of just pure unadulterated boredom and annoyance."

– Anthony Jeselnik in an interview entirely focused on his hatred for Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun"  for The [...]

Here's Anthony Jeselnik on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'

Comedian Anthony Jeselnik is the last person you'd expect to see on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, considering how the former puts so much effort into being edgy and the latter into being tame and inoffensive. Nonetheless, Jeselnik did the show last night and he fit in nicely, even though you could totally make an '80s fish out of water comedy about a comedian like Jeselnik going on a show like Leno.

This Week in Comedy: 'Jeselnik Offensive' and 'Totally Biased' Got the Axe, and Judd Apatow is Making a Movie with Key & Peele

The Jeselnik Offensive and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell were both canceled this week following low ratings.

-NBC has ordered a pilot for a new variety show starring Maya Rudolph, and they're airing it as a primetime special in February after the Winter Olympics.

Judd Apatow is making a movie with Key and Peele.

NBC has decided to give Last Comic Standing another shot.

-We interviewed Joan Rivers about In Bed with Joan, Natasha Leggero about Tubbin' with Tash, and Chris Elliot and Maria Thayer about Eagleheart.

-There was another "Andy Kaufman is alive" hoax, apparently organized by [...]

Anthony Jeselnik Roasted Pete Holmes Last Night

Anthony Jeselnik stopped by The Pete Holmes Show last night to make fun of Pete, but they ended up talking about Anthony's very prepared, though somewhat crazy, fans. But of course, he still made fun of Pete a lot, too.

Casey Wilson and Adam Pally Talk George Zimmerman on 'The Jeselnik Offensive'

There was a little bit of a Happy Endings reunion on The Jeselnik Offensive last night with stars Casey Wilson and Adam Pally appearing on the program to do what they do best: discuss controversial legal rulings. Nonetheless, it's pretty great to see the cast of Happy Endings continue to work together despite the show being no more.

Watch Kristen Schaal, Anthony Jeselnik, Nick Kroll, and More at a Comedy Roundtable

Here's The Hollywood Reporter's hour-long comedy roundtable, featuring Kristen Schaal, Anthony Jeselnik, Nick Kroll, Rob Delaney, and Cecily Strong. From Kroll's story about bombing in front of Bill Murray when he was new at stand-up to Schaal discussing a particular network's reluctance to air shows with female leads, it's an interesting and fun chat all around.