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VH1 Cancels 'Best Week Ever' Again

VH1 announced today that they've canceled long-running series Best Week Ever for a second time. Best Week Ever originally ran from 2004 to 2009, when it was initially canceled. VH1 rebooted the show in January of 2013, with a new cast and format, featuring comedians Michael Che, Nick Turner, Ali Wong, and more.

"Best Week Ever was a pioneer in pop culture commentary on television when it launched in 2004, delivering its signature blend of comedy and tongue-in-cheek opinions on the most entertaining news and pop culture stories of the previous seven days,” said VH1 in a statement. “The series also served as a national launching pad [...]

Meet Your New 'Best Week Ever' Cast

On January 18th, VH1 is reviving Best Week Ever, its series in which comedians recap and riff on the week's pop culture happenings. The original show ran from 2004 to 2009, giving a national audience to funny people like Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Pete Holmes, Paul F. Tompkins, Nick Kroll, Doug Benson, and more, at earlier points in their careers. The new incarnation of Best Week Ever will feature an entirely-new cast (with appearances from old favorites sprinkled in), and VH1 has just announced the new cast. It's an eclectic cast of talented stand-ups, including Michelle Buteau, Michael Che, Pat Dixon, Jared Logan, Pete Lee, Amanda Seales, Dan St. Germain, [...]

Talking to Jared Logan About 'The Half Hour', Dramatic Acting, and Pop Culture Hate

For the past 15 years, Comedy Central’s half hour specials have showcased the future stars of standup. Looking back, the early years of Comedy Central Presents included memorable sets from the likes of Mitch Hedberg, Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, Dane Cook and dozens more. Re-branded The Half Hour in 2012, the series continues to feature the best up-and-coming comics in the country.

For many comedians, it’s that history that makes doing a half hour special so significant. While a half hour may once have been a comic’s first major exposure, comedians now have many ways to build an audience. Almost everyone who taped a special this [...]

The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show: Fred Graver, Who Has Done Everything

"[Writing a Choose Your Own Adventure] is very much like writing a video game, and weirdly enough it was very much like writing remotes for Letterman"

- Fred Graver, my guest on this week's Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show

Other things I discuss with Fred in this episode:

  • What it was like writing for Letterman in the 80's when he was still finding his voice.
  • The challenges of writing a Choose Your Own Adventure novel (#35 – Journey to Stonehenge, pictured above).
  • The difficulty of writing for In Living Color and the joy of writing for Cheers.
  • How he ended up spending two years in the 90's at [...]

Michael Che Is Working on an Hour Special

Even though he's only been performing since 2010, Michael Che has quickly become one of the country's most acclaimed up-and-coming stand-ups and now, he's working on his first hour-long stand-up set. Che told W magazine about his plans for an hour special, explaining, "This has been a crazy, exciting year, and I am hoping that what comes out of it is really quality material. I am working on an hour-long performance right now, and I want it to be something really special that people will love."

In the past year alone, Che made his Letterman debut, was ranked as one of Rolling Stone's "50 Funniest People" and Time Out's "Comics [...]

'Best Week Ever' Is Coming Back!

New York comedians are having the best week ever because Best Week Ever is coming back. After three years off the air, VH1 is bringing the talking head cavalcade back in January. Beyond acting as the home of instant nostalgia, Best Week Ever was a showcase of many up and coming comedians. (Most were New York City residents. Most have moved to LA in the years since.) Assuming the show is going back to its original format and not the Paul F. Tompkins-hosted one, you better start flexing your snark muscles Gabe Liedman, Julie Klausner, Michael Che, Nikki Glaser, Emily Heller, Max Silvestri, and any other comedian who actually [...]