If you've been clamoring for an encore performance of Billy Crystal's SNL characters from the mid-'80s, your dreams are about to come true. FX's upcoming Billy Crystal/Josh Gad showThe Comedians — which follows a veteran comedian (Crystal) working on a late night talk show with an edgy young comedian (Gad) — is set to premiere in summer 2015, and according to Page Six, Crystal is bringing some of his SNL work with him to the new show.
"I grew up watching SNL religiously, so seeing [Crystal] re-create some of his characters on this show and doing some of that stuff is a dream come true," [...]
The legendary Billy Crystal stopped by The Daily Show last night to tell some charming, too-explicit-for-cable-TV stories about his early days in standup, the eccentric act of Lenny Schultz, and the best advice he got as a young comic. It's been a good week for Jon Stewart to embrace his inner comedy nerd, as he's such a big fan of Crystals's that he can quote his old bits back to him. Crystal was there to promote his book Still Foolin' Em, and explains that he recorded the audio version in front of a live audience in homage to the old comedy albums that he listened as a kid. The rest of the [...]
Super special guests Billy Crystal and Jerry Seinfeld helped Jimmy Fallon to do an updated version of Abbott and Costello's classic "Who's on First?" bit last night on Late Night, with a couple of awesome performances from less-famous people Steve Higgins and A.D. Miles. Sorry, Steve Higgins and A.D. Miles for not including your names in the headline of this post! You don't quite have the name recognition of Jerry Seinfeld or Billy Crystal and you appearing on Late Night is far less of a big deal.
"Guys, would you mind taking a listen to some of my new Oscar material? Feeling a little nervous about it. I mean, I know I've done this more times than anyone but Bob Hope, but you never can be too prepared, right? Okay, how about, uh: I've been getting ready for the Oscars and my White Swan is ready, but my Black Swan's another story! Uh, I'm so nervous I feel like I'm about to give The King's Speech! …Was that not this year? I really haven't been to the movies in a while." – Billy Crystal
Things are happening! Billy Crystal Tweeted that he's going to host the Oscars this year, replacing Eddie Murphy after his resignation, and the Academy has confirmed the news. The Billy Crystal Oscars probably won't be as new and exciting as Eddie Murphy's might have been (it will be Crystal's ninth time hosting, after all) but at least he's not James Franco and Anne Hathaway. And if you squint you can pretend you're watching When Harry Met Sally. So that's something.
Cable network FX announced today that they've ordered the pilot The Comedians to series. Starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad, The Comedians is based on the Swedish show of the same name and was ordered to pilot by FX last summer. The American adaptation is being written by Larry Charles (Seinfeld, Borat), Matt Nix (Burn Notice, The Good Guys), and Ben Wexler (Community, Michael J. Fox Show), and it follows a well-known veteran comedian (Crystal) working on a late night sketch show with an edgy young comedian (Gad). Stephnie Weir, Matt Oberg and Megan Ferguson play supporting roles. The series, which has been given a 13-episode order, will be shot [...]
Josh Gad continues to be a busy actor. A week after landing a starring role in the upcoming Sam Kinison biopic, Gad has been cast opposite Billy Crystal in his new FX pilot, The Comedians, THR reports. The Comedians is based on the Swedish show of the same name and follows a famous veteran comedian (Crystal) who's paired up with an edgy young comic (Gad), who despises him, to work on a late night sketch show. Frequent Larry David/Sacha Baron Cohen cohort Larry Charles (Seinfeld, Borat, Curb), Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, and sitcom veteran Ben Wexler (Community) are writing and producing the pilot.
Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 36 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.
A king in the realm of legitimizing the concept of 'schtick', Billy Crystal's seventeen-episode SNL run pales in comparison to his iconic film work and reputation as the most reliable award ceremony emcee since Bob Hope. Whether it was his yen for bigger feature film roles, his desire to be center stage rather than part of an ensemble, his tainted memories of being dropped [...]
Oscar frenzy has begun with the first official Academy Awards trailer from Funny or Die, starring Megan Fox and Josh Duhamel, with appearances by Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, and Robin Williams' Fu Manchu moustache. It's a departure from the usual clip-based trailer and looks like an effort to get people excited for a fresh, new, relevant Oscars. (By showing us that the host has been living in a stone-walled cave growing his hair out since 2003.)
video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Try and watch this video reunion of the cast of The Princess Bride reunion without smiling. I dare you. You might make it through the part where Robin Wright fondly recalls Andre the Giant's putting his gigantic hand on her head to warm her up between takes. But you will absolutely not get through the ending where Billy Crystal and Carol Kane recreate their famous storming-the-castle sendoff. Oh, also, how different would this movie have been if Vizzini had been played by Danny DeVito?! It's not even possible to conceive of it. You might say it's…well, you know.
Everybody knows Billy Crystal even if you can't recall exactly where you know him from. From the first season of SNL through hosting nine (yep, nine!) Academy Awards ceremonies, Crystal has undoubtedly left his mark in entertainment history. But… where is he now? Just as he turns 65, Crystal, along with the rest of the baby boomer generation, is facing the inevitable consequences of growing old. With his witty and equally earnest tone, Billy looks back on the milestones of his life in comedy, his friendships with icons like Mickey Mantel and Muhammed Ali, as well as the challenges that come with falling into the Medicare bracket. Check out where [...]
With Robin Williams returning to TV on CBS this fall, it looks like his old comedy buddy Billy Crystal may be coming back to television too after nearly three decades away. Crystal has signed on as a star and producer for the new FX pilot The Comedians, based on the Swedish show of the same name. Writing and producing the show alongside Crystal are frequent Larry David/Sacha Baron Cohen cohort Larry Charles (Seinfeld, Borat, Curb), Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, and sitcom veteran Ben Wexler (Community). The pilot will star Crystal as a famous veteran comedian who's paired up with an edgy young comic to work on a late [...]
The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)
As you may already know, this week marks David Letterman’s 30th anniversary. In this series of articles, we’ve already looked at a classic example [...]
It only happens every few years, but whenever a late night talk show host leaves his or her post, it's a crucial decision by the network to choose the right replacement and has a ripple effect on the rest of the late night landscape. Since David Letterman is considering retiring next year and Jay Leno will have to leave The Tonight Show eventually (either by choice or in a bodybag), it's an appropriate time to examine the process of hunting for a replacement talk show host. Late night talk show history is prone to repeat itself, as proven by 2010’s Tonight Show dust-up between Leno and Conan O’Brien, which [...]
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