"There [are] all these live shows I'm doing with The Soup now, and I'm reading [a] teleprompter the whole time, and people wanted to promote [the show] by saying, 'Anything could go wrong!' That's what the E! executives wanted, and I was like, 'No, no, no! Just tell them I'm dyslexic. That should raise the stakes enough.' … It might not look like I'm concentrating and I'm just screwing around, but I really do have to concentrate while I'm reading. And half of the time I'm getting it wrong, but you can't tell because I'm just making up different words for it. It's smoke and mirrors."
Earlier today, Nikki Glaser sent a sad tweet out to her followers: "So, @ENews blatantly stole a bit from my old MTV show. It feels really shitty." Glaser included a clip from Nikki and Sara Live, the 2013 talk show she co-hosted with Sara Schaefer, in which a counter dings every time the ladies touch a celebrity on the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards. It's a move they dubbed the "gentle arm touch" to make fun of E!'s annoying need to get buddy-buddy with famous people, but it seems like E! may have hijacked this bit for their own gain. So did E! blatantly steal this [...]
E! announced today that they're spinning off The Soup. The network is developing a new series, entitled The Soup Investigates, which will also be hosted by Joel McHale. The spinoff will feature McHale and a team of investigative reporters diving deep to answer pop culture-related questions. It sounds kind of like a version of The Soup with Daily Show-esque field segments, which could turn out funny and be an opportunity to develop several comedians into a core group of faux-reporters like The Daily Show has done. If Community manages to get picked up for next season by NBC and E! orders The Soup Investigates to series, Joel McHale could have [...]
Kevin Hart is currently killing it. He's one of the biggest stand-ups working, he's getting tons of movie roles, and last night he was asked to sub for Chelsea Handler as the host of Chelsea Lately. Yet, despite all of this grown-up success, he still maintains a child-like fear of dolphins. As you can see below, as soon as Joy Bryant brought up the ocean, he couldn't wait to bring up his grudge against dolphins. It's pretty impassioned. It's ruined his appreciation of almost 50% of lower back tattoos. Dolphins, however, have remained eerily silent thus far about what they think of Hart.
The Community cast visited Joel McHale during The Soup (skip to about 0:45 for them to show up if you don't care about the fate of Mr. Cotton the dog, and if so, what are you, some kind of monster?). They've left Chevy at home, but poking fun at Karate Dog seems to be the new cast pastime – it makes an appearance in this fun video too. It's soon revealed that Chevy, Adam Scott, Nick Kroll and the rest of the cast are all just figments of Joel's imagination. "If Community were real, don't you think you would have seen a commercial for it on NBC?" [...]
Comedian T.J. Miller guest hosted E!'s Chelsea Lately Tuesday night, and here's a clip of his opening segment, which involves him donning drag for a Chelsea Handler impression and to hock her new book, Uganda Be Kidding Me. Check out Miller interviewing Wiz Khalifa below:
Last month, the writers of the E! network's comedy/variety show Fashion Police went on strike to fight for fair wages and a WGA contract. Said writers, who have not been making an income since going on strike in mid-April, scheduled a benefit show at LA's Laugh Factory to help earn them some money to pay bills in the meantime, but an anonymous writer for the show tells Perez Hilton that E!'s Vice President John Najarian bought out all the tickets to the event, causing it to quickly sell out in order to sabotage the benefit. AsThe Comedy Bureau points out, the Laugh Factory, which seats 350-400, [...]
The Yahoo! web series Burning Love is being edited into a TV show that will begin airing on the E! network next month, Entertainment Weekly reports. For those who haven't seen it, the show is a Bachelor parody that starred Ken Marino as a firefighter looking for love during its first season and is written by Marino's wife Erica Oyama (Childrens Hospital). Burning Love aired last year on Yahoo! Screen and was a big viral hit. The 14-episode first season will be edited into seven half-hour episodes much in the way that Rob Corddry's web series Childrens Hospital was edited into a 15-minute series for Adult Swim its [...]
Marc is a great comedian but you don't really think of him as the type of comedian who sasses it up with Chelsea Handler. Yet, look at him go! He put that Southern toe sucker in his place and got applause doing so. Next week he'll be back to talk about bikini waxes and Katie Holmes's haircut and the late 90s New York City alternative comedy scene.
- Chelsea Handler signed a deal with E! that says she'll continue hosting Chelsea Lately till 2014 and also develop and produce new shows for E! and NBCUniversal. So, even if Are You There, Chelsea? fails to captivate us all in its post-Whitney Wednesday timeslot, we'll still see plenty more sitcoms with brassy Chelsea Handler-ish heroines. Hurrah.
THR reports that after eight years on the air, Chelsea Lately host Chelsea Handler plans to end her E! channel talk show when her contract with the network expires at the end of 2014. According to her manager Irving Azoff, Handler — who has long been dissatisfied with the network and recently told Howard Stern it was a "sad, sad place to live" — is working on plans to leave at the end of the year and already has "at least seven suitors and many ideas." Azoff said that Handler's new presence could include a radio show or a new late night-style show on another network or digital [...]
Writers for the E! comedy/variety show Fashion Police are on strike. After months of being paid for eight hours of work a week despite working full-time, the writing staff went on strike last week in order to fight for union contracts. One of the writers, Eliza Skinner, wrote a Tumblr post about the situation to try to convince comedians not to scab for the show while the writers are on strike. Producers aren't mentioning the strike when they ask people to scab, so it's possible for someone to take the job and not even realize they're putting out the striking writers. So, if you're a comedian or comedy [...]
Man, he really gives it to those chicks. (Though you can tell he doesn't feel comfortable eating the chicken nugget.) Those chicks probably won't walk straight for weeks because they're babies and are all wobbly and generally walk circuitously. Despite his success with chicks, in the clip below, Chelsea Handler isn't buying his ability with the chicks, like human lady chicks.
2 Broke Girls has already been renewed, since it's the biggest new comedy of the year and all, and Whitney seems very likely to get renewed but that isn't enough for Whitney Cummings. This morning, E! announced that it will be addingLove You, Mean It With Whitney Cummings to its schedule. I'm going to go out on a limb and say she doesn't in fact "mean it." It's going to be paired with The Soup on Wednesday nights and will feature Whitney and sidekick Julian McCullough making fun of pop culture. Considering that both of her other shows also feature a lot of that sort of [...]
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