Comedy Central’s Review, a new show for which TV reviewers must already have their puns locked and loaded, premieres tonight. Based on the Australian cult hit Review with Myles Barlow, it stars Andy Daly (who also created the show) as Forrest MacNeil, a straight-laced, intellectual “life critic” who wholeheartedly commits to reviewing firsthand experiences — including drug addiction, racism and sex with a celebrity — and weathers through the resulting chaos. Review also stars Jessica St. Clair, Fred Willard and James Urbaniak, and features such five-star guests as Jason Mantzoukas, Maria Thayer, Lance Bass and Andy Richter.
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In only a couple of years, Jessica Williams has become a vital member of one the most influential comedy shows on television. She joined The Daily Show in 2012 at the age of 22, making her the show's youngest correspondent ever. Since then, she's become an integral part of the Daily Show team, often reporting as the show's "Senior Youth Correspondent." I got the chance to talk to her about leaving college to join the show and the scariest part of her job.
You were so young when you started at The Daily Show. Did you have any background in political comedy or satire?
I didn’t have a lot [...]
Late Night successor Seth Meyers is on the cover of this month's issue of The Hollywood Reporter, which includes a lengthy interview with the former longtime Weekend Update anchor and SNL head writer about his journey to the late night throne. It's full of SNL anecdotes from Meyers and his collaborators and also has a nice glimpse into his first few years as a cast member back before he found his footing:
He joined the cast in 2001, the same year Amy Poehler did, but it would take him a few seasons to get comfortable. "I had so much self-doubt about my role on the show," he says, [...]
If you like Bill Murray then you'll love his recent interview with PBS's Charlie Rose, which is an hour long and spans subjects like Monuments Men, science, living in South Carolina, his inability to quit acting, Lost In Translation, his never-heard Oscars acceptance speech, and some very candid views on life, including the great piece of advice to, as Murray puts it, say yes to life and be alert and available: "We're living this life, we're in this life, and if you're not available, ordinary time goes past and you didn't live it — the day passes and you didn't live it. But if you're available then life becomes [...]
"The advice I give most often is, build a bridge to the next thing. When it’s solid enough, walk across it. Don’t go because somebody promised you this or somebody promised you that. You’re a star on SNL. That does not automatically mean you’ll be a star in everything else you touch."
- Lorne Michaels in a new interview with New York magazine about SNL, Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon's upcoming late night turns, and how comedy has evolved over his 40+ year career.