It’s only been on the air for two weeks, but Late Night with Seth Meyers already has a best-of reel and its own dedicated (sometimes intense) fans. A sizzle reel of interviews and clips of the new show kicked of the “Inside Late Night” panel at South by Southwest on Saturday afternoon, and the packed auditorium was filled with long-time fans of the former "Weekend Update" host, including one who told Meyers, “I wish I had your face so I had a girlfriend.” Meyers was joined by Late Night producer (and longtime SNL writer) Mike Shoemaker and moderator Olivia Munn to discuss the new show, which Meyers called a [...]
As part of the New York Comedy Festival, Stephen Colbert sat down with 17 of his writers and producers last night to give a behind the scenes look at the Emmy-winning Colbert Report. Aside from dropping some interesting tidbits about the show's logistics (there's a trap door under his desk to hide the people and occasional live animals that are needed during segments), Colbert and his writers had plenty to say about writing a show for a character, dealing with network-enforced sponsorship, and the set's resemblance to Da Vinci's The Last Supper. Below are some of the best quotes from the evening. (All quotes are Colbert's unless otherwise noted). [...]
Every summer, the major cities across Canada play host to a series of Fringe theater festivals. As an American sketch comedian working in obscure black box venues across the Pacific Northwest, I had never heard of the Canadian Fringe Circuit until a fellow sketch comedian, Andrew Connor of the Cody Rivers Show, extolled the fests’ virtues during a panel discussion at the 2008 Seattle Sketchfest. The Fringe, Andrew explained, is a whole other world: a place for comedians to hone their craft, to network with likeminded folk, to get some (hopefully) usable pull-quotes from honest-to-God newspaper reviews, to be inspired by the inventiveness and creativity of other performers, and to [...]
This month at Splitsider's Dog and Pony Show, Halle Keifer welcomes her new co-host Joe Stanton! That's two amazing and wonderful people bringing you comedy instead of just one! And Halle and Joe will be joined by four top-notch standups: Kate Berlant, Shannon Coffey, Justin Perez, and Phil Davidson. It's gonna be a great show, and it's going down this Friday, July 12th at 7:30pm at UCB East in NYC. And for a mere $5! Make your reservations here and then get your ass to UCB East this Friday night.