The Onion will stop publishing its last few print publications this December. Crain's Chicago Business reports that the newspaper version of the long-running satirical publication, which is now only distributed in Chicago, Milwaukee and Providence, will stop after Dec. 12's issue. The paper had been around for 25 years, since The Onion began in Madison back in 1988. It launched its website in 1996, and now will move entirely into digital and its "new creative service for advertisers."
There have been a lot of changes over the years at The Onion. The company moved its editorial staff to Chicago last year, much to the disappointment of many of its writers.
Here's Russell Brand on MSNBC's Morning Joe yesterday, dealing with a trio of news anchors who spend the bulk of the interview talking about him as if he's not there despite his repeated pleas for them to stop doing that because it's weird and rude.
Just in time for the Montreal Just for Laughs festival this weekend, Variety has unveiled its annual list of "comics to watch." It's a list that consistently features people you're about to hear a lot more from; the last couple of years' lists featured Hannibal Buress, Aubrey Plaza, Ellie Kemper, Garfunkel and Oates, Donald Glover and Ken Jeong, amongst others. Here are this year's honorees:
Here's something you generally don't expect to see on CNN following a piece about protests in Britain and the battle over taxes in Congress: the diarrhea scene from Dumb and Dumber. But hey, I guess these are the sorts of things the 24-hour news networks need to resort to in order to entice viewers in this internet age. Or maybe it was just some incomprehensible fuckup. Either way!
The Conan O'Brien Show has an official name: Conan. Catchy!
Also: I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this isn't his real office. For a dude who got $40 million to leave The Tonight Show and who got a signing bonus of over $10 million for his new show, he sure likes to claim poverty. You're rich, Conan! It's OK! No on begrudges you that (well, at least I don't). You don't have to be obvious about it, but there's probably a middle ground between pretending you make $35,000 a year and owning a fleet of exotic cars. [via]
Today sees the launch of Fusion, a cable news channel aimed at 18 to 34 year olds which is described as a blend of "hard news, satire and pop culture." Along with first day interviews with both President Barack Obama and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the channel will launch a prime-time half hour news comedy from former Daily Show writer and producer David Javerbaum. The show, No, You Shut Up, will feature four Henson puppets as news commentators. Based on this tweet, Paul F. Tompkins is involved with at least the first episode, which premieres tonight at 9:30 pm ET.
It seems like comedy will be a major part of the new [...]
Runaway brides. Breast-milk-assaults. Tom Cruise’s snore room.
This week, we’ve got it all!
Monaco’s Prince Albert Forces Runaway Bride to Marry Him
When my past girlfriends wanted to leave, they just told me I was “great and sweet” and promptly unfriended me on Facebook. I always let them go without a fight. Clearly I’m no Prince Albert. The Telegraph reports that the Monacan aristocrat has had some trouble tying the knot with his new wife, Olympic swimmer and South African native Charlene Wittstock, 33. Just last week, senior Palace officials foiled her attempt to board a flight back home from France. Before that, Wittstock tried avoided the alter by [...]
The biennial news consumption survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, which tracks how people get their news, tells us what we pretty much already knew: "In terms of age, the Colbert Report (80%), Daily Show (74%) and New York Times (67%) have the biggest percentage of viewers and readers in the 18-49-year-old demographic. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly (35%) and Sean Hannity (33%) have the smallest."
Alec Baldwin new MSNBC show Up Late With Alec Baldwin may be titled like a late night comedy show, but Baldwin said earlier this week that it definitely won't be competing with The Daily Show or The Colbert Report. "I don’t think it’ll ever be a show you’d see on Comedy Central," he told Politico. "We’re not going to go for those laughs. Other people are doing that, and they’re cleaning up in the process. [Jon] Stewart. Bill Maher. [Stephen] Colbert. They dominate. They dominate that world, and I have no desire to compete with that at all." Baldwin's show premieres on MSNBC tonight at 10 PM ET.
It's been a week since our episode recorded right before Hurricane Sandy hit New York City. The good news is that this week we were able to be in the same physical space to record! The bad news is that Hurricane Sandy devastated our city. We discuss our own personal experiences during the storm (spoiler alert: neither of us were affected much more than mildly inconvenienced), the 24 hours news cycle making everyone think everything is over-hyped and Tim almost gets punched in the face while waiting in a long line for gasoline. Also Tom visits the Brooklyn Botanical Garden for the first time and discovers it's just full [...]
Annoying, water-cooler-dwelling office drones who comment on the unexpectedness of everyday life’s ironies and oddities are justified in their amazement at reality. “You can’t write this stuff!” one always says. “Life imitating art.” another inevitably adds, and etc.
But it’s true. They’re right! Every day, all around us, there’s a ton of insane, unbelievable, real material, the stuff of which Hollywood hilarity is made. Don’t believe me? Just have a damn look!
Internet music comedian Bo Burnham has been doing pretty well for himself lately, just coming off a string of sold-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Fest. And now MTV has ordered a pilot from him that'll "be about a kid fresh out of high school who's pursing the new American dream of being a celebrity without having any talent." Kind of a ballsy angle, no? If it's not great, it makes life easy for critics, at least. It'll also feature music prominently, probably. [via]
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