NBC is prepping the upcoming ninth season of the Wanda Sykes-produced Last Comic Standing, and The Wrap reports that a new host and judge have just been added to the show. SNL alum Norm Macdonald will join Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans as a judge, while Anthony Jeselnik will serve as host. "We are excited that Norm is joining Roseanne and Keenen in helping us find America’s newest comedy star," said NBC exec Paul Telegdy on the news. "This is a hugely talented and iconic panel. Anthony will add his unique quick-witted humor as the host of the show."
Saturday Night Live has employed hundreds of comedy writers in its four decades on the air, but no writer has been associated with the show longer — or had more of a lasting impact — than James Woodward Downey. If Lorne Michaels is the face of Saturday Night Live, Downey is its behind-the-scenes creative force.
Called by Lorne Michaels the best political humorist alive, Downey has been responsible for most of the political-centered pieces during Saturday Night Live’s run (many of which he co-wrote with now Senator Al Franken), starting with Jimmy Carter in the mid-’70s and ending, six administrations later, with Barack Obama. The power of Downey’s political comedy extends [...]
As you may have heard by now, Norm Macdonald really, really wants to take over The Late Late Show after Craig Ferguson leaves this December, so on last night's Conan he got the chance to show his chops in a minute-long audition displaying all the different talk show skills required for the job.
Norm Macdonald took to Twitter late last night and delivered a lengthy but enlightening missive about the nature of creativity in comedy, the unfair reputation of comedians who are called "difficult" and "crazy," and his brief stint as a writer for Roseanne from 1992-1993. Here's an excerpt from what Macdonald had to say:
When the show ended, the Harvard boys went to other shows and were paid millions. After all, they had written Roseanne. Sort of. And Roseanne went away. She may have wanted to. I don’t know. But I do know what she was called. 'Difficult.' 'Crazy' even. These are words that are dismissive and can torpedo [...]
On Monday, Craig Ferguson announced he's leaving CBS's 12:35am program The Late Late Show in December after 10 years on the air, and comedian Norm Macdonald has thrown his hat into the ring to replace him. What happened is a Norm Macdonald fan started the Twitter hashtag #latelatenormnorm yesterday, and ever since, Macdonald has been retweeting every single tweet with the hashtag in a pretty blatant attempt to express interest in the job and build momentum, or maybe he's just goofing around.
Responding to a fan on Twitter, Macdonald says he has "no idea" if him getting the job is a possibility, explaining, "I haven't been approached [...]