"Obviously, look, my preference would have been that I have him forever. But I also know that's not how it works here. We get these really talented people for a certain time until other people recognize that and go, 'Hey, why don't I pay him more and let him do it over here?'"
- Jon Stewart on his protégé John Oliver in a cover story for The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the April 27 premiere of his new HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
Pete Holmes gets some crazy ideas — or delirious observational humor, really — in the middle of the night, and he shared a few of them on last night's Pete Holmes Show. Apparently Holmes likes to crack himself up a lot at four in the morning.
Here's a promo for the newest season of FX's Louie, which premieres on May 5th after a two-year hiatus. Click through to watch the past two promos for the series. READ MORE
Bryan Donaldson — or as he's known on Twitter, @TheNardvark — is profiled on Vulture today, and it's worth a read if you like stories of unlikely comedy world hires. After working as an IT guy in Illinois for 20 years, Donaldson rose the Twitter ranks until he landed a writing gig on Late Night with Seth Meyers last year, which started with a direct message from head writer Alex Baze. "I wasn't going to consider uprooting my family at age 40 and starting a new career in New York, where I'd never been before," Donaldson said. "But my wife basically said I'd be an idiot if I didn't give this a shot, because it's such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity." Read the rest of the profile over at Vulture.
After their successful collaborations on Step Brothers and Talladega Nights, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are currently in talks to star in Border Guards, Deadline reports. The film will be written by Jesse Armstrong (In the Loop, Peep Show) and follows Ferrell and Reilly as "two hapless but earnest friends who decide to give purpose to their lives by protecting America’s borders from illegal immigrants. In the process they find themselves accidentally stranded in Mexico without identification and must sneak back into the U.S." McKay has been reportedly eyeing to direct the film, but the trio's attachment has not yet been made official. McKay and Ferrell's Gary Sanchez Productions is also behind the project.
Here's Dan Soder's standup set from last night's Conan, which covers lost cell phones, Soder's 86-year-old grandmother, his "creepily deep" voice, and the difference between old people and babies reacting to today's technology.
"Mr. Seinfeld, more than most, could use his show to give a platform to comics needing discovery. Instead, he packs it with fellow stars. They reminisce together about the days when they were nobodies and given glorious breaks, and seem almost unaware that there are nobodies today who could benefit from breaks of that very kind."
- The New York Times in a new piece comparing the "everyman scrutiny" of Seinfeld to the comedian's web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which has drawn criticism for its lack of guest diversity.
Mike Sacks has written a sequel to his hit 2009 book And Here's the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on their Craft. The new series of interviews — called Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers — includes new insights from Amy Poehler, Patton Oswalt, Mel Brooks, Adam McKay, George Saunders, and more and is now available for pre-order on Amazon ahead of its June 24th release. Order it now for extra comedy nerd credit.
(Full disclosure: Our Managing Editor Bradford Evans contributed to the book.)
CBS announced today that next Tuesday, April 22nd, Stephen Colbert will be paying a visit to David Letterman at Late Show for the first time since the network announced Colbert would be replacing Letterman as Late Show host in 2015. Click through to watch Colbert's last visit to the Letterman desk from December. READ MORE
Since Conan O'Brien made his late-night host debut on Late Night in 1993, he's never shied away from taking his work out of the studio and onto the streets, whether that be New York City during his NBC days, the Los Angeles area during his current run on TBS, and beyond — from small town America to across the pond. O'Brien has led countless unforgettable remote segments over the past 20 years, and after his recent weeklong visit to Dallas and turn hosting the MTV Movie Awards this past weekend, here's a look at some of his best and most ridiculous out-of-studio visits from the past two decades, from the time he played old-timey baseball to the time he bonded with his custom-made American Girl doll Agnes. READ MORE
Yahoo hasn't had a comedy hit since Erica Oyama's Burning Love, but they're currently working on an original programming push that potentially includes a new series from Lesley Arfin called 34 and Pregnant, Variety reports. Arfin — whose writing credits include Girls and Brooklyn Nine-Nine — initially developed the show for HBO's digital-only venue HBO Go. No more details on the show have been released yet, but it's part of Yahoo's search both for YouTube stars and "female-friendly comedies" to add to their developing lineup.
For this week's pre-Easter episode of Billy on the Street, Eichner gives the film The Passion of the Christ the proper 10-year anniversary celebration it deserves — all it takes is a fluffy pink bunny suit, a basket full of eggs, a lot of screaming at New Yorkers, and a deep love for the 2004 Mel Gibson masterpiece.
Here's a look at the very American Hustle-style hair prep technique Conan used before hosting the MTV Movie Awards over the weekend, which may have almost made him late but definitely seems to be an impressive way to cover up his bald patch.
Here's an extra from Conan released today, where Conan and J.B. Smoove practice some very erotic exercises while Andy Richter watches from the comfort of the couch.