Here's a clip from last night's Nightly Show, in which Larry Wilmore takes a closer look at the Baltimore PD's documented past of "rough riding," or driving their cop cars recklessly with the intention of harming, and sometimes even killing, their detainees. It's just one of the many things that make the Baltimore riots more complex than they seem on the surface, or as Wilmore says: "Now look, guys, I know we need to move forward and focus on the future. I get that. But I don't think we can fully move forward on this issue until we look back."
Last night's Late Night with Seth Meyers saw the return of Conner O'Malley and crew's riveting Blacklist parody, only this time, James Splader has no choice but to go inside the internet to save Dale Google from his digital terrorist kidnapper. Seth Meyers is still the trusty sidekick, only this time he has a brand new name: "Illiterate Coward."
Kristen Wiig is known for appearing on The Tonight Show in disguise, and last night was no different. This time she showed up as Khaleesi from Game of Thrones, and she told Fallon all about her dragons, where she's from, her recent interest in standup, and her hit song "Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful."
On Monday night in New York, cancer charity Gilda's Club honored Amy Poehler as part of their first-ever annual comedy festival GildaFest, and Poehler certainly didn't disappoint in her acceptance speech praising legendary SNL cast member Gilda Radner. Here's an excerpt from Poehler's speech:
Gilda Radner was my favorite, my number one. She was the person whose voice was in my head, the woman my mother was laughing at, the person that seemed kind of like me, the first Jewish woman I think I ever met… I truly wish I was Jewish but I'm too lazy to convert. I love how Gilda was just as funny as the boys and they knew it. They treated her like an equal. And I love how she was a benevolent captain and took joy in other people's success. You could just tell. I wanted to be that way. I wanted to live in the light and enjoy and celebrate life and try to also be funny, and that's hard to do, but she did it so well. I like that she had a lot of pain — you could feel it — but she rolled around in pleasure. She was just like a pleasure cat. You could tell by how she moved her body and she abused her body in a way, for our entertainment, which at times got kind of dark but was also beautiful. [When I was on SNL] we just tried to do that. We just copied it. People always ask, what's the secret to success? It's like, just do exactly what your heroes did. Just copy them and no one will notice.
Here's a sneak peek of Friday's episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! featuring special guest Colin Hanks, who decides to save some money by filming his new show, Call-In Pranks with Colin Hanks, on the CBB set with Scott Aukerman. Personally I think this show has tons of potential, because who doesn't love a prank show filled with unpredictable twists and surprises like these? Catch the rest on IFC this Friday at 11:00pm.
Sony has two Jump Street movies planned, and for one of them they've hired sketch comedy duo and Broad City writing/directing team Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs to write the script. According to The Wrap, Aniello and Downs will write a "female-driven spin-off" of the popular 2012 and 2014 films, while Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum will return for a crossover film that combines the universes of Jump Street and Men in Black. Sony hasn't offered any more details on either project yet, but judging from Downs and Aniello's work as Paulilu and on Broad City, you can count on at least one of them being pretty great.
The Hulu Upfront Presentation took place in New York this morning, and among the streaming network's announcements is the news that starting this June, Hulu will become the exclusive streaming home of all nine seasons of Seinfeld. "There’s no question that Seinfeld has played a major role in TV history, which is why we cannot wait to make all episodes of the series available to stream for the first time ever on Hulu," said Hulu exec Craig Erwich. "Whether you are an existing fan who just wants to relive your favorite moments over and over again, or are a new viewer who wants experience Seinfeld from the very beginning, Hulu will now be your destination to stream what has been dubbed as one of the greatest shows of all time." Added Seinfeld: "I think all the media and social and digital capability makes the world a more annoying place. What reason would Kramer ever have to come in? You lose all those entrances, he could just text me. The whole show goes in the toilet right there."
Welcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy's biggest superstars performing early in their careers on the legendary Chicago stage. Second City has generously given us a glimpse into their extensive archive of live performances, and over the coming weeks we'll be sharing some rare and retro comedy never before seen on the web.
Netflix is known for being very secretive about viewer ratings, but yesterday they revealed that some of their new series, including Tina Fey's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, brought in even more viewers than Netflix mainstay hit House of Cards, which premiered to 6.5% of subscribers compared to Unbreakable's 7.3%. So, what better excuse to unearth an old clip of Tina Fey improvising on the Second City stage? This week's clip comes from the 1996 mainstage revue Citizen Gates featuring Scott Adsit, Scott Allman, Kevin Dorff, Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, and Jenna Jolovitz. In the clip, the performers play a game called "Connections," in which they take audience suggestions for an everyday item and historical event (blenders and the Spanish Inquisition) and prove how the two have been forever connected. It's a long, complicated story involving bagels, SpaghettiOs, wooden teeth, heroin, and Keith Richards, but rest assured these guys have done their research.
David Letterman's final episode as host of Late Show is just a few weeks away, and to celebrate his long late night reign, The New York Timessat down with him for an interview about how his late night show developed over the years, why he never joined Twitter, what it felt like to be "surrounded by the Jimmys" after Jay Leno left The Tonight Show last year, and more. One of the most revealing parts of the interview came when Letterman was asked about his successor Stephen Colbert and whether or not he had a say in CBS's decision to hire him:
Did you have any involvement in choosing Stephen Colbert as your successor?
No. Not my show. When we sign off, we’re out of business with CBS. I always thought Jon Stewart would have been a good choice. And then Stephen. And then I thought, well, maybe this will be a good opportunity to put a black person on, and it would be a good opportunity to put a woman on. Because there are certainly a lot of very funny women that have television shows everywhere. So that would have made sense to me as well.
But you were not consulted?
[shakes head no] Mm-mmm.
Did that bother you?
Yeah, I guess so. Just as a courtesy, maybe somebody would say: “You know, we’re kicking around some names. Do you have any thoughts here?” But it doesn’t bother me now. At the time, I had made the decision [to leave] and I thought, O.K., this is what comes when you make this decision.
Letterman isn't the only late night host to suggest that his successor be someone other than a white guy — according to VH1 host Carrie Keagan, Craig Ferguson said last year that his Late Late Show successor should "unquestionably be a female." Still, considering Letterman has hosted Late Show for over two decades, it's surprising to hear CBS didn't ask for his input or even keep him informed on the decision-making process.
During his visit to last night's Conan, Zach Woods taught O'Brien and Andy Richter about a great improv game he's played to warm up before shows called "Give Me Back My Son" based off Mel Gibson's amazing rage scene in Ransom. It's hard to say who won here, but all three men do a valiant job desperately screaming at each other. Watch some more clips from Woods's interview below: READ MORE
John Cleese was a guest on last night's Late Night, where he looked back at Monty Python's reunion shows at the Tribeca Film Festival over the weekend as well as the classic Python "Dead Parrot" sketch that Seth and his brother performed at their high school talent show. Watch another clip from Cleese's interview below: READ MORE
Scarlett Johansson returns to SNL this weekend for her fourth hosting stint with musical guest Wiz Khalifa, and NBC just released the first of promos. Joined by cast member and fellow new parent Kenan Thompson, Johansson promises that she'll still party hard and try not to let her baby change who she is, but it looks like that might be a promise she can't keep.
The team behind Yahoo's hit 2013 web series Ghost Ghirls have a new show in the works at Comedy Central. According to Deadline, the network has ordered a half-hour series created by and starring Amanda Lund, Maria Blasucci, and Angela Trimbur about "a group of misfit women in LA who find new leases on life through their less-than-stellar all-girls basketball team." Ghost Ghirls and Drunk History co-creator Jeremy Konner will direct, and Jack Black will serve as a co-executive producer.
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