After 33 years as a late night host, David Letterman ended a chapter of television history last night with his final Late Show episode. Check out Dave say thank you and good night to the audience for the last time above, then watch clips from the rest of the episode below, including the star-studded Top Ten, special tributes from present and former US presidents as well as The Simpsons and Wheel of Fortune, compilations of past Letterman moments, and a musical sendoff by the Foo Fighters. Thanks, Dave.
UPDATE:The ratings are in: Letterman's final Late Show brought in a total of 13.8 million viewers, making it the most watched episode since its debut season in 1994. READ MORE
The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.
Leigh: Brace yourselves, things get deep this week on Who Charted?. If you have feelings, any feelings at all really, this episode will most definitely leave you teary eyed. In this week's Two Charted Kulap Vilaysack is joined by guest host Armen Weitzman, and the two share how they've been mourning the loss of their friend, Harris Wittels. It's a very honest, emotional episode and trying to boil everything they talk about down to a blurb feels a little cheap. So I won't do that. But I will wish you good luck making it through the part when they play that Wiz Khalifa song from Furious 7. If you've spent the past few months consuming any and every old podcast Wittels was on, it's very moving to hear two people who were so close to him open up about how these past few months have been for them. And while Weitzman understandably struggled to find the perfect words to express everything he wanted to say about his friend, Chartists will agree he did a better job than he may have realized, "he was a good man…definitely an asshole…definitely the best". READ MORE
Last night, Louis C.K. took a break from rehearsing for SNL to attend the annual Moth Ball in New York, where he accepted an award for storytelling by sharing a story of his own. It's a dark, depressing look back on a two-week solo trip he took to Russia in the '90s when he was about to quit his writing job at Late Night with Conan O'Brien. It involves the Moscow subway system, a group of dirty kids wearing oversized coats, and an old man with a broken shoe — so yes, it's very Russian.
Longtime Daily Show correspondents Jason Jones and Samantha Bee are both headed to TBS — Jones will star in an upcoming family comedy called The Detour, while Bee is poised to be TBS's next big late night host. Bee's show doesn't have a name or premiere date yet, but judging from the teaser TBS released today, we can expect her show to have at least one thing no other late night show has. Prepare for the reign of Queen Bee.
CBS announced its fall 2015 lineup today, and in addition to returning comedies The Big Bang Theory and Mom, the network currently has two brand new series set to premiere. Ensemble comedy Life in Pieces will debut on Mondays, then move to Thursday nights alongside Jane Lynch's Angel from Hell after football season wraps up. Check out the full lineup below, via TV Line: READ MORE
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.
Ahead of Pitch Perfect 2's premiere this Friday, here's a clip from writer Kay Cannon's 2003 revue The Not Ready for $3.99 Prime Rib Players featuring ensemble players Joe Kelly, Seamus McCarthy, Jason Sudeikis, and current Nightly Show writer Holly Walker. In the above clip "Blindline," McCarthy asks the audience for a series of suggestions, which leads to an incredibly silly performance by Sudeikis and Cannon as brave superheroes "Math Guy" and "Nerd Boy." As if you needed any proof that Cannon is as talented at performing as she is at writing, in this scene alone she does the Worm and pulls a protractor out of her butt. And really, how many actors can say that? Check out another clip from the 2003 revue here.
Longtime friends and collaborators Conan O'Brien and Greg Daniels have a new show in the works at TBS. According to THR, the network has ordered a comedy from O'Brien and Daniels called The Group, which follows " a support group for people who think they have been abducted by aliens, which is the subject of a snarky feature piece by skeptical journalist Wyatt Jones. The more he digs into the oddballs' claims, however, the more confused, intrigued and seduced he becomes." O'Brien and Daniels will co-executive produce.
The network also picked up the "Lost-meets-Gilligan's Island" comedy Wrecked, which will join upcoming new series Angie Tribeca from Steve and Nancy Carell and road trip comedy The Detour starring Jason Jones.
Jason Alexander to might be Adult Swim's next star. THR reports that Alexander has signed on to star in a quarter-hour live-action pilot by Adam Lustick (Harvard Sailing Team, The Office, Silicon Valley). The untitled pilot will follow Alexander as "an award-winning psychotherapist who snaps one day and his therapy with his patients becomes more and more bizarre. However, he's such a celebrated doctor that his peers are reluctant to question his strange and unconventional methods." If the pilot goes to series, it will make Alexander's first TV comedy starring role since the short-lived 2004 CBS series Listen Up. Since then he's appeared on a couple comedies (China, IL, Community, and Comedy Bang! Bang!), but his recent career has focused more on theater and television directing (Everybody Hates Chris, Criminal Minds, Mike & Molly).
Leslie Jones made her very first late night guest appearance on last night's Late Night, where she talked with Seth about how she got into standup, her first season on SNL, how she deals with haters on Twitter, and her role in Paul Feig's upcoming Ghostbusters movie. Watch another clip from Jones's interview below, in which she shares some of the many celebrity selfies she took at SNL's 40th anniversary show. READ MORE
David Letterman's very last Late Show is now just one week away, and last night's episode included a brand new musical tribute to Dave by one of his frequent guests Adam Sandler. Check out some other recent musical tributes to Letterman from Amy Sedaris, Billy Crystal, and Nathan Lane.
Tig Notaro and Kyle Dunnigan's Professor Blastoff cohost David Huntsberger is headed to Syfy for his very own show. Entertainment Weekly reports that Syfy has ordered 12 episodes of a new comedy/talk show called Reactor with Huntsberger attached to host. The show will feature "a mixture of exclusive clips, celebrity guests, and comedy bits, all of it focused on the intersection of science fiction and pop culture in contemporary movies, TV shows, and comic books." Reactor premieres on Syfy on Thursday, July 16th at 11:30pm. Watch Huntsberger announce the new show over at EW.
Now that Paul Scheer has already mastered the art of recreating Arsenio Hall Show episodes, he's back for a brand new set of remakes with JASH, this time to honor Carson Daly's honorable run as host of MTV's TRL. For the first episode he's joined by Thomas Middleditch, Ryan Hansen, Max Schadler, and Eddie Johnson as late '90s boy band 98 Degrees. Keep an eye on JASH's YouTube channel for new episodes every day this week.
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