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  • About Andres du Bouchet’s tirade about the state of late night comedy

    Andres du BouchetThis weekend comedian, and longtime Conan writer Andres du Bouchet went on a Twitter tirade about the current state of late night television.

    Du Bouchet was seemingly fed up with the scene and its very broad approach to what it puts on the air. Du Bouchet didn’t name names, but declared that current shows are chock full of pranks, nostalgia plays, celebrity sketches, karaoke, mash-ups, and hashtags… summing everything up by calling it “Prom King Comedy,” and stating “shove your lip-syncing up your ass.”

    Du Bouchet has since deleted his tweets which is chock full of NSFW language, but does he have a point? Read More

    Russell Peters states he was just “pranking” Trevor Noah when he called him a joke thief

    Russell Peters

    Remember back on Monday when Russell Brand called Trevor Noah a joke thief? Ya know, that time he went on a TV news show in another country and said that Noah not only stole some jokes, but he also stole the jokes from another comedian as well? Well, surprise ya’ll! It turns out Peters was just jokin’ and prankin’. Read More

    Russell Peters on Trevor Noah, “he’s stolen material from me”

    Well, this news to us. Russell Peters was at at taping of an interview segment with Channel NewsAsia, when the host Lin Xueling ased Peters his thoughts Trevor Noah taking over as host of The Daily Show, Peters didn’t have kind things to say about the young comedian. While Peters openly admitted that he himself wouldn’t be a good fit as host of the show, he didn’t mince words either when he claimed that Noah was a joke thief and stole material from both Peters and comedian David Kau. In the comedy world calling another comedian a thief is pretty severe an accusation. So coming from Peters, arguably one of the biggest comedians in the world, it’s not a great look for Noah indeed. But is this a new round of bad press for the future Daily Show host, or just sour grapes?

    Trevor Noah Isn’t the Problem. You Are.

    “We’re addicted to the rush of being offended… He [Noah] also neglected to take into account that Western culture as a whole has become an increasingly reactionary mob of self-centered narcissists who all have their own personal lines drawn in the sand. A comedian is fine unless he crosses their particular line, which, of course, in the mind of a self-centered narcissist, is the only line that matters.”

    – Jim Norton pens a piece for TIME Magazine about how our culture is currently looking for reasons to be outraged a.k.a Manufactured Outrage. Using the current backdrop of the recent news of newly announced host of The Daily Show Trevor Noah having jokes on Twitter that seemed to offend someone.

    T.J. Miller at the Crunchies Awards 2015, he won’t be coming back

    TJOn Saturday TechCrunch responded to a firestorm over the offensive performance of the emcee of its annual Crunchies awards Thursday night, saying Silicon Valley star T.J. Miller won’t be asked back. Miller started the show edgy and then went headlong over the edge after getting into a verbal joust with Uber founder Travis Kalanick’s date, during which he called her a “bitch” more than once. Gabi Holzwarth, Kalanick’s date, forgave Miller in a tweet right after the show but added later in another,”10 yrs ago, I was called a bitch…not ok. Yesterday I was called a bitch… still not ok. Let’s try moving away from that word. #stayclassy” The situation puts the spotlight back on gender diversity in Silicon Valley’s tech community and echoes an incident at a TechCrunch hackathon in the fall of 2013 after which the tech news site issued an apology and adopted an anti-harassment policy for its events. For those who don’t remember, one of the pitches at that hackathon involved an app concept built around men staring at women’s breasts. Another involved a guy simulating masturbation during his pitch. Miller clearly violated that policy and it took TechCrunch two days to acknowledge that officially. Read More

    Satirists respond to the Charlie Hebdo tragedy

    Charlie HebdoIt’s been a very surreal few days for comedy, first a comedian is viciously attacked on stage followed shortly after the senseless terrorist attack on the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo killing 12 and critically wounding 11 others while the attackers, who are thought to be Islamic extremists and 2 of the 3 suspects are still at large. By now, most of social media has shared many of the great responses other news organizations and political cartoonists, linking through #JeSuisCharlie which translated means, “I Am Charlie.” The slogan showed up in Times Square, the Eiffel Tower went dark in the victims’ honor. Hell, even Fake Banksy felt appropriate to weigh in.

    Last night comedian Louis C.K. wore a handmade red Charlie Hebdo t-shirt on stage, a stark departure from his usual black-toned tee. But Louis wasn’t the only one, here’s how the comedy community weighed in on the situation. Read More

    NBC scraps plans for Bill Cosby sitcom

    Bill CosbyThings have gone from bad to worse for Bill Cosby. Hot on the heels of Netflix’s decision to postpone the release of Bill Cosby’s new stand-up special, NBC has followed suit and scraped plans for a new family based sitcom with the comedian set for 2015.

    The untitled NBC sitcom had Cosby starring front and center as the family patriarch patriarch and father of three married daughters with children. NBC committed earlier this year and already lined up Mike Sikowitz (Rules of Engagement) and Mike O’Malley (Glee, Shameless) to write and produce the sitcom. O’Malley was also set to co-star.

    We feel like a broken record repeating this story but NBC’s comes on the heels of decades-old rape allegations resurfacing for Cosby which lead to accusers to come forth publicly, a bad NPR interview which he refused to answer questions, the cancellation of TV appearances, and now Netflix and NBC severing ties with the comedian.

    Netflix postpones the release of Bill Cosby’s new stand-up special for the foreseeable future

    Bill Cosby 77Yikes!

    With Bill Cosby currently not winning in the court of public opinion stemming from the resurgence of sexual assault allegations, Netflix has decided to postpone the planned release of Cosby’s new stand-up special, Bill Cosby 77 for the foreseeable future. In a statement released today the company revealed, “At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand up comedy special ‘Bill Cosby 77′.” The special was scheduled to premiere next week, on Black Friday. No further details are currently known when/if the special will premiere at a later date, or if it will be shelved completely.

    This announcement comes on the same day as two more women have broken their silence – including former model Janice Dickinson – and publicly told their stories about the comedian allegedly sexually assaulting them. This undoubtedly puts pressure on companies currently associated with Cosby. Netflix making this decision places added pressure on NBC in particular, who the comedian is working on a new family sitcom that’s set to launch summer/fall of 2015.

    Update: NBC has scraped the pilot development with Cosby.

    Bill Cosby’s lawyer issues statement about sexual assault allegations, “the fact that they are being repeated, does not make them true.”

    Bill Cosby hasn’t had the best few weeks. He’s been smack dab in the middle of resurfaced allegations of sexual assault stemming from (literally) a Hannibal Buress joke made about a decade-old case. He’s had a social media disaster, former accusers resurfacing, an NPR interview where he declined to comment, which most recently lead to canceled TV appearances. Read More

    Bill Cosby’s social media team asks the internet to play a meme game, it does not go well

    An internet meme stunt backfired on Bill Cosby yesterday. What started as an innocent meme game turned ugly for the legendary comedian when the internet capitalized on a hashtag and exploited it for other purposes. This isn’t the first time something like this has happened for a star or brand and probably will not be the last we see something like this happening. Somewhere, a social media manager is not having a fun day. Read More