This Week In Comedy: Funny Issues
Well, this weekend the East Coast got nailed by an unseasonably early snow storm. It cancelled the plans of many who ended up staying in their domiciles instead of trekking out into the abyss for weekend Halloween festivities. What it allowed me to to was flip through Entertainment Weekly’s comedy issue. One with currently en vogue funny lady, Melissa McCarthy (and a very awesome Corgi) on the cover.
As I flipped through the issue, I was treated to some great recreations of classic 80′s comedies by the cast of Community, some funny thoughts by funny people ranging from Tina Fey to Anthony Jeselnik but what perhaps caught my eye more than anything else was a small pie chart on the next to last of 20 pages devoted to comedy. Said pie chart broke down a poll of EW readers asked who was their favorite Late Night host. The results were very interesting. Network TV Late Night staples like Letterman and Leno garnered only 10% percent of the vote (Leno 2%, Letterman 4%, Kimmel 4%) with Late Late Night hosts with looser senses of humor (Craig Ferguson 15% and Jimmy Fallon 11%) solidly beating their lead-ins in popularity.
Cable television’s numbers still prove to be most interesting with strong showings by all of it’s late night hosts averaging higher numbers than everyone on network TV – Jon Stewart (11%), Stephen Colbert (8%), and Conan O’Brien (12%). But when it comes to one late night host in popularity there was only one…Chelsea Handler? Yes, with 33% of the vote, Handler solidly beat the competition by long shots, with Craig Ferguson’s 15% being the closest.
This is a solid showing for Handler who has her legions of followers, and it’s also good for comedy. Handler regularly hosts a panel of 2-3 comedians nightly to comment on pop culture in addition to supporting comedian tours and providing a stage to introduce new comedians. However, what this poll was is completely factually correct. While not taking away from Handler’s success, ratings show almost a reversal tale of the tape. Leno usually wins that war and cable is pretty much always second in line when it comes to competing with network programming. It goes to show, that while people may have a pulse on what they actually or should deem funny, it’s no guarantee the masses are tuning into actually consistently watch it. It begs the question…what are you doing to have yourself seen or heard and how are you gauging success?
Californication: The Fourth Season [DVD]
Crazy, Stupid, Love [Blu-ray Combo]
Crazy, Stupid Love [Blu-ray/Ultraviolet]
Elf: The Musical [CD]
Steel Panther: Balls Out [CD]
Steel Panther: Balls Out [Vinyl]
Monday, October 31st
Bill Burr on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Dan Levy, Arden Myrin, Ross Mathews on Chelsea Lately
How I Met Your Mother Katie Holmes guest stars as the slutty pumpkin
Jimmy Fallon, Reggie Watts on Conan
All week long Conan will be taping from NYC
Tuesday, November 1st
Ben Stiller, Whitney Cummings on Late Show with David Letterman
Eddie Murphy on The Tonight Show
Adam Sandler on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Dennis Miller on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
Tracy Morgan, Pablo Francisco on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Jo Koy, Bobby Lee, Sarah Colonna on Chelsea Lately
Wednesday, November 2nd
Amy Sedaris on Late Show with David Letterman
Moshe Kasher, Fortune Feimster, Josh Wolf on Chelsea Lately
Thursday, November 3rd
Dave Attell on The Tonight Show
Eddie Murphy on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Chris Hardwick on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Ben Gleib, Loni Love, Greg Fitzsimmons on Chelsea Lately
Louis C.K. on Conan
Friday, November 4th
Bill Cosby on Late Show with David Letterman
Eddie Murphy, Drew Carey, Childish Gambino on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Bobby Lee, Sarah Colonna, Brad Wollack on Chelsea Lately
Saturday, November 5th
Charlie Day (host) and Maroon 5 (musical guest) on Saturday Night Live
Pablo Francisco They Put It Out There premieres on Comedy Central
Sunday, November 6th
The Heart, She Holler (Patton Oswalt’s mini-series) premieres on [adult swim]