One week after the passing of Robin Williams, David Letterman returned from a week hiatus. During the show, Letterman spent 10 minutes of the show recalling the early stand-up days at The Comedy Store when they first saw the late comedian take the stage declaring, “it was nothing we’ve ever seen before… we were like morning dew, he was like a hurricane.” Letterman recalled Williams’ kind spirit, and willingness to help other comedians joking about an early appearance on Mork & Mindy. Letterman then played clips from some of Williams’ 50 appearances on late night with the host. Letterman wrapped the segment saying goodbye to his friend of 38 years as he held back tears and stated how, like others that he was sorry he, “had no idea that the man was in pain, and that the man was suffering. What a guy, Robin Williams.” Read More
This Thursday, FXX is launching the biggest marathon of all time. Their “Every Simpsons Marathon” will run for twelve days, playing every episode of The Simpsons from all twenty-five seasons. That’s a little bit much to sit through. You probably have a job, or school, or a bed you have to go too. Well, the good people over at Uproxx put together the complete schedule for the marathon, so you can strategically map out your days.
When’s “Kamp Krusty?” August 22. When’s “Mr.Plow?” Also August 22. Same season, see how that works? “Homer’s Enemy?’” August 25th, my friend. Read on to find out when to expect the rest of your Simpsons favorites to be on. Now if you excuse me, someone has to make some room on her DVR. Read More
Denver, Colorado has one of the most underrated comedy scenes in the country. The scene has boomed in the past few years and has now become a destination city for up-and-coming comics to put down roots. A big part of this boom has been because of a handful of hardworking local comics, two of which launched an indie comedy festival last year. Adam Cayton-Holland and Andy Juett, co-founders of the High Plains Comedy Festival, are bringing in heavy hitters from coast to coast (Kumail Nanjiani, TJ Miller, Ben Kronberg, Jared Logan, Kate Berlant, etc.) to join some of Denver’s finest for the fest’s second year this weekend, August 21-23rd. I had the opportunity to talk to Adam and Andy about the Denver comedy scene and what they have in store for this year’s festival. Check it out. Read More
Sabrina Jalees and Liza Treyger ask Bonnie McFarlane the hard-hitting questions in new web-series “How Many Questions”
It looks like we weren’t the only ones having a blast in Montreal. Comedians Sabrina Jalees and Liza Treyger launched a new web-series today they taped at this year’s Just For Laughs festival, How Many Questions. Bonnie McFarlane stars in the debut episode tackling a barrage of questions from a (drunk) Jalees and Treyger. They each have two minutes to ask McFarlane as many questions as they can. Questions like: “Can you tell I’m Jewish just by looking at me or do I have to speak to you?,”Favorite HBO show?,” “That’s So Raven, why did it get cancelled?,” and, “What’s the most off-putting part about Liza when you first meet her?” This web-series is delightfully confusing, and silly, and just f*cking funny. Instant subscribe… Oh, and [spoiler alert] episode one ends in a “Guess what age I had an abortion” challenge. Again, instant subscribe. Read More
Nathan For You star, Nathan Fielder, stopped by Conan last night. Conan O’Brien asked Fielder to explain his recent Instagram scandal that got his account suspended. Fielder’s response, “You gotta give something back to the fans.” In Fielder’s eyes, fans want pictures of him smiling in different locations and eating food… with porno images hidden in the background. And of course, the conversation switched over to Fielder’s Dumb Starbucks prank. Read More
The voice of Saturday Night Live has died.
Dominick “Don” Pardo, longtime radio and TV announcer has left us. Pardo was best known as the voice of Saturday Night Live, reading off the names of the cast members at the top of the show on all but one season (season 7), Pardo was 96.
Amid rumors this was an internet hoax, Pardo’s daughter Paula confirmed the news to CBS Radio.
Pardo officially retired from NBC in 2004, but continued to provide the introductions for SNL through its most recent season. Upon first retiring, he pre-recorded intros for the show but that didn’t last long as SNL producers insisted he’d be present, so they flew him out to NYC for tapings. However, as he got older, Pardo went back to pre-record the intros from his home in Arizona. He missed only two announcements and that was during the 2013 season when he suffered a hip injury. Lorne Michaels (who hired Pardo for SNL in 1975) once stated, “Every year the new cast couldn’t wait to hear their name said by him.” Michaels also once stated, “I can’t imagine the show without Don… and as long as he’s there, I stay young.”
Pardo was a member of the Television Hall of Fame, and has worked for NBC since 1944, including announcing for early versions of shows like The Price Is Right, Jackpot, Jeopardy!, Three on a Match, Winning Streak, and NBC Nightly News. He was one of the first announcers to deliver the news to the world that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. He’s also one of two people that had lifelong contracts with the network, the other being Bob Hope.
Here’s a fun Pardo clip. When he turned 90, the cast of SNL brought Pardo on stage to give him birthday wishes.
Rest in peace Don, heaven has one hell of an announcer amongst its ranks.
Jerrod Carmichael’s first HBO special was directed by Spike Lee. We learned this news earlier this year that not only was HBO would be investing in the young comedian, but the acclaimed director would be as well. This weekend after the debut of Katt Williams’ stand-up special Priceless… Afterlife, HBO ran a quick teaser for Carmichael’s new special, Love At the Store. It features Carmichael narrating the clip, explaining his decision to tape his first special at LA’s Comedy Store and what that room means to him. We were fortunate to see Carmichael run through his act in NYC for Lee just before taping it, then as luck would have it, we attended the taping out in LA as well. Its a masterful hour of comedy and those that don’t know Carmichael’s name now, are going to quickly learn it.
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