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  • This week on TV: holiday medleys

    This week is a fun week for comedy on television. Since its the holiday time, there’s special programming and reruns of some of the best performances. Case in point, Colbert and Jon Stewart. But not every show is dark this week some continue traditions, for example Rashida Jones is appearing on Fallon on Thanksgiving. A reprisal of the annual signing of a holiday medley with The Roots? Read More

    Cameron Diaz hosted “Saturday Night Live”: Turkey time in New York City

    Cameron Diaz was the host of Saturday Night Live and Mystical was a drop in musical guest. Yes, you read those words and its not 2002. Diaz is hosting the show to promote her starring in the upcoming Annie movie, so there’s a guarantee we’ll see a spoof sketch of that. But, if there would be a sketch of her wearing Ben Stiller’s “hair gel,” now that’s something that would surprise me.

    As for the show itself, it appeared the writers had already checked out for the long holiday weekend, because this night brought as few laughs as an episode could get. There wasn’t much to the evening really, the cold open was a simple, “how ’bout we throw Kenan down some steps?” joke, then Diaz opened the monologue with a clunky Thanksgiving joke and things didn’t really move more from them.

    Aside from a fun revisiting of the all girl song, “Back Home Baller,” there wasn’t much that really hit on the episode. The monologue was a bit half-assed and that was the best we got throughout the entire evening. A far cry of the classic vintage episode NBC ran earlier that same evening. Let’s run it down. Read More

    This week in comedy: the accusations peaked (hopefully)

    Cosby Rap AlligationsThings keep getting worse for Bill Cosby. In the wake of even more sexual assault charges levied against him, groups planning to work with him in the future cut ties, making headlines both within and outside of the comedy world this week. The fallout began Wednesday, when Netflix essentially cancelled his stand-up special they had previously planned to release; NBC followed suit within the same day, nixing a Cosby family sitcom slated for next year.

    – And speaking of Bill Cosby, the famously anti-Cosby, modern comedy sage Hannibal Burress brought his impeccable sense of humor to a video review of Mason, Georgia’s Cracker Barrel. This isn’t nearly the first time Burress has reviewed a restaurant like this, but it’s one of his funniest moments yet.

    – Dave Ross (not to be confused with David Cross) recorded a 7″ in Denver this week, marking another comedian playing into the fascinating resurgence of vinyl-pressed comedy albums. Read More

    Tina Fey, Ellie Kemper sitcom “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” jumps from NBC to Netflix

    Well nobody saw this one coming. Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, starring Ellie Kemper, is moving from NBC to Netflix. The series was originally in development with the network, home of Fey’s former jobs SNL and 30 Rock, and scheduled for a March 2015. According to Deadline, Netflix stepped up and offered a two-season commitment and ordered 13 episodes for season one, doubling NBC’s original order.

    ”When the opportunity arose for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to premiere their new show on Netflix with a two-season commitment, we decided this was the best possible scenario to launch this captivating new series,” said NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt. “While it was originally developed for NBC, we have a very drama-heavy mid-season schedule so we’re thrilled about this Netflix opportunity; it’s an instant win-win for everyone, including Tina, Robert, and Universal Television.”

    Greenblatt also stated Fey and Carlock are already in talks to develop something new for NBC. Considering the lack of strong comedies on the network, NBC could really use more projects from Fey.

    Spike orders ‘Lip Sync Battle’ series from Jimmy Fallon, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant

    A popular recurring segment on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon is spinning off to become its own show. According to THR, Spike TV has ordered Lip Sync Battle to series from Jimmy Fallon. On Fallon’s show, celebrities face off lip synching a song of their choice, battling for pride and honor.

    “Lip sync battling is one of the coolest things happening in pop culture right now and already has a huge fan base thanks to the amazing talent involved,” Jay Patterson of Matador said. “We’re thrilled to be in business with producers as talented as Jimmy, John and Stephen as Spike broadens its programming in new and exciting ways.”

    Fallon will be teaming up with The Office‘s John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant who will co-executive produce the series while Beth McCarthy-Miller (SNL, 30 Rock) will direct. The trio will also appear on the show though a host has yet to be named. The series will being taping in New York in January and will air on Thursday, April 2, 2015.

    Fahim Anwar on Late Night, “Every flight attendant thinks they’re a stand-up comedian”


    Los Angeles comedian Fahim Anwar was the guest comedian on last night’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. This marked Anwar’s late night debut. Suited up, Anwar opened his set talking about his neighborhood Koreatown, his thin-walled apartment, airport racial profiling, and “funny” flight attendants before closing out on cab and Uber drivers. Check it out.

    Stephen Colbert interviews former boss Jon Stewart on ‘Colbert Report’

    Stephen Colbert met his perfect match last night when he interviewed his former Daily Show boss Jon Stewart on last night’s Colbert Report. Stewart was there to promote his directoral debut film Rosewater, and defend his liberal, youth-vote grabbing ways to Colbert. “Only 21% of the youth vote voted in the last election. How does it feel to know your entire career could have just as well’ve been shouted into a sock and thrown off an overpass?” All joking aside, it was a sweet little reunion for the two as Colbert Report finishes its final run. Read More

    Nore Davis to release debut stand-up album, “Home Game” on November 28th

    Nore Davis - Home GameNore Davis is a fantastic NYC comedian. Haven’t heard of him yet? You will.

    A few weeks back, Davis taped his new stand-up special and it’s coming out next week, right as the biggest shopping day of the holiday season commences. On November 28th, Rooftop Comedy Productions will release Davis’ album, Home Game. The special was taped at the Comic Strip Live in NYC. A stage Davis is more than familiar with as he’s gotten many hours of time on stage. Home Game covers the topics of life that touch us all, from health and wealth, to friends, and family, in a style of wit that connects with audiences of all ages.

    So there you have it, Friday November 28th, Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. So when you start putting together the list of early morning door busters and what size TV you’d like to trample the person next to you to get, take solace in knowing you can point your web browser over to any respectable web download site you can think of – iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, etc.- and you’ll get Nore Davis’new album.

    Amy Schumer pays tribute to Joan Rivers at Glamour Women of The Year event

    Amy Schumer was recently at the Glamour Women Of The Year event where she took the opportunity to pay tribute to the late Joan Rivers. Schumer, who admittedly only met Rivers briefly told a story about how she was fighting TV censors about a joke, only to realize that Rivers had done something similar decades before. “I’m not going to say how big of balls she had to say that joke on the air, because she has taught us time and time again that having balls has nothing to do with it,” stated Schumer.