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  • Kyle Dunnigan on Late Night, “I can’t do magic but I can do magic hands”

    In case you missed it, the very funny Kyle Dunnigan was the guest comic on Friday’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. Dunnigan is a great comedian, but not a good magician. However, he is fantastic as doing “magic hands.” After wowing the audience with his magical impressions, Dunnigan discussed his closed relationship with his mother, the time he thought he got robbed, dealing with automated customer service calls and more. Check it out.

    This Week on TV: From Top Five to Co-host of The View

    Rachel FeinsteinFresh off her appearance in Chris Rock’s Top Five as a publicist, in theaters now, comedian and actress Rachel Feinstein has been tapped to guest co-host The View this Tuesday. Rachel’s future is bright and it’s only getting brighter.  2015 is going to be a big year for Rachel as she’s a part of a cast that boasts Daniel Radcliffe, Tilda Swinton and LeBron James in a movie directed by Judd Apatow and written by 2015 MTV Movie Awards host Amy Schumer called Trainwreck. It’s not due out until the summer, so in the meantime, check her out This Week on TV:

    Monday, December 15th
    Tim Meadows on  Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
    Seth Rogen on The Colbert Report
    Spike Feresten, Jessimae Peluso, Donnell Rawlings on @midnight
    Eric Andre on Conan Read More

    Martin Freeman hosted “Saturday Night Live” and there was a Hobbit in The Office

    Martin Freeman - SNL

    When it was announced that Martin Freeman was going to host SNL we thought he’d handle the job really well. Particularly because he has an everyman-type of quality that would make him a great straight-man in sketches (and he did). Freeman delivered a great performance and we didn’t have much of a doubt. The night turned out some sketches that will go down as best of the year and introduced a new Weekend Update character to the world. Freeman and co turned in one of the strongest episodes of the season, which makes it back-to-back solids. Can we get three this month? Read More

    This week in comedy: The Colbert Report went wild

    Stephen ColbertThe Colbert Report is consistently over-the-top hilarious, but this week it may have peaked yet again. None other than President Obama himself filled in for the titular host for Tuesday night’s show, and the results were funnier than anything imaginable. Later, future Late Late Show host James Corden stopped by to get some fatherly advice on how to best host a late night show, since he’ll be in the slot after Colbert next year. More details on some realted late night circuit developments below, but before that, watch Colbert interview a dragon. Yes, a DRAGON. The Colbert Report is looking like it’ll go out on a serious high note, especially since Smaug the Dragon, Colbert’s interviewee, is conservative. Every single thing about that statement, in the context of the show, is almost painfully funny. Of course, lots of laughs were had outside Colbert Nation this week as well: Read More

    Stephen Colbert interviews Smaug the Dragon

    Stephen Colbert is known for being quite the Tolkien nerd. For last night’s episode of The Colbert Report, Colbert had his biggest guest on the show to date (literally): Smaug the Dragon. This was a very dangerous interview as Smaug is infamous for eating hosts (but luckily he had just filled up on the ladies of The View). Like Colbert, Smaug is a fellow fiscal conservative. In his interview, Smaug announces his support of Rand Paul, talks about the Hollywood liberal bias, and reveals he’s never read The Hobbit. Check it out.

    FX orders pilot created by and starring Donald Glover

    Donald GloverFX is making more progress with it’s Donald Glover project. Over a year ago, the network signed into development a potential new series to be created by and starring Donald Glover. According to Deadline, FX has officially given a pilot order for the series called Atlanta.

    The pilot is set against the backdrop of the Atlanta rap scene, where Glover grew up. The show centers around “two cousins on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene whose opposing views on art versus commerce, success and race will make their quest anything but easy.” Glover, who serves as co-executive producer alongside Girls‘ Paul Simms, will play “Earnest ‘Earn’ Marks,” a college drop-out who reconnects with his long buried ambition and sets out to seize the life he imagined for himself when his estranged cousin becomes a sudden star.

    Glover also has a booming rap career performing under the name Childish Gambino. Glover earned his first Grammy nominations for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance.

    Amber Ruffin breaks down racist Dutch Christmas traditions on ‘Late Night’

    Like host Seth Meyers, Late Night writer Amber Ruffin used to live in Amsterdam. She even is married to a Dutch man, but that doesn’t mean she wants to go celebrate Christmas with any Dutch traditions. On last night’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, Ruffin breaks down the pretty damn racist traditions carried out every December in Amsterdam (and throughout the Netherlands). From dressing up as Santa’s racist sidekick “Black Pete,” to the not-to-whimsical names to Dutch candy… some Dutch traditions are better off dead.

    Margaret Cho and Heather McDonald to co-host new TLC late night talk show

    It appears that TLC is getting into the late night game. According to Variety, the network has casted comedians Margaret Cho and Heather McDonald to co-host a late night talk show called All About Sex. The comedians will anchor a panel that includes actor Marissa Jaret and sex and relationship counselor Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry.

    The show is described as “a weekly dissection of all aspects of sex in American culture with a focus on dispelling misconceptions and helping women tackle intimacy problems.” TLC has ordered six half-hour episodes of the series which will debut on January 10th at 11pm.

    Reggie Watts will be the ‘Late Late Show’s’ new band leader

    Whatever your feelings about James Corden being the new host for the Late Late Show are, you have to be pretty happy about the show’s newest addition. Today, CBS announced that comedian Reggie Watts will become the new band leader next year. Watts will assume the gig when the Corden takes over on March 23rd. Watts is well known for blending music into his act, often employing beatboxing and looping. Watts had been playing sidekick to Scott Aukerman on Comedy Bang! Bang! since 2012 and created the theme songs for shows like Key & Peele.

    In addition to Watts, THR reports a few other new hires to the late night program. Ben Winston will take the role as showrunner, while Rob Crabbe (The Tonight Show) has signed on as executive producer. Tosh.O creator Rob Gibbons will serve as co-executive producer and head writer along with Sheila Rogers (Late Show) and Josh Cliffe (One Night with Robin Williams) as fellow producers.

    14th Annual SF Sketchfest includes tribute to Spinal Tap Creators, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and Newsradio 20th Anniversary cast reunion

    SF Sketchfest

    When you flip over the calendar to start the new year, you should already have marked off Jan. 22nd – Feb. 8 of 2015. This is for good reason. The 14th Annual SF Sketchfest boasts a line-up like no other covering 18 days and 20 venues. From a humble 80-seat theatre in year one back in 2002, this festival has become a beast expanding all over San Francisco attracting some of the biggest line ups of the sketch, stand-up, podcast, TV, and film worlds. Just when I was under the impression that the epic reunion of the cast of Wet Hot American Summer for a Live Radio Play would be the pinnacle of pinnacles in 2012, they announce this year’s lineup. Some of the highlights include: A Tribute to This is Spinal Tap creators Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer. “Weird Al” Yankovic, who scored his first #1 album after 30 years, will be in conversation with the Nerdist Chris Hardwick. And a Newsradio 20th Anniversary cast reunion. The Doug Benson Movie Interruption and Rifftrax are also back alongside a laundry list of comedians the comedy world is thankful didn’t go into finance.

    You can scope out the full list of events, appearances, and treats at this year’s fest as well as ticket info now. Read More