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  • Jon Batiste will be Stephen Colbert’s new Late Show bandleader

    The Stephen Colbert Late Show promo train is up and steaming along. Just one day after The Colbeard clip hit the web, colbert announced who his new late night band leader would be, and that ladies and gentlemen, is Jon Batiste. Read More

    Stephen Colbert and his Colbeard are prepping for the premiere of Late Show

    Stephen Colbert

    It’s been just a few days after Dave Letterman’s retirement from late night television and we’re learning about the show for his successor, Stephen Colbert. Today, Steven Colbert showed up on a freshly launched with a video clip filling you in on what he’s been up to since The Colbert Report went off the air last December. Read More

    Reggie Watts will appear on Comedy Bang! Bang! for the last time this Thursday

    Goodbye Reggie

    This Thursday we all have to say goodbye to Reggie Watts as his time on Comedy Bang! Bang! will come to an end on IFC. As we know by now Reggie is the new band leader on The Late Late Show with James Corden where he’s kicking around on network TV. Read More

    This week in comedy: David Letterman ended his late night tenure

    Letterman GoodbyeThis week, a grand era in comedy ended. David Letterman hosted his final night of late night comedy television this past Wednesday, with many friends there to properly see him out. For instance: try not to get a little choked up while watching Norm MacDonald’s farewell to David Letterman and his late-night show. Patton Oswalt’s salute was also pretty remarkable, and Jimmy Fallon’s tribute did the deed well too. Thank you Dave, for all the years of classic TV laughs and memories.

    Elsewhere in the comedy world this week:

    – Louis C.K. as host of Saturday Night Live this past weekend ensured that the season went out with a bang. Unseen on national television was this cut sketch where he’s accused of stealing jokes.

    – Ed Helms took his role as University of Virginia’s graduation speaker as a chance to throw shade at Rolling Stone.

    – Who better to host a special about comedy music than Paul F. Tompkins? You can catch this excellent match June 19 on IFC.

    7 days in Hell may be a tennis pseudo-documentary, but it’s got real life stars Serena Williams and John McEnroe on board. Read More

    This Week on TV: Letterman’s last show, Jen Kirkman’s special premieres, and here comes Red Nose Day USA


    It’s going to be a bitter-sweet week on television with the end of an era. This week we say goodbye to the Late Show with David Letterman. The show started in August of 1993 on CBS in lieu of Late Night with David Letterman ending on NBC after it was thought Letterman would take over for Johnny Carson on The Tonight show. Late Night, the former of the two shows, premiered in February of 1982 with Bill Murray, who will be appearing on Late Show this Tuesday, as the first guest ever. During David Letterman’s career in late night television, he started his own production company known as Worldwide Pants. His influence not only has host, but with his company has stretched far and wide. Worldwide pants has produced shows such as Everybody Loves Raymond, The Late Late Show, Ed, and also the feature film Strangers With Candy. In his capacities as either a writer, producer, performer, or as part of a writing team, Letterman is among the most nominated people in Emmy Award history with 52 nominations, winning two Daytime Emmys and ten Primetime Emmys since 1981. Read More

    Norm MacDonald issued a tearful “I love you” farewell to David Letterman (video)

    Who knew Norm MacDonald was so sensitive? During his final appearance on Late Show with David Letterman last night, Norm performed some stand-up. He then ended his set by stating just how much Dave meant to him. Norm then told a joke he heard Letterman tell when he was 13 that became his favorite joke. Then, while barely being able to fight back the tears, Norm fired off a heartfelt, “I love you.” Read More

    Letterman hosted Howard Stern and Don Rickles one last time

    As David Letterman’s days on the air become less and less, he’s bringing some of his favorite friends on as guests. Last night, Letterman welcomed both Howard Stern and Mr. Warmth himself, Don Rickles for trio of comedian icons together on stage. So much in fact that Artie Lange, who has ties to all three of said comedians to state it was, “emotional watching Howard and Rickles on Letterman. 3 heroes of mine who I grew up to work with and then piss off! Kidding 3 legends Great.” Read More

    Don Rickles, Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Jerry Seinfeld, Howard Stern, and Steve Martin amongst Letterman’s final Late Show guests

    David LettermanWe’re about one month away from David Letterman winding down his stint as one of the greatest late night talk show hosts of all time on May 20th. Today CBS announced the guests lined up for Letterman’s final late night send off. This week’s guests include Sarah Jessica Parker, Billy Crystal, Michael J. Fox, Amy Sedaris, Kevin James, and Alec Baldwin. Many of Letterman’s favs. Additionally, many Late Show friends and regulars will be appearing in the weeks to come – Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Don Rickles, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Jerry Seinfeld, Robert Downey Jr., George Clooney, Julia Roberts, John Travolta, Jack Hanna, Michael Keaton, Ray Romano, Paul Rudd, Martin Short, Howard Stern, Bruce Willis, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews Band, Mumford and Sons, Tom Waits, and Bill Murray. Murray was the first guest on Letterman’s Late Night NBC show when it 1982. Murray was also the first guest when Late Show premiered on CBS in 1993. So far, no word on when Letterman brings back Paris Hilton or if Drew Barrymore plans on one final table dance.

    Kevin James will star in new comedy series for CBS

    Kevin-James-The King Of Queens star Kevin James is reuniting with the TV studio behind the hit CBS sitcom for a new comedy staring vehicle. James and his Hey Eddie Productions have made a two-year first-look deal with Sony Pictures Television to produce projects for television, including a sitcom that he would headline. Additionally, Columbia Pictures has renewed its first-look deal with the comedian-actor-producer-writer and his company through 2017.

    James got his big breaks in TV and movies at Sony with star-making turns on King of Queens, which ran from 1998-2007, and in Will Smith’s 2005 hit Hitch, respectively. James got his start as a producer on King of Queens and formed Hey Eddie Productions at Sony in 2007 with producing partner and manager Jeff Sussman. James launched a film franchise for Sony with the 2009 Paul Blart: Mall Cop, which he co-wrote and starred in. He also toplined the studio’s Zookeeper and Here Comes the Boom, both produced by Hey Eddie, and was in the Adam Sandler franchises Grown Ups as well as the animated Hotel Transylvania. James stars in three high-profile feature comedies for Sony this year: Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which opens April 17; another sequel, Hotel Transylvania 2; and the Chris Columbus-directed summer tentpole Pixels, in which James again partners onscreen with Sandler. Read More

    Adam Brody to star in Modern Family’s Dan O’Shannon comedy pilot for CBS

    Adam BrodyThe as-of-yet titled project revolves around a group of friends and family at three different times in their lives. Adam Brody will play Andrew, a guy who sees the best in everything. Even at 40, when life’s twists and turns have taken a bit of wind out of his sails, it only takes the reappearance of his childhood crush, Holly, to awaken his love of life and belief in happy endings. Brody, whose comedy series credits include Yahoo’s Burning Love and DirecTV’s Billy & Billie will lead the ensemble cast in the pilot written by former Modern Family executive producer Dan O’Shannon and writer Peter Warren.  Brody joins previously cast Tyler Labine (Animal Practice, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil)  and Kelly O’Sullivan (Sirens).