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  • David Letterman pays tribute to Robin Williams, his friend of 38 years

    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

    Craig Ferguson to be replaced by James Corden on “Late Late Show”

    Ferguson CordenTotal dark horse here.

    James Corden is the new replacement for Craig Ferguson as host of The Late Late Show on CBS.

    This news was just announced via The Wrap that the British actor will follow in the late night footsteps of Ferguson. Though Corden’s people have yet to confirm.

    New Yorkers might be familiar with Corden as he was the recent star of the Broadway smash, One Man, Two Guvnors. Corden also stars in the Disney’s Into the Woods and is the movie Begin Again starring alongside Keira Knightley.

    Ferguson has hosted The Late Late Show” since 2005 and announced in April that he’d be leaving the show this December.

    More as this develops.

    Is Jim Gaffigan’s TV sitcom project still alive with another network?

    jimgaffiganIt’s been a marathon for Jim Gaffigan on the road to get his sitcom on the airwaves. His sitcom, a single camera family show loosely based on his real life, has already gone through two different rounds of restructuring by CBS during the 2013 and 2014 pilot season. Now Sony TV, the production company responsible for the show, is eyeing other networks to try to get the show on the air and TV Land is one of the other networks really interested in nabbing the comedian.

    Sony TV has already been successful in rescuing shows, with the biggest feather in its cap being Community. The once cancelled NBC was recently revived by Yahoo for a 6th season.

    Reports are that TV Land is “well down the road” of trying to make Gaffigan’s show work on their network, currently looking to reduce the actors’ compensation to get the budget to where it needs to be for TV Land to comfortably move forward. It’s also likely that if the sitcom gets picked up by TV Land, Sony would likely have a passive role in the show and co-writer/executive producer of the CBS pilot would more than likely just consult on the show.

    The Laugh Button interview with Jonathan Kite

    Jonathan KiteWe recently spoke with Jonathan Kite best known as the short order cook Oleg from the the popular CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls. Kite is also an alum of the prestigious Second City. We got a few moments to speak with Kite about his his background in improv, his A.D.D., and well, because of these, he didn’t really answer any of our questions truthfully. We wouldn’t want it any other way.

    To begin, as the years go by on 2 Broke Girls, what do you learn from season to season?

    I am constantly learning what it takes to be successful. Success is measured in many different ways and is sometimes measured in failure. I’ve also learned that I can write fortune cookie papers if this whole acting thing doesn’t pan out. Read More

    Dave Chappelle reveals the real reason he left “Chappelle’s Show” to David Letterman

    Almost a decade ago Dave Chappelle walked away from his adored sketch comedy TV show Chappelle’s Show. He was at the height of the show’s popularity and the comedian was leaving a rumored 50 million dollar payday from Comedy Central on the table. Up until a few years ago, Chappelle was in virtual hiding, with occasional appearances of him in comedy clubs being compared to Bigfoot sightings. There’s also been countless reports and conspiracy theories as to why Chappelle actually made the decision to leave his highly rated show.

    During an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman to promote a string of live shows at Radio City Music Hall, Chappelle joked that he never actually quit the show, rather “technically, he was just seven years late for work.” When Letterman pressed for more details, Chappelle basically stated that he had other priorities in life and money is not everything. Read More