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  • Stephen Colbert: From improv classes at Second City to the cover of Time magazine

    Colbert TimeFrom his earliest days taking improv classes at The Second City in Chicago to his correspondence work on The Daily Show to now taking over for Letterman on The Late Show, it’s been quite the ride for D.C. born Charleston, SC raised Stephen Colbert. He is the youngest of 11 kids so you could see why he might have the perfect pedigree for attention. Colbert attended Northwestern University as a theater major to study performance. He began performing improvisation while in college, both in the campus improv team No Fun Mud Piranhas and at the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago as a part of Del Close’s ImprovOlympic at a time when the project was focused on competitive, long-form improvisation, rather than improvisational comedy. He was employed at Second City’s box office answering phones and selling souvenirs which allowed him to take free classes at the theater. Shortly thereafter, he was hired to perform with Second City’s touring company, initially as an understudy for Steve Carell. It was there he met Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello and Strangers with Candy was born, a show that aired on Comedy Central for 3 seasons. By this time he had already become a corespondent on The Daily Show, at that time hosted by Craig Kilborn. In 2005 he started to host The Colbert Report, a spin-off of The Daily Show, ultimately making him a household name. On April 10 2014, CBS announced that Colbert will succeed David Letterman as the host of The Late Show, ending The Colbert Report which wrapped up on December 18 of 2014. And now we find ourselves here alongside Colbert about to embark on his biggest career adventure yet, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. His first week‘s guest list has been announced and now it’s just a matter of time. A new era for Colbert, a new era for late night, and a new era for The Late Show. And we couldn’t be happier to continue our ride as we see him eventually become legend in the comedy landscape. Here’s to Colbert. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert kicks off on Tuesday September 8 on CBS with guest George Clooney.

    Julian McCullough and Annie Lederman to co-host new weekly show on E!

    Mccullough, LedermanE! is continuing its Friday night original programming streak by introducing a new show starring comedians Julian McCullough and Annie Lederman. Beginning September 18th at 10:30pm, the duo’s new show, We Have Issues will premiere. The same timeslot that’s been home to Grace Helbig and Michael Kosta for the network.

    What is the show you ask? Well according to E! McCullough and Lederman will “battle it out” and have a, “competitive comedy debate about the week’s biggest pop culture news.” E! has put both of them on the air before with Lederman filming a pilot for the network in 2014 and McCullough being the sidekick for the short lived Whitney Cummings talk show, Love You, Mean It.

    Check out a sneak peak of new IFC comedy “Gigi Does It” premiering in October

    Gigi Does It

    In IFC’s new comedy Gigi Does It, coming October 1, actor David Krumholtz (This Is The End,Numb3rs) is transformed into Gigi Rotblum, a 76-year-old yenta with a heart of gold. With her razor-sharp tongue, she’s out to live life to the fullest as she spends the secret millions her dead husband left behind while accompanied by her male nurse Ricky played by Ricky Mabe (Zack & Miri Make a Porno, Goon). Enjoy this sneak peak into the world of Gigi as she comes to life after a 4-hour makeup transformation Krumholtz must go through. Read More

    Sitcom actors dominate Forbes 2015 list of highest paid actors in Hollywood

    The Big Bang Theory

    Forbes just released their annual list of highest-paid TV actors in 2015. The primary takeaway this year is, it’s good to be a sitcom actor these days. More specifically, it’s good to be on The Big Bang Theory or Modern Family because, those guys are killin’ it. Hey Jim Parsons, let me hold a twenty? Read More

    Marina Franklin on Conan, “Some of the men will never laugh at this”

    Marina Franklin

    Marina Franklin was the guest comedian on Conan last night. What did we learn from her? She tends to get into shape before a breakup, she’s often wondering the population percentages where she goes, interracial relationships have an education process, and people will let her know if she’s with a man that’s too young for her. Read More

    Soccer comedy “Dream Team” from the writers of “Will & Grace” is heading to ABC

    ABCKari Lizer and Bill Wrubel were the writing team that brought us the huge hit Will & Grace. Now, they are reuniting after ten years to bring what ABC hopes will be a show that grows into a replacement for the aging Modern Family in Dream Team. Not that Modern Family is struggling, but it is heading into it’s seventh season. Speaking of growing, soccer has had a huge impact in American culture more now than ever with the success of both the 2014 Men’s World Cup and with the U.S. Women’s National Team taking home the 2015 World Cup this year in Canada. Ask any parent, “Do your kids play soccer?” The answer will be yes. And with overseas soccer more visible and available in the States, kids are growing up with the likes of Messi and Ronaldo as household name just as much as Jordan and Jeter were. And who can relate? The parents, as they are the ones coaching their kids’ soccer teams and buying them the jerseys of their favorite players. Lizer is one of them, as she classifies herself as a “soccer mom” on the weekends. Read More

    Bill Burr’s comments on Caitlyn Jenner that have social media talking

    Bill Burr on Conan

    Bill Burr has a way of framing things in a way that often makes people say, “yeah, he’s got a point.” That happened during his most recent appearance on Conan. Burr was there to promote his November Madison Square Garden show (Nov 14th as part of the NY Comedy Festival) and he told Conan about his thoughts on Caitlyn Jenner which summed up, state he needed a moment to process the entire situation and say goodbye to Bruce. Burr is never one to shy away from charged topics and those that instantly got upset about his words on social media inadvertently prove his point. Read More

    Seth Rogen pilot “Future Man” is heading to Hulu

    Seth Rogan Evan Goldberg

    Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have been busy shopping a new half-hour comedy entitled Future Man. They were able to achieve interest all across the board from cable, premium cable, and streaming services. The winner, Hulu. Future Man originated as a feature script specifically for Rogen and Goldberg. According to Deadline, the high-concept comedy centers on “a Hulu large logojanitor by day/world-ranked gamer by night who is tasked with preventing the extinction of humans after mysterious visitors from the future proclaim him the key to defeating the imminent super-race invasion.” Interesting and high-concept for sure. But with so many outlets clawing for so many projects at once, it feels like we are finally back to the 80’s when the unthinkable was given the green-light in hopes it would become the next big thing. This is an exciting development when tv and film has been going through quite the copy cat – remake phase. And sometimes for good reason, but also sometimes to make the quick buck through nostalgia. Rogen and Goldberg will both executive produce. Originally, the script was purchased as a feature but eventually found its way to television. Hulu hopes this will join their recent acquisitions Difficult People and the The Mindy Project.

    Wanda Sykes teams up with Last Comic Standing winner Rod Man for NBC comedy pilot

    Rod Man

    Last Comic Standing produces yet another post-experience success. Comedian Rod Man was the winner of last year’s edition of the comedy competition series. He beat out Nikki Carr and Lachlan Patterson in what turned out to be a double-elimination final set. Well his hard work has paid off, not only was he crowned winner of Season 8, he now has landed a comedy pilot for NBC produced by Wanda Sykes. According to Deadline, the show will revolve around a successful comedian, played by Rod Man, who uproots his wife and daughter from L.A. to his hometown of Villa Rica, GA, to care for his mother. The twist, Rod Man’s character is more stable and responsible than his self-important brother and materialistic sister. Here’s the web exclusive Top 5 Uncut set from his victory on LCS Season 8. Read More

    Broadway star Megan Hilty is returning to television in comedy pilot “I Shudder”

    Megan Hilty

    TV Land takes another step down the comedy road. With The Jim Gaffigan Show already on the air, the straight-to-series order of Lopez starring George Lopez, their latest comedy pilot, I Shudder, is set to feature several stars from Broadway. Singer, Actress, and musical theater vet Megan Hilty (Smash, Wicked, Sean Saves the World) has joined the cast that already includes Geneva Carr (Hand to God) and Brooklyn Shuck (Matilda). Hilty and John Behlmann (The 39 Steps) will play the parents of an 11-year-old girl who lives next door to a master of etiquette played by Hamish Linklater. Shooting is set to commence in October.