This 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:
– 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.
– Fuse’s new Timothy Dunn-hosted series Got Ur # premiered this week.
– We haven’t heard that much yet from rising comedian Sean White, but his debut album is a solid start to what could blossom into a great career.
– Upright Citizens Brigade co-founders including Amy Poehler and Matt Walsh will host the 2015 Del Close Marathon, which is set to feature the Brigade and quite a few excellent groups in its lineup.
– It seems that Jack Black and Jared Hess enjoyed making Nacho Libre today, since they’re teaming up again for a new movie called Micronations.
– Kristen Schaal now has an animated sitcom under her already impressive belt. And no, it’s not Bob’s Burgers.
– We really enjoyed putting on a showcase at SXSW, so we’re doing it again at BookCon at the end of the month! Click here for more details.
– For our newest “I Had to Follow That!”, Pete Lee told us about going on stage after the worst thing possible.
– Laugh it off! That’s what Shane Mauss did after breaking his feet. In fact, he made a whole comedy album out of it.
– Wanda Sykes and Alan Cumming will host galas at the upcoming Just for Laughs Festival, happening over 20 days in July.
– And then in August, more festival action! Anthony Jeselnik is set to headline Denver’s High Plains Comedy Festival then.
– Spotify has led the audio streaming market in recent times, and now it’s launching a video component that includes none other than Comedy Central. The top comedy network had a big week otherwise as well, announcing their summer schedule, including the hotly anticipated Hannibal Buress comedy show Why?
– For our podcast this week, we hung out with our friends from the SDR Show, who are also podcasters. In fact, they’ve been at it much longer than we have: they celebrated a year of existence this week! Congratulations are in order.
– The Chris Gethard Show will debut next week, and the recent announcement that Abbi Glazer and Ilana Jacobson will be the show’s first guests is bound to draw an even larger audience than already thought.
– Jenny Zigrino delivered the goods – no, the greats – on her stand-up set for Conan this week.
– We finally got a glance at the highly anticipated return of Wet Hot American Summer, and we’re very happy with what we see.