One of this year’s big trends in the comedy world has been notable shifts in late night television. David Letterman just ended his tenure recently, and this week, we saw more significant steps towards a new future in his former realm of comedy. For instance, with Reggie Watts set to be James Corden’s late night bandleader, he left Comedy Bang! Bang! this week. It’s likely to be very different without him around; the show relies heavily on his presence at the moment, and it’ll be interesting to see how it fares without him. And speaking of bandleading, Jon Batiste will be Stephen Colbert’s late night bandleader when the former Comedy Central hero moves to the late night circuit, we learned this week. Until then, we have his Colbeard to admire.
Elsewhere in the comedy world:
– Tracy Morgan has made us laugh for years. His first interview since the car crash that left him seriously injured last year may well make you cry instead. His subsequent visit to SNL‘s studios, also his first return since the accident, was similarly moving.
– As usual, T.J. Miller had his own weird way of doing things when it came time to accept his Critic’s Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work on Silicon Valley.
– Who needs Bruce Willis for the next Die Hard when we have Dan St. Germain? Watch him in action and you won’t need much convincing.
– Comedy Central invested heavily in Nikki Glaser this week, ordering a TV series and stand-up special from her. Well done and well-deserved!
– The undying legacy of Chris Farley continues to live. Spike TV will air a documentary about his life in August.
– Gary Gulman continues to be one of the funniest people around, as this Conan set hints.
– Good! That Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig’s Lifetime TV movie has finally been confirmed. Also, Ferrell’s Daddy’s Home (which has him on the same screen as, of all people, Hannibal Buress) got a release date this week.
– Down with Joe DeRosa is, well…down. DeRosa is shutting it down very soon. In revealing this, he also discussed his feud with Anthony Cumia.
– Our own podcast is doing a lot better: its twentieth edition features the hilarious storytelling of Tom Cotter.
– In a few weeks, Giulia Rozzi will record a new album, Great Set, in New York.
– Seinfeld reunions are always exciting. Jerry has already had Jason Alexander and Michael Richards as guests on his Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee webseries, but Julia Louis-Dreyfus had yet to stop by…until now.
– Another week, another Amy Schumer story. This week, she won an award for quite literally being a trailblazer, and in her acceptance speech, she proved why she’s deserving of this title.
– We put on a live showcase at last week’s BookCon, and if you don’t believe us, we have pictures to prove it.
– Jack Antonoff may be a musician (he’s the dude from Bleachers), but that isn’t stopping comedians from showing up in his tour doc.
– Steve Martin’s life has been full of accomplishments, so who better to receive a Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute?