For all the changes happening in late-night comedy, and the new hosts taking the chairs of retired veterans like David Letterman and Jon Stewart, the genre remains one of television’s most homogenous fields, populated almost entirely by men. That’s a fact Samantha Bee notes in the official announcement for her new show Full Frontal, which debuts on TBS in January. With Chelsea Handler currently off the air (though prepping for a Netflix show) and The Grace Helbig Show in limbo, Bee will be the only female late-night host on the air.“Don’t watch my new show just because I’m a woman,” Bee jokes in the promo. “Watch because of my nuanced perspective on world events, my repartee with newsmakers across the ideological spectrum, and of course, these,” she says, lifting her skirt to reveal some comically large prosthetic testicles. It seems ridiculous that in 2015 a gag about needing a Y chromosome to host a late-night talk show would be so … [Read more...] about Samantha Bee Disrupts the Late-Night TV Boys Club
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Naomi Ekperigin Naomi Ekperigin, one of the 20 comedians on Vulture’s last list of comedians you will and should know, co-host of the Couples Therapy podcast, and a former writer on Broad City and Great News, is so very funny. She has an inviting, conversational style that makes you feel like you’re in on the joke and wish you had the same enemies, so you could talk behind their backs together. And she brings exactly that whether you’re actually having a conversation or she’s making her first late-night appearance. Ekperigin’s late-night debut, on Late Night With Seth Meyers in fall 2016, and the jokes therein are the subject of this week’s episode of Good One, Vulture Comedy’s podcast about jokes and the people who write them. Listen to the episode and read a short excerpt of the discussion below. Tune in to Good One every Monday on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. How did you get Late Night? Half Hour in June of … [Read more...] about How Naomi Ekperigin Put Together Her Late-Night Debut
For all the downsides of binge-watching and serialized storytelling, Netflix has done much to revitalize many moribund TV genres with its original programming. The comic-book show, the grownup cartoon, and the network sitcom have all found surprising new angles thanks to the streaming service. But its new offering Chelsea—hosted by Chelsea Handler—is tackling an even steeper challenge: turning the late-night talk show, the most staid, old-school television format around, into something fresh and exciting. The series makes a noble effort, but from the look of its first episodes, it hasn’t yet figured out a way to stand out from its competitors.Handler is a veteran at the talk-show game, and her long-running series on E!, Chelsea Lately, was more anarchic than her network-TV rivals, with its permanent roundtable of L.A. comedians riffing on pop culture and reality TV. Her Netflix series, which will release episodes every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, applies that … [Read more...] about Can Chelsea Handler Break the Late-Night Format?
The path to getting a show on television is rarely a straightforward one, but The Chris Gethard Show may have figured out how to game the system. In June 2011, the eponymous comedian walked onto a public-access cable soundstage with his assistant, Bethany Hall, and welcomed viewers to the first episode of a unique broadcast experiment. "It's gonna be a mess," Hall predicted. An hour of chaos duly ensued, but over more than 150 public-access episodes (also broadcast online) the hybrid talk/call-in/sketch comedy show built up a young, devoted online fanbase that looked nothing like a typical Nielsen audience.Three and a half years later, The Chris Gethard Show has been picked up for a ten-episode run on Fusion, a year-old cable network that emphasizes Internet popularity and has a young, digitally fluent audience that it’s seeking to expand. Like any up-and-coming comedian, Gethard’s had his brushes with failure, but those moments speak as much to the TV industry’s … [Read more...] about Chris Gethard’s Journey From Public Access to Late Night
David Spade. Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Comedy Central Comedy Central has chosen the show that will fill its 11:30 p.m. post–Daily Show slot, and has also decided to revive a classic series. At TCA today, the network announced that it’s added a late-night series hosted by David Spade, which will feature Spade’s “signature take on the pop culture news of the day” and “a rotating group of Spade’s comedian and celebrity friends, while also incorporating field segments that mirror his popular Instagram stories.” The show, which does not yet have a title, is slated to premiere after The Daily Show With Trevor Noah from Monday to Thursday nights sometime later this year. In addition to the Spade series, Comedy Central is bringing back an oldie: Crank Yankers. Twenty more episodes of the puppet prank-call show, which originally ran from 2002 to 2007, have been ordered by the network. The revival will mark the first project through … [Read more...] about Comedy Central Orders David Spade Late-Night Show and More
The left-wing late-night TV hosts celebrated a “historic day” on Tuesday as Democrats finalized their articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert said that people would forever remember where they were at this historic moment after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced that they would be filing impeachment charges for alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. “It is an historic day and I think we’ll all remember where we were: I was on TV, and you were watching it,” he said.. “This morning, Nancy Pelosi and the chairs of six House committees gathered in the House press room, and the House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler got the honor of dropping the I-Bomb.” “Yes, for only the fourth time in American history, articles of impeachment are drafted against a sitting president,” Colbert continued. “It’s something no one could have … [Read more...] about Late-Night Hosts Celebrate ‘Historic’ Day of Trump Impeachment Articles