• The HAPPY DAYS’ Royalty Lawsuit: Grabbing the Gravy After the Party Ends

    The HAPPY DAYS’ Royalty Lawsuit: Grabbing the Gravy After the Party Ends

    By Carl Unegbu, Comedybeat | Sometimes in show business, especially when you’re dealing with a successful TV comedy, such as CBS’ Happy Days, just because the party is over (and as some folks like to say, ‘Elvis has left the building’) doesn’t mean that the gravy from the show’s success may not continue to flow. Still, the lucky folks for […]

  • For Host Larry Wilmore, A Year Of ‘Extraordinary’ Highs And ‘Humbling’ Lows

    For Host Larry Wilmore, A Year Of ‘Extraordinary’ Highs And ‘Humbling’ Lows

    By NPR | Larry Wilmore has been consumed with making his new late-night show prime viewing. And he wants to make one thing clear: He has “no desire” to host The Daily Show when Jon Stewart leaves later this year. “I’m doing my show right now,” Wilmore tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “I’m very happy doing it.” Wilmore filled the […]

  • Bellamy still a player … on the comedy scene

    Bellamy still a player … on the comedy scene

    By Matt Wohlfarth, Triblive.com | Charismatic comedian Bill Bellamy is bringing his “Ladies Night Out” comedy tour to the Pittsburgh Improv for a weekend. Growing up in the tough city of Newark N.J., Bellamy realizes he’s one of the lucky ones. The city’s mean streets could have eaten him up as much as given him the thick skin and resolve […]

  • Comedy institution Saturday Night Live celebrates 40 years on air

    Comedy institution Saturday Night Live celebrates 40 years on air

    By ABC30.com | With a measure of anniversary hoopla perhaps exceeded only by the nation’s bicentennial, “Saturday Night Live” celebrated its 40th season on Sunday with a 3-hour gala of stars, laughs and memories. It aired live from New York’s Studio 8H at NBC, which has been “SNL” HQ since premiering on a Saturday night in October 1975. It was a […]

  • Did Comedy Central let its 3 biggest stars slip away?

    Did Comedy Central let its 3 biggest stars slip away?

    By CNN Money | Fifteen months ago John Oliver, Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart were all massive stars on Comedy Central. Now Oliver is at HBO, Colbert is on the way to CBS and Stewart is preparing to sign off from “The Daily Show.” What the heck happened? It would seem that Comedy Central let talent slip through its fingers, […]

  • The day Jon Stewart couldn’t laugh

    The day Jon Stewart couldn’t laugh

    By Diane Vacca, VBIblog.com | Like many people, I’ve been watching clips of Jon Stewart’s finest moments in the wake of his announcement that he will be retiring from the Daily Show. In one of the very best, he isn’t funny at all. It was his first show after 9/11. I remember wondering along with everybody else how he would manage — […]

 

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/ February 25, 2015 9:09 pm

The HAPPY DAYS’ Royalty Lawsuit: Grabbing the Gravy After the Party Ends

By Carl Unegbu, Comedybeat | Sometimes in show business, especially when you’re dealing with a successful TV comedy, such as CBS’ Happy Days, just because the party is over (and as some folks like to say, ‘Elvis has left the building’) doesn’t mean that the gravy from the show’s success may not continue to flow. Still, the lucky folks for […]

/ February 22, 2015 5:22 pm

For Host Larry Wilmore, A Year Of ‘Extraordinary’ Highs And ‘Humbling’ Lows

By NPR | Larry Wilmore has been consumed with making his new late-night show prime viewing. And he wants to make one thing clear: He has “no desire” to host The Daily Show when Jon Stewart leaves later this year. “I’m doing my show right now,” Wilmore tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “I’m very happy doing it.” Wilmore filled the […]

/ February 19, 2015 7:22 am

Bellamy still a player … on the comedy scene

By Matt Wohlfarth, Triblive.com | Charismatic comedian Bill Bellamy is bringing his “Ladies Night Out” comedy tour to the Pittsburgh Improv for a weekend. Growing up in the tough city of Newark N.J., Bellamy realizes he’s one of the lucky ones. The city’s mean streets could have eaten him up as much as given him the thick skin and resolve […]

/ February 16, 2015 10:01 pm

Comedy institution Saturday Night Live celebrates 40 years on air

By ABC30.com | With a measure of anniversary hoopla perhaps exceeded only by the nation’s bicentennial, “Saturday Night Live” celebrated its 40th season on Sunday with a 3-hour gala of stars, laughs and memories. It aired live from New York’s Studio 8H at NBC, which has been “SNL” HQ since premiering on a Saturday night in October 1975. It was a […]

/ February 13, 2015 8:13 am

Did Comedy Central let its 3 biggest stars slip away?

By CNN Money | Fifteen months ago John Oliver, Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart were all massive stars on Comedy Central. Now Oliver is at HBO, Colbert is on the way to CBS and Stewart is preparing to sign off from “The Daily Show.” What the heck happened? It would seem that Comedy Central let talent slip through its fingers, […]

/ February 12, 2015 12:45 am

The day Jon Stewart couldn’t laugh

By Diane Vacca, VBIblog.com | Like many people, I’ve been watching clips of Jon Stewart’s finest moments in the wake of his announcement that he will be retiring from the Daily Show. In one of the very best, he isn’t funny at all. It was his first show after 9/11. I remember wondering along with everybody else how he would manage — […]

/ February 11, 2015 7:43 am

Jon Stewart to leave The Daily Show

By BBC News | Jon Stewart, the host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, will step down later this year.  The comedian said it had “been an absolute privilege” to have been at the helm of the satirical show since 1999.  He will leave later this year. “This show doesn’t deserve an even slightly restless host and neither do you,” […]

/ February 8, 2015 6:22 pm

Bill Cosby cancels shows in Boston after protest threats

By The New Zealand Herald  | Bill Cosby has cancelled stand-up comedy performances in Boston and the theatre said tickets will be refunded but didn’t offer a reason for the abrupt change. The Wilbur Theatre posted an announcement on its website Sunday morning. The theatre apologised for the short notice but didn’t give any more information. A spokesman for Cosby, […]

/ February 5, 2015 12:19 pm

Joke Stealing in Comedy: Adopting a Solution That Really Works

By Carl Unegbu, Comedybeat | “There is only one rule in comedy: you don’t steal jokes,” says comedian Eric Gruber. Well, maybe so, but the reality is that joke stealing has been a fact of life in the comedy world from its earliest days. Yet, it is true that joke stealing is a much bigger deal today than about three […]

/ February 3, 2015 11:27 am

‘Black and Brown Comedy Get Down’ coming to Greensboro Coliseum

By News & Record | Cedric “The Entertainer,” Mike Epps, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy will come together for “The Black and Brown Comedy Get Down” at 8 p.m. April 18 at the Greensboro Coliseum… Cedric the Entertainer is an actor and game show host, best known for co-starring along with Harvey on “The Steve Harvey […]