Post Tagged with: "HBO"

/ November 21, 2016 12:17 pm

Why ‘Def Comedy Jam’ Gets No Respect

By Jason Zinoman, New York Times | Before “Veep,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Sex and the City,” there was “Def Comedy Jam,” one of the first hit comedies on HBO, often beating its network competition in ratings on Friday nights throughout much of the 1990s. That this trailblazing showcase for black comedy is routinely overlooked in discussions of the most […]

/ June 11, 2015 10:17 am

Bill Maher’s political comedy still potent

By Sandy Cohen, Associated Press | Bill Maher strides into the weekly writers meeting for his HBO show and puts his feet on the table. Every Tuesday, he and his team of scribes brainstorm. And every Friday, Maher brings his pioneering brand of political humor to late-night television on Real Time With Bill Maher, saying he’s “not one bit less […]

/ January 31, 2015 8:37 pm

Mel Brooks Reveals Why He Chose HBO Over Netflix for His Comedy Stage

By Joe Otterson, The Wrap | “CAA did a screening… It got down to Netflix, who wouldn’t give up, and to HBO,” Brooks tells TheWrap. “And since I had done two shows with HBO, I told CAA ‘I think I owe HBO a modicum of loyalty.’”“Here I am. I’m Melvin Brooks. I’ve come to stop the show.”So begins “Mel Brooks […]

/ January 28, 2015 12:06 pm

Louis CK Releases Another $5 Stand-Up Special

By Mike Ayers, Wall Street Journal | Comedian Louis CK has released another $5.00 stand-up special via his website. Called “Live at the Comedy Store,” the set is available in video or audio formats and was recorded over the last year in comedy clubs. “This special kind of goes back to when I used to just make noises and be […]

/ January 25, 2015 4:30 pm

Comedy Review: John Oliver at Tower Theater

By David Hiltbrand, Philadelpha Inquirer | For an Englishman who lives in New York, John Oliver is remarkably conversant with the foibles of Philadelphia. And he got right to it during the second of his two shows at the Tower Theater on Friday night. “Thank you for being here,” he greeted the audience, “and not out on the streets punching […]

/ November 17, 2014 10:48 am

John Oliver’s Complicated Fun Connects for HBO

By David Carr, New York Times | Every once in a while, it’s nice to be wrong about something. When HBO announced last fall that John Oliver, a British comedian I very much admire, would be hosting a weekly show focused on current events, I remember thinking, “That will never work.” Given that the news cycle is measured in fractions […]

/ September 26, 2014 9:06 am

Oliver Adds Journalism to His Comedy

By David Bauder, AP | In poking fun at the Miss America pageant on the most recent episode of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver reached for the comedic equivalent of low-hanging fruit. Then he veered into something wholly unexpected — investigative journalism. His subsequent report questioning the pageant’s scholarship program was the latest example of how Oliver has quickly […]

/ September 16, 2014 9:19 am

‘Bill Maher: Live From DC’ HBO’s Most Watched Comedy Special In 5 Years

By The Deadline Team | Bill Maher: Live From DC became HBO’s most watched comedy special in nearly five years, when 1.1 million people watched at 10 PM and a second played cumed it out at 1.6 million Friday night. That makes it HBO’s most-watched comedy special premiere since Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction logged 1.9 million viewers on […]

/ April 28, 2014 8:12 am

‘Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’ review: The Weekly Show

By Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly | The fear with Last Week Tonight is that it’s The Daily Show except once a week — a staggered timeline that would rob the basic news-punning format of its intrinsic topical punch. John Oliver’s new show has the familiar rhythms of the show that bore him: Description of news item, comical montage of actual […]

/ November 15, 2013 9:24 am

‘Daily Show’s’ John Oliver to Host HBO Show

By Cynthia Littleton, Variety | HBO has won the sweepstakes to land John Oliver for a show. The “Daily Show” correspondent’s move to topline his own series was only a matter of time after his well- received stint substituting for Jon Stewart this summer. HBO said Thursday that Oliver will host a weekly topic comedy series to air on Sunday nights […]

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