Andy Kindler has often been called a "comic's comic" – someone who many of your favourite comedians love and appreciate. But while that term is certainly meant as a compliment, it's also selling his career in comedy short.
One of my favorite moments during Dave Letterman's final few weeks was Norm Macdonald's tearful salute. As he was performing a standup routine during one of Dave's last shows, he told a story of seeing Letterman do stand up when he was a kid which made MacDonald want to go into comedy.
Since last I wrote to you in this section, I've spent some time in L.A. covering the Oscars for ShowbizMonkeys.com. But beyond just taking in the year's biggest celebration of film (or rather, spending time on the Red Carpet leading up to said celebration), I also took in a lot of comedy.
It's a brand new week and February's right around the corner! How are all my fellow late night talk show fans doing?
Once again, there's not too much to discuss in the late night game. Conan's ratings have been solid if not spectacular, keeping up with the cable competition of The Daily Show while a bit behind Leno and Letterman on network TV.
Hello, friends! How was your weekend? Sweet, mine too! Last week saw some great late night television, as I anticipated in this very spot, but this upcoming week sees everything but Carson Daly out of repeats.
Everyone seems to have A+ guests this week, but here are the Top 5 to check out, followed as always by the complete guest listings.
How were your holidays? Have a fun New Year's Eve? Back to the grind of work once again? Well, many of the talk show hosts are already back to work, which means new episodes for all of you!
I had a great chat over the holidays with a local comic about the history and current state of late night TV.
Christmas is only a few days away! Do you celebrate the corporate holiday? The non-corporate version? A bit of both? Neither? Yes, that's lots of questions -- maybe you'll take to the comments section and answer some of them!
Unfortunately, I have no time today to talk about what went down last week in late night, nor who to check out this week. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. this Thursday, the Comedy Central shows are airing repeats all week, and the other shows have repeats either Thursday, Friday, or both.
Conan O'Brien returned! Did you watch? What did you think? Many critics thought he was "too safe" -- I guess they were expecting him to re-invent the wheel, given the freedom he had gained by owning his own show on basic cable. But Conan has always wanted to be a talk show host, and we shouldn't have expected him to do too much more than that.
So it's been a while... hi! It's been a long many months since this section has been active. Part of that was due to lots of summer repeats in the late night world, and part of is was -- I'm not gonna lie -- a bit of sadness at the lack of Conan O'Brien on our airwaves.