To true comedy fans, Hannibal Buress is one of the most well-respected new stars of the past five years or so. To those unfamiliar with Buress, however, he’s now just a guy who called Bill Cosby a rapist. Thanks to one of thousands of concert goers these days who just can’t seem to enjoy the moment but instead felt the need to illegally record and upload a clip from Buress’ Oct. 16 show in Philadelphia, Buress is under fire for calling the iconic Cosby a rapist. While the joke is, of course, rooted in truth — Cosby has been accused of sexually assaulting at least 13 women throughout his life — Buress’ use of hyperbole — in this case, just flat out calling Cosby a rapist knowing he’s never been convicted — hasn’t been taken lightly by many. Still others are applauding Buress for having the balls to even bring it up.
“It’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the f—ing smuggest old black man public persona that I hate,” Buress said on stage in Philadelphia. “He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the ‘80s. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom.’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches. ‘I don’t curse onstage.’ Well, yeah, you’re rapist, so I’ll take you saying lots of motherf—ers.”
As one of the most beloved entertainers of all time, Cosby is often given a pass for his alleged past transgressions. In a recent 544-page biography by Mark Whitaker, in fact, there is absolutely no mention of the allegations. This morning Buress visited the Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM, where Howard asked him about the Cosby bit.
“I’ve been doing the bit on and off for six months. It was unexpected. It wasn’t my intention to make it part of a big discussion,” Buress told Howard Stern. “It was just something I was doing at that venue right there. So for someone to put it to the media, it’s crazy.” Stern then makes the point that when he’s seen some the things he, himself, has said on the Howard Stern Show in print, it takes on a totally different meaning. “Yeah, you take the energy away and put it in print and let people who are not even your fans, that don’t know your intent. It’s an interesting thing but it’s just part of the game.”
Check out the clip from SiriusXM below.
Amy Poehler has become a producing powerhouse with her newest project about one woman and her new church. As Parks and Recreation comes to a close after its next and final season, Poehler will develop a single-camera workplace comedy with Parks and Recreation co-executive producer Aisha Muharrar. The series would revolve around a young, agnostic woman who inherits a church and the devoted characters who make up her congregation. Poehler will executive produce with Muharrar.
This is the second show the UCB alum has developed under her three-year deal with NBC’s Universal TV. She created a popular pilot Old Soul starring Natasha Lyonne last season, but it was not greenlighted to series. In addition to her work with NBC, she is executive producing Billy Eichner’s pilot presentation for USA Network about frustrated comedians called Difficult People. If she weren’t busy enough, she reunited for a comedy movie The Nest with friend Tina Fey. Oh right, and her first book, Yes Please, comes out at the end of the month. Midterm elections are coming up, so maybe she could do that too. We’d vote for her.
Key & Peele stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will finally make their starring role debuts on the big screen in Keanu. The stars of the popular Comedy Central sketch series will work on their first project with New Line Cinemas. Keanu centers around the quest to recover a kitten named Keanu who has been kidnapped by a tough drug-dealing street gang. Peele wrote the script with Key & Peele writer Alex Rubens. Shooting is set to begin in Los Angeles next spring. Key and Peele will also produce.
Lots of speculation has been made about films starring the Key & Peele duo. There were reports that they will produce (and potentially star in) a Police Academy reboot. They’ve also been linked to an untitled Judd Apatow film and a spinoff movie Mr. Garvey, aka Substitute Teacher, one of their beloved characters from their Comedy Central show. But for now, it appears that their on-screen debut together will be with Keanu. “We were happy that they were open to doing it at a studio, particularly ours,” New Line President of Production Richard Brener said. “Everything they do is funny.” Peele assured fans that no matter what, “None of our Key & Peele characters will be harmed in the making of this film.”
Russell Brand Kicked Out Of Fox News! Watch Video Of Comedian Nearly Getting Arrested While Filming ‘Trews At Network Headquarters
Russell Brand claims he was invited to appear on Fox News’ Hannity program this week. But when the producers supposedly canceled, Brand decided to have a little fun at the conservative network’s expense. Brand tried to film an episode of his web series The Trews, which often attacks Fox News, outside the network’s headquarters. The resulting video went viral after security threatened to arrest Brand for this stunt.
The clip began with Russell Brand standing outside Fox News’ studio with a laptop. Brand insisted that since Sean Hannity’s show canceled Brand’s appearance, the comedian would do a Trews special from the network’s headquarters. Brand then started ranting about the “Islamophobic narrative” pushed by the Fox anchors.
But this Trews episode took a hilarious turn when a security guard confronted Russell Brand outside the Fox News studio. The guard insisted that Brand needed to leave because he was on private property. When Brand refused, the guard threatened to arrest him.
Unsurprisingly, Russell Brand returned to Fox News headquarters a bit later. This time, he walked inside and told a receptionist that he had been booked for Hannity. But since the gig was apparently canceled, he asked for a tour of the studio instead. When the woman denied this request, Brand told her to tell Hannity that he had dropped by. Brand then left the premises for good.
“Whether the subject is Islamophobia or it’s just the freedom to be in a lobby, Fox is a difficult organization to work with,” Russell Brand concluded after being kicked out of the network’s headquarters. “Whether it’s canceling booking for the Hannity show or kicking you out of their property, which they claim is owned by Beacon Management, it’s very difficult to have true freedom. We’ll run this building one day.”
Watch Russell Brand get kicked out of Fox News below.
Fox News, for its part, maintains Russell Brand was never actually invited to Hannity, despite the comedian’s statements to the contrary. In fact, it would have been somewhat of a bizarre decision for producers to invite Brand on the show, as he publicly feuded with Sean Hannity on Twitter just a few months ago.
“Russell Brand was never booked on the show and therefore couldn’t have been canceled,” Hannity executive producer Porter Berry said in a statement.
This Fox News drama nothing new for Brand, who has called out the network in the past. In June, he called Fox News a “Fanatical Terrorist Propagandist Organization” when Judge Jeanine Pirro claimed on her network show that the only way to defeat ISIS was to constantly bomb the terrorist group.
“This isn’t reasonable, is it?” Russell Brand said in this video slamming Pirro. “Like the way she’s talking? ‘Bomb them! Bomb them!’ She’s worse … She’s the savage, she’s totally espousing savage values. I’m not being just sensational, that is more dangerous than ISIS. That attitude. ‘Cause that’s far-reaching. That’s affecting millions and millions of people.”
John Mulaney’s new Fox sitcom may be in some trouble. Fox execs cut its order for Mulaney from 16 episodes to 13. The show has recently wrapped filming its thirteenth episode, so it appears that the network wanted to stop the show from spending any more money as they decide its fate. Mulaney has not impressed like many hoped it would. The show’s first two episodes opened to a 1.0 and 1.1 rating, respectively, amongst adults 18-49. Mulaney’s new series has had a whacky development story as is and the low ratings and episode trimming may be the beginning of a sad ending.
Mulaney follows its titular protagonist in a similar way as Seinfeld: a stand-up comic surrounded by his colorful friends and strange boss. The show began as a beloved pilot passed by NBC. Fox swung in to the rescue last year and greenlit it for a six-episode order. In an exciting development, the network ordered another ten episodes earlier this year before the show even aired. Suits must have thought the show would be a hit to make such a rare move. Sadly, the show debuted to lackluster fan fare.
Fox has a few new mid-season comedies to choose from if they decide to cancel Mulaney and replace it with a different show. After all of the drama and excitement surrounding the talented former Saturday Night Live writer’s show, hopefully the quality of the series gets better and saves itself from cancellation.
Dane Cook has been in the comedy business for nearly 25 years and by his own account he’s the happiest he’s ever been— both personally and professionally. That’s one of the many things he chatted about with Laughspin editor Dylan Gadino on the latest episode of The Laughspin Podcast. With the premiere of his latest hour-long stand-up comedy special Troublemaker on Showtime this past weekend, Cook is more excited than ever about his life in comedy. During the episode of The Laughspin Podcast, Cook also talks about his friendship with Jerry Lewis, dealing with the death of his parents, therapy, how he became pen pals with someone who hates his guts and so much more. You can listen to the full episode below and check out some written excerpts as well. You can also check out The Laughspin Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.
On romantic relationships
I realized something about myself recently. I was dating this girl. I’m not anymore. But in terms of how things go into the [comedy] routine. She said to me one day as I was just kind of staring at her from across the room, she goes, ‘Can I ask you a question, Dane? Are you watching me or are you observing me?’ And I was like, ‘Wow, I am observing you.’ She’s like, ‘Yeah, I can tell.’ And she knew at that point that most of this was just for mining for what will possibly be [new material]. I think sometimes when I feel like a relationship is at its final act, I don’t just man up and go, ‘Listen, it’s over.’ I kind of let it play out for the material. And she caught on to it. She’s the first woman who was like, ‘Got it! Alright, well thanks, Dane.’
On why he’s on Tinder
I’m on Tinder. If there’s one thing you know about me I will use tech in any way to promote. And once I knew Tinder was the thing, I was like ‘How can I use this to my advantage?’ So I got on Tinder and I put my Troublemaker ad on it. And was like, good. Now everyone in the circumference that’s searching, they’re seeing me. And maybe it’s a subliminal thing like, Dane Cook? Why is he on here? Oh, the special? Ok. And then I break up and I’m not with my girl anymore and I’m going to see what the power of Tinder really is. I wanted to really find out how people behaved on it so I can start putting it in the routine because I’m doing a whole chunk on it now. But I wanted to do it from the inside. I wanted to use this.
On why everyone loves Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr was sleeping in a neighbor’s little kid’s bed on black tar heroin. And you know what’s amazing? Not only the fact that he came back. He is a genius. Robert Downey Jr is a great actor. But the fact is this: The reason we love Robert Downey Jr. is because of that. It’s because he survived that. The reason he’s an interesting human being and character in films is because of that. The reason we love Kim Kardashian is because that’s all of us. Everyone’s got deviant stuff. Sometimes people film it. So we live vicariously through them and we hero worship them simply because we’re doing that.
On dealing with tragedy
I realized with some time that everything good in my life came on the heels of something that was really brutal, something really rough. It went back to when I started exploring being a kid. I had a really unhealthy family atmosphere. There were some things I thought were healthy until the last few years when I was like, ‘Oh, shit. That’s not how parents and kids…that’s not a working relationship.’ There are certain things I needed to peel back.
Each week on the Laughspin Podcast, Dylan Gadino and Mike Gogel bring you comedy news, the most recent audio clips from the comedy world and a few laughs (and the occasional special interview episodes). Be sure to subscribe to the Laughspin Podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud or Stitcher.
Couple Gets Stuck During Sex In Sea! Why Italian Lovers Were Hospitalized Following Intercourse At Porto San Giorgio
Having sex in the sea sounds like a perfectly romantic date. But one Italian couple learned the hard way that things can go terribly wrong. The lovers had to be hospitalized after getting stuck toegther in the water.
The hilarious incident took place at the Porto San Giorgo beach in Italy’s eastern Marche region . After some sex in the Adriatic Sea, the male realized that he was stuck to his female partner. The suction of the water had apparently attached the lovers by their genitals. The couple called over a woman for help, and she gave them a towel to cover themselves as they worked their way back to shore.
While at the beach, the couple called a doctor, but even he was unable to free the lovers who got stuck having sex. So they had to go to an emergency room, where doctors freed the couple with the medicine used to dilate a pregnant woman’s uterus.
Oddly, this is not the first time a couple has been stuck together while having sex. Back in July, a Zimbabwe couple got stuck for seven hours during bedroom intercourse. Cain Chamhuze and wife Vongai Nhopi even called some neighbors into their home to try to free the couple. It is still unclear exactly how the lovers got stuck in the first place.
“It started from 2AM and we remained stuck together until his father came,” Nhopi said of getting stuck during sex. “He hugged me but couldn’t move his hand. We were separated after 10AM when his father came.”
Kevin Hart Helps Bus Driver Ganesha Bradley-Douglas Get Job Back After National Car Rental Suspended Her For Taking Selfie With Him (VIDEO)
When National Car Rental bus driver Genesha Bradley-Douglas saw the opportunity to take a selfie with Kevin Hart, she knew she could not turn it down. Sadly, this led to Bradley-Douglas getting suspended from her job. But Hart, ever the gentleman, posted a video online defending the driver that led National Car Rental to lift the suspension.
The drama started when Genesha Bradley-Douglas spotted Kevin Hart at LAX while driving an airport shuttle bus. Bradley-Douglas was so starstruck that she parked the bus and raced over to Hart to get a selfie. The comedian happily obliged, but when National Car Rental saw video of her actions, they suspended her indefinitely without pay. Bradley-Douglas maintained that there was only one family on the bus at the time of the selfie, and that one of these passengers got off the bus for a photo with Hart, as well.
“Honestly, I’m probably going to be terminated,” Genesha Bradley-Douglas told Inside Edition after her suspension. “[I’m worried about] not being able to pay my mortgage.”
So when Kevin Hart heard the story about the National Car Rental bus driver, he knew he had to do something to help Genesha Bradley-Douglas. Hart posted the below video to YouTube, asking the company to give Bradley-Douglas her job back.
“I’m asking National to please give this woman a pass,” Kevin Hart said to National Car Rental in the video. “I love National, and if I had seen me I’d have taken a selfie with me too! Come on! Have some compassion!”
Kevin Hart’s pitch apparently worked. Genesha Bradley-Douglas showed the video to her bosses on Friday, and they immediately gave her back her job. So now the bus driver can enjoy her Kevin Hart selfie instead of lamenting its consequences.
“Yay I got my job back!” Genesha Bradley-Douglas told Inside Edition after her reinstatement. “Things went very well, and I’m very happy that … Kevin Hart and all the petitions and the likes really helped me out.”
Gabriel Iglesias will release his motion picture event The Fluffy Movie – Extended Edition (Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL HD) on Oct. 21. And to celebrate that fact and because we love Laughspin readers, we’re giving away one copy of the Blu-ray version of The Fluffy Movie. And here’s how to enter: Simply email us at email@example.com with the subject FLUFFY and tell us you want to win a copy of The Fluffy Movie. Also, leave your mailing address so we can send your prize if you should win. You have until 6 pm EST on Wednesday, Oct. 22 to enter. We will announce the winner no later than Friday, Oct. 24. Oh, and you have to live in the Unites States or in Canada to be eligible.
Filmed over two days in San Jose, CA, during his Unity Through Laughter tour, which visited 23 countries and more than 400 cities The Fluffy Movie was released theatrically this past July. So if you missed it then, now’s the time to catch up on Gabriel Iglesias’ latest comedy offering, released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment. In addition to the extended film itself, check out the bonus features below:
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Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson joined by Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Brian Regan and more in ‘Top Five’ trailer
In his directorial debut, Chris Rock calls in all the comedic favors he can and lines his upcoming film Top Five with a rogue’s gallery of talent. Brian Regan. Kevin Hart. JB Smoove. Tracy Morgan. Whoopi Goldberg. The list goes on and on and it’s hard not to put our money on this movie for being one of the funniest of the year.
Taking on writing duties as well, Rock tells a semi-autobiographical story of jaded comedian Andre Allen. Allen, unlike Rock, is a washed up stand-up whose fame and fortune have outlived his love for the craft. Faced with a reality TV marriage and a quest for newfound dramatic notoriety, Rock meets a spunky head-half-shaved journalist in Rosario Dawson– and we smell a turning point!
The trailer is filled with comedian after comedian, and we even catch a glimpse of stand-up mecca The Comedy Cellar. Throwing in with the likes of films like Funny People and The King of Comedy, Top Five looks to explore stand-up comedy through the eyes of one of the quintessential stand-up comedians and we couldn’t be happier. Comedy is hard to write about without waxing poetic, but after a great reception at the Toronto International Film Festival and the fact that it comes from an incisively funny mind like Rock’s, we’re all thinking this might be one of the more candid yet entertaining takes on the subject. Check out the trailer and see how many of the comedy royalty you can count. Top Five will have a limited release on Dec. 5 before opening wide on Dec. 12.
Sassy comedian Billy Eichner will appear on Fox’s New Girl this season. The Billy on the Street host has recently shown off his acting chops on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, where he will be seen a bit during the upcoming final season as Craig. On New Girl‘s holiday episode on Dec. 9, Eichner will play Barry. The gang meets Barry, a beleaguered airline representative, while trying to leave Los Angeles for Christmas. Barry is not very pleased dealing with even more holiday travelers.
Eichner’s star continues to soar with his comedic acting gigs, possibly in hopes that USA Network will greenlight his Amy Poehler-produced pilot Difficult People to series. In the meantime, he continues to host his FUSE Network ambush game show Billy on the Street. With all of the projects in the air, Eichner still manages to write a book and yell at Burger King.
You may have heard that a porn parody of Fox’s animated hit series Bob’s Burgers has become a reality. You may have even spent time reading Jezebel’s review of said porn parody. But what does the cast think of the Bob’s Burgers porn parody. Well, we finally get some insight into that thanks to the intrepid team at NowThisNews, who caught up with castmembers H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, John Roberts and Larry Murphy at PaleyFest in New York yesterday.
“I’m not a big girl-on-guy porn guy,” Benjamin says, adding, “I’m like girl-on-horse. A girl on a horse. Not porn, I would watch. I would watch a girl riding a horse.”
Check out the full video below! And then check out the trailer for Bob’s Boners. Fear not. It’s totally safe for work.
The fifth season of Bob’s Burgers premiered Oct. 5 and airs every Sunday on Fox.
Twitter juggernaut and Parks and Recreation writer Megan Amram is getting her science on in this Olivia Newton-John reimagining. To promote her upcoming book, Science…For Her!, Amram reworked the Grease star’s “Physical” into a song about ladies’ battle with science. A recent study reported that women are 45% more likely than men to leave the STEM field (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) within their first year. One comedian hopes to encourage more ladies to put down their lipstick and pick up a beaker! Check out the video, with Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman, Steve Agee and Rich Fulcher below! And pre-order her book Science…For Her! on Amazon before its release on Nov. 4.Let’s Get Physics Y’all With Megan Amram, Nick Offerman, Rich Fulcher, and Steve Agee from Nick Offerman
Joan Rivers died at the age of 81 from low blood oxygen while undergoing a procedure on her throat, according to autopsy results released today by the New York City Medical Examiner. The official statement from the medical examiner is below.
OCME has completed its investigation. The cause of Ms. Rivers’ death is anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest during laryngoscopy and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with propofol sedation for evaluation of voice changes and gastroesophageal reflux disease. The manner of death is therapeutic complication. The classification of a death as a therapeutic complication means that the death resulted from a predictable complication of medical therapy.
All of this means that while Rivers was sedated her brain didn’t get enough oxygen. And this caused brain damage. Finally, this occurrence is considered a complication but not necessarily an usual one.
Joan Rivers died on Sept. 4 after being rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital and six days after suffering cardiac arrest at an outpatient clinic on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The iconic comedian was at Yorkville Endoscopy to have doctors examine the raspiness of her voice and her acid reflux.
Since her death, it’s been announced a biography of the comedian will be written for a 2016 release. Titled Joan Rivers: A Life, the tome will be written for Little, Brown and Company by Leslie Bennetts, a veteran journalist for the New York Times and Vanity Fair.
“Joan Rivers’ life story was, in every way, a remarkably dramatic roller-coaster ride characterized by triumphant highs and devastating lows, one that is both wildly entertaining and deeply moving,” Bennetts said. “But Rivers’ career was also enormously significant in American cultural history, breaking down barriers for women in television and comedy and continually redefining the acceptable boundaries of truth-telling for women in public life. It’s hard to imagine a more compelling subject for a book — or one that would be more fun.”
Elizabeth Peña, trailblazing comedy actress whose career spanned four decades, died Tuesday in Los Angeles at the age of 55. Recently seen on Modern Family, where she played Sofia Vergara’s character’s mother Pilar, Peña also starred on crime drama Matador (which airs on the newly launched network El Rey), and turned in a memorable performance as Mirage in 2004’s animated comedy action hit The Incredibles. No cause of death has been released, although reports say Peña was battling a short illness.
As a founding member of the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors, the Cuban American Peña was a champion for the rights of Hispanics in the arts. “Rest in peace, Elizabeth Peña,” Eva Longoria tweeted. “You paved the way for so many of us.” Modern Family co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson also tweeted, “The entire cast and crew are very sad to say goodbye to one of our Modern Family members. RIP to the beautiful and talented Elizabeth Peña.
“In the United States, all Spanish-speaking people are lumped into one category,” Peña once told the Dallas Morning News. “But we’re all so different. Argentinians are completely different from Mexicans. Mexicans are completely different from Cubans. Cubans are completely different from people from Paraguay and Uruguay.”
Latino Review writer Mario-Francisco Robles wrote a heartfelt tribute, a portion of which is below.
I didn’t call her Elizabeth, or Liz, or Leechy. She wasn’t Aunt, Auntie, Tia, or Titi. To me…she was Ñaña. That was the name I assigned my aunt when I was just a baby, and it’s the name I continued to refer to her as when I visited her in Los Angeles last week. She was our star. She was my star. We celebrated her triumphs. We sweated through her struggles. As a family, even when we didn’t always talk, we would all do whatever we could for one another. When I got married 3 years ago, despite their being some logistical hurdles, she flew herself, her husband, and both her kids to attend my special night in New York’s Hudson River Valley. Dancing with her, my uncle, and my cousins under the stars that night is a memory I’ve always cherished, and it’s now one that I’ll have to hold onto for the rest of my life.
My Ñaña is gone.
As we sadly count down the days until the end of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert continues to mock the American political system. Midterm elections are fast approaching on Nov. 4 and the Republican Party has been attempting to target female voters by creating shameless add campaigns so vaguely accurate they make tabloid magazines seem like The New York Times. Colbert lent the GOP his own advice last night with another idea to pander to women. Check out his campaign ad below!
For me there are few things better in film than watching a comedian do drama. Say what you will about Adam Sandler’s recent output, you can’t deny how great Punch-Drunk Love was in 2002 or what a solid performance Seth Rogen gave opposite of Michelle Williams in 2011’s Take This Waltz. And that’s why, after viewing the latest trailer for Foxcatcher starring Steve Carell, I’m incredibly excited for its Nov. 14 release.
Based on the real-life story of Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), his brother Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo) and their relationship with Mark’s sponsor John du Pont (Carell), the trailer shows the former Daily Show correspondent and Office star in the midst of heavy, ominous plot. This is no Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and that’s why I’m excited. Check out the trailer below!
“These guys got some injuries, but I never really heard about it until we started talking about the film after it’d been finished,” director Bennett Miller told Yahoo! Movies about filming Foxcatcher. “I keep on learning about various injuries. Like Mark [Ruffalo] at one point collar ties Channing in a scene and he kind of cuts his ear. He hits the side of his head really hard and burst Channing’s eardrum. And in the same scene, Channing put his head through a mirror and cut himself.”
If the number of your YouTube subscribers is indicative of your popularity in real life – spoiler: it is! – then Jimmy Fallon and his Tonight Show just hit a crucial milestone. With more than 4.7 million followers on YouTube, The Tonight Show has just surpassed the YouTube following of Jimmy Kimmel Live, which has an almost equally impressive following of 4,694,431, according to a TubeFilter piece posted this morning. Fallon’s exact count is 4,764,339.
Fallon’s numbers are even more impressive when you remember that Jimmy Kimmel Live has been around since the start of 2003 and The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon only premiered this past February and Fallon’s previous YouTube channel for Late Night (from which a bulk of current Tonight Show subscribers are from) only launched in 2009.
Conan is in third place in this timeslot with just over 2 million YouTube subscribers. And while there’s a huge gap between Kimmel and Conan O’Brien’s show, let’s remember that Conan airs on TBS. That a basic cable late night show is even on this list is amazing. More amazing (or is it?) is that Conan destroys the decidedly older-skeweingLate Show with David Letterman YouTube viewership, which is a comparatively paltry 111, 252. Not surprisingly, the younger-skewing Seth Meyers’ Late Night, which airs after all of the aforementioned late night shows has even more YouTube viewers – more than 149,000 – viewers than Letterman, despite its worse timeslot.
Jay Leno is officially returning to television, the comedian confirmed today, a week after it was reported the former Tonight Show host was negotiating a deal to host a show for CNBC. Tentatively titled Jay Leno’s Garage, the veteran comedian’s new series would air in primetime – not late night – and would revolve around his passion for all things automobiles.
“This show will be about anything that rolls, explodes, and makes noise,” Leno said today. “We hope to highlight the passion and the stories behind the men and women who made the automobile the greatest invention of the 20th century.”
The show, set to premiere sometime in 2015, will not exist solely for entertainment purposes. After all, this is CNBC, a 24-hour news network known for financial analysis. Instead, Jay Leno’s Garage will be dispatch information on the car collector’s market and will explore the best investments and valuations.
The move back to NBC makes even more sense keeping in mind the network still hosts Leno’s Web series Jay Leno’s Garage and they recently aired a special called Jay’s Garage: The Ultimate Car Week on NBC.
Leno, who will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in Washington on Oct. 19, has never lead on that he would completely vanish from show business. So this move, if it came to fruition, wouldn’t be a total surprise. NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt has said, “Nothing would make me happier than to find ways to keep him involved with this network. That’s really up to him.”
In July, we told you about a new Web series called Metal Grasshopper, which would star the mighty metal god Phil Anselmo of Pantera fame and comedian/musician/radio host Dave Hill. Well, we’re back to tell you that the first episode is now online and it’s as awkwardly hilarious as we thought it might be.
The concept is that Hill, a lifelong Metal worshipper, convinces one Philip H. Anselmo to, in Hill’s words, to “school him like a motherfucker in the ways of Metal.” Anselmo, naturally, is resistant to help out the prospective younger student. But Hill pushes on. “You’re the master and I’m the student. I am putty in your hands so sculpt me into the most badass metal motherfucker of all time.”
Note… true metal heads will pick up on a Pantera lyric reference near the end of the episode. If you know it, leave it in the comments section.
Check out the first episode below to see how it plays out and be sure to check the Metal Grasshopper page on YouTube for new episodes. Let’s do this!
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