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Conan O’Brien Will Host Non-Late Night Shows

Conan O’Brien has been hosting late night TV shows since 1993 when he inherited the “Late Night” show from David Letterman on NBC. He now handles the late night duties on TBS. O’Brien has been one of the pioneers of embracing YouTube as a method of promoting his show and reaching a larger audience than would ever be able to find him on TBS. The cable network recently announced a new agreement that will see O’Brien continue to helm his late night show for another four years. However, his new contract is much more comprehensive than it has been in the past.

 

O’Brien will also be involved in creating various programs that will air in prime time. He will also produce original content for live shows, mobile games and podcasts. He will still continue to stay involved with YouTube because it is a platform that he has enjoyed remarkable success with in the past. O’Brien realizes that the late night landscape has changed dramatically over the past 24 years since he first came on the scene as a virtually unknown comedy writer. He feels that it is important to keep his show evolving in order for it to stay relevant. He wants to be able to reach people in the ways they are currently using to watch TV. Technology is a huge part of his new contract with TBS. O’Brien has said that millions of people watch his show without ever tuning their TV to TBS. That is why the online world will play such a huge role in the future of his show.

 

O’Brien has become known for traveling to foreign countries that other late night hosts would never even consider visiting. He made a very famous trip to Cuba in 2015 and became the first American late night host to set foot in the country. The host has confirmed that these trips will continue on a regular basis over the course of his new contract.

 

 

 

Oliver Stone Defends Putin On Stephen Colbert’s Show

Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone went on Th eLate Show With Stephen Colbert recently to promote his new documentary and got more than he bargained for.

 

The four-part documentary -The Putin Interviews- will air on Showtime in one-hour blocks. Stone has spent two years following Russian President Vladimir Putin and has cobbled together a four-hour documentary from over 20 hours of tape.

 

The problems started right away when Colbert plays a short clip of Stone interviewing Putin. In it, Stone asked Putin if he had interfered with the eUS Presidential election. To which Putin responded that Russia would never interfere with another country’s elections.

 

Instead of asking any sort of follow up question, Stone merely says, “Thank you, sir. We’ll see you tomorrow.”

 

Colbert then pressed Stone and asked why he failed to ask a follow-up question. Stone’s only defense was the, “you have to be polite.”

 

At this point, derisive laughter began to come from the audience. Colbert then told Stone that with the lack of a follow-up question, it was as if he had given Putin a platform to spread his propaganda.

 

Stone insisted that more hard-hitting questions would come in the fourth hour of the documentary and that the audience would simply have to watch in order to see him question Putin more forcefully.

 

Olver Stone has long been a defender of the freedom of speech, so it seemed odd to Colbert that he would take it easy on Putin, who has jailed opposition journalists and is alleged to have had opposition politicians murdered.

 

To that, Stone replied that Putin is merely a “social conservative.” At this point, the audience broke out in more laughter. To which, Stone replied, “I don’t know why you’re laughing.”

 

“Because it seems like a mild description”, Colbert informed him.

 

It remains to be seen if Stone does, indeed, ask Putin harder question later on in the interview. But one thing is certain, he has certainly drummed up some interest in his new documentary.

 

James Comey Testimony Provides Late Night Humor

Political events have been providing late night talk show hosts with funny jokes as long as the medium of TV has existed. Therefore, it should not come as a shock that the  testimony of former FBI chief James Comey has drawn the attention of all the biggest names in late night TV. Trevor Noah, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien and James Corden provided their take on the critical testimony which could have a huge impact on the presidency of Donald Trump. What is interesting is the way that these late night hosts go about writing jokes about big stories in the political world.

 

All of the late night TV shows have large staffs of professional comedy writers who are paid to make their bosses funny on a nightly basis. The procedure about how these writers come up with material varies depending on the show. However, their procedure regarding huge stories like the Comey hearing is remarkably the same. All of the late night shows have several writers assigned to watch the hearing in its entirety. The writers were instructed to take notes about anything that could potentially be used for jokes. After the hearing is complete, those writers have a meeting to throw around ideas for funny monologue jokes or bits that can be used later in the show.

 

At some point, the rest of the writing staff is brought into he equation to see if they can add anything to what he first group of writers have come up with. Conan O’Brien has said that he wants his writers to always collaborate because one person can come up with a solid premise that other writers can build on. Writers who always work alone will never have the benefit of other writers making their material even funnier. Jimmy Kimmel says that his writers feed on the pressure of having to come up with topical jokes on a nightly basis. He loved their Comey material.

 

 

 

Colbert Provides Trump Twitter Reduction Suggestions

Over the past few weeks, one of the biggest stores in late night television has been the feud going on between Donald Trump and Steven Colbert, who is the host of The Late Show. Over this time period, Trump has sent out a number of critical tweets about Colbert and his show, which came after Colbert made some critical comments about Trump, his presidency, and current political issues.

 

While Trump used to be very active on Twitter, he has slowed down over the past few weeks. After seeing the decline in the number of tweets, Colbert had a few suggestions as reasons why (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/late-night-lately-colberts-twitter-vention-cordens-latest-performances-mocking-trumps-trip-1007715/item/colbert-stages-a-trump-twitter-vention-late-night-lately-may-27-1007726). One of the main reasons that Colbert cited for the lack of Twitter usage is that Trump has finally left the country and could be trying to avoid data roaming charges. This poked fun at the fact that after several months, Trump has just now made his first international trip.

 

Colbert continued on to provide a number of other jokes and suggestions. During his show, Colbert further discussed that Trump’s use of Twitter has had an impact on many people’s lives, even Colbert’s life. Colbert stated that ever since he was brought up in a Trump Twitter rant, the ratings of Colbert’s show has gone up. This comment came at the same time that it was announced that The Late Show is now the number one show on late night television as it has just recently taken the top slot away from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

 

Late Night Star Conan O’Brien Says His Least Favorite Guest Was Al Roker

Hilarious late night talk show host Conan O’Brien recently made an appearance on Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live” show. While being interviewed by Cohen, O’Brien revealed his least favorite celebrity to interview: NBC’s Al Roker.

 

Conan admitted his dislike of Roker during a game segment entitled “Plead the Fifth.” During this game, Conan was asked three questions and could only refuse to answer one of them.

 

When asked which celebrity Conan most disliked interviewing in his long career as a talk show host, he instantly paused and thought for a moment. After a few seconds, O’Brien admitted that Al Roker was just “too fake” and that he didn’t enjoy interviewing him. Conan went on to say that Roker is “too happy all the time.”

 

Conan also complained that it was hard to actually talk to Roker on his TV program. “I kept trying to crack him,” Conan said, “and he wouldn’t do it!”

 

The star TBS’ late night show Conan said that Roker was a huge backstage diva. Indeed, Conan called Roker an “absolute monster” behind the scenes. Apparently, Conan and Roker haven’t talked since their last interview years ago.

 

O’Brien then turned the question around and asked Andy Cohen for his worst guest. Cohen said he most disliked interviewing Mariah Carey.

 

The first question Cohen asked O’Brien was whether he would shag, marry, or kill three popular TV hosts: Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and James Corden. Conan decided to kill Kimmel, shag Corden, and marry Fallon.

 

The last question O’Brien was asked was what he would say to Jay Leno if he ever sat next to him on a flight. O’Brien said he would probably just be watching an in-flight movie like “The Goonies” and totally disregard Leno.

 

O’Brien didn’t choose to “plead the fifth” on any of these questions.

 

Are We Going To Mars?

We have been to the moon, thanks to NASA, but never to Mars. Going to Mars is something that humanity has envisioned ever since it set foot on the moon. However, decades ago we lacked the means and the power to facilitate safe passage to Mars, one of the many planets in our solar system. With the recent technological advancements, plans are underway to have some of us travel to Mars. Due to President Trump’s directive for NASA to take people to Mars by 2033, the space agency has been on its toes to come up with a detailed plan for the expedition. According to NASA, their plan will encompass five phases. Although the project is expected to experience severe challenges, the space agency is determined to bring President Trump’s directive to fruition. Currently, there are ongoing tests to determine how best NASA can take people to Mars. Besides, launching and testing of rockets is expected to be held in the coming year so as to deliver vital components to the Deep Space Gateway. NASA’s move has come as a challenge to other companies that deal with space exploration. Whereas NASA projects to safely take us to the moon by 2033, other corporations guarantee an early Mars arrival, presumably by the year 2022. Thus, such a scenario will force NASA to work around the clock, because any challenge will deter it from its initial course. If it so happens that we arrive on Mars by 2033, we will have done what previous generations failed to do.

 

Will Late Night Television Show Hosts Be Speechless?

Many people like to believe their favorite late night television show host is incredibly talented and funny. This belief is often justified. However, people shouldn’t forget that late night television show hosts stand upon the shoulders of giants. Behind the scenes, writers work tirelessly to craft jokes for late night television show hosts to use. In fact, without all of these writers, many late night television show hosts would be about as entertaining and funny as your typical class clown. Late night television show hosts know this, and they are getting nervous.

 

Why are the hosts getting nervous? It is because of an upcoming contract deadline. The Writer’s Guild of America protects all of the professional writers in Hollywood. This includes the writers for late night television shows. If the contract isn’t renewed, the writers will go on strike. This hasn’t happened for almost a decade! If a strike occurs, the late night television show hosts will have nothing to stay. Rather than attempting the stage without the help of professional writers, late night television shows will air repeats. This should give many late night television show fans pause regarding exactly how talented many of their favorite hosts are.

 

Thankfully, many experts think it won’t come to this. May would be a bad time for a strike from professional writers. A lot of big television events are scheduled for May, and writers will be needed to help make them happen. Let’s hope our favorite late night hosts won’t be speechless!

 

Two Late Night Television Show You Should Check Out

Most late night television show fans probably think they have seen it all. However, did you know there are more late night television shows out there than the ones advertised by the big networks? It’s true! If you looking for something more than the standard late night television show fare, one newspaper recently highlighted two shows for people to check out.

 

Desus & Mero showcases a pair of Bronx comedians. You can check out this late night television show on Viceland. This duo is able to riff off of the popular headlines of the day. To match the duo’s street cred, the desk on the show isn’t squeaky clean. Instead, it is covered in graffiti. The show was recently described as “loose, cheerful, and profane.” Jessie Williams and Chris Hayes have both made recent appearances on the show.

 

If you want to watch a late night television show where the stakes are low and celebrities lay back a bit, you should change the channel to Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. This late night television show is aired on Bravo, and you can catch it Sundays through Thursdays. Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lawrence have made appearances on the show. Thanks to an open bar policy on the set, the guests are often a bit tipsy and willing to talk loosely about their lives. The show can be a refreshing change from the sometimes overly scripted interviews of traditional late night television.

 

What are you waiting for? Check out these shows!

The closest we have to state TV

The comic, including Seth Meyer, and Samantha Lee, were discussing President Donald Trump’s close with the network and his daughter in White House. They also took close at the relationship between Trump and Bill O’Reilly to talk about the role of his daughter Ivanka in the White House. Stephen Colbert, on the last show, talked about how the president stuck his finger into O’Reilly’s situation in the media. As a matter of fact, the media is aware that Trump dislikes Bill. For this reason, he will answer these questions with stakes. According to the recent statistics, the network settled to the tune of not less than $13 million.

 

When Trump was asked about Bill, he claimed that he was not guilty of the alleged charges. On the other hand, Colbert was so ironical when he enquired about the $13 million found with Bill. He also added that that amount could be just a tip of the iceberg about more money channeled into the media to portray a good image of the worst political rule. Trump also declared April as the month of Sexual Awareness. According to this statement, the bill has been charged with more than two incidences of sexual assault.

 

To be fair, Trump was not elected by the American people the electorate only elected him. For this reason, he will not own all the allegations subjected to him. Samantha also questions the role of Ivanka in the White House. She also claims that she might be there to act as her father’s eyes and ears.

Late Night TV Host Holds Her Own White House Correspondents’ Dinner

One of the funniest and smartest faces of late night television had a lot to say about the conspicuous absence of President Donald Trump at the first White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Samantha Bee, star of the late night hit show Full Frontal, decided to hold “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” a very funny skit that featured celebrities and plenty of sarcastic humor pointed directly at Trump.

 

Samantha Bee’s decision to hold a comedic version of the event was prompted not just because of the President’s absence but also from the fact that the actual White House Correspondents’ Dinner took on a demure tone this year.

 

During the Obama administration, the President was not only roasted but also invited to laugh and even participate with a few jokes. Since former President Obama was very popular, the Correspondents’ Dinner became a glitzy affair that attracted many A-list celebrities from the showbiz industry.

 

This year, comedian Hasan Minhaj was in charge of roasting Trump, but the roasting was minimal since the focus is to have the President there and in person to catch and absorb the jokes. Instead, the organizing committee invited legendary journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to present awards.

 

Samantha Bee’s counter show was a comedic success with very strong roasting of President Trump, who would have likely not been very comfortable with. The journalism industry in general was also heavily roasted by Samantha Bee and her fellow comedians, but proceeds from the event went to the Committee to Protect Journalists.