Roseanne Barr’s controversial, poorly worded tweet about Valerie Jarrett is the gift that keeps on giving — at least for late-night comedians. After the “Roseanne” actress disparaged Jarrett, a former senior advisor to Barack Obama, on social media, ABC took swift action. They canceled the recent revival of Roseanne’s eponymous sitcom. Her agency, ICM, dropped her as a client.
Barr tweeted an apology and also released a statement of apology to Jarrett and the cast and crew of her show.
After the first tweet, Jimmy Kimmel was quick to cut together a new version of “Roseanne” that instead centered around Dan Conner, played by John Goodman.
“The show must go on,” he stated while introducing his proposed version. He went on to joke that ABC — the network his late-night show is on — doesn’t have much else to offer people.
Comedians got even more material to work with when Roseanne blamed her ill-advised tweet on Ambien. Both “The Daily Show” and “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” responded with fake Ambien commercials that jokingly added a “sudden racism” warning to its list of side effects. A fake ad from “The Daily Show” quipped that combining Ambien and social media “may lead to sitcom loss.”
Even Ambien’s manufacturer, Sanofi U.S., released a statement, saying that “racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”
NBC “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon became known for his spot-on impersonations of celebrities when he was a member of the “Saturday Night Live” cast. However, his ability to sing a tune hasn’t gone unnoticed, ever since he’s been hosting “The Tonight Show.” He’s been able to cover many songs with a variety of musicians on his show, as well as pull off performances with his “Tonight Show” band, The Roots.
Fallon and The Roots hooked up recently for a cover of “At This Moment.” The Billy Vera & the Beaters song was originally released back in 1981 and rose up the charts thanks to being used on the hit television show, “Family Ties.” Fans of the older sitcom will remember it as the love song associated with Michael P. Keaton and his girlfriend Ellen Reed. The song hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles and U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary charts in 1987 thanks to its appearance on the show.
For his backstage cover series, Fallon belted out the hit, showing off his singing abilities once again in a YouTube video that checks in at over three minutes in length. The Roots provide a fitting backdrop for the song as they continue to show their impressive abilities to cover a range of musical selections.
The performance was an installment of “Cover Room,” a backstage series for Fallon’s “Tonight Show.” Rolling Stone reported that previous artists that have been covered for the series include Kesha, Bruce Springsteen, and Nathaniel Rateliff. Previously, Fallon has done several popular songs with the artists that originally recorded them using The Roots and classroom instruments to create the background music.
One of the interesting things about David Letterman’s Netflix talk show “And My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” is that it has given the normally private former late night talk show host to discuss his private life and even occasionally his feelings.
Each episode of Letterman’s hour-long show features him talking to a celebrity guest and a recent taping at Netflix’s FYSee exhibition space at Raleigh Studios was a freewheeling discussion with comedian Jerry Seinfeld. The two comedians had known each other for nearly forty years and their level of familiarity led them to discuss their careers and some of the regrets they have about their respective shows.
Letterman admitted that he had probably stayed on broadcast television too long. According to Letterman, when you’re on a show like his “Late Show” CBS talker, it’s easy to get caught up in the process and the success and not realize there’s more to life than the show and how well it’s doing. He went on to say that he had wished he had quit earlier because he feels as if he needs to do something to improve the world, but he’s too old and tired to pursue it now.
Letterman also dismissed claims that he had changed the face of late night television, arguing that many of the crazy comedy bits he did weren’t really innovation but the result of scrambling to stay on the air. He argued that late night talk shows are niche programming a lot of the process involved in putting it together is really nothing more than just filling time. Despite evidence to the contrary, Letterman says that viewers confused his desperation with an attempt to be innovative.
Never one to take life too seriously, Ryan Reynolds had a blast when he crashed “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” this week. Instead of simply coming on the show as himself, Reynolds showed up to the show in full Deadpool costume.
With the new Deadpool movie coming out this week, Reynolds is working hard to promote the movie and the incredibly popular character he portrays. Deadpool is known for his snide and snarky sense of humor and when Reynolds turned up to the popular late night show in full costume, it was clear that Reynolds was out and Deadpool was in the house. He entered the stage during Colbert’s monologue and jumped right into his famous comedy style telling the audience not to stand up, after all, it is CBS and everyone knowns how old the audience is. He then went on to invite himself on the show and for an interview. Colbert tried to interrupt him stating that he already had a guest lined up, Jamie Foxx, but Deadpool wasn’t having it. He jumped into jokes about Foxx before trying to take over Colbert’s monologue. He then takes a few shots at Colbert before jumping into jokes about President Trump. His jokes take a few low blows at President Trump, a popular target for all late night hosts.
Reynolds took full advantage of his opportunity on stage and had the audience in stitches. No one was safe from his comedic blows, and it has taken the internet by storm. For a full view of the entire clip featuring Deadpool and Colbert, click here.
Late night television has always been a very popular television source that has provided people with entertainment and plenty of political satire. For the past few decades there has always been at least a few shows that have competed for the top ratings prize. While there continue to be several major late night television programs to choose from, one show has continued to build its ratings and is now the leader by a large margin (http://www.vulture.com/2018/04/late-night-ratings-early-2018-colbert-fallon.html).
For the past few years, Late Show With Stephen Colbert has continued to be the leader in the television ratings. He has continued to build on this gap and he is now well ahead of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which is in a distant second place.
According to a recent study, the Colbert show has jumped by more than 20% in total ratings over the past year alone. Over the past quarter, he has had nearly 4 million viewers on a nightly basis. This is a very big lead over Jimmy Fallon, which is averaging around 2.7 million viewers on a nightly basis. The third place show, which is led by Jimmy Kimmel, has about 2.3 million viewers every night.
While all of these ratings are dynamic and will change on a regular basis, it is clear that Colbert has continued to be the most popular choice with viewers. Part of this may be due to his consistent battle against President Donald Trump, which has included receiving public criticism from the President.
I, personally, have never had a run in with a celebrity, but this story that was told on the Tonite Show to Jimmy Fallon and I think that it was pretty funny. Keep in mind the customs agent was an older gentleman and I get the impression that his is the curmudgeonly grandfather type. John Krasinski from the Office, and many other movies such as 13 Hours and the newly released A Quiet Place was on his way to London to visit his wife, who is also an actress.
After getting off the plane at Heathrow Airport, Mr. Krasinski was at the customs desk going through the arrival process when the customs agent asked what his business was in London. Naturally John answered that he was there to visit his wife, who was working on a movie. The customs agent asked if John was also an actor. To this John replied yes. The customs agent asked what Mr. Kransinski has been in and naturally John said one show was the American version of the Office. The customs agent did not look thrilled. He then asked John who his wife is. Mr. Krasinski stated that his wife was actress Emily Blunt. The customs agent looked shocked and upset. He angrily repeated the word “you” a couple of times and then stamped the passport so hard Mr. Krasinski was shocked. Goes to show you that you cannot please everyone no matter how you try.
Recently, on a jaunt to Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show, country singer Blake Shelton regaled the host with tales of his time living it up with fellow Voice judges Adam Levine and Kelly Clarkson. One of his funniest stories involved being pulled over by a police officer while with his aforementioned friends. The trouble started after a Maroon 5 show that was located close to Blake Shelton’s house in Oklahoma.
According to Shelton, the Maroon 5 frontman had quite a different reaction to being pulled over than his cast mates did. While Clarkson teased the police officer about his mustache and Shelton demanded to know why they had been pulled over in the first place, Levine stewed and seemed fearful. Shelton attributed Levine’s reaction to the fact that he’s from Los Angeles, where the culture is to immediately obey the police. In L.A., people tend not to question the police. However, Shelton indicated that being pulled over in Oklahoma is quite a different experience. The way he sees it, those who are pulled over have a right to debate. Fallon seemed very amused by the tale. Yet again, it was a way in which these two TV friends could not be more different. For years now, fans have loved to watch the funny interactions of these opposites-and this story was no exception to the rule.
Perhaps people don’t necessarily associate Katie Couric, the bubbly television host, with the more sardonic Jimmy Kimmel. However, the two recently got together for quite an unusual reason—and a great cause. After Americans reach the age of 50, medical experts recommend that they undergo a test for colorectal cancer. As the widow of a man who died from colon cancer, Couric has long been an advocate for such screenings. So Kimmel, who recently turned 50, seemed to think that linking up with her for his own colonoscopy was a no-brainer. Also, it seemed fitting that March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month.
Kimmel seemed groggy prior to his appointment—and perhaps not too thrilled to be there, which is understandable—but he was a good sport. As the doctor explained that the colonoscopy would find any polyps, and that she would then remove them, Couric inquired as to why more people don’t go for their routine colonoscopies. Kimmel’s reply was hilarious, especially considering the fact that he was suited up in a hospital gown and bracelet.
Although the two hosts may have been making light of the situation, Couric obviously still thinks about her deceased husband, who passed away at the age of 42. In a recent Instagram post, she commented that she and their two daughters still miss him. As the founder of three organizations dedicated to bringing more awareness to this cause, Couric has been at the forefront of innovations in this field, of which there have been many.
Actor Michael K. Williams dropped by Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday to discuss his role in the second season of the SundanceTV television series Hap and Leonard. Williams used his time on camera to chat about his current role on the show and reminisce about his most famous part as Omar on HBO’s The Wire.
Williams was greeted with enthusiasm by Meyers, who revealed that Williams, who previously appeared on the late night show in 2016, is one of the writing staff’s favorite guests. The two discussed Williams’ childhood connections with 30 Rockefeller Plaza. A native of Brooklyn, he disclosed that would often travel to Manhattan to see the Rockettes next door. After guesting on Late Night in 2016, he was finally able to go on the roof of the skyscraper and see the building’s famous panorama of New York City.
Williams also talked about Omar, a cult favorite among TV aficionados. He revealed that he was an inexperienced actor when he began playing Omar in 2002. He credited writer David Simon with teaching him how to deliver his lines convincingly and acknowledged that much of the dialogue given to him was influenced by Shakespeare and was more stylized than typical Baltimore slang.
He also chatted about his current role as volatile Vietnam vet Leonard Pine on Hap and Leonard, recounting a funny story of accidentally booking a room next door to co-star James Purefoy. He also announced that his nephew Dominic Dupont, recently released from Riker’s Island after serving 20 years for murder, has become his personal assistant.
When it comes to late night talk shows, the formula can become a bit mundane. Typically a celebrity comes on the show, shares a small anecdote, and promotes their latest endeavor. However, when Jennifer Lawrence made her latest appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, they decided to change up the formula.
Initially there to promote her latest film, Red Sparrow, Colbert kicked off the interview by discussing how Lawrence has recently filled in for another late night host, Jimmy Kimmel. Because of this Lawrence shared the pressures she felt having to come up with questions to ask and that she was actually feeling a bit of pressure right then and there with Stephen.
At this point the typical late night formula broke when Colbert offered Lawrence a drink. He pulled out a hidden bottle of rum he kept behind his desk and the two shared a few glasses of rum together.
The mood during the interview quickly changed from a bit timid to loose and open. The two quickly began joking about past interviews, lawsuits they’ve had to deal with, and even both took their shoes off to become a bit more comfortable. Lawrence even went as far to joke, “Oh man, I should not have had this. I have the premiere for the movie tonight!”
While it wasn’t the typical interview, it was just as entertaining with many saying it was a breath of fresh air and showed that “celebrities are just like us!”