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Late Night Comedy in the Era of Coronavirus

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The Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) has and will transform many aspects of our daily lives. One example, albeit an insignificant area, is how we’ll get our late night laughs. It’s a good thing that many of these late night hosts have broadened their comedy reach to other media platforms. Hosts like Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden and Jimmy Fallon already have a large virtual following on their respective YouTube channels, and now, have transformed their homes into studios.

Comedians needs a live audience to tell their jokes about the news and whatever else people are interested in today in our culture, politics, business, etc. But what do you do when comics are forced to shelter-in-place? Lucky for us late night hosts have adapted their monologues, political commentaries and interviews. In addition to celebrities, hosts are now including health experts, government officials and celebrities who are carrying out various kinds of COVID-19 relief initiatives. Here’s what four New York City-based late-night are carrying on from their home.

Trevor Noah

Comedy Central’s host of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” has now become “The Daily Social Distancing Show with Trevor Noah.” Currently, there are 7.3 million Youtube subscribers on YouTube.

The South African comedian and his diverse team of correspondents, including Roy Wood Jr., Ronny Chieng and Dulcé Sloan, have managed to put together an online show that’s both informative and entertaining.

Hastags: #DailyShow #TrevorNoah #Coronavirus

Stephen Colbert

CBS late night host of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on CBS has transitioned to “A Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and has created some fine content for his viewers to consume online.

His cutting commentary on domestic affairs and the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis is interesting and fun to watch. It makes sense his YouTube channel has garnered over 7.4 million subscribers.

Hastags: #StephenAtHome #ColdOpens #MichaelJordan

John Oliver

HBO’s John Oliver is host of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”. He has more than 7.9 million subscribers on YouTube. Oliver’s carefully constructed and factual monologues cover controversial, and sometimes even obscure, social and political subjects.

Oliver is one of the few hosts on late-night television that can openly swear, which adds a sense of honesty and real entertainment value to his show. Oliver is a man of action and often suggests Twitter hashtags, creates new websites and enlists the help of celebrities on his show to get his message across to a wider audience.

Seth Meyers

The “Late Night with Seth Meyers” is on NBC has more than 3.6 million subscribers on YouTube and is currently hosting his show from his attic. The “Saturday Night Live” alumnus and star of the Netflix comedy special, “Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby,” is best known for his show’s monologue segment, “A Closer Look.”

Quarantine Cooking With Comedians

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Comedians Amy Schumer and Mindy Kaling are using the coronavirus stay-at-home and/or quarantine time to bring and share their unique perspectives to their very own online cooking videos.

Amy Schumer has partnered with The Food Network to host with her husband, Chris Fischer, a cooking show during this isolation. The series will follow Schumer and Fischer, a professional chef, as they prepare meals in their real kitchen for “Amy Schumer Learns To Cook” while Schumer makes cocktails.

While speaking with Howard Stern about when the Food Network approached them, the first thing she told them was, “I don’t know how to cook.” Eventually, they reached a deal with the network donating $50k to multiple food banks. “Amy Schumer Learns To Cook” will premiere on Monday, May 11, at 10 p.m ET.

Mindy Kaling recently made masala dosa, popular fermented rice and lentil fried pancake stuffed with potatoes, with Senator Kamala Harris. They discovered similar experiences growing up Indian. They talked about family traditions, vegetarianism, stereotypes, chopping skills and recycling habits.

Interestingly, neither have publicly talked about their race and culture. They seemed to acknowledge their commonality when Kaling alluded in this video, “You are Indian, and I don’t know that everybody knows that,” Harris smiled. It was a significant moment of identity framing for both women.

'Never Have I Ever' - Netflix's Best Teen Comedy to Date

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This past weekend my wife and I decided to binge the new Mindy Kaling series ‘Never Have I Ever’. As South Asian parents raising a young daughter in United States today, my paternal instinct and curiosity wanted to get a sense of what kind of hell lies ahead for me.

Created by Lang Fisher and Mindy Kaling (The Office and The Mindy Project, who wrote two of the ten episodes.

‘Never Have I Ever’ tells the story of a young Indian girl, Devi, raised in America and is dealing with the recent death of her father as she navigates the more traditional teenage perils of high school like finding a boyfriend and how to become more popular.

‘Never Have I Ever’ has the most diverse cast with nearly single character comes from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Devi is South Asian Indian, and her two best friends are Asian and African American. Devi’s high school jock crush is with half-Japanese Paxton Hall-Yoshida.

More importantly, the show isn’t good because it’s so diverse its because it’s a well-written and well-acted series that realistically shows us what’s its really like for a young, Americanized Indian girl who is trying to bridge her two cultures (American vs. Indian). This is something that has not been seen in other comedy series.

Lead actress, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, is a total newcomer to the industry. This is her first listed acting credit where she went from being a complete unknown to leading the number one series on Netflix. That’s huge.

The series is well written as each thirty-minute episode breezes through and effortlessly blends humor with some deeply moving emotional moments, and features love stories and triangles that are genuinely interesting, and not your usual teen fare. There’s really nothing cheesy here, which is something you might not be able to claim about other productions.

This is probably Kaling’s best TV series to date and not a surprise to me that ‘Never Have I Ever’ has maintained it’s 1st place standing for a show or movie on the Netflix’s 10 list. The show has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, only off from a 100% by a single review. That puts it in around the top 25-30 Netflix original series of all time, and if it can crawl 1% higher, in the top 20. There are few comedies this high up other than some ultra-new-era classics like Big Mouth or Master of None, so it’s in storied company.

Check it out.

Comedies Preferred Genre During Covid-19 Pandemic

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Results from survey conducted by talent agency’s UTA’s data group UTA IQ, in partnership with research firm SightX, found from their representative survey of nearly 1,100 people (ages 18-54) across the US who had been social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak from April 4 to April 11 that most look for laughs while social distancing.

Comedies is the preferred genre among movie and TV viewers as people are now stuck at home practicing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. The survey found that 51% of respondents were watching comedy TV shows during the outbreak.

After Comedies, these respondents say Drama (39%), action/adventure (33%), news (33%) and Family programming (27%.)

The comedy genre also dominated among movie viewers, with 59% of respondents saying they tune into comedy movies while at home. Interesting finding considering comedies have struggled in theaters in recent years while blockbuster superhero movies dominate the box office.

Toni Nagy Comedian

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Toni Nagy describes herself as a writer, comedian and filmmaker. For the past 15 years she has created online content, and ironically, often encourage people to spend less time on the internet - except for people seeking her out.

If interested then you can check out Her handles on Facebook (Toni Nagy) and Instagram (@ToniNagy)

Check out some of her videos.
Quarantine Beauty Tutorial:

Parenting While Quarantined:

Survival Man:

Corona Bunker Couple:


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Covid-19 Inspired Comedy Festival

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The goal of the “Feeding America Comedy Festival” is to bring together the most popular comedians and personalities to raise money for Feeding America, a nationwide network of 200 food banks.

Organized by Byron Allen, the comedian-turned-entrepreneur and CEO of Allen Media Group, this festival will be livestreamed on May 9, 2020 and will feature Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish. Other confirmed star-studded participants include Kevin Hart, Margaret Cho, Kenan Thompson, Marc Maron, Taraji P. Henson, Marlon Wayans, Howie Mandel, Brad Garrett, Louie Anderson, Jon Lovitz, Caroline Rhea, Billy Gardell, Tim Meadows, Jamie Kennedy, Bill Engvall and Sheryl Underwood. Segments will be pre-recorded in the comics' respective homes will be featured during the three-hour benefit.

Check out Sheryl Underwood on The Breakfast Club

“In partnership with Feeding America, my comedian friends and all of us at Allen Media Group are pleased to announce this global live-streaming comedy event on May 9th,” Allen said in a statement. “Laughter is often the best medicine, and we are extremely motivated to bring attention to issues of food insecurity, and to assist in providing meals to families across the country who are financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Check out Byron Allen interview on The Breakfast Club

The broadcast, co-produced by Funny Or Die, will air on [Allen Media Group}( TV networks, along with the Weather Channel. People can also tune in on the free Local Now streaming app. The event will take place on Saturday, May 9 from 8 PM to 11 PM EST. The comedy event won’t be available on any major networks or streaming services.

Viewers will be encouraged to donate to Feeding America. The hunger relief organization is working with food banks to provide drive-thru pantries, emergency food boxes, and long-term support during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The coronavirus pandemic and the economic downturn it has created is shining a light on the fragile nature of people’s household budgets,” Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot said in a statement. “Millions more of our neighbors are turning to food banks for help and we cannot thank Byron Allen and Allen Media Group enough for their support to raise funds and awareness of our work.”

US Comedian Covid-19 Rant Goes Viral

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Vic DiBitetto believes his Covid-19 rant about the US government’s response was seen over 10M times. His near five-minute rant about the government’s response to the coronavirus shows DiBitetto spewing spit as he rants in his car because he didn’t want to upset his wife. “This was totally unexpected,” says DiBitetto about the virality of his video, but, he adds: “Obviously I struck a nerve.”

DiBitetto is a Brooklyn-based comedian and he knows he has a propensity to curse and spit when he is angry. Working comedians like him have had to cancel their shows due to the Covid-19 pandemic and, with no money coming in, he has had to rely on his wife to pay the bills.

“We understand we have to [stay home] – quarantine, safe distance – saves lives. But I am not working, I have no income coming in. [They are offering] $1,200 – what does that do? There’s gotta be a better plan for this,” he says. The American working class are hurting right now. He said one woman contacted him from her death bed, to say the video hit the nail on the head. Others, he says, think he should run for president.

Weird Al: Seriously’ Gives Him Props

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Lily E. Hirsch’s new book, “Weird Al Seriously,” gives a serious look to an artist whose work for past decades has been under appreciated. Weird Al is 60 years old (can you believe that?) and he’s still singing silly and twisted tunes. Artists like Yankovic are often dismissed as and not taken very seriously. As Dr. Demento writes in the book’s foreword, the music created by people who write and sing funny songs is “dismissed as ephemeral by serious music fans and as trivial by connoisseurs of spoken comedy.”

Hirsch writes “about the various aspects of Yankovic’s art that merit serious attention,” and encourages readers to listen with fresh ears to Yankovic’s classics. Many of you may be asking yourselves, “She’s joking, right? We’re talking about a goofy, long-haired, Hawaiian shirt wearing hippy.” Consider what are considered to be his “classics” - “I Love Rocky Road,” “Like a Surgeon” and “Another One Rides the Bus.”

Did you know that Yankovic has released 14 studio albums, has 5 Grammys, most recently was in 2014 for “Mandatory Fun,” which was not only the first comedy album ever to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and is the first album to achieve that feat since parodist Allan Sherman’s “My Son, the Nut” in 1963.

“His songs,” Hirsch writes, “make us laugh, but also have a point of view, be it on society, popular culture, politics, race, gender, fame or words themselves.” Analyzing comedy is always a challenge but comedy junkies can’t help it because it’s just fun. Not so much when arrogant critics and haters do it. Hirsch gets that and includes an E.B. White’s quotes like “Explaining a joke is like dissecting a frog. You understand it better but the frog dies in the process.” So, keep that mind when you read this book.

The book includes interesting insights like how his parents rented an accordion for their 7-year-old son from a door-to-door salesman; how he learned how to play rock-and-roll by listening to Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”; how he was inspired to write funny songs by, of all things, the Johnny Cash song “Boa Constrictor,”; how Dr. Demento’s radio show introduced him to Sherman, Tom Lehrer, Spike Jones and other musical iconoclasts and encouraged him to submit his homemade recordings to Demento.

Hirsch writes that Yankovic’s intentions are always sincere as he always seeks permission to parody other people’s songs. Her interviews with Yankovic suggest her interactions suggest that he is that down to earth guy who doesn’t take himself too seriously.

Covid-19 Forces SNL to Perform Remotely

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Longtime American comedy institution returned with a special “cast work from home” episode tonight as they they practice their social distancing.

Surprise host for the SNL’s first episode since widespread Covid-19 pandemic was Tom Hanks which marks his first TV appearance since his and his wife, Rita, Coronavirus Diagnosis.

“I have been the celebrity canary in the coal mine for the coronavirus, and ever since being diagnosed I have been more like America’s dad than ever before,” he explained, adding: “No one wants to be around me very long and I make people uncomfortable.”

Hanks and wife Rita Wilson announced on March 11 they tested positive for the virus while in Australia for pre-production on Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley film from Warner Bros. Hanks joked about the different approaches to medicine Down Under and took a jab at Hollywood in the process.

“The folks in Australia are fantastic in every way, but they use Celsius instead of Fahrenheit when they take your temperature,” the two-time Oscar winner explained. “So, they come in and they say ‘you’re 36,’ which seemed very bad to me, but it turns out 36 is fine. Thirty eight is bad, so basically it’s how Hollywood treats female actors.”

Hanks said he and his wife are doing fine. Standing in his kitchen and wearing a suit, he joked, “This suit, this is the first time I’ve worn anything other than sweatpants since March 11,” he said sarcastically. He also thanked health care workers, delivery drivers, grocery workers and the people who have been on the frontlines during the COVID-19 crisis.

This is SNL’s first new episode since the series suspended production last month amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The show was scheduled to air its next episode March 28 with host John Krasinski and musical guest Dua Lipa.

Since its 1975 debut, “Saturday Night Live” has been live from Studio 8H in 30 Rockefeller Plaza. But in this moment of time, this Covid-19 pandemic has forced individuals and institutions to be adapt to our new reality. Of all the shows forced to reformat, SNL arguably faced the biggest challenge. The appeal of SNL is the live theatrical nature of the show and collaborative performances in front of a live studio audience. Going into Saturday, nobody knew what to expect. NBC kept the show’s contents hush-hush, making the episode one of its most highly anticipated — and it didn’t disappoint.

Here a rundown of the show.

Each skit typically featured one cast member at a time but there were a few that where several appeared in a zoom-like setting. Pete Davidson kicked off rapping a Drake parody aptly titled “A Drake Song” from his mom’s basement with the chorus: “This is a Drake song / I miss my ex / This a Drake song / Number one on the Billboard.”

Kate McKinnon brought back her Supreme Court justice RBG and hosted at-home workout tips using random household items. Also, gave a shoutout to Dr. Fauci and requested he answer her DMs.

The first zoom inspired was a skit of our new reality by showing how people are learning how to connect both professionally and socially through this medium. Funny moments with McKinnon’s and Aidy Bryant’s characters, who couldn’t figure out how to use their respective PC cameras.

Mikey Day used the format to become a gamer streaming himself consistently dying in the new Call of Duty while streaming himself on Twitch. #Fail.

Chloe Fineman, who had a pitch-perfect take on Netflix Tiger King docu-series breakout character, Carole Baskin. Wearing a leopard-print jacket over a pink dress, and a long frizzy blond wig with a floral headband to act out Baskin hosting a MasterClass on bike-riding.

For me personally, Weekend Update is what I always want to see. A small audience watched it online when they filmed it because, as Michael Che put it, “telling jokes with nobody feels like hostage footage.” Wait for the end of the segment for the biggest laugh.

Comedywrap Roundup - 4/11/20

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The Covid-19 (aka Coronavirus) has kept nearly every person from around the world at home. Trying times for all for sure and possibly going stir crazy. Many of us are desperate for something to do or laugh about. collected a few things from around the interwebs to help a variety of comedy nerds get through this pandemic.

Jerry Seinfeld has a new Netflix stand up comedy special titled “23 Hours To Kill”.

Master of his domain, Jerry Seinfeld, has filmed a brand new hour-long comedy special that will drop on the streaming service on May 5. This special will be Seinfeld’s 2nd for Netflix following his 2017’s Emmy-nominated “Jerry Before Seinfeld.” Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” series is also on Netflix but given the current social distancing mandate it’s unclear when that show will come back. Remember that all 180 episodes of the greatest TV sitcom ever, Seinfeld, are coming to Netflix next year.

“23 Hours to Kill” was taped at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, and the title refers to how Seinfeld sees life in between standup comedy performances. For one hour each day, everything comes alive on that stage in front of a crowd, and once the laughter dies down, it’s back to waiting another 23 hours for that fix. This special fulfills Seinfeld’s multi-faceted production deal with Netflix, which he signed back in 2017, and guaranteed two original comedy specials.

New Quibi comedy, “Flipped” staring Kaitlin Olson and Will Forte

Larry the Cable Guy Tells Cancel Culture: ‘Grow a set and get over it’

The 57-year-old, whose real name Daniel Whitney, appeared on “People Now” on Friday to promote his first solo stand-up comedy special in over a decade, titled “Remain Seated,” and during the interview, he weighed in on the cancel culture comedians are now faced with.