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Disguised Drake gets insulted on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

- April 11th, 2014

There was more Canadian content on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night, as Toronto rapper Drake donned a beard and wig for Kimmel’s Lie Witness News segment.

The Started From the Bottom hitmaker, 27, played reporter and hit the streets to ask pedestrians what they thought about him, and the job he did hosting the ESPYs (which doesn’t actually happen until July 16).

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The answers are hilarious. Watch below:

Seth Meyers pays homage to David Letterman

- April 4th, 2014

Seth Meyers was the first and only late night host to say a few words about David Letterman’s recent retirement announcement.

“This [Late Night] was David Letterman’s show. If it wasn’t for David Letterman, this show wouldn’t exist. If it wasn’t for David Letterman, I wouldn’t be here,” Meyers said after his opening monologue Thursday night. “And if I wasn’t here, then you’d just be an empty audience looking at nothing.”

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Meyers confessed while he was too young to watch Johnny Carson growing up, he was around for Letterman’s rise to the top, and cherished the show as a young kid.

“I grew up on Letterman. I had discovered Johnny Carson a few years later, I was too young for him, but I grew up on Letterman. But Letterman for me was a show that you had a cool uncle, or one of your friends had a cool older brother that told you to watch.” he said.

Meyers even took a moment to reflect on the times he appeared on Letterman’s show as a guest, during his 13 year run on Saturday Night Live as a writer and performer.

“The first time I went on I was so excited. The second time I went on, I was even more excited be there because I didn’t totally screw everything up,” Meyers said, pausing before adding one last memory. “The last time I was on the show was just before I took over Late Night here and he said he always wanted to call it the Tomorrow Show, and now that you [Meyers] have it back, you should call it the Tomorrow Show again.”

“He’s probably right, but I could never call it the Tomorrow Show because Letterman was on Late Night and this is David Letterman’s show,” he finished to a rousing round of applause for the audience.

Interestingly enough, Meyers was the only comedian who took a couple of minutes to pay homage to the late night veteran.

Although taking into account that Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon probably filmed around the same time as Letterman’s announcement, there’s a better chance the current late night hosts will pay tribute to Letterman tomorrow night.

The two hosts did give their pal “Dave” individual shout outs, though. Jimmy Kimmel praised his late night competition and long time friend over Twitter and Jimmy Fallon told The Hollywood Reporter, “”Dave’s the greatest. One of the true innovators in TV history. He’s made all of us better.”

 

As for Letterman’s CBS late night comrade Craig Ferguson, host of the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, he’s on a repeat schedule this week and will most likely not be saying anything about the subject until he’s back in the studio on Monday.

Letterman is set to retire in 2015.

Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Rogen spoof ‘True Detective’

- March 11th, 2014

True Detective might be over for now, but Jimmy Kimmel gave his studio audience a “sneak peek” of what was to come in season 2 – and it includes a lot of Cyndi Lauper.

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While in Austin, Texas to tape a week of shows for the city’s South by Southwest festival, Kimmel aired a video spoof of the HBO drama, which has wowed critics and fans with stellar performances by stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

In this spoof of the second season, Kimmel plays Harrelson’s good ol’ boy Marty Hart and enlists Seth Rogen to play the emotionally battered Rustin Cohle (McConaughey). At the beginning of the video, Rogen dons Cohle’s messy ponytail and is surrounded by Lone Star beer tallboys as he recalls the traumatic events of his past as a detective, asking “You ever seen a baby kill his own mama with a breakfast taco?”

The true buddy-cop scene comes at the end, when Rogen starts quoting lyrics from Cher’s If I Could Turn Back Time and Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time, as he and Kimmel drive through Austin. Soon enough, the two are both singing Time After Time together – in harmony – and looking lovingly into each other’s eyes. The camera fades to black as they are about to make out.

Have a look here:


True Detective has been a runaway hit this year for HBO, with 3.5 million viewers tuning in to the season finale last Sunday. The demand was so high online that the network’s streaming service HBO GO temporarily crashed.

Robin Williams is still the crazy one on The Crazy Ones

- July 30th, 2013

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Sarah Michelle Gellar would rank Robin Williams, her co-star in the new sitcom The Crazy Ones, very high on the all-time comedians’ list.

“I mean, it’s amazing, it’s a dream come true (to work with Williams),” Gellar said at the Television Critics Association tour. “To me, if you think of the top 10 comics of all time, legends, to me, Robin is on that list.”

“And Carrot Top,” Williams interjected.

“And Carrot Top, of course,” Gellar added. “But with his shirt off.”

In The Crazy Ones, Williams and Gellar play a father-and-daughter team running an ad agency. It debuts this fall on CBS and City.

As hard as this is to believe, Williams actually has not been a regular on a TV show since his breakout role on Morky & Mindy, which aired from 1978 to 1982.

“Never,” the 62-year-old Williams said when it was suggested to him that he must have received many TV offers between then and now – and he wasn’t joking around when he said it. “I mean, I haven’t had one in a long time. I don’t know why.”

Recently Williams has done some independent movies, which he described as “more like co-dependent movies.” And as for the so-called film blockbusters, Williams said, “There are very few older super-hero movies.

“So it’s great to have a steady gig after so long,” Williams admitted. “It’s wonderful.”

HALL PASS

Arsenio Hall is returning to late-night TV with a syndicated show this fall, and he knows the landscape has changed since he left the genre back in 1994.

“I actually was down at the courthouse today,” Hall said. “I’m trying to change my name to Jimmy.”

Hall was referring, of course, to late-night mainstays Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel. Veterans Jay Leno and David Letterman also are in that crowded group, and Hall took time to defend the much-criticized Leno.

“When you’re in the heat of battle, it’s easy to hate each other,” Hall said. “I met Jay in Chicago, where we were at a comedy club, and he told me, ‘You should come to L.A.’ He helped me find an apartment. He taught me to ride a motorcycle. We hung out. And then there came a time when we competed, and we were arguing and battling and calling each other on the phone. He’d take employees away from me, and I’d be mad.

“The bottom line is that lasted (only a short while) because we truly are friends. I was battling with Jay the competitor, who doesn’t want to lose, never wants to lose, wants to win every battle, every moment. So I get it.

“I think, as far as people’s personal feelings about (Leno) and what it really is, (Leno and Letterman) go way, way back, you know, to long before me. I’m sure it gets deeper with some guys. But I think, when you’re trying to win, it’s easy to do things that are so competitive that your competitors see you as the enemy.”

‘RICO IN REMEDY

Shaw Media announced that Canadian actor Enrico Colantoni – known for his roles in Flashpoint, Veronica Mars, Just Shoot Me! and Galaxy Quest, among other things – will star in the new medical drama Remedy. The series, which is slated for Global, will begin production this fall.

Bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

On-air seizure, mocked by Kimmel; Global’s Mark McAllister opens up about his epilepsy

- March 7th, 2013

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When Global TV news reporter Mark McAllister suffered through an attack of on-air verbal gobbledygook in March 2011, most observers just assumed it was some kind of screwup rather than anything more serious.

ABC late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel played the clip on his show the next evening, commenting that it seemed as if McAllister was reading “from a melted teleprompter.” Kimmel played the clip both backward and forward, to show that there wasn’t much difference. Kimmel then concluded, “Does anyone here speak Canadian?”

In all fairness to Kimmel, he couldn’t have known there was something medically amiss with McAllister. Heck, McAllister didn’t know. But subsequently, McAllister was diagnosed with epilepsy, a disease that affects one in every 100 Canadians.

This Saturday, March 9, Global is airing a half-hour feature titled Focus Ontario: Inside Epilepsy. McAllister speaks openly about his on-air seizure and the fallout, which eventually led to his diagnosis.

Produced to coincide with Epilepsy Awareness Month, Focus Ontario: Inside Epilepsy provides an in-depth look at the medical efforts to understand, treat and explain the disorder. The special will share personal stories of those living with epilepsy and analyze the stigma of the condition, which often frustrates efforts to raise awareness.

Focus Ontario: Inside Epilepsy airs Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (Eastern time), on Global.

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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