Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been generating plenty of headlines lately, but the biggest news seems to be that the U.S. actually cares.
Toronto’s infamous crack-smokin’, oft-sweating mayor has made waves in the past week for such admirable feats as talking about oral sex on live TV, and bowling over a charming little old lady in city council.
But during the past five days I spent visiting my glorious hometown, there was one Rob Ford story that seemed to dominate the local news networks: that Mr. Ford is being mentioned on American late night comedy shows.
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Yesterday, Ben Affleck returned to Late Night to talk to Jimmy Fallon about appearing about Batman in Zack Snyder’s new film. Don’t worry you guys, it seemed he got all our letters. “I’m a big boy,” Mr. Affleck told Fallon about dealing with the online critics, which is something we’re really looking forward to him saying in his big boy latex suit as the Dark Knight(tm?).
Last night Jimmy Fallon premiered the latest version of his much-loved segment, “Brian Williams Raps,” in which the editors supercut years worth of news footage to make seem like the NBC Nightly News anchor is covering hip hop classics. (Former segements have included Snoop Dogg’s “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang,” NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton” and Warren G’s “Regulate.”)
Yesterday, we were introduced to BriWi’s rendition of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s “Good Vibrations.” Check it out below.
Disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer stopped by The Colbert Report last night as part of his comeback campaign for city comptroller–and got quite a beating.
Host Stephen Colbert mercilessly ribbed the former “Luv Guv,” beginning his attack even before Mr. Spitzer had walked into the studio. The brief interview included some of the most pointed questions Mr. Spitzer has had to face since he jumped into the race.
Hurricane Sandy is doing more than just canceling your plans, it is also wrecking late night tv. Jimmy Kimmel had planned to host a week of shows out of BAM’s Harvey theatre in downtown Brooklyn. But alas, tonight’s show was called off, the Times reports.
Part of the problem was the logistics of getting a live studio audience when the subways, tunnels and bridges close and people are being urged to stay home.
Tom Hanks is continuing what can only be described as an “apology tour” after blowing up ABC’s spot with a big F-bomb on Good Morning America while promoting Cloud Atlas last week. First he showed up on Saturday Night Live for two segments, and last night he appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to perform some slam poetry about Full House. No, we don’t know why, either.
Strange news from the late-night wars as a third army is now mounting legitimate competition to Jay Leno and David Letterman. Jimmy Kimmel’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC is beating Mr. Leno’s NBC Tonight Show, the traditional late-night leader, by four percent of viewers in the valuable 18-49 demographic; Mr. Kimmel’s second half Read More
Conan O’Brien’s reign as TBS’s late-night host is more turbulent than the cable net might have expected, reports the Wall Street Journal. During Mr. O’Brien’s season on the air, TBS’s viewership among the 18-to-49 key demographic has fallen 11 percent and the network canceled its other late-night show, George Lopez’s Lopez Tonight.
Tonight, while Jimmy Fallon reads Tweets, Craig Ferguson will kick off Black History Month with guests Cornel West and George Clinton. The Late Late Show host has always placed great emphasis on his immigrant status, and the show is intended — at least in part — as a sort of civics lesson Read More
Everyone’s had to make sacrifices in These Economic Times. Jimmy Fallon’s? He’s not writing his own jokes. Boston’s TVnext conference asked Fallon to submit to an interview about social media, a request Fallon parried by providing a YouTube video of his day “relative to social media,” as his publicist’s response to TVnext read. Read More