Nine months into The Daily grind: Trevor Noah’s arc

NEW YORK–We all knew Trevor Noah had big shoes to fill last September when he took over from Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show. Nine months later, overall domestic ratings have slipped a bit. On a trip to the show’s West Side Manhattan studios last month–the same soundstage where Stewart reigned–the spin was… Read on



What it’s like at a live taping of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

NEW YORK–If you’ve got a few hours before that Broadway show, try and book yourself into a taping of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. I attended the taping Thursday afternoon, where Ricky Gervais was the guest. The studio is way over on the West side, on 11th Avenue and 52nd Street, in the exact… Read on


Tonight: PBS profiles “Honest Liar” The Amazing Randi

Usually, a gathering of professional skeptics is commonly referred to as “a newsroom.” In January, I met a skeptic who made even cranky reporters gathered at the winter TCA press tour look unsuspecting: James “The Amazing” Randi. The Toronto-born magician was at the TCA press tour in Pasadena, Calif., promoting the documentary about his life:… Read on


This week’s podcast: Ford, fame and tempus fugit

This week’s podcast starts on a somber note. CHML’s Scott Thompson was taking calls from listeners regarding terrorist attacks in Europe, specifically, the airport murders earlier this week at the Brussels’ airport. I was at that airport last fall, stuck there overnight in fact as I changed planes between Cannes and back home in Toronto.… Read on



Late night won’t have Rob Ford to kick around anymore

For a while, he was a nightly, go-to sensation on American talk shows. On the day of his death, however, there was no mention of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford on shows headlined by Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien, Seth Meyers or Trevor Noah. Kimmel had Ford on as a guest two years ago… Read on


John Oliver is back with more Last Week Tonight

John Oliver sees the endless U.S. election coverage as the gift that keeps on giving. The host of Last Week T0night with John Oliver also says the Trump and Cruz circuses and all the other primary concerns bring their own unique challenges for a TV satirist. “Sometimes it’s hard to joke a joke,” says Oliver. “If people are… Read on


Samantha Bee stings with her Full Frontal assault

A lot of folks were surprised when Samantha Bee was not offered the host’s chair following Jon Stewart’s departure from The Daily Show. After all, Bee, from Toronto, was the longest-serving “senior” correspondent on the Comedy Central showcase, logging 12 seasons. Nonetheless, Trevor Noah got the gig. Bee took her act to TBS, home of Conan… Read on


Abe Vigoda: 1921 – 2016

Back when he was on NBC, Conan O’Brien would invite Abe Vigoda on Late Night just to prove that the former Barney Miller star was still alive. On Tuesday night’s Conan, the host paid tribute to the actor, who finally passed away–after all those premature rumours–at the age of 94. The above clip shows several… Read on