Dorothy Mengering 1921 – 2017

Peter Lassally worked as a producer on three important shows in late night: The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. A soft-spoken gentleman, he was in his office on Ferguson’s show six or seven years ago when I asked him what the three… Read on



JFL comics swear by Kindler’s State of the Industry

In recent years, one of the highlights of the Just for Laughs comedy festival has been Andy Kindler’s “State of the Industry” address. I got a preview of this year’s laffer waiting for the elevator with Kindler. The comedian was already standing before the four closed elevator doors on the 10th floor when I hit… Read on


Review: The Late Late Show with James Corden

It really isn’t fair to review a late night talk show after one episode. It took Conan O’Brien six months to a year to find his rhythm. Larry Wilmore new Comedy Central series continues to evolve. Still, if Corden’s mission was to establish himself as a clear alternative Monday it was pretty much mission accomplished.… Read on


Craig Ferguson and the art of the exit

“Keep banging on your drum/And your day will come.” Craig Ferguson, sporting a liberated, Mohawk-y ‘do, stood on his anchor desk and left us with a joyous, Proclaimers-like, jump-up-and-dance anthem. Would that CBS had given him a band ages ago, that was a stompin’ good way to go out. Ferguson spent 10 years in late night,… Read on



This week’s podcast: Cosby’s late night pass

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wants to talk late night. Specifically, he brings up Chris Rock, a guest recently on The Late Show with David Letterman. Scott says Dave was sitting on eggshells throughout the segment, probably hoping Rock would not bring up Bill Cosby. Scott points out Bill Maher is the only late night comedian… Read on


This week’s Podcast: CFC BBQ & Rivers

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to know how the heck a slob like me gets invited to cool stuff like the Canadian Film Centre TIFF BBQ. Connections, I tell him, specifically my old pal Slawko Klymkiw, the CFC’s Mr. Everything. I give the CFC’s TV program a good plug, mainly because it is an… Read on


This week’s podcast: is Ford off limits?

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson asks about the CRTC report showing who’s making money on specialty and who isn’t. Wrote about the findings here in an earlier post. The amount of money generated by specialty channels such as TSN ($400M in revenues in 2013), History, Showcase and others is pretty eye-opening. Scott, I think, is… Read on


Why Craig Ferguson is bowing out of late night

If you’re wondering why Craig Ferguson has announced he is stepping out of late night, all you need do is check out the vid clip above. It speaks volumes. Emma Stone guested on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon Monday, where she wowed The Roots and everyone else with her ridiculous display of lip syncing.… Read on