No love for Love as Emmy noms announced

What?! No love for Love? That was my first reaction upon hearing the list of nominations for the 69th Annual Emmy Awards. Actually, I would have been surprised to see the Judd Apatow-produced Netflix gem (pictured above with leads Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust) among the shows listed in the Best Comedy category. It is such… Read on



This week’s podcast: remembering Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig was introduced at the start of the 1967-68 ABC season as Batgirl on Batman. I would have been 10, so I would still probably have been more excited to meet Adam West, but Lordy, Craig helped rush a lot of us through puberty. The actress died Monday at her home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., from… Read on


This week on SiriusXM: thank you Colonel (Norm)

On Monday, Arlene Bynon asks about the news that Tracy Morgan will return to Saturday Night Live. He’s scheduled to host Oct. 17, following the 41st season opener with Miley Cyrus Oct. 3 and Amy Schumer Oct. 10. Morgan, of course, suffered serious head injuries in a terrible car accident in June of 2014. The… Read on


Retweet this: Norm Macdonald is the Mark Twain of Twitter

A few weeks ago when I was in Montreal for Just for Laughs I caught up with Norm Macdonald. The 51-year-old comedian has long been a favourite of mine, dating back to his days as Saturday Night Live‘s most fearless Weekend Update anchor. Twenty years ago, Macdonald knew the next shot he took at O.J. Simpson… Read on



A good, Short read for summer

Looking for a good summer read? This came out last year but I just got to it last week at the cottage: I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend by Martin Short (HarperCollins 2014). Short has had an amazing life so far. He grew up in Hamilton, Ont., dreaming of showbiz and fascinated by… Read on


This week’s podcast: giving Oscar the bird, man

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to ask my take on the Oscars. We went on to gab for over 16 minutes and completely ignored the awards talk. Instead we got sidetracked yakking about last week’s epic Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special. I got a call this week from my colleague Bill Carter who, in 1975… Read on


SNL’s 40th: Michaels hosts the ultimate high school reunion

There was a lot of disappointment Sunday night, on Twitter at least, in Eddie Murphy’s return to Saturday Night Live. He was lionized by Chris Rock, walked out the door and down the steps past the band, and basically took a bow. It was anticlimactic, like when Dave Keon finally returned to Maple Leaf Gardens.… Read on


A few minutes with Mulaney’s Martin Short

It is always a kick for me to grab a few minutes with any one of my comedy heroes from Canada’s greatest TV export–SCTV. So I quickly scrambled on stage at the end of the Mulaney press conference last July at the Beverly Hilton to scrum with Martin Short. The Hamilton native is quick and thoughtful… Read on