The Beaverton grabs Trump by the headlines

If you want to know where they tape The Beaverton, look for the church in Toronto’s East end that just burst into flames. That’s because there are few sacred cows on the sassy news satire. The Comedy Network original is spun off from the web site TheBeaverton.com, and, yes, it really does shoot in a rather nondescript… Read on



Tonight: look for Kimmel to ace The Emmys

When I spoke with Jimmy Kimmel in July in Montreal at Just for Laughs he admitted hosting The 68th Annual Emmy Awards was “my big focus right now.” We’ll see what he and his writers came up with tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and CTV. “I wouldn’t say I’m looking forward to it… Read on


Kimmel & Maher take turns targeting Trump

This is harvest time for late night comedians. Look at the production values that go into this jab at Trump broadcast months ago on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The casting! (The stars of the Broadway smash The Producers, Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane, plus Cloris Leachman for a cameo.) The sets! The extras! Kimmel, who will be at… Read on


Canuck connection helps Daily Show soldier on

All this love for Justin Trudeau from Trevor Noah and the rest of the Daily Show gang (see previous post) got me thinking–is there some secret Canadian Karma connection with this series? Then I found it. Right next to the West Side Manhattan soundstage for The Daily Show, at 52nd Street and 11th Avenue, there is… Read on



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