Oliver breaks law, tells Canada who to vote for

John Oliver weighs in on Canada’s federal election and nails it. Makes Oliver’s dissection of the bumbling Fords look like a valentine. Consider this gem: “Canada is America’s next-door neighbour, and Stephen Harper is her dick-head boyfriend.” The host of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver seizes on an obscure, lame-ass law forbidding outsiders to weigh in… Read on



Still waiting for the real Colbert after Late Show debut

Tim Goodman has a rule: never review a new late night talk show until about 100 episodes. That makes sense to me, especially after watching Tuesday night’s premiere of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. So consider the following just notes or observations. The opener was overcooked. Colbert joked that doing a late night talk… Read on


Hosting advice for Stephen Colbert via Vanity Fair

These Vanity Fair folks have their video act together. This gem finds Stephen Colbert’s rivals pitching tips for his debut as host of The Late Show, happening Tuesday night at 11:35 p.m. on CBS and Global. Kimmel, Conan, Maher, Noah, Wilmore, Meyers, Corden and Oliver all weigh in; Fallon is curiously missing. Colbert’s opening night… Read on


No BS–Stewart makes a sweet Daily Show getaway

If you saw Jon Stewart’s final Daily Show Thursday night you already know he went out with warmth, class and laughs—but then you knew that before you saw it. Stephen Colbert’s off-the-cuff remarks were the high point for me (although Springsteen was pretty cool. What—that guy never ages?). Colbert was right to credit Stewart with teaching… Read on



“For the last time on a television program, thank you, and good night.”

According to the overnights, 13.76 million Americans watched David Letterman say goodbye to The Late Show Wednesday night, his biggest CBS audience since 1994. If you watched in Toronto or Brampton on Rogers Cable, you lost the signal around the 12:37 mark. The Late Show ran 17 minutes later, a situation anyone with a Twitter… Read on


Part Five: Saying Goodbye to Dave

Dave’s last day has been a red Letterman day for me. I’ve done 15 radio interviews Wednesday and a camera crew also made the trek out to Brampton to get my two cents on Letterman’s big fade out. Look for me tonight on CBC’s The National (just don’t blink or you’ll miss me). Early Thursday… Read on


Part Four: Saying goodbye to Dave

I had the good fortune to have a big sit down with Jimmy Kimmel back in January at his office in Hollywood. We touched on a lot of things, one being David Letterman’s imminent retirement. Letterman’s last Late Show–which will feature his favourite band The Foo Fighters–airs Wednesday night at 11:35 on CBS and OMNI1.… Read on


Part Three: Saying goodbye to Dave

About ten years ago I was arriving at the Universal Hilton near Hollywood and catching up with a TCA press tour in progress. Who do I run into out in the hall but Amy Sedaris. I snapped into reporter mode. After we bantered a bit about Strangers with Candy I started asking about her many appearances… Read on