Jon Dore got his comedy chops by conquering “Everest”

“Bill,” said Jon Dore — right into the mic on my digital recorder so I would hear it many months later– “when you are listening to this back, put ‘The Story of Everest’ into  YouTube. It changes everything.” Dore, who is back Friday nights on HBO Canada with new episodes of Funny as Hell, was… Read on

This week’s podcast: will Brian Williams replace Jon Stewart?

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wondered if it was wrong to compare Better Call Saul to Breaking Bad.  He describes those first few episodes of Breaking Bad as “a sack of angry cats.” I think that means he feels it was the cat’s meow right from the start. Better Call Saul (Mondays at 10 p.m. on… Read on

Odenkirk knew he had better call Cranston about Better Call Saul

Bob Odenkirk knows he has a tough act to follow. Odenkirk’s Better Call Saul–a prequel to the acclaimed Breaking Bad, begins Sunday night at 10 p.m. ET on AMC. (Episode Two airs Monday). The actor, who has credits on some of television’s greatest comedies–including The Larry Sanders Show and The Simpsons–knows he’ll be judged on… Read on

Even a real bullet couldn’t stop the Canadian on Better Call Saul

When the publicist called and asked if I wanted to speak to the Canadian on Better Call Saul it was a no brainer. Better call Michael Mando. Mando has come a long way from his Quebec City roots, both literally and figuratively. He and his two brothers moved around a lot with their dad. Mando… Read on

TCA critics, cast verklempt after final MadMen session

PASADENA, Calif.–AMC owned TCA for a couple of hours Saturday. Coming in: Better Call Saul. Going out: Mad Men. (A Halt and Catch Fire session was squeezed in between.) Critics who leaned back through much of HBO’s relatively quiet afternoon were back leaning forward. There was plenty to hear, especially from showrunners and critics’ pals… Read on

Is Better Call Saul breaking bad?

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–Vince Gilligan is one of the reigning heroes of press tour. The Breaking Bad EP and showrunner is still taking bows and picking up award nominations for one of the best series finales ever. So why did he and fellow producer Peter Gould spend much of their TCA session Friday downplaying expectations on… Read on