“…filling in for Peter Mansbridge — Ian Hanomansing”

When I sat down to interview Ian Hanomansing late last May at the CBC Upfront in Toronto, I got straight into it. “Mansbridge has already hinted he’s leaving soon,” I said. “You’ve been waiting longer than Price Charles for this top job. Should I put some money on it?” Hanomansing waved me off, looked embarrassed… Read on



Jeff Ross turns up the heat at JFL with raunchy Roast Battle

MONTREAL — Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle does sound like a cooking show. What gets roasted, however, are the hides of Ross’ fellow comedians. The popular TV roastmaster is overseeing four nights of his new Roast Battle series, continuing tonight, Saturday and ending Sunday night at 10 p.m. ET on The Comedy Network as well as… 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


Trevor Noah takes on his Daily challenge

Tonight’s the night Trevor Noah makes his long-awaited debut as host of The Daily Show (11 p.m. ET on Comedy). Following Jon Stewart can’t be easy. Stewart redefined late night after a 16-year stint in the Daily chair. Noah is a very different comedian as he demonstrated this past summer at the Just for Laughs… 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


This week’s podcast: Stewart exits stage left

My usual Monday radio chat with SiriusXM’s Arlene Bynon was moved to Tuesday this week. The sad news comes first as we discuss the breaking story about the death of CBC daytime personality Chris Hyndman. Then Arlene gets right into Jon Stewart’s departure at The Daily Show. (His last show is Thursday on Comedy Central,… Read on