Carrey, Noah & Ferguson winners at JFL35 Awards

  MONTREAL — People come to the Just for Laughs comedy festival for the laughter and stay for the wisdom. Take Friday night’s all-star awards show, please. The event is held at a hotel built into the side of as mall, which seems about right as presenter Jimmy Carr pointed out. Several of today’s top comics… 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


This week’s podcast: Noah finding himself Daily

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted my reaction to Trevor Noah’s first week as host of The Daily Show. Mindful of Tim Goodman’s edict to never review a late night talk show until 100 episodes or so, I do have some quick first impressions. It’s still The Daily Show, with the same crew and writers… 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



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


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


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


Trevor Noah the big winner at JFL 2015

The pressure was on Trevor Noah to live up to the advance hype this summer at North America’s ultimate comedy summit, Just for Laughs. Noah, as everybody knows by now, takes over from Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show (Monday, Sept. 28, Comedy Central/CTV). Those are big shoes to fill and the 31-year-old… Read on