JFL35: YouTube phenom Lilly Singh goes gala

MONTREAL — There’s an expression here at Just for Laughs: “Jump-the-liners.” These are folks who — in the minds of many stand-up comedians who have put in their dues in comedy clubs from Saskatchewan to Van Nuys — have had their big comedy break handed to them on a silver platter. One veteran comic I… 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

Carpooler Corden driving up traffic on Late Late Show

What TV show has had 410 million YouTube views in the past 10 months? The same show has posted 53 videos with at least one million views and also has 1.85M YouTube subscribers. Nope–it’s The Late Late Show with James Corden. TCA reporters were given a day pass from the Langham Hotel in Pasadena and… Read on

Canada’s annual Super Bowl ad shuffle

Canadians have been bitching about not seeing those Super Bowl ads for 40 years, ever since simultaneous substitution was introduced in 1972. The annual outcry is like our version of Groundhog Day.Thing is, the big-budget commercials have been available to Canadians for years, in some cases, prior to the big game, on the Internet.It’s never… Read on

Thank you for being a Super Golden Friend

YouTube, the gift that keeps on giving. Animator Kevin Bapp took the intro to The Golden Girls and re-cast it with aging superheroes in the style of those Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoons from the ’70s. The mind boggles at what makeover mashup might come next. Thanks to Joanne Ostrow for posting this on Facebook.

Don’t dog it–see Sunday’s Super Bowl ads now

The above teaser for this year’s Super Bowl XLVI Volkswagen ad had reached over 11 million YouTube views at the time of this posting. It’s easy to see why. It’s one of those brilliantly simple, “you gotta see this,” ideas that can help but go viral.Last Super Bowl, Volkswagen scored a touchdown with their Darth… Read on

Shameless plug alert: today on Square Off

‘CH: delivering the TV news through rain, snow and sleet Is YouTube going to change the way we watch television? Is Hulu a network killer?My pals over at Hamilton’s CHCH have invited me to be a guest today on Square Off, their long-running 5:30 p.m. newsmag. One of the things I’ll tell hosts Mark Hebscher… Read on