*Jon Stewart has a whole new meaning for “take me to the king.”
In a segment on his Comedy Central program “The Daily Show,” Stewart suggests CNN could solve its ratings woes overnight with the addition of one man in every news segment – Don King.
The boxing promoter was a recent guest on the news channel and, when time came to switch gears and begin a report on men getting facial-hair transplants, King refused to stop yapping. He continued to talk over the anchors, eventually ending with the chant, “CNN today! CNN today!”
*Bill O’Reilly is putting the notes from his Super Bowl interview with President Barack Obama up for auction, suggesting someone should have the chance to own a piece of “journalistic history.”
The Fox News host announced on his program Monday that his handwritten notes from the interview, signed by both him and Obama, were up for auction – with the starting bid at $10,000. The proceeds will benefit the Fischer House, a charity that helps the families of severely wounded veterans. He acknowledged that Obama has been a “tremendous help” in raising money for wounded vets.
If $10,000 is too steep, O’Reilly said for a donation $25 or more to the Fisher House, people will receive a replica copy of the notes.
Not to be outdone, Steven Colbert – fresh from his appearance at the White House State Dinner, where he was seated next to First Lady Michelle Obama – is auctioning off the microwave oven he claimed to have stolen from O’Reilly’s green room during his appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” in 2007. [Scroll down to watch.]
*Comedy Central has given a pilot green light to “Legends,” an animated comedy centering on a trio of high school basketball players who are legends in their own minds – and really, nowhere else.
According to Deadline.com, freshmen benchwarmers and friends Jamal, Grover and Milk try and mostly fail to make an impression at Bluford High, whether it’s on the court or with the ladies.
The project from Bento Box Entertainment was created and developed by animator Brad Ableson (“The Simpsons”), Bento Box head of Creative Development and Original Programming Mike Clements, sports producers Quinn Hawking (ESPN, Fox Sports, NFL Network) and Josiah Johnson (NFL Network, “Jim Rome” On Showtime) as well as writer Michael Starburry (“The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete”).
Additionally, Hawking will voice Jamal and Johnson will voice Grover and Milk as the two are bringing their experience as former UCLA basketball benchwarmers to the project.
*Averaging 2 million viewers on Wednesday nights, Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele” is the No. 1 cable show in its time slot among young men and a multiplatform phenomenon, boasting 400 million video streams, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Since the sketch comedy show’s January 2012 premiere, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, both former cast members of MADtv, have become cult heroes by exposing the myth of a utopian post-racial America in the era of Obama.
Their ongoing sketches featuring President Obama (Peele) and his volatile “anger translator” Luther (Key) have catapulted the duo into the zeitgeist, notes THR. The president is a fan — he told them he needs his own Luther.
*Actor, comedian, author and activist Bill Cosby will be releasing a TV concert special “Far From Finished” to Comedy Central on Nov. 24.
This will be his first special in 30 years and comes the same year Cosby turns 76.
On the reason for his return, Cosby stated, “Because… funny is funny.”
While seated in a chair, Cosby delivered the classic routine “Bill Cosby: Himself” back in 1983. The act served as a precursor for “The Cosby Show,” which aired on NBC in 1984.
His new production “Far From Finished,” directed by Robert Townsend, will embody Cosby’s stand-up material from earlier this summer.
Recently Cosby hosted a sweater tournament on his website. People were allowed to vote for their favorite Cosby sweater and were entered to win one of his books. The winner was announced today on the Today show.
And check out all 131 of his sweaters over at Buzzfeed.
Meanwhile, in other Cosby news, the legendary funnyman appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to talk about his new project. But, the Cos was so impressed with how The Roots welcomed him to the show, he thought it would be great to audition the band for his funeral.
In true comedic fashion, Cosby set up a mock funeral. And from there, the laughs role in.