MAD magazine is shaking things up. The 65-year-old humor and satire publication is getting a new editor -- the fifth in its history -- and relocating from New York City to Burbank.
Illustrator Bill Morrison will take the helm as executive editor of the DC Entertainment magazine, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
"I don't know anyone who loves and respects MAD as much as I do," Morrison said in a statement to THR. "I'll definitely have my work cut out for me, but I'm dedicated to upholding the high standards of absurd and irreverent humor that the public has come to expect from MAD. I've been asked if I will continue to include artist Al Jaffee in the magazine; as soon as I find out who he is, I'll let everyone know,"
Twitter was not kind Sunday night during Leslie Jones' first gig as an awards show host -- specifically, the BET Awards in Los Angeles. But we thought she had strong moments, including this prerecorded bit where she meets her 1994 self behind a local Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles.
That's where she used to waitress while she was trying to make it as a comedian and when she appeared on BET's "Comic View."
Jones says she'd sometimes have Roscoe's customers who would recognize her from "Comic View," after which she'd acknowledge their praise but quickly follow up with "Breast and wing or leg and a thigh?"
Chicago's Chance the Rapper gave a fiery, seemingly off-the-cuff speech at the BET Awards on Sunday night in which he chastised the legal system, Chicago Public Schools and U.S. government.
Chance was receiving the gala's humanitarian award, an acknowledgement of the funds he has raised and donated for Chicago schools. When the artist born Chancelor Bennett took the stage at downtown's Microsoft Theater, he said he hadn't prepared a speech. Still, he rattled off a few talking points, all of them to rapturous applause.
He said he wanted to "tell everybody in this government that y'all need to let everybody out of jail for selling weed before y'all start making it legal," and then added, "I was going to tell the Chicago public school system to not take out a loan from Chase Bank when they know that our schools are planning on failing in our district."
The streaming service will not move forward with another season of the comedy, The Times has confirmed.
The series, which was helmed by "Pitch Perfect" screenwriter Kay Cannon and starred Britt Robertson, was an adaptation of Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso's memoir-self-help book that documented her rise from shoplifter to e-commerce fashion maven.
The point of any art, even one as lowly as TV comedy or stand-up, the point is to make a connection with a stranger. For me it's the size of that connection, not how many people it slightly connects with. When I did 'The Office,' I said I'd rather this was a million people's favorite show of the year than 10 million people's 10th favorite show. I'm still very conscious of that. Originality is very important to me.
Amid the many practiced rhythms and melodies that echoed across the valley during the first Arroyo Seco Weekend in Pasadena, a curiously delicate, improvised jam session occurred in a little tent set to the side.
There, inside the shaded Kidspace area, a so-called musical petting zoo served to fill the air with the glorious, if disorganized, din of a dozen kids playing -- or playing with -- instruments.
The Rose Bowl-adjacent Arroyo Seco Weekend was billed as a family friendly event, and on Saturday afternoon, the free-form recital, to say nothing of the number of moms and dads carrying worn-out kids, suggested a bunch of parents took the bait.
Brace yourselves, America: Stephen Colbert is contemplating another run for the White House. Or so he says.
The host of CBS' “The Late Show” announced his plans in a way that would make his satirical alter-ego proud: on Russian television.
“I am considering a run for president in 2020 and I thought it would be better to cut out the middleman and just tell the Russians myself,” Colbert said in a vodka-soaked appearance on “Evening Urgant,” a talk show inspired by American late night TV and hosted by Ivan Urgant. “If anyone would like to work on my campaign in an unofficial capacity, just let me know.”
The fact is, I am so proud to be an Asian American and part of the Asian American community. My connection with that community is so strong. It struck me that the show is being characterized as not celebrating that richness. I take that more personally than other things.
Mindy Kaling on her show, 'The Mindy Project,' 2014
The most surprising thing about a recent sneak preview of Universal Studios' new Wizarding World light show, Nighttime Lights, was not the astonishingly non-pyrotechnic glory of Hogwarts Castle awash in imagery from the four houses of Hogwarts Academy of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Last year's opening-night festivities had ended with something similar (albeit to the accompaniment of John Williams, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and fireworks), and, at the time, it seemed unthinkable that some version of it would not become a permanent, or at least seasonal attraction. Magic is no longer the exclusive property of that other park, after all.
What was surprising was the crowd's reaction, particularly when the colors and icons for Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff shot across the walls and ramparts.