Aretha Franklin biopic moves ahead with director and writer
NEW YORK (AP) — The long-gestating Aretha Franklin biopic "Respect" is going ahead with stage director Liesel Tommy set to direct.
MGM announced Thursday that Tommy will helm the film, which is to star Jennifer Hudson. The "Dreamgirls" actress was cast as the late Queen of Soul in January 2018 after Franklin selected her for the role. At the time, Hudson performed a medley of Franklin's songs at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy bash.
Memoirist who wrote about priest dad wins Thurber prize
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A woman who wrote a memoir about having a married Roman Catholic priest for a father has won the country's top humor writing prize.
Patricia Lockwood, author of "Priestdaddy," received the Thurber Prize for American Humor last week in Columbus, Ohio.
The Thurber House literary center and museum awards the prize each year. The house is the boyhood home of humorist James Thurber.
‘Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah silenced by a voice issue
Fans of "The Daily Show" got to see Trevor Noah host Tuesday night's Comedy Central broadcast. But they didn't get to hear him.
The reason: Noah has lost his voice and is under doctor's orders not to utter a word.
The show began as usual, with the theme song playing and the audience cheering as the South African-born comedian walked onto the set and sat at his desk. But when the camera pointed at the desk, the TV audience saw comedian Michael Kosta already there.
Muggings mar international charity concert in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A spate of muggings early Monday marred a charity concert in South Africa at which Beyonce, Jay-Z and other stars performed in honor of Nelson Mandela.
Beyonce and other stars to perform at Mandela festival
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Beyonce and other international stars have gathered in South Africa for a charity concert honoring Nelson Mandela, a century after he was born.
Pharrell Williams, Trevor Noah and Oprah Winfrey were among those headlining the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium on Sunday. Model Naomi Campbell and singer Bob Geldof, who organized the Live Aid concerts for Africa, are also attending.
Hear the one about Trump? You’ve probably heard a lot
NEW YORK (AP) — Did you hear the one about President Trump? Or, more precisely, did you hear all 3,128 jokes?
A think tank that has studied the content of late-night comedy for the past 26 years said Donald Trump was the butt of more jokes in 2017 than any other public figure has for a single year. By a lot.
Thurber House announces 2018 finalists for humor prize
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio-based nonprofit named for humorist James Thurber has announced the finalists for the country's top humor writing prize.
Thurber House, the boyhood home of Thurber, serves as a literary center and museum in Columbus.
Each year, it awards the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Comedian Trevor Noah won last year for "Born a Crime," his memoir about growing up in South Africa.
Emmy attendees urge people to vote
Reese Witherspoon, Keith Urban on board for cancer telethon
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reese Witherspoon, Mahershala Ali and Keith Urban are among the stars joining the sixth Stand Up To Cancer telethon.
Jennifer Garner, Trevor Noah, Marlee Matlin, Matthew McConaughey and organization co-founder Katie Couric also will take part in the Sept. 7 fundraiser.
Stand Up To Cancer said Thursday that this year's live, hour-long telecast commemorates 10 years of raising awareness and more than $480 million to fund innovative research.
NEW YORK (AP) — Designer Raf Simons scored a repeat win at fashion's glittery awards ceremony Monday night, again displaying his considerable influence in American fashion less than two years after taking the reins at Calvin Klein.
"Thank you, women!" Simons said, accepting the prestigious womenswear prize of the Council of Fashion Designers of America from presenter actress Cate Blanchett. It was actually the Belgian designer's third CFDA award in two years; last year he won for menswear, too.
NEW YORK (AP) — This week's BookExpo and BookCon will be a showcase for diversity and for combinations and alliances new and old.
Apparently, people angry with Michelle Wolf’s performance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner just don’t “get it.”
Saying people who don’t “like abortion” should try it isn’t some horribly insensitive scream at women who have anguished with that choice for years.
It isn’t a stab into the hearts of families that have wept and hugged and fought and reconciled over their teenager’s situation.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the controversy over the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner (all times local):
The reviews are in: President Donald Trump is giving a thumbs-down to the comedian who roasted his chief spokeswoman at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner.
BernExpo: Sen. Bernie Sanders to speak at BookExpo
NEW YORK (AP) — BookExpo is feeling the Bern.
Sen. Bernie Sanders will be speaking at publishing's annual national gathering, convention organizers told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The Vermont independent and 2016 Democratic presidential contender is scheduled for May 31 at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan.
He is expected to discuss his upcoming book "Where We Go From Here," scheduled for release in November.
Trevor Noah among featured speakers at BookExpo breakfast
NEW YORK (AP) — Expect some laughs, and more serious talk, at this year's adult author breakfast at BookExpo.
Michelle Wolf to headline White House correspondents’ dinner
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House Correspondents' Association says comedian Michelle Wolf will entertain at its annual dinner in April.
Wolf is known from her work as a contributor on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Trevor Noah." She recently premiered an hour-long HBO special, "Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady," and she's set to star in a new weekly comedy show on Netflix later this year.
The dinner attracts journalists, politicians and celebrities. The president traditionally attends.
What to watch this week: ‘Last Week Tonight’ kicks off fifth season
Sometimes, the news can get a little dreary to watch.
These days, that’s true more often than not. Watching the nightly news can be more of an exercise of self-control, resisting the urge to throw a shoe at the television screen.
Or it could be for some people, anyway.
And that’s why we have shows that allow some much-needed fun to be poked at those folks in Washington who insist on doing things at which fun needs to be poked.
- The Daily JournalBen Shapiro: The open borders agenda rears its ugly headApril 14, 2019
- The Washington TimesTrevor Noah: Gillibrand's past on immigration sets up Trump for 'Ku Klux Kirsten' nicknameJanuary 23, 2019
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- Idaho State JournalOn potential and opportunityDecember 10, 2018
Join the Kankakee Public Library at 7 p.m. Tuesday as it hosts Grape Reads at Grapes & Hops, 251 S. Schuyler Ave.
Grape Reads meets every other month for food and lively discussion, and February's selection will be "Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood" by comedian and TV show host Trevor Noah.
Comedian Roy Wood Jr. on joking around in the era of Trump
NEW YORK (AP) — It's fitting that comedian Roy Wood Jr. is an avid player of Sudoku. "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" correspondent always seems to be a few steps ahead of the obvious.
It's a necessary skill when you make jokes during a time of fake news and political division. "The problem with writing jokes now is that stuff evolves so damn fast," he says, laughing.
Trevor Noah was given the impossible task of replacing Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show."
But accomplishing the incredible is nothing new for the South African comic, who appears Jan. 5 at Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh. In his autobiography, "Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood," Noah recounts the perils of growing up in a country where apartheid was the rule of the land. Where his very existence was deemed illegal because his father was white and his mother was black.
Comedian Aries Spears, Jan. 4-7, Pittsburgh Improv, Homestead. pittsburgh.improv.com
Rocky Bleier's "The Play," through Jan. 6, from Pittsburgh Public Theater, O'Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh. 412-316-1600 or ppt.org
"Love Never Dies," part of PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh, through Jan. 8, Benedum Center. 412-456-4800 or trustarts.org
"Xanadu," through Jan. 7, Cabaret at Theater Square, Pittsburgh. 412-456-6666 or trustarts.org
Trevor Noah, Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh. 412-392-4900 or heinzhall.org
School: South Side High School
Grade or subject teaching: 11th and 12th, U.S. history and government
Education: Bachelor's degree at IPFW, master's degree at Walden University
Years teaching: This is my 24th year with Fort Wayne Community Schools
City born: Auburn
Current home: Fort Wayne
Family: Sons Nate and Nick, who are attending college
Beyonce presents Kaepernick with SI’s Muhammad Ali Award
NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce presented Colin Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award on Tuesday night, and Kaepernick promised that "with or without the NFL's platform, I will continue to work for the people."
Beyonce was brought out as a surprise presenter by comedian Trevor Noah. She said she was "proud and humbled" to present the award.
Trevor Noah among headliners at Michigan laughter festival
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An annual festival of laughter in western Michigan is announcing top acts for its eighth season.
Organizers of Gilda's LaughFest say Thursday that headliners include "The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah and "Girls Trip" breakout star Tiffany Haddish.
Noah's career arc
Before he filled the anchor chair at "The Daily Show," Trevor Noah was still a recurring figure on American TV, doing stand-up bits on the late-night shows. And even then, that work came after years of doing all sorts of TV work in his native South Africa. He gets away from the small screen and back to his stand-up roots on a fall tour that brings him to Sugar Land this week.
When: 8 p.m. Friday Where: Smart Financial Centre, 18111 Lexington, Sugar Land
Trump mocked during New York fundraiser by top comedians
NEW YORK (AP) — Some top comedians — including John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah and Conan O'Brien — helped raise money for military veterans Tuesday night at a raucous event at Madison Square Garden in which many of the best barbs were hurled at the current commander in chief.
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TV picks for Nov. 1: Hillary Clinton, ‘H Is for Hawk,’ ‘Stan Against Evil’
Ill fly away
H Is for Hawk: A New Chapter serves as a sort of follow-up to Helen Macdonalds bestselling memoir, in which a bird of prey fulfills duties usually performed by a licensed therapist. Macdonald isnt the most compelling TV figure, but her latest baby goshawk is a scene stealer, right up to its first free flight.
FEET FEATS: Running royalty Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as an official entrant and co-founder of social running community 261 Fearless Inc., was in Boston yesterday for a meetup with some of the women in the 261 Fearless Club Greater Boston. They met at the Adidas RunBase store on Boylston for one of their weekly training runs. And this being a small world, while zipping through the Boston Common, they ran into B.A.A. Executive Director Tom Grilk. Switzer will be at the Hopkinton Middle School today starting at 11 a.m. for a celebration thanking the town for continuing to support her and the sport of running.
Late-night TV hosts decry Las Vegas killings, gun laws
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Late-night comics decried the Las Vegas mass shooting as a confounding and repetitive American tragedy, with Jimmy Kimmel and Trevor Noah lashing out at politicians who oppose gun control.
"I don't know why our so-called leaders continue to allow this to happen," Kimmel said on his ABC show Monday, the day after the worst shooting in modern U.S. history claimed at least 59 lives.
But seriously ... Trevor Noah wins Thurber humor award
NEW YORK (AP) — Trevor Noah is so funny he's getting an award.
"The Daily Show" host's memoir "Born a Crime" has won the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Prize officials made the announcement Monday night.
Judges chose Noah's reflections on growing up in South Africa over a pair of novels: Ken Pisani's "Amp'd" and Aaron Thier's "Mr. Eternity." Noah will be given $5,000 and a crystal plaque.
Comedy Central keeps Noah at ‘Daily Show’ through 2022
NEW YORK (AP) — In a strong vote of confidence for its late-night cornerstone, Comedy Central said Thursday it has agreed to a contract extension that will keep Trevor Noah as host of "The Daily Show" through 2022.
The network also said Noah would produce and host specials comedically wrapping up each year, starting in a few months.
Trevor Noah brings his comedy to Foxwoods Resort Casino
Trevor Noah, the polite yet bold/cheeky host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” is bringing his stand-up act to Foxwoods Resort Casino on Saturday, Sept. 16.
Noah, who will perform at the venue’s Grand Theater, debuted his ninth new comedy special, “Afraid of the Dark,” earlier this year on Netflix; it was shot before a packed house in New York City’s Beacon Theatre.
John Oliver, Jon Stewart to headline veterans fundraiser
NEW YORK (AP) — John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah and Conan O'Brien are headlining this year's Stand Up for Heroes fundraiser, which benefits injured veterans and their families.
Hisan Minhaj and John Mulaney are also on the bill for the Nov. 7 comedy event in New York.
Trevor Noah among nominees for Thurber humor prize
NEW YORK (AP) — Trevor Noah is upholding a "Daily Show" tradition: He's a nominee for the Thurber Prize for American Humor.
The Comedy Central host's memoir "Born a Crime" was among three finalists prize officials announced Wednesday. The other nominees for the $5,000 honor are playwright-screenwriter Ken Pisani's novel "Amp'd" and Aaron Thier's time traveling novel "Mr. Eternity."
Previous winners include Noah's "Daily Show" predecessor Jon Stewart, Calvin Trillin and David Sedaris.
NEW YORK (AP) — As Dave Chappelle reflects on spending 30 years in comedy, he says he's grateful and humble to still be living his dreams onstage.
"In all honesty, I mostly feel grateful that I survived it, and that I'm able to still do it, and that I have the respect of my peers," the 43-year-old said in an interview Friday night following a show at Radio City Music Hall, where he was joined by The Roots, Dead Prez and T.I.
Jay-Z has described his experience of being a black man in America in a new mini documentary.
The 47-year-old rap icon, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, has given his views on race issues in America in an interview for the 'Footnotes for The Story of O.J.', which also features appearances from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Chris Rock, Trevor Noah and Will Smith.
NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Brown, DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne and New Edition have been added as performers at this month's BET Awards.
The network announced Tuesday that Post Malone and Roman GianArthur would join previously announced performers Bruno Mars, Migos and Future on June 25 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Other set to hit the stage include Trey Songz, Tamar Braxton and Jessie Reyez. "Saturday Night Live" comic Leslie Jones will be host.
The unyielding barrage of news coming out of Washington D.C. has kept late-night programs like “The Daily Show” on their toes and, in many cases, riding a wave of ratings success. But do hosts like Trevor Noah ever crave a breath of creative fresh air?
Jamie Foxx and Issa Rae will be presenting at the BET Awards.
The 'Ray' actor and the 32-year-old actress-and-writer will join talk show host Trevor Noah, 'All Eyez on Me' star Demetrius Shipp Jr , and the cast of 'Girls Trip', Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish, in handing out prizes at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 25.
The news comes after it was recently announced Leslie Jones will present the annual ceremony.
In times when it is easy and understandable to be at a loss for words, late-night television hosts often find themselves searching for the right ones to say.
In light of the terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, late-night was once again tasked with offering a response and making sense of the senseless.
Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, and UK-native James Corden delivered heart-filled speeches that sought to bring comfort.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Winners of the 26th annual MTV Movie and TV Awards, presented Sunday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles:
Movie of the year: "Beauty and the Beast."
Actor in a Movie: Emma Watson, "Beauty and the Beast."
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Colbert is hosting a "Daily Show" reunion on his late-night show.
CBS said Wednesday that Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms and Rob Corddry will join Colbert on "The Late Show" next week.
Colbert was part of Comedy Central's "Daily Show" hosted by Stewart before launching the channel's "The Colbert Report."
NEW YORK (AP) — A thunderous drumbeat echoed through the cocktail reception at the Met Gala. Either an earthquake was hitting the Upper East Side of Manhattan, or the glittering assembly of guests was being called in to dinner.
Jordan Klepper moving from ‘Daily Show’ to own show
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jordan Klepper is moving from "Daily Show" correspondent to host of his own show.
Comedy Central said Tuesday that Klepper will bring his pompous "Daily Show" persona with him when his talk show debuts this fall.
It will air Monday through Thursday at 11:30 p.m. Eastern, following Trevor Noah's "Daily Show."
Dr. Ben Carson, in a speech before employees of Housing and Urban Development, the department he now runs, likened slaves to "immigrants": "That's what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder, for less. But they, too, had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters, might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land."...
‘Daily Show’ cancels Tuesday episode because of snow
NEW YORK (AP) — The winter weather means a few less laughs.
Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" with Trevor Noah canceled its episode on Tuesday because of the storm. The network is airing a rerun instead. "The Daily Show" generally tapes its episodes in the late afternoon in a Manhattan studio.
NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway producers have decided to keep theaters open Tuesday night for the hardy folks willing to brave the snow and sleet.
More than two dozen shows will play as scheduled, including hit shows like "Hamilton," ''Dear Evan Hansen" and "Waitress."
Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League, says, "For visitors who are staying in hotels and can't get home, it's a great time to see a show. Locals can see a hot show in a warm theater."
President Donald Trump is a lot like a stand-up comedian, Trevor Noah said Wednesday — he “connects with audiences in the same way.”
Speaking at “The Messy Truth,” a town hall series hosted by CNN commentator Van Jones, “The Daily Show” host analyzed how Trump interacts with a crowd.