Jay Leno‘s Tonight Show swan song churned up the franchise’s biggest weekly crowd since the week of NBC’s Cheers finale in ’93. Meanwhile, his replacement, Jimmy Fallon wrapped his Late Night hosting gig with that show’s biggest weekly haul since it followed Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show farewell, in May of ’92.
Leno’s actual Thursday night finale last week clocked the biggest crowd for an individual Tonight show broadcast since Jerry Seinfeld turned up after his primetime hit’s so-long episode, on May 14, 1998. Read More »
Super Bowl XLVIII: total bust as a game, middling year for ads – though outrage was tearing up Twitter by the time the game sputtered to a close over a Coke commercial in which “America the Beautiful” was … Read More »
The long rumored Seinfeld reunion finally hit the airwaves during half-time at the Super Bowl in the form of an extended promo for a special edition of Jerry Seinfeld‘s Crackle series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. Watch characters from the hit NBC … Read More »
Ever since chimps became a no-no for Super Bowl ads — too many pesky press reports about baby chimps taken from their moms, and no good coming to them after they’d aged out of acting — advertising industry navel gazers have been trying to figure out what’s the new chimpanzee of Super Bowl spots. (Yes, chimps were so big, as recently as 2011, polls were created asking viewers for their fave from that year’s crop of Super Bowl chimp ads.)
This year the search continues. Puppies are the new chimpanzees, say some, citing Budweiser’s “Puppy Love” ad featuring a Clydesdale and a puppy that had clocked more than 30 million YouTube views by Saturday noon (see it below). That’s tens of millions of views ahead of the latest Cheerios Super Bowl ad featuring a multi-racial family, despite the best efforts of MSNBC and the RNC to whip up interest in that one. Others insist bears are the new chimps, pointing to Goldilocks’ three bears appearing with Ellen DeGeneres in a Beats Music ad (see that one below), the slow-clapping bear in the CarMax ad, and the behemoth bear in the Chobani ad. Still others pronounced “weird” the new chimps, citing this year’s Doritos finger-cleaner ad, and Audi’s Doberuahua ad.
Here’s the Budweiser ad you will see tomorrow:
The ad industry, meanwhile, appears to have banked on Hollywood celebrities being the new chimpanzees based on the volume of entertainment industry luminaries flooding the game ads this year. They include Scarlett Johansson plugging a home carbonation gadget; Stephen Colbert plugging nuts; James Franco pitching Fords; Bob Saget, and Dave Coulier pitching in to help John Stamos hawk Greek yogurt; Ben Kingsley, Tom Hiddleston and Mark Strong urging us to buy something called a Jag-ewe-ar; and Seinfeld promoting whatever it is he’s going to plug.
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Jerry Seinfeld says he and Jason Alexander were not shooting a Super Bowl ad when they were spotted recently filming outside Tom’s Restaurant in New York this month (Tom’s exterior was used in Seinfeld’s long-running NBC comedy series). … Read More »
With a record 25 million streams, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is now Crackle‘s No. 1 original series, the Sony-owned free video hub said today. Crackle announced a fourth season of the Jerry Seinfeld-starrer earlier this year, with … Read More »
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld stopped by Reddit today to conduct an “Ask Me Anything” Q&A in support of his Crackle web series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee and dropped hint of a new project with Seinfeld co-creator Larry David. “What is the most mundane thing you and Larry have obsessed over?” asked Redditor @TotheBongGuy. “We never obsess over anything that isn’t mundane,” Seinfeld responded. “Most recent was intentional mumbling. We wrote this script for this thing that you will eventually see but I can’t reveal what it is at this time. All I can do is tell you is that it’s big, huge, gigantic.” “Even bigger than that Amazon package,” he added, referencing a popular front page post on the social news site. (Seinfeld’s rep declined to comment on the mystery script.) Read More »
Louis CK, Jay Leno, Howard Stern, Tina Fey, Patton Oswalt, and Todd Barry are among the guests set for the new season on Crackle, the Sony-owned free video hub. Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is created, written and produced by Jerry Seinfeld — … Read More »
AND THE WINNER IS…
It’s every Jewish person’s nightmare: A huge ham lurking behind you.
“Wait, doesn’t Steven know Jerry was caught making out during Schindler’s List?”
“Wait, Steven Spielberg? I thought you were Steven Soderberg!!”
“Wait, I’ll convert.”
SUNDAY … Read More »
On his show last night, Jimmy Fallon re-created a comedy classic with a new take on Abbott and Costello’s Who’s On First? routine where we finally get to meet the team’s first baseman Who, second baseman What, and third baseman I Don’t Know. (you can watch the original skit below the new one.) Joining Fallon onstage are Billy Crystal and Jerry Seinfeld (as well as Fallon announcer Steve Higgins as Costello and Fallon head writer A.D. Miles as What.)
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Jerry Seinfeld is stepping into the web series realm with Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, which is set to premiere on Sony-owned video hub Crackle at 9 PM ET on July 19. A trailer for the series — which appears to be exactly what its title says it … Read More »
In its first episode, Live! With Kelly, with guest co-host Jerry Seinfeld, posted a 4.0 household rating and a 2.2 rating in women 25-54 in the metered markets on Monday. That was down from the big 7.3/23 Live! … Read More »
Following Regis Philbin’s November 18 exit, his syndicated talk show with Kelly Ripa will be temporarily retitled Live! With Kelly while a new permanent co-host is found. In the meantime, Ripa will be joined by a slew of guest co-hosts. … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: In competitive bidding, Colin Quinn has signed with Grand Central Publishing’s Ben Greenberg for Yesterday’s News. Quinn’s first book went for mid-six figures and is a humorous look at humanity and pop culture, in which the former Weekend Update … Read More »
Jerry Seinfeld’s flacks announced this morning that, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of his first national broadcast appearance, the comedian has launched his personal website, www.jerryseinfeld.com, offering fans daily video clips from his more than 30 years of television stand-up performances. The site went live today at 9 AM. On the site, Seinfeld explains why he was inspired to create this digital archive, remembering his experiences as a 10-year-old, fascinated by stand-up comedians on TV. “Somewhere out there are 10 year olds just waiting to get hooked on this strange pursuit. This is for them,” he writes. “I’m just hoping somehow it will keep this silliness going.”
Ranging from less than 30 seconds up to two minutes in length, each daily grouping of three clips will only be available for 24 hours, after which they will be replaced by three new hand-picked bits. The clips cover the entirety of Seinfeld’s televised stand-up career, from 1977 to present, including appearances on talk shows hosted by Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, David Letterman and Jay Leno, as well as other televised stand-up performances, including the stand-up performances recorded for the iconic TV series Seinfeld. Read More »
HBO will shoot the Broadway one-man show Colin Quinn Long Story Short for a special to debut in April. Long Story Short, which recently extended its run at the Helen Hayes Theatre through March 5, features veteran standup comic Quinn take on world history in a 75-minute show directed by … Read More »