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Twitter Lands IT Guy From Peoria a Job on Late Night

Vulture charts Bryan Donaldson's unlikely career path

(Newser) - When Bryan Donaldson started tweeting in 2011, it was just a way for him to have an outlet for his jokes—jokes that didn't quite have a place at his job, an insurance company in Bloomington, Ill., where Donaldson worked in IT. Tweets like, "The meanest thing you... More »

Late Night in Capable Hands With Seth Meyers

Critics don't find anything amazing about show, but he did just fine

(Newser) - Seth Meyers debuted as the newest Late Night host last night, and critics seem to agree: He did a fine job. There was no huge "wow" moment, but neither did he embarrass himself, and the franchise appears to be in capable hands. Some of the things reviewers are talking... More »

Seth Meyers' Late Night Bandleader: Fred Armisen

Fellow 'SNL' alum will lead 8G Band

(Newser) - Seth Meyers will have an undeniably cool bandleader when he starts hosting Late Night: His fellow Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen. Armisen, who currently stars on Portlandia, is also a drummer and guitarist, and will be leading the 8G Band. Armisen has previously drummed for a punk rock band... More »

Springsteen, Fallon Tweak Christie on Bridge Scandal

Perform 'Governor Chris Christie's Fort Lee, NJ, Traffic Jam' on 'Late Night'

(Newser) - Chris Christie may have just hit bottom: The New Jersey governor is such a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen that he actually wept when the Boss hugged him . But last night, hours after Christie's State of the State speech , Springsteen joined Jimmy Fallon on Late Night to bash the... More »

Seth Meyers to Replace Fallon

'SNL' head writer heading over to new NBC 'Late Night' gig

(Newser) - Seth Meyers is trading in the "Weekend Update" desk to succeed fellow Saturday Night Live alum Jimmy Fallon over at Late Night, reports Entertainment Weekly . “We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation,” says NBC's entertainment chief.... More »

NBC Bans Walk-On Hijinks for Jimmy Fallon's Drummer

Network execs want to clear all choices after Bachmann incident

(Newser) - Bad news for those of you who were highly amused by Questlove's choice of walk-on song for Michele Bachmann: It won't be happening again. The Late Night With Jimmy Fallon drummer tells Rolling Stone he was informed the very next morning that he must now clear every song... More »

Bachmann Demands NBC Apology for Fallon 'Outrage'

She's still cool with Jimmy, though

(Newser) - Apparently apologies from Questlove and Jimmy Fallon weren’t enough for Michele Bachmann. Reflecting on her Late Night introduction song incident—which she called “an outrage”—Bachmann insisted to Fox's America’s Newsroom that, while she accepts Fallon’s apology, she wants one from NBC as well.... More »

Now Fallon Apologizes to Bachmann

'Late Night' host apologizes via Twitter

(Newser) - Questlove isn’t the only one who’s sorry about the less-than-flattering walk-on song the Roots played for Michele Bachmann’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon appearance Monday. Fallon himself apologized to Bachmann via Twitter yesterday, tweeting, "I'm honored that @michelebachmann was on our show yesterday and I'... More »

Letterman Opens Up About Cheating Scandal

Late Show host calls infidelity 'stupid behavior'

(Newser) - David Letterman is dead set on repairing his marriage after the infidelity that led to an extortion attempt last year, People reports. Appearing on Live! With Regis and Kelly, Letterman likened the events of last year to "an explosion," saying, "You're looking at the shards and you... More »

Inside Conan's Comedy Tour

O'Brien gets standing ovation at first show

(Newser) - Conan O’Brien’s long-awaited comedy tour kicked off last night to much cheering. Get in on the jokes:
  • The show, which opened in Eugene, Ore., caters to old-school Late Night fans, the “I’m With Coco” artist tells PopEater . Along with former Tonight Show band members and Andy
... More »

Jimmy Fallon Wipes Out During Vodka Race

Chelsea Handler wins, obviously

(Newser) - Jimmy Fallon and Chelsea Handler competed in a vodka martini race last night, and Handler won—after the Late Night host fell and cut his hand on a broken martini glass. "You made me bleed!" Fallon accused Handler, as she concluded, "This is an awful game. I... More »

Letterman to NYPD, Prosecutors: Thank You

Robert Halderman cops plea in $2M blackmail case

(Newser) - The David Letterman blackmail case ended with a guilty plea today, and the Late Night host wasted little time thanking the prosecutors and investigators who nailed Robert Halderman. "I’d never been involved in anything like this in my life, and I was concerned and full of anxiety and... More »

Craig Ferguson, Late Night's New King

David Letterman still wins, but he's in a class of his own

(Newser) - Despite all the publicity heaped upon them in recent weeks, there are more late night hosts than just Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien. After years of following the major late night shows, Michael Giltz decided the time has come to declare a new king. His final verdict? Craig Ferguson,... More »

Sandler to Conan: NBC Fired Me, Too

O'Brien-NBC deal said to be $45 million; tomorrow's his last Tonight Show

(Newser) - NBC and Conan O’Brien reached a pricey divorce early today, but that didn’t slow the Tonight Show host's relentless tirade against the network last night. A constant stream of monologue disses wasn’t enough, so O’Brien unveiled his latest revenge scheme: Waste as much of the network’... More »

Jay, Conan Turn on Each Other

As Tonight Show saga continues, Leno and O'Brien face off

(Newser) - As the late-night shakedown gets messier, Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien seem to be turning against each other—and David Letterman is clearly on Team Conan. The Late Show host wants O’Brien to appear on his show “not to rub NBC's noses into their huge mistake, but... More »

Letterman Pokes Fun at NBC, 'Big-Jaw Leno'

His take? It's all about the money

(Newser) - Think David Letterman’s still just a wee bit bitter about his schism with NBC? Letterman offered his take on NBC’s Tonight Show debacle last night, mocking “Jay ‘big jawed’ Leno” and the “geniuses” who shuffled the schedule. “A lot of people may criticize these... More »

Conan O'Brien Confronts Late-Night Rumors

Among them: 'We're both pregnant with Tiger Woods' babies'

(Newser) - Conan O'Brien finally addressed some of the late-night rumors swirling about NBC's lineup. Among them:
  • The Tonight Show will be an iPhone app and the Jay Leno show will be an Xbox game.
  • Jay and I are quitting both of our shows and co-starring in a new buddy cop drama
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Ex-Staffer: Letterman Environment 'Demeaning'

But not just because of sexual politics: It's time to hire female writers

(Newser) - Nell Scovell walked away from her dream job on Late Night with David Letterman thanks to the "hostile work environment" created by high-level male staffers having sex with their female employees. She writes about her experience in Vanity Fair—not to name names, but to point out the underlying... More »

There's a Letterman Sex Tape: Enquirer

Security camera caught comic in 'compromising position' with staffer

(Newser) - Security-camera tape of David Letterman “in a compromising position” with a young female staffer is the next shoe to drop in the scandal surrounding the CBS late-night host, the National Enquirer reports. “Dave apparently didn’t know the location of the security cameras at his Late Night studios,... More »

Letterman Apologizes to Wife on Air

Late Night pauses for another round of confession

(Newser) - David Letterman will use his opening monologue tonight to publicly apologize to his wife and his current and former colleagues, according to numerous audience members. "Wow, that weekend went fast," he joked before turning serious during this afternoon's taping, his first public appearance at the Ed Sullivan Theater... More »

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