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Who Is This Comedian Who Made A Stunning $21 Million Last Year?

12/8/2014 11:21am EST
Comedian Russell Peters Made A Stunning $21 Million Last Year
Who is Russell Peters and why is he making so much money?

Russell Peters made $21 million last year, but many people don’t even know who he is?

Peters is a stand-up comedian and he has been on tour around the world promoting his gig, "Almost Famous."

The funnyman is best known for being a judge on "Last Comic Standing."

Peters has made the list of highest earning comedians for several years,. His net worth is $40 million, and that's nothing to laugh at.

He is branching out into film, and is scheduled to appear in the 2015 release "TCB Baby" alongside Whoopi Goldberg and singer Meat Loa...

Jimmy Shubert Talks Competing To Be 'Last Comic Standing'

6/5/2014 4:15pm EDT
Jimmy Shubert Talks Competing To Be 'Last Comic Standing'
NBC's Last Comic Standing is like The Voice for stand-up comedians: it exposes these folks, who have been grinding for years if not decades just to make us laugh, to a national TV audience. The show has made a splash in its return, and one of the comics it's introduced us to is Jimmy Shubert, who called up BFTV recently to chat about competing on LCS and his career to date.

Why would he be willing to put himself into the reality TV machine? "Just because what I read about what they were trying to do this season," he told us. "Wanda Sykes, who's a great comic, brought the show back after a ...

Roseanne Barr And Wanda Sykes Don't Pay Attention To 'Women Aren't Funny' Comments

4/11/2014 11:35am EDT
Roseanne Barr
Roseanne Barr has joined the new judges panel on NBC’s competition Last Comic Standing. In an industry still facing a bias from male comics saying “women aren’t funny,” Barr says such comments are irrelevant.

“It's just something that stupid people say,” Barr said on a panel for Last Comic. “It's totally irrelevant, and I don't pay any attention to it. There's a lot of great women standup comics in this competition. There's a lot of great women comics for many years. That's just something easy that people are allowed to get away with. If you were going to change the word ‘woman’ to an e...

Kurt Metzger Talks Season 3 Of 'Ugly Americans'

3/14/2012 11:15am EDT
Kurt Metzger
On Comedy Central's Ugly Americans, Kurt Metzger plays an unemployed zombie who once had relations with a toaster. That should clue you in to his sense of humor.

The Last Comic Standing alum provides the voice for Randall Skeffington, who became a member of the undead to (no surprise) attract a girl, only to find out she'd moved on to warlocks.

He's unemployed, has too much time on his hands, and still has issues with his parents. He's one of the many quirky residents of an alternate-reality New York City that's the backdrop for Ugly Americans, which begins its new season tonight at 10:30...

Reality TV Overload

8/11/2008 8:45am EDT
Project Runway
What happened to the days when movie stars were in fact stars in major motion pictures and when being an actor meant you actually had talent? What about when game show contestants were just game show contestants, not famous people?

Now it seems like you can't turn on the television without seeing a reality show, a preview for a reality show, or a reality show "star" in his or her new movie. When is it going to stop? It's reality TV overload! Some shows aren't that bad and are actually tolerable, but then there are shows like "Sunset Tan" on E! that make you want to rip your eyes out.


'Lewis Black's Root Of All Evil' Returns For A Second Season

7/29/2008 6:26pm EDT
Lewis Black
There is a plethora of evil wreaking havoc in the world. It's up to Honorable Judge Lewis Black, the ultimate evaluator of evil, to hear each case and give his official verdict. The second season of "Lewis Black's Root of All Evil" kicks off on Comedy Central this Wednesday, July 30 at 10:30 p.m. with Patton Oswalt and Andrew Daly prosecuting in the case of Ultimate Fighting vs. Bloggers. One will beat you into a coma and the other will blog about it with excessive self-righteousness.

"Lewis Black's Root of All Evil" pits pop culture topics against each other in an open debate setting....

Hugh Hefner & His Girlfriends Guest Star On 'Last Comic Standing'

7/22/2008 1:42pm EDT
The Girls Next Door
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and his girlfriends Holly, Bridget and Kendra guest star on NBC's "Last Comic Standing" on Thursday, July 24 (8-10 p.m. ET) as the comics are surprised with a trip to the world-famous Playboy Mansion!

Only eight comics remain in NBC's "Last Comic Standing" competition: Sean Cullen (Toronto, Canada), Jeff Dye (Seattle, Washington), Ron G (Los Angeles, California), Adam Hunter (Hollywood, California), Marcus (West Jordan, Utah), Louis Ramey (Queens, NY), Iliza Shlesinger (Hollywood, California) and Jim Tavare (London, England).

The final eight are brou...

What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

6/9/2008 8:43am EDT
Kathy Griffin
Monday, June 9

Greek (ABC Family, 8 p.m.) - School's out in tonight's season finale, which means it's time for some Spring Break antics.

Gossip Girl (The CW, 8 p.m.) - Admit it. You liked it when Blair and Serena were more enemies than friends, like in tonight's repeat when Blair tells the college reps that Serena has a drug problem.

How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) - Ted is the ultimate spoilerphobe when he builds a sensory deprivation contraption to avoid finding out the outcome of the Super Bowl. Take note, spoiler-free TV watchers.

Tuesday, June 10


What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

6/2/2008 8:53am EDT
Law and Order CI
Monday, June 2

Greek (ABC Family, 8 p.m.) - Casey considers asking ex Evan to help her study for the LSATs. Yeah, a lot of studying is going to get done there.

How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8:30 p.m.) - Barney tries to tame a cougar/law professor played by Jane Seymour, who turns out to be a tough grader of Barney's, um, performance, in this repeat.

Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods (MTV, 10 p.m.) - Haylie Duff hosts the search for Broadway's next Elle.

Tuesday, June 3

Hell's Kitchen (FOX, 9 p.m.) - Disaster strikes again as one chef get to close ...

Summer TV Preview: ABC, CBS, NBC & Fox

5/28/2008 9:43am EDT
Memorial Day has come and gone, and with its passing the summer of 2008 has (unofficially) begun. It wasn't so many years ago that the summer quarter was little more than an exercise in futility for the networks. They figured that no one would want to stay indoors on beautiful summer evenings to watch original programming, so they instead filled the schedule with repeats of shows that weren't interesting the first time around. Occasionally, viewers were treated to the burn-off episodes of a failed (and swiftly canceled) offering from the prior season. Yippee.

That all changed a few...

What to Watch: What's Airing, Re-Airing & Entertaining On TV This Week

5/27/2008 9:17am EDT
Tuesday, May 27

Law & Order: SVU (NBC, 9 p.m.) - Cynthia Nixon guest stars in this rerun as a woman with multiple personalities who may have harmed her own child.

Hell's Kitchen (FOX, 9 p.m.) - The winners of tonight's relay race get to surf the waves, while the losers sweep the kitchen floor.

Samantha Who? (ABC, 9 p.m.) - Back to back repeats are capped with a memorable episode in which Sam tries to get rid of her dad's car after crashing it.

Wednesday, May 28

Men in Trees (ABC, 10 p.m.) - The recently canceled romantic dramedy comes back to the schedule temporaril...

'Last Comic Standing' Returns May 22

5/21/2008 6:00am EDT
Last Comic Standing
Last Comic Standing is coming back for its sixth season starting this Thursday, May 22, at 9:30pm/8:30c.

This season a whole slew of great guest judges will participate including Angela Kinsey and Oscar Nuñez from The Office, George Wendt and John Ratzenberger from Cheers, and Lonny Ross and Keith Powell from 30 Rock.

To get in comedy mode and to see some behind the scenes clips of some of the comedians that auditioned for this season visit the official site:

Low Times Mean Good Times With Andy Kindler, Part 2

4/1/2008 2:18pm EDT
Andy Kindler
Where we last left off with Andy Kindler... Okay, I know three verses to "Philadelphia Freedom" and that’s all I know about Philadelphia. "Philadelphia Freedom, I love you. Yes, I do." Do you want to hear my other Philadelphia joke?


Philadelphia? Nice cream cheese.

I’m liking it.

Alright, I just want to let people know. A lot of people are wondering, “If I invite Andy to my small po-dunk town will he be able to do jokes about my town, specifically?”

The answer is yes.

Yes, name any city in the country and I’ll do a joke about it. Any city.



Lewis Black Puts Pop Culture On Trial In 'Lewis Black's Root Of All Evil'

2/20/2008 7:30pm EST
Lewis Black
Who better to serve as the ultimate decider on all things evil than Lewis Black? "Lewis Black's Root of All Evil" pits either two people such as Kim Jong Il and Tila Tequila or pop culture topics such as You Tube vs. Porn against each other in an open debate setting. A rotating group of comedians take the stage and argue who or what is most evil with Black making the final decision. The premiere episode of "Lewis Black's Root of All Evil" on Wednesday, March 12 at 10:30 p.m. takes on sacred cows Oprah and the Catholic Church with Paul F. Tompkins and Greg Giraldo arguing which is the roo...

Dane Cook Guest Stars On Two-Hour Season Finale Of 'Last Comic Standing'

9/17/2007 2:06pm EDT
Dane Cook
After an extensive international search, NBC's lively laughfest "Last Comic Standing" will finally reveal who is the funniest new comic in the world in Wednesday night's exciting show conclusion (Sept. 19, 9-11 p.m. ET).

In this two-hour finale, finalists Lavell Crawford and Jon Reep will be roasted by fellow comics, including renowned roaster Jeffrey Ross, top 10 finalist Doug Benson and talent scout and season three winner Alonzo Bodden. In addition, they will be reunited with the other top 10 finalists and the talent scouts, in a show that will include vignettes, challenge highligh...

NBC Renews 'America's Got Talent' & 'Last Comic Standing'

8/6/2007 4:00pm EDT
NBC has re-upped its popular summer series franchises "America's Got Talent" and "Last Comic Standing" for a third and sixth season respectively.

The pickup announcement comes as "America's Got Talent" is preparing for its live, two-part season finale with a special 90-minute performance episode on Tuesday, August 14 from 8-9:30 p.m. ET. The following Tuesday (August 21), the million-dollar winner will be revealed in an exhilarating two-hour live episode from 8-10 p.m. (ET).

NBC Announces Premiere Dates For 'Last Comic Standing,' 'Biggest Loser' & More

4/13/2007 10:16am EDT
Bill Bellamy
NBC announced the premieres for its original alternative programs in Summer 2007 that feature the return of last summer's hit America's Got Talent (with new host Jerry Springer) on May 29 as well as an updated edition of the hit series Last Comic Standing (with new host Bill Bellamy) on June 13.

The network also announced the launch of Age of Love reality dating series (with host Mark Consuelos) on June 18. In addition, NBC will reprise the popular weight-loss series The Biggest Loser (with new host Alison Sweeney) in late summer.

Following are descriptions for NBC's summer altern...

Bill Bellamy To Host Upcoming Season of 'Last Comic Standing'

2/26/2007 12:14pm EST
Bill Bellamy
NBC’s unscripted laughfest Last Comic Standing will return to the schedule this summer with new host Bill Bellamy, new talent scouts including “Last Comic Standing” alumni Alonzo Bodden, Ant and Kathleen Madigan -- and all new quest – to find the funniest new comedian in the world.

The Emmy-nominated series broadens its scope this season by searching internationally for the world’s funniest comedian, holding casting calls in London, Montreal and Sydney, Australia in addition to Los Angeles, New York, Minneapolis, San Antonio and Tempe. Celebrity judges will also join the talent scouts ...