“The Daily Show” co-creator Madeleine Smithberg

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“The Daily Show” co-creator, Madeleine Smithberg talks about her amazing career in TV. From  Late Night With David Letterman to life after co-creating and running “The Daily Show.”

Madeleine give a lot of insight to the creative part of TV as well the harsh business practices. Talks about Jon Stewart changing the work atmosphere at “The Daily Show,” how she got David Spade to stop doing fat actress jokes and why Bloomberg TV rejected a very funny Julie Klasner.

She tells amazing stories about starting in live Italian TV, her one try at Reality to harsh and ridiculous network notes, to what she thinks of “The Daily Show’s” new host. Plus insights on her latest project “This Week in Black Twitter.”

Fans of TV and comedy will love her from a true insider.

We talked at her home in Valley with her son in the other room playing video games and her dog protecting us from lawn mowers and people taking out the trash.

In Madeleine’s living are her trophies for her years of work. A Peabody, an Emmy and a wax bust of David Letterman.

Madeleine Smithberg earned Peabody and Emmy Awards, and two other Emmy nominations, for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which she co-created and ran as executive producer for seven years. During her tenure, she was directly responsible for the hiring/casting of performers such as Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Ed Helms, and Rob Corddry, Mo Rocca, Lewis Black, among others. She served as producer/show-runner for The Daily Show forerunner, The Jon Stewart Show, on MTV and later in syndication. She also brought her skills as executive producer and writer of The WB comedy/variety show Steve Harvey’s Big Time. She spent six years as a talent coordinator, then producer, for NBC’s original ’t Sleep! Hosted by T.J. Holmes.  

If you want more, here’s another interview with Madeleine. 

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Dave Holmes & Sharon Hhttp://proudlyresents.com/daveholmes/ouston: “Ben & Arthur”

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Dave Holmes & Sharon Houston proudly resent “Ben & Arthur.”  Dave Holmes found this terribly made movie that could have set the gay marriage back 50 years.   It’s a pro-gay marriage movie that will make you anti-movie. I believe if the supreme court justices recognized gay rights just so they never had to watch “Ben & Arthur” again.

Pro Gay Marriage, Anti Being a Good Movie.

Dave, Sharon and I talk about bad writing, a fake church set, a TOGO’s that won’t go.  Ben and/or Arthur is dating Ben and/or Arthur. Gay marriage is legal for a minute and in that time they have set up a trip to Hawaii for their gay marriage, reunited with a homophobic brother, fought with a wife with terrible  gaydar and Mildred.

Watch the movie that almost brought down gay marriage below.

Dave Holmes has a new memoir out called “Party of 1.” Here’s what EW said about it…

Dave Holmes might be a familiar face if you were an MTV junkie, or if you follow his writing and TV hosting gigs across the pop culture landscape. If not, consider this your introduction: Dave Holmes will publish his memoir, Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs, on June 28, 2016, in which he charts his own coming-of-age through the songs he’s listened to along the way.

Click here to read part of Dave Holmes’ book.  Dave Holmes

 

 

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