• Exclusive: Meet the man suing Conan O’Brien for joke theft (Interview)

    Most, if not all, comedy writers dream of performing on, writing for, or hosting a late night talk show. The opportunity to showcase your abilities to millions of viewers at home is at the peak of many comedians’ dreams. So imagine you’re watching The Tonight Show (or Late Show or Full Frontal) and see one of your beloved jokes come out of the mouth of the host…and you weren’t attributed.

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    Jay Leno cancels National Shooting Sports Foundation headlining gig

    Hours after we posted a story yesterday about Jay Leno headlining a gun group’s annual Shot Show, Leno announced he was canceling his appearance. “Jay was asked to do what was positioned as a sportsman show, and when he found out it was a pro gun lobby show, he cancelled,” Leno’s spokesman Bruce Bobbins said in a statement. “There was no money involved at this point, and if there was

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    Jay Leno headlining gun group’s annual Shot Show, National Shooting Sports Foundation boasts $1,250 ticket packages

    Jay Leno will headline the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s annual Shot Show State of the Industry dinner, for which ticket packages run up to $1,250; individual tickets are $115-$135. The stand-up gig goes down Tuesday, Jan. 20 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, where the yearly annual Shot Show – the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show – brings together 65,000 industry professionals from all 50 states and 100

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    It’s official: Jay Leno will host CNBC show Jay Leno’s Garage (Video)

    Jay Leno is officially returning to television, the comedian confirmed today, a week after it was reported the former Tonight Show host was negotiating a deal to host a show for CNBC. Tentatively titled Jay Leno’s Garage, the veteran comedian’s new series would air in primetime – not late night – and would revolve around his passion for all things automobiles. “This show will be about anything that rolls, explodes,

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    Hasan Minhaj, Trevor Noah are Daily Show’s newest additions

    Comedians Hasan Minhaj and Trevor Noah have become the latest additions to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central announced today. Minhaj will begin as a Daily Show correspondent in November while Noah, selected as a Daily Show contributor, will start in December. The pair of new Daily Show hires come on the heels of Michael Che’s departure after only a few weeks at the show. Che returned to

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    Jay Leno close to signing with CNBC to host primetime car show

    Jay Leno left his post at The Tonight Show less than eight months ago, but the veteran comedian is already making plans to return to television. It seems Leno is about to ink a deal with CNBC to host a show about cars (his well-known passion) during primetime hours, not late night. This, according to The Hollywood Reporter, who say the 64-year-old host was courted by CNN, A&E, History and

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    Judd Apatow’s new book will feature interviews with Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Jay Leno, more!

    Before he was the king of comedy movies, Judd Apatow was a comedy connoisseur. The Anchorman producer, who used to interview famous comedians for his high school radio station, will release a compilation book through Random House featuring interviews he’s conducted over the last 30 years. Stick in the Head will boast conversation transcriptions between Apatow and comedy icons like Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Lena Dunham (whose HBO

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    Jay Leno to receive Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

    The recently-retired Tonight Show host and legendary stand-up comedian, Jay Leno, has been tapped to receive the coveted Kennedy Center’s 17th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. “Like Mark Twain, Jay Leno has offered us a lifetime’s worth of humorous commentary on American daily life,” said Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubenstein. “For both men, no one was too high or too low to escape their wit, and we

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    Jay Leno, America’s Got Talent’s Tom Cotter to headline Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown, NY

    Comedians Jay Leno and Tom Cotter will headline the 2014 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival this August in Jamestown, NY. The annual festival is part of a mission to preserve the comedic legacy of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, which includes The Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy. The festival includes the headlining shows as well as a “Comics to Watch” stand-up showcase hosted by Caroline Rhea. Jay Leno, of

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    Jay Leno, Dane Cook, D.L. Hughley and more wish 11-year-old boy a well deserved happy birthday (Video)

    Wouldn’t you love a personalized video of birthday wishes from some of the country’s top comics? Jay Leno, Dane Cook, D.L. Hughely and a slew of other comedians did just that last night as the heartwarming story and video has gone viral. A Michigan boy named Colin turns 11 on March 9. He lives with sensory processing disorder, which makes it bit difficult for him to make friends at school.

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    Jimmy Fallon kicks off Tonight Show with humility, sincerity and a few laughs (Video)

    Last night Jimmy Fallon made television history as he began his job as the sixth host of The Tonight Show. Decked in a gray suit and dark-blue tie, the former Late Night host took to the New York City studio’s stage and delivered an incredibly humble, sincere intro. He recognized the Tonight Show hosts that came before him, listing Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and

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    Jay Leno remembers the days before Justin Bieber in his final monologue (Video)

    As you very well know, last night was Jay Leno’s final night of hosting The Tonight Show after nearly 22 years behind The Desk That Johnny Built. Leno, a hardworking jokesmith known for his 7 minutes of jokes to start every show, delivered his final Tonight monologue. He addressed his penchant for leaving shows and coming back, reminisced on the differences between today and when he took over the show

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    Jay Leno gets emotional in Tonight Show farewell speech (Video)

    Jay Leno wished us all a teary “heartfelt goodnight” last evening as he hosted The Tonight Show for the final time after nearly 22 years in the host’s chair. The night was filled with his usual on-point monologue jokes, comical callbacks to his favorite Tonight moments, and a memorable send-off sing-along run by comedian Billy Crystal. Crystal was Leno’s first guest on the show after taking over for Johnny Carson

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    Bill Clinton tops the list of Jay Leno joke targets, study says

    Jay Leno concluded his nearly 22 year-run as the host of The Tonight Show yesterday and many are celebrating his reign by remembering their favorite late-night moments (“What the hell were you thinking?!”). One group of researchers chose to take reminiscing a step further. A recent study was released by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University that analyzed nearly 44,000 of Leno’s Tonight Show monologue

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    Jack Black, Oprah Winfrey, Kim Kardashian give Jay Leno a musical send-off (Video)

    Longtime friend Billy Crystal was Jay Leno’s first guest on The Tonight Show back on March 25, 1992 when Leno took over the late night chair from the legendary Johnny Carson. He promised his old buddy to be his final guest, too. “A promise made. A promise kept,” Crystal said last night. His appearance on the show was not limited to remincising about their old stand-up days. The multi-talented actor

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