Comic Paul Provenza assembles a panel of his fellow comedians to talk about a wide variety of provocative subjects. Using a roundtable setting and filmed before a studio audience, Provenza's panel includes some of the biggest names in comedy, including Drew Carey, Robert Klein, Sandra Bernhard, Roseanne Barr, Jonathan Winters, Eddie Izzard and others. No subject is taboo, and no comments are censored.
Comedian Andrew "Dice" Clay attempts a career resurgence in this semiautobiographical scripted comedy series. Living in the Las Vegas suburbs, he tries to balance living a normal life with trying for a comeback to the glory days when he was at the height of his fame. Now, though, he has other things to worry about, including repaying gambling debts, managing his son's heavy metal band and fending off pumped-up fans. With the show's setting being Las Vegas, it features a bevy of guest stars, including comedian Michael Rapaport, legendary crooner and Vegas mainstay Wayne Newton, and illusionist Criss Angel.
After being on the air for more than three decades, the essential format of this show hasn't changed: Get an A-list guest host (or reasonable facsimile) and throw him or her into sketches with the ensemble players, which have included such heavy hitters as Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig, Jane Curtin, John Belushi, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and Mike Myers. Each week's show also offers two musical numbers from someone at, or aspiring to reach, the top of the charts.
Emmy-winning funnyman Jimmy Kimmel serves up comedy bits and welcomes guests that include other comics, celebrities, athletes and musicians, as well as everyday people with unusual or compelling personal stories. Kimmel's family and friends take part in the festivities, including his Cousin Sal, Uncle Frank (until his death in 2011) and childhood friend Cleto Escobedo III, who leads the show's house band. Recurring segments include the FCC-pleasing This Week in Unnecessary Censorship in which they take TV clips and "bleep and blur things whether they need it or not," as Kimmel describes it. But it's too bad they consistently run out of time for Matt Damon's segment.
"Saturday Night Live" compatriots Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers serve as creators, executive producers and writers of this IFC original series, using their love of documentary films and combining it with comedy to present a unique take on the form. Hosted by Dame Helen Mirren and starring Armisen and Hader, each episode is shot in a different documentary film style, paying tribute to some of the most important stories that didn't actually happen. "SNL" creator Lorne Michaels also executive produces "Documentary Now!", and guest stars include Jack Black and John Slattery.