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The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah Will Release Childhood Memoir

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Trevor Noah, the erstwhile comedy-cutie turned host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, has just nailed a book deal. Noah has promised Spiegel & Grau, of Penguin Random House, a collection of personal essays on growing up in South Africa during the final years of apartheid as a child of a then-illegal biracial relationship. The book, currently untitled, is slated to come out in November, and is said to contain crazy stories from Noah’s youth — including the time when “he was thrown from a speeding car driven by murderous gangsters.” The Associated Press revealed that insiders are reporting the deal is valued at more than $3 million. In a statement about the new deal, Noah quipped, “I couldn’t find…

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Classic TV Shows Worth a Second (and Third) Look

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We live in a Golden Age of television where production values are high, musical scores are sweeping, and historical dramas like to keep their male leads shirtless about 50 percent of the time. Trust me: I’m not complaining. But there is something to be said for the TV shows of yore, when sitcoms ruled the airwaves and standard plotlines still felt fresh and new. Some of the old stuff just doesn’t hold up—I’m looking at you, Small Wonder— but plenty of it does. Here are three old shows that are definitely worth a second (or third, or 15th) watch: Press Gang     I’m a sucker for British teen shows. Somehow those Brits have figured out the perfect formula combining…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Comedian, Singer/Songwriter, and Actor Bo Burnham

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ABOUT EGGHEAD A strange and charming collection of hilariously absurd poetry, writing, and illustration from one of today’s most popular young comedians… EGGHEAD: Or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone Bo Burnham was a precocious teenager living in his parents’ attic when he started posting material on YouTube. 100 million people viewed those videos, turning Bo into an online sensation with a huge and dedicated following. Bo taped his first of two Comedy Central specials four days after his 18th birthday, making him the youngest to do so in the channel’s history. Now Bo is a rising star in the comedy world, revered for his utterly original and intelligent voice. And, he can SIIIIIIIIING! In EGGHEAD, Bo brings his brand of…

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And a writer will lead them: The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore debuts

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It’s a time of great confusion amidst late-night TV. Two Jimmys and a Seth have settled into their time slots, but David Letterman is on his way out. Stephen Colbert has been tapped to replace Letterman, but he won’t make his Late Show debut until September. And Craig Ferguson, along with his robot pal Geoff and his pantomime horse Secretariat, are gone completely. (Don’t even talk to me about that one. I’m not dealing with it well.) Into this chaos marches Larry Wilmore, former Senior Black Correspondent of Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Starting January 19, Wilmore takes over The Colbert Report’s post-Stewart slot with a new entry, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. Wilmore’s background in…

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