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    November 11, 2014

    The Best Comedy Shows in St. Louis: November 2014

    There will (probably) never be another month like October in St. Louis for standup comedy. Luckily, standup isn't all there is. The gears have been ground and it's time to shift back to the local scene. Jokes abound -- and they don't always require a man standing behind a microphone. For those in s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Jon Stewart Talks Ferguson, Skewers Fox News Coverage of Michael Brown Shooting

    The chaos has calmed in Ferguson, but the nationwide conversation about race and police mistreatment that Michael Brown's death sparked continues. And now that Jon Stewart is back from vacation, he's diving in headfirst. Stewart aims straight for a favorite target of his, FOX News, on Tuesday nigh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Jon Stewart "Leaks" St. Louis Cardinals Mascot Fredbird's Sex Tape [VIDEO]

    Ever wonder how Fredbird would act during a threesome with two other Major League Baseball mascots? Neither did anyone else. But thanks to The Daily Show, all of America has the image of a patiently voyeuristic Fredbird burned into its collective consciousness. The beloved mascot of the St. Louis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Anti-Evolution Bill Lets Parents Pull Students from Class, Gets Missouri on the Daily Show

    Missouri got another ribbing from the Daily Show with Jon Stewart last week, this time for a bill before the Missouri Legislature that would allow parents to remove their children from science class during lessons about evolution. (Watch the video from the Daily Show on the next page.) Republican R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    St. Louis' Kim Thompson to Play Drums with Fred Armisen in NBC's New Late Night Band

    The next era of NBC's late-night lineup begins Monday and includes a familiar face among the slew of talented musicians. It was announced Monday that drummer Kim Thompson will join former SNL and current Portlandia sketch comedian Fred Armisen's band on Late Night With Seth Meyer. Thompson is a nat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2013

    8 Missouri Moments on the Daily Show and Colbert Report

    Missouri's got the Colbert bump. America's favorite late-night funnymen John Stewart and Stephen Colbert sometimes dip into Show Me State news for their fodder. Progress Missouri compiled their ten favorite Missouri moments on the Daily Show and the Colbert Report:

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    Jennifer Garner Loves Imo's

    St. Louis is getting a lot of celeb love lately. First, our hometown favorite Jon Hamm defended Imo's Pizza on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and even did a taste test. Jimmy Fallon stopped by Crown Candy Kitchen during his comedy tour, and we thought perhaps he could be the late-night foil to Kimmel's Imo's ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Jimmy Fallon Visits Crown Candy Kitchen

    Comedian and future Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon was in town last night for the first leg of his "Clean Cut" tour, and hey, guy's gotta eat, right? So he went classic St. Louis and had lunch at Crown Candy Kitchen (1401 St. Louis Avenue; 314-621-9650). We're dying to know what he thought, but mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Kansas City Police Dept. Loves Footage of Officer Falling, Airs on Tonight Show (VIDEO)

    Earlier this month, a Kansas City police officer trying to pull a fallen tree from the road fell to the ground in the process when a branch broke. It's some pretty classic slapstick hilarity -- see for yourself below. And officials in the department seem to think it's pretty hilarious, too! They ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Suzanne Venker Will Be on ABC's The View This Friday

    St. Louis-based author and gender traditionalist Suzanne Venker will be on ABC's The View this Friday morning, her publicist has confirmed. Venker is the niece of conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly, and in many ways, her intellectual heir. (We profiled Venker in a May 2011 feature) The occasion for ... More >>

  • Music

    May 10, 2012


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  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Comedy Central Returns to Missouri Legislature, Finds More to Ridicule

    Hot on the heels of Stephen Colbert's Tuesday night bit on Missouri's destined-to-fail "Don't Say Gay" bill, Jon Stewart sent Aasif Mandvi to the Missouri House to speak with Rep. Wanda Brown (R) for a bit that ran last night. The topic? Civil rights, namely Brown's law protecting gun owners from ev ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 2, 2012
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    December 9, 2011

    Happy Birthday Stan Kann, the St. Louis Organ Great and Late-Night Vaccum Comedian

    Stan Kann's websiteSt. Louis native Stan Kann was already a celebrated organ player before he became a comedic presence on talk shows​For most part, people in the entertainment business become famous by harnessing a single skill. They achieve notoriety through singing, dancing, acting, spoon-p ... More >>

  • News

    September 22, 2011
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    June 22, 2011

    The Ten Best Stephen Colbert Musical Moments

    Image via​If there's one thing Stephen Colbert's good at, it's taking huge stories and events and finding a connection to his very favorite thing: Himself. Whether it's a pseudo political campaign, a feigned interest in art, an obsession with his visage on an ice cream pint or a birthday celeb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    New Salmonella and E. Coli Outbreaks. Even Celebrities Aren't Immune

    Wikimedia CommonsThis little E. coli bacteria continues its reign of terror.​ Although our food contamination issue might not be as bad as the E. coli outbreak gripping Germany, we're still not doing great. The Centers for Disease Control notes in its June issue of Vital Signs that salmonell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Pacelle on Ellen Urging Nixon to Veto Prop B Rollback

    Wayne Pacelle digs dogs.​The Missouri legislature has voted to pull most of the teeth out of Prop B, the voter-approved bill that would drastically tighten oversight of dog-breeding operations in Missouri. A bill to repeal almost all of Prop B's restrictions is now awaiting a signature or veto fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Jimmy Fallon vs. Stephen Colbert: Battle of Ben & Jerry's Late Night Ice Cream Flavors

    While the last battle of the late-night talk-show hosts has finally fizzled out, a new, tastier competition came to a head late last week on Comedy Central: The battle of the Ben & Jerry's late-night novelty ice cream flavors! On Wednesday night Ben & Jerry's got airtime on Late Night with Jimmy F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Missouri Child Labor Bill Takes it on the Chin from Leno

    Ha, ha, you Missouri brats! Go get a job!​Oh, that Jay Leno. Always quick with the zing.As we reported yesterday, state Sen. Jane Cunningham (R-West County) thinks that a more Dickensian youth would really get Missouri kids to straighten up and fly right. She's proposed a bill (SB 222) that would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Jon Stewart on the Food Safety Bill

    From last night's episode of The Daily Show, here is Jon Stewart on the Food Safety Bill passed by the Senate on Tuesday -- except for that pesky unconstitutional amendment that might derail the whole thing. NSFW language is bleeped.The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cThe Food, the B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    The Daily Show Investigates Missouri's Anti-Puppy-Mill Propaganda

    Then again, Olivia Munn has also "bared it all" for PETA.​Sure, a majority of Missourians last week voted in favor of tougher state regulations for puppy mills. But those voters clearly had no idea what they were voting for as evident in the following: A) Missouri legislators announced this week t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Jimmy Vivino Talks Johnnie Johnson, Conan O'Brien, and St. Louis' Role as a Rock & Roll Breeding Ground

    Bernard Ente/jimmyvivino.comThe man himself playing with Felix Cabrera in 2007.​Watchers of late-night television knew Jimmy Vivino as the guitarist for the Tonight Show band during Conan O'Brien's short-lived stint as host. Before that, Vivino was part of the Max Weinberg 7 on Late Night with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Blagojevich on The Daily Show: 'In the next trial, I hope to testify again'

    ​Everyone's favorite disgraced ex-governor, Rod Blagojevich, was interviewed on The Daily Show Monday night, and it was, pardon our language, fucking golden. Comedically, that is. "I would like to see you as a victim, but you make it so hard," Stewart told him, after Blago said that he w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Drake and Clipse Announce a Show at the Fabulous Fox

    Raise your hand if you saw this one coming: Hip-hop phenom Drake, with special guests Clipse, will be at the Fabulous Fox on Tuesday, October 12. Tickets are $62.75 and $42.75 and are on sale this Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Here's Drake performing "Bedrock" with Nicki Minaj (can she please be added ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Pujols to Appear on Letterman on Monday

    ​Here's a reason to look forward to Monday (maybe...): Albert Pujols will be appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman. Um, OK, maybe not as big a reason as the Mad Men season premiere to hope the weekend passes quickly (that is, if you center your life around TV, but the way the weathe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Larry King Retiring = Dana Loesch Needs New Outlet to Embarrass Herself on National TV

    King and that little pistol, Loesch.​So, didya hear that Larry King is wrapping it up? After a 25-year-run on CNN, the talk show host said he'll retire later this year. Which brings me to a bigger concern: Who's going to step in and give St. Louis Tea Party matriarch Dana Loesch the national atten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Afftonite John Goodman Talks About Weight Loss on Letterman

    Goodman on Letterman. Click for larger version.​John Goodman's weight loss has become a pop culture topic of conversation as of late. Wednesday night the actor appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman where guess what? He talked about his weight loss.

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    St. Louis Teapartier Gina Loudon Wants You to BUYcott Stuff Associated With Arizona

    Image viaLocal Tea Partier Gina Loudon on The Daily Showa few months ago.​From the uber-conservative local lady that brought you the Buycott of Whole Foods last fall (then went on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to chat about it): The St. Louis Tea Party's Gina Loudon is showing solidarity with Ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Joe Buck Live on Life Support Says Buck; HBO May Cancel Talk Show

    Buck: Enjoying himself or uncomfortable? You make the call!​It looks like HBO is about to pull the plug on St. Louis broadcaster Joe Buck's talk show, Joe Buck Live. Talking to sports website Deadspin this week, Buck said the network informed him that it's moving away from talk shows. "That's bad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    King Sunny Ade, Har Mar Superstar Coming to Town

    Although this show slipped very casually into the clubs listings, it's a pretty big deal: King Sunny Ade and His African Beats will be performing at the Old Rock House on Tuesday, April 20. Tickets are $22.50 Advance • $25 Day of show. Ade is an extremely influential Afropop musician -- he was eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Dirt Cheap Commercial Named One of Leno's "Bad Ads"

    The big news on last night's airing of the Jay Leno Show was that the comic would be returning to his old gig and timeslot at the Tonight Show on March 1 after the Olympics. Well, that's the big news for fans of Leno. There's a St. Louis connection to the news-making episode as well.Dirt Cheap on Le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    KDHX Shuffles Around Schedule, But Keeps Talk Shows On the Air

    As of today, KDHX (88.1 FM) has shuffled around its programming schedule. Although the nighttime music shows now start at 7 p.m., and a few have changed slots (including, full disclosure, mine, which is now on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.), the biggest news is that the station's talk shows will remain on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Sen. Kit Bond Steals the Show on The Daily Show

    Longtime Missouri Senator Christopher "Kit" Bond, a stalwart Republican, has said more than a few things in his lengthy political career to draw the comedic wrath of Daily Show host Jon Stewart. In April, for instance, he claimed that punishing those responsible for Bush-era torture policies was som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    St. Louis Buycotters Featured on The Daily Show

    The Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac spent some QT in Town & Country earlier this fall, hanging with the Whole Foods buycotters/teapartyers. Bill Hennessy and Gina Loudon, among others, get featured in the final cut:  The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cWhole Foods Boyco ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009
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    June 26, 2009

    KDHX Won't Change Talk Shows for 90 Days

    At a meeting last night the programming committee at KDHX (88.1 FM) decided to postpone for 90 days any changes to the station's evening talk shows. As reported earlier this week, station management is considering the possible elimination of the evening talkers in place of music programming. KDHX ai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    Video: Conan O'Brien's Twitter Tracker

    I know I've blogged this before, but you should be following the RFT's three editorial Twitter accounts: RiverfrontTimes, rftmusic and gutcheckstl. Gotta admit, I find some great stuff in those accounts. For instance, Target Market (the band) tweeted a link to this video, from The Ton ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    KDHX Management Weighs In on Fate of Station's Talk Shows

    livinginstereo.comAfter posting a story yesterday afternoon on possible formatting changes at KDHX (88.1 FM), I got a call from the station's co-executive director, Nico Leone. Here's the status of the station's evening talk shows per Leone: As speculated, the KDHX's programming committee is conside ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    KDHX May Eliminate Evening Talk Shows

    Note: This post updated here.Talk show hosts at KDHX (88.1 FM) are meeting tonight at a south St. Louis home to discuss upcoming programming changes at the community radio station (and perennial RFT Best of St. Louis winner).The impromptu gathering comes three days before the hosts are supposed to m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2008

    RFT on Tonight Show with Jay Leno

    If Unreal and the rest of the Riverfront Times editorial staff represent the "brig" on the paper's metaphorical ship of state (we do, and we're damn proud to say so), what does that make the ad department? Galley slaves! Anyhoo, the ad rats had their 15 milliseconds of fame last week, when Tonight ... More >>

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    February 6, 2008
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    September 27, 2007

    WGNU Sale Finalized; Station to Go Gospel

    Radio station WGNU (920 AM) will abandon its talk-show format and replace it with "urban" gospel. As we first reported in June, the iconic local station was in sales talks with St. Louis-based Radio Property Ventures, owner of Christian talk station KXEN (1010 AM). The $1.25 million sale of the stat ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 28, 2005

    Mon-tell It!

    Meet the super-classy Montel Williams Tuesday at the Touhill

  • Music

    August 3, 2005

    Mötley Crüe

    Tuesday, August 9; UMB Bank Pavilion (14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights)

  • Music

    February 9, 2005

    Old-Fashioned Love Songs

    Looking for the perfect songs for Valentine's Day? Yeah, we're not going to help you out at all.

  • Calendar

    December 10, 2003

    Black Is the New White

    Angry comedian Lewis Black is worried about St. Louis' mold count

  • Calendar

    October 1, 2003

    Maher Where That Came From

    The politically incorrect comedian wants you to know he's a Midwesterner at heart

  • Culture

    January 2, 2002

    Rescue 9/11

    This year, a handful of shows provided the healing power of laughter

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