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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Does Chelsea Handler, and her caustic talkshow, represent the next wave of late-night TV comedy?

All of this is slightly reminiscent of the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players. Nobody is going to argue that [Jo] Koy and [Heather] McDonald are the next Chevy Chase and Gilda Radner. But there is something about the shambolic round table sessions of “Chelsea Lately” that recalls the early days of “Saturday Night Live,” where the skits sometimes fell flat (except to the people who were performing them), where no one looked quite like what people imagined a TV star to look like — and yet a small, fiercely loyal audience responded and made the show a hit.

I’m more a fan of Handler’s than of that roundtable she insists upon holding. There’s insider patter, and then there’s the baseless preening that Koy, McDonald, and the other second-rate comics engage in in front of the “Lately” cameras. They’re desperate for televised attention and exposure, and it shows, and it also shows how not ready for prime time they truly are. Handler probably does have what it takes to ascend to the next level, but she’ll do it without those hangers-on.

Anyway, on to the main reason I wrote this post: As an excuse to run the above photo again. Both billboard and van are long since gone from their original locations on Lafayette Street in NoHo; last I looked, a vodka ad had replaced the “sharpest tongue” messaging for “Chelsea Lately”. It’s not nearly as eye-catching.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 04/11/2021 09:20pm
Category: Celebrity, New Yorkin', Photography, TV
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