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Last-night host coming to Twin Cities

Posted by: Neal Justin Updated: April 20, 2015 - 3:48 PM

Like Jay Leno before him, Seth Meyers is keeping his stand-up chops honed even as he fulfills demanding TV duties.

The host of "Late Night With Seth Meyers" will perform 8 p.m. Saturday, June 6 at the State Theatre. Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. this Friday and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.

In addition to his 1:35 p.m. weekday program, Meyers hosted last year's Emmy Awards and was recently named one of Time magazine's most influential people.

No word yet on whether or not he'll be joined by his "SNL" husband, Stefon.

Jimmy Kimmel gets an upgrade in Twin Cities

Posted by: Neal Justin Updated: April 16, 2015 - 11:18 AM

Jimmy Kimmel/photo by Matt Sayles/AP

If you tuned in for “Jimmy Kimmel Live” this week at its usual time, you missed almost half the show. That’s because KSTP is now running “JKL” directly against “The Tonight Show” and “The Late Show” at 10:35 p.m., instead of at 11 p.m.

“The fundamental reason is that it was important to ABC,” said Rob Hubbard, the station’s general manager. The time shift was part of Hubbard Broadcasting’s recent renewal with the network. In exchange, the locally owned company got some things that it wanted. Hubbard would not go into details.

The move means KSTP will no longer have an hour of local news late at night..

“It hurts. It hurts a lot,” Hubbard said. “But we did some research and found out some people thought we needed a full hour to do a proper newscast. We know that’s not true.”

Kimmel himself is excited about the move.

"I am very happy to be on earlier," he said Wednesday night in an e-mail. "The whole thing made me tired just thinking about it. I think the result will be a huge boost in productivity for the Twin Cities."

Louis C.K. recalls first big payday: $10K from Acme Comedy Club

Posted by: Neal Justin Updated: April 8, 2015 - 2:48 PM

Louis C.K. may be one of comedy's hottest artists right now, but he hasn't forgotten the leaner years.

During an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Tuesday night, he mentioned Minneapolis's Acme Comedy Club and gave high praise to owner Louis Lee.

C.K. referred back to six shows he did here back in 2006. During that period, he was used to earning $100 a night. After a string of sold-out shows in Minneapolis, Lee handed him an envelope. Inside was $10,000.

"No one had ever done that before," C.K. told Fallon. "Louis said, 'This is where you're at now.'

"I started crying like a baby."

At the time, Lee said that C.K. was one of the country's top five stand-ups. He's still a major fan.

"That was extremely nice of him to mention me," Lee said Wednesday. "The first couple times he came to the club, he was writing for Chris Rock and I don't think stand-up was his top priority. But he just kept getting better and better. I think he had also gotten used to the room."

C.K.'s sitcom, "Louie," returns to FX at 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Read my recent interview with him here, or check out Thursday's Variety section. Here's a clip from his Fallon appearance; he talks about Acme around the 15:50 point. 

See young Minnesota rockers Hippo Campus' performance on 'Conan'

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: March 25, 2015 - 10:01 AM
Hippo Campus tweeted this photo goofing around on the set of "Conan" on Tuesday. / Photo by Geoff Harrison, Thirty Tigers

Hippo Campus tweeted this photo goofing around on the set of "Conan" on Tuesday. / Photo by Geoff Harrison, Thirty Tigers

They came. They saw. They smiled. A lot. And so did most of us back home who knew just how quickly but how readily Hippo Campus made it to national TV last night. The Twin Cities-bred quartet performed its EP track “Suicide Saturday” on “Conan” Tuesday on only a couple days’ notice after impressing the show’s music booker during last week’s South by Southwest Music Conference.

“What a ride it’s been for this band, who just a few days ago were making the rounds at the South by Southwest music festival,” Conan O’Brien said in his introduction. The host did not mention that the members are only 19-20 years old and were about to start their very first tour Wednesday. The show’s TeamCoco team joked on their site before the appearance, “We like Hippo Campus so much, we’re starting a tribute band, Rhino University. We’re terrible, so you should probably just stick to Hippo Campus.”

Here’s the clip of their performance below, along with some of the clearly enthusiastic social-media postings they sent out from the show. The kids will be back in town April 3 to play the Varsity Theater on their tour with the Mowgli’s. They were also just announced as part of Lollapalooza's lineup on Aug. 1, after playing Lolla promoter C3's SXSW party last week.

Twin Cities kids Hippo Campus making TV debut Tuesday on "Conan"

Posted by: Chris Riemenschneider Updated: March 23, 2015 - 6:35 PM
Hippo Campus generated a sunny vibe outside at the Flood magazine party in Cedar Street Courtyard during last week's South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. / Photo by Tony Nelson

Hippo Campus generated a sunny vibe outside at the Flood magazine party in Cedar Street Courtyard during last week's South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. / Photo by Tony Nelson

Even before they could start their first national tour, young Twin Cities rockers Hippo Campus will make their national TV debut Tuesday night on “Conan.” The jangly guitar-pop band – whose members are all ages 19-20 -- earned the gig with only a couple days’ notice after the music booker for Conan O’Brien’s late-night TBS show caught on to their buzz at the South by Southwest Music Conference over the weekend in Austin, Texas.

“We’re all freaking,” singer/guitarist Jake Luppen said Monday afternoon from a Chipotle restaurant in Yuma, Ariz. He and his bandmates were already headed to California from Texas to start their first tour in San Francisco on Wednesday with the Mowgli's when they heard the news. “Now we have hotel rooms in L.A. we can stay in,” Luppen quipped (“Conan” is filmed in Los Angeles and provides lodging to guests).

The band members did not immediately announce the news on Monday because they wanted to surprise their parents with a video announcement from the road. Such nice boys! They just posted the video via Instagram, re-posted below.

“Conan” music scout Jim Pitt reportedly caught one of Hippo Campus’ Austin gigs after first hearing their track “Suicide Saturday” on SXSW’s “New Music Meeting” panel, whose speakers included 89.3 the Current’s program director Jim McGuinn. The quartet will follow hugely popular comic Kevin Hart, who’s plugging his new movie with Will Ferrell, “Get Hard.”

As we reported in our frontpage story on the Minnesota youth movement at SXSW 2015, Hippo Campus  already enjoyed quite a successful debut at SXSW even before the "Conan" gig came around. The mostly Woodbury-bred crew played seven gigs total in Austin, including parties for the AV Club, Lollapalooza/ACL Fest promoter C3 and TV foodie Rachael Ray, in addition to a well-attended official showcase on the Maggie Mae’s rooftop patio.

“It seemed like each of our shows were more and more crowded with people,” Luppen happily reported. They hung out with a few celebrities in Austin, too, including Elijah Wood and Green Day’s Mike Dirnt. And they’re not even TV stars yet…

“Conan” airs at 10 p.m. here in Minnesota. Hippo Campus will swing back through town with the Mowgli's for an April 3 show at the Varsity Theater on their way to a summer of touring that also includes My Morning Jacket opening gigs and a Red Rocks Amphitheater date with Walk the Moon.

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