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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."

4 Minnesota families get ready to play 'Family Feud'

Posted by: Neal Justin Updated: April 15, 2015 - 4:20 PM

Meet the Midthun family, the first of four clans from Minnesota that will be featured on "Family Feud" over the next few weeks.

The local angle is related to auditions in the Twin Cities last April. Those who made the cut were flown out to Atlanta where the episodes were then taped.

The Midthuns -- Ted, Denise, Kristine, Melissa and Angie -- kick things off next Wednesday.

Suggested category: Name a store you'd find in the Mall of America.

"Family Feud," hosted by Steve Harvey, airs episodes at 6 and 6:30 p.m.weekdays on WUCW, Ch. 23.

Minnesota woman takes the crown on popular reality series

Posted by: Neal Justin Updated: April 15, 2015 - 11:13 AM

 

Darla Edin and one scary looking date/ SyFy photo

In the early stages of season 8 of "Face Off," we predicted that St. Louis Park native Darla Edin could be a real contender.

Turns out it wasn't just hometown pride influencing our judgement.

Darla, 28, won the battle of prosthetic makeup artists with her fantasy-related design of four superheroes who must take on the evil that rises after Adam and Eve are banished from the Garden of Eden.

Judges praised her Avengers-like team, particularly a wind creature that doubles as a woodwind instrument. (Are you paying attention, Marvel Comics?)

Edin will receive a new car and $100,000, plus other prizes.

Don't think the 28-year-old artist has gone completely Hollywood. She freelances in Minneapolis and recently worked on the local indie film, "Solitude," which won an Audience Choice Award at the 2014 Twin Cities Film Festival.

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. 

Watch St. Paul native get shot out of a cannon on David Letterman show

Posted by: Neal Justin Updated: March 24, 2015 - 12:00 PM

St. Paul native Gemma "The Jet" Kirby flew into the national spotlight Monday night with an appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman."

The 25-year-old, who has been projected out of a cannonball over 500 times, was the lead-off guest, making an impressive flight on the street outside the Ed Sullivan Theatre in Manhattan.

Kirby, who performs with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Baily Circus, got her start at the age of 16 wtih St. Paul's Circus Juventas.

Check out the video here:

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