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TVON: Nevers Say Never

By Iman Lababedi | May 19, 2021

from great to whatever

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week Of June 27th, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | June 25, 2016

Take your pick… maybe Melanie Martinez, alright?

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week Of June 13th, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | June 11, 2016

Now if only he would have a shave

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week Of May 30th, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | May 28, 2016

I hope to never catch her in actual concert

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week Of May 23rd, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | May 21, 2016

let’s hope they do “About The Money”

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week Of May 16th, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | May 14, 2016

That new movie, a parody of boy bands with The Lonely Island sounds great

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests May 9th, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | May 7, 2016

I’ll go with the estimable Benjamin Clementine on James Corden

Medium Cool: Top Talk Show Guests Week Of May 5th, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | April 30, 2016

I don’t know what Jeter is selling on Seth Meyers, but whatever he is selling, I’m buying.

Medium Cool: Best Talk SHow Guests Week Of April 25th, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | April 23, 2016

Fitz And The Tantrums are now a popular mainstream dance band and appearing on Jimmy Fallon next week.

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week Of April 18th, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | April 16, 2016

Since Free Cake For Every Creature isn’t anywhere…

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week Of April 4th, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | April 2, 2016

That’s a nice little collection

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week Of March 21st, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | March 19, 2016

I’d go with Iggy.

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week Of March 14th, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | March 12, 2016

Must he always be on the damn show now that Justin Timberlake is taking a long break?

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week Of February 29th, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | February 27, 2016

I will go with Santigold, for old times sake. 

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week Of February 22nd, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | February 20, 2016

If you don’t love FKA Twigs, by all means go fuck yourself

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week Of February 15th, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | February 13, 2016

All good juicy gossip

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week Of February 1st, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | January 31, 2016

Help me Will, Wiz Khalifa on Fallon.

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week Of

By Iman Lababedi | January 23, 2016

This is all about Paak

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guest week of January 11th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | January 9, 2016

The Real gets my award. For one thing, she is co-hosting and for another I still love her

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week Of January 4th, 2016

By Iman Lababedi | January 2, 2016

Billy Joel is spending the rest of his life performing a concert a month at MSG so let’s give it to him.

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week Of December 28th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | December 26, 2015

I don’t know pop pickers, all reruns all the time yet again.

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week Of December 21st, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | December 20, 2015

Alyson and I are like doctors on call 24/7

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week Of December 14th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | December 13, 2015

How does Kimmel play softball? He has been tough on Trump in the past.

Medium Cool: Best Talk SHow Guests Week Of December 7th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | December 5, 2015

All police officers are not murderers the same way all NFL players are not homicidal maniacs.

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week Of November 30th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | November 28, 2015

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! will be hosting a shopathon on World AIDS Day, December 1, in order to raise money for the AIDS charity (RED)

Medium Cool: Best Talk Shows Week Of November 23rd, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | November 21, 2015

So, of course, it is all about Adele on Fallon. I hope he makes her play some dumbass game, bobbing for apples would be, now how to say this politically correctly, jiggly.

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week Of November 16th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | November 14, 2015

So how about John Pizzarelli on Fallon… will that do? Hope they don’t bring out his pop Bucky to play some dumb game.

Medium Cool: Most Anticipated Talk Show Guests Week of November 9th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | November 7, 2015

I call collusion, are you telling me it is a coincident Seth Myers and James Corden have the same day off?? I don’t believe a word, I bet they called ach other and make decisions so as not to step on each other’s ratings. But my pick of the day? Let’s go with Sam Smith singing “Drowning Shadows” on Fallon. Dya think he has finally figured out how to perform for an audience?

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week of November 2nd, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | October 30, 2015

Conan is on repeats so let’s forget about him. Hmmm, Andra Day on Wendy Williams, if I liked her she would be cool… Ah who am I kidding, I wanna see Shamir on Stephen Colbert. Shamir’s current album Ratchet, is a goodie and “On Regular” should kill it dead

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By Iman Lababedi | October 24, 2015

Why is Seth McFarlane all over the place? Please God, no new movie I beg you. Blake Shelton on Fallon? I bet they don’t discuss his divorce. I was going between Rod Stewart on Fallon and John Oliver on Meredith Viera and I am going with John because the man is a pretty good stand up comedian and that makes him a natural talk show guest.

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests week of October 19th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | October 17, 2015

Wait a second here guys, everybody is in reruns? Why is Stephen Colbert, who just started a month ago, doing a week of reruns and more, how the help doe he have a week of reruns? I swear it, celebrities live on a different planet than we do. I have a friend who took off four hours on a job she started two months ago and they docked her. What about these huys? Did they all get together and decide to take the week off. Are they partying with Rihanna in Trinidad?

Medium Cool: Best Talk SHow Guests, Week Of October 12th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | October 10, 2015

The worst sort of songwriting is the one where songwriter’s believe they are writing “important” songerly songs, as though their mere presence adds depth where none exists. The new (old) Kris, Rosanne and Costello “April 5th” is insufferable, smug and plain bad news. Elvis is on Colbert on Monday with Darlene Love on Monday.

Medium Cool: Best Talk SHow Guests Week Of October 5th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | October 3, 2015

If ever a woman deserved a video for her song, Hailee Steinfeld and “Love Myself” is that. Oh wait she has one. Not crazy about the song but the “Self Service” tee shirt is sure fun. Meanwhile, the late Chrissy Amphlett is doing cartwheels in heaven. Hailee is on Fallon, opposite Bill Clinton and Florence Welch on Colbert -but guess I’m going with Steinfeld.

Medium Cool: Talk Show Guests Of The Week, September 28th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | September 25, 2015

The battle is between Colbert and Fallon this week, Ed Sheeran and Bill Withers versus Disclosure. Disclosure was not the disastrous album I was expecting (OK, OK, hoping for) so it might be fun to see em in person. On the other hand… Sheeran is just going to oversing so much, it might well be unbearable…

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week Of September 21st, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | September 19, 2015

Don Henley. selling a terrible new album, on Stephen Colbert, might be interesting in a trainwreck sort of way and James Taylor on Kimmel is always fun plus he is selling one of the best albums of the year, but I am going with Miss Piggy and Kermit -going through a nasty break up, on Kimmel.

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guest Week Of September 14th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | September 12, 2015

Miguel on Fallon wins, though Run The Jewels TV On The Radio come close… I wouldn’t mind catching Leona Lewis on Ellen.

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guest Week of September 7th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | September 5, 2015

Wait a second, Stephen Colbert is introducing his highly anticipated replacement of David Letterman’s iconic Late Show with guests Jeb Bush and George Clooney? On his first night? Shouldn’t there be something a little more exciting than Jeb Bush? Remember Fallon’s premiere episode of The Tonight Show?

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests For The Week Of

By Iman Lababedi | August 29, 2015

Not much going on here, I think I’ll go go with Vince Staples, the Odd Future star, on Fallon, or maybe, nah the Brian Wilson on Conan is a repeat. PS I wonder why Fallon doesn’t have the week off? The Wednesday Fallon? Justin Bieber and Salman Rushdie, as my buddy Drake would put itL you’ve got to love it.

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guest Week Of August 24th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | August 21, 2015

Three out of five late night shows are in repeats, the fourth hasn’t premiered yet and the fifth is on TBS. So in theory, we’d have to go with the fifth but in practice I am sodded if I am gonna give the nod to Ashley Monroe on Conan or anywhere else so, instead, here is present to Best Coast because I still love California Nights.

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guest week Of 8-17-15

By Iman Lababedi | August 14, 2015

The return of the thin white middle aged nutcase is always reason for… well, if not rejoicing certainly awareness. As for the fat white comedian, well, in my world Corden getting Morrissey is something of a catch, while on CBS it is more like 1am in the morning. Stay up light, tell all your friends ou were there when…

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week Of August 10th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | August 8, 2015

Yes, it is a rerun, you’re right. But it is a rerun of a show I missed featuring one of my favorite rappers, Vince Staples, so I am going with Fallon on Monday. I just got a ticket for what hits me as the top new rappers show of the year, at Theatre At Madison Square Garden, and it will be a good setup for the show. PS: Beirut on Seth Myers?

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests, Week Of August 3rd, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | August 1, 2015

passed on a taping of Ice T and Coco which expresses more than words ever can my feelings about reality shows. So that leaves me with Laura Marling, whom it looks like I am gonna miss for the second time because I’m going to the “Beautiful” in concert at SummerStage on Monday, Milky Chance on James Corden and Christopher Cross on Fallon. I’m going with Fallon because, you know, maybe he’ll do a medley of all his hits: “Sailing” and “Arthur’s Theme”.

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests For The Week of July 27th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | July 25, 2015

Earlier this year I was watching Jimmy Fallon religiously and then one evening it suddenly dawned on me: he wasn’t very funny and he couldn’t interview, the dumbass games he was forcing poor, innocent celebrities to play were terrible, he had zero quality control, and the Roots suck. And he is still probably the best. Coco creeped me with all that Tonight stuff and everybody else is worse. So, yeah, Ashley Monroe, Tom Cruise AND Buddy Guy… Pick of the week.

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guest Week Of July 20th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | July 18, 2015

Meanwhile, Jeremih just got nabbed on a DUI but given the chances are great he has mailed bail, why not watch Jeremih and Flo Rida on Jimmy Fallon?

Medium Cool: Talk Show Guests Week Of July 13th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | July 11, 2015

Now is the summer of our discontent, where like reverse Yogi Bears talk show hosts waddle off and hibernate through the summer till who knows what, right? I guess I will go with OMI on Fallon because I wanna take a closer look at the “Cheerleader” star, maybe he will have something to tell me I don’t know about the weird world of reggae based one hit wonders.

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Guests Week Of June 29th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | June 26, 2015

We have to start taking National holidays off here at -stories are so damn few and far between. Everybody has ta taken the week of for Independence, which is fine for the boys: Jimmy, Jimmy, James and Seth and the girls Wendy, Meredith, Ellen, Queen Latifah. Yup, apparently their Union mandates it: we get a day (actually, we work through it), they get a week. So let’s celebrate all the Talk Show Host because where would be without them? Well, more or less exactly where we are now.

Medium Cool: Best Talk Show Hosts Week Of June 22nd, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | June 19, 2015

This isn’t the dog days of summer but it feels like it, ever since David Letterman sang the night we called it a day, it has felt much like, well, the day we called it a night. Bereft of life here lies the summer of 2015, with nothing to do but stay hot and bad tempered. Meanwhile, let’s go with Ray Wylie Hubbard who knows a thing or two about hell and heat.

Medium Cool: Talk Show Guests of The Week June 8th, 2015

By Iman Lababedi | June 5, 2015

Sure, it is a rerun from June 1st but now Bernie Sanders, the wild man of the Democrats who makes so much sense it is scary and it is so honest Hillary Clinton must be have conniptions, is now officially running for President so let’s se how he is on the fluff and stuff of mainstream America? Cmon, talk shows could sell Hitler as warm and cuddly but remember, he is a fascist not a socialist.

Medium Cool: Talk Show Guest For The week of 6-1-15

By Iman Lababedi | May 29, 2015

With Governors Ball happening over the bridge in the Bronx, you’d think the Talk hows would be overloaded with top rock, pop and rap band so scanning this lot and it is a little sorry, right? Ed Sheeran ends his nyc run run on Fallon, My Morning Jacket in LA before they head for NYC, James Corden has half of Oasis but that’s LA a well. Anyway, I’m going with Seth Myers and clean bandit. Why? Because this is the summer of featured singer Jess Glynne -that’s why.

Medium Cool: Goodbye To David Letterman

By Iman Lababedi | May 15, 2015

Will history remember David Letterman? Well, does history remember Johnny Carson, and he was much bigger? Put it this way, working late night television is like being a telivison columnist. Murray Kempton was one of New York’s best and when was the last time you heard his name? Letterman was great and then he wasn’t great and within a coupla years it will be all the two Jimmys and when they retire no one will remember them, indeed, they will remember them even less.