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‘Excused’ Contestants Not All ‘Mind-Bashingly Stupid’ Says Iliza Shlesinger

Iliza Shlesinger

“Last Comic Standing” Season 6 winner Iliza Shlesinger is just wrapping up shooting of 130 episodes of her “Excused” syndicated dating show — her main focus for the last seven months.  She doesn’t mind admitting she’s looking forward to getting back to her old life as “a successful standup comedian who toured constantly.  Standup comedy is the passion of my life.” 

“Excused,” which joins the VH1 lineup Nov. 14, has met with criticism for just about everything from its not-so-bright contestants to its high raunch factor and its mansion location that’s been likened to a porn movie set.  But the comedian herself has remained relatively unscathed, often called the best thing about the show.  No wonder they increased her on-camera time.

“I’ve been lucky to be given the chance to be on a show where I get to be funny,” she stresses.  As for those contestants, “Thank God it’s different every day, that we don’t have a cast that is constant.  Some of these people are mind-bashingly stupid.  But, for every idiot we get, we also get a colorful character who is a lot of fun.”  And some are even bright, Iliza contends.  “Sometimes we get people on the show who’ll say, ‘I’m a lawyer,’ or ‘I’m currently getting a Ph.D. and I’ll think, ‘Why?!  Why are you here?’  I really am surprised by the diversity on the show.  We get all walks of life.”

 Shlesinger’s comedy has bite, but she usually manages not to alienate her audience.  “You can’t be mean to women,” she claims.  “Women won’t like you, and if women don’t like you, they won’t let guys watch it.  I’m not the hottest chick in the world, and I would never want to make a girl feel bad about the way she looks.  Guys — you kind of can because they have a thicker skin.”  It’s okay, however, to point out to a female when she’s been behaving badly.  “Like the ones who’ll say they never would kiss on a first date, and then make out with four guys.”

Carrie Keagan Wants More ‘Jump Start Live’ Despite Challenges

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Carrie Keagan admits it hasn’t been easy, adapting to a morning show schedule with her VH 1 “Jump Start Live” morning variety show — but the energetic blond internet star would like to keep rolling with it beyond its current two-week run just the same.

“I came ‘cross country for the show, so getting used to the New York time zone was part of the challenge.  I was getting up and I was like, ‘Whaaat?'” relates Keagan — who is known to internet viewers as the lead anchor, writer, and producer for No Good TV (inlcuding the shows “Up Close W/ Carrie Keagan” and “In Bed With Carrie Keagan”), with more than a billion views online.   “And I’m looking out on Times Square and it’s blizzarding, which is definitely something I’m not used to,” she goes on.

Then, too, she declared that she would refrain from dropping the F-bomb on the show — but admits that no sooner had she made the commitment, than she caught herself explaining a popular internet acronym to Aaron Eckhardt that included the flaming word.  Other than that, however, her  first week of the new show went off without a hitch, and “We were all just  celebrating and hugging and jumping up and down,”

As far as being on in the a.m., “The vibe of our show is so relaxed and easy-going, I think we could be on any time of day,” she says. “Our ‘Morning Buzz’ is a hangover cure for people just tuning in.”

The plan is for “Jump Start Live” to help promote this Friday’s (11/14) Critics Choice Movie Awards on VH1.  After that, Carrie and company are waiting to see if there’ll be an order for more “Live” shows.  She hopes so, although she admits, “I don’t know how Kathie Lee (Gifford) and Hoda (Kotb) do it with this kind of schedule.  Do you go out on weekends and stay up late, or do you go to bed early to stay in synch with the rest of the week?”

Whatever the future, No Good TV marches on with celebrities  laughing it up with Carrie and cussing at will.  She’s also likely to be front and center doing red carpet awards show coverage.  And then there’s the movement to see her cast as The Justice League’s Power Girl character — a fan movement that began after the 30-year-old one-time Playmate of the Month dressed up as the super heroine.  “I would LOVE to do it.  People responded so well to that.  The creators of ‘Power Girl’ saw the clips and they were really happy with them.”