Talkshow with Spike Feresten is a late-night American talk/sketch/variety television series hosted by writer Spike Feresten which features a mixture of interviews with famous guests and a variety of comedic sketches.
The series aired in the USA on Fox from 16 September, 2006 to 16 May, 2009. There are 65 episodes in three seasons (59 are half-hour episodes and six are an hour long).
Talkshow with Spike Feresten aired in South Africa on DStv's M-Net Series channel from 9 June, 2007 to 27 August, 2008. The third season did not air in South Africa. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Talkshow with Spike Feresten is a fast-paced half-hour that combines elements of a talk show with a studio audience and sit-down guests and adds to those elements with irreverent comedy sketches – both inside the studio and out on the street.
Hosted by Emmy-nominated writer Spike Feresten (Seinfeld, Late Show with David Letterman), Talkshow offers a fresh approach to the conventional late-night format. The series dispenses with the traditional monologue, features comedy in every act and uses guests in unpredictable ways.
Talkshow features fan-favourites from Idiot Paparazzi to Comedy for Stoners, along with a guest cast including 98-year-old Mae Laborde and the quirky reporter Rick Richards.
In the first season Talkshow welcomed guests such as Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Seth MacFarlane, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Cheryl Hines, Fred Willard and many others.
Season 2 guests include Ryan Seacrest, Jerry Seinfeld, Thomas Dekker, Jordin Sparks, Bryan Cranston and Carl Reiner.
Season 3 guests include Kara DioGuardi, Rex Lee, Vanilla Ice, J.B. Smoove, Lisa Kudrow, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Trace Adkins, Dana Carvey, Perez Hilton, Olivia Munn, Penn Jillette, Seth MacFarlane, Andy Richter, Jack Osbourne, Shirley Manson, Niecy Nash and Tony Rock.
Series exclusive to M-Net Series
Season 1 (22 episodes)
Premiere: 9 June 2007 | Finale: 3 November 2007 | Saturdays, 21h00
Season 2 (15 episodes)
Premiere: 21 May 2008 | Finale: 27 August 2008 | Wednesdays, 23h00
Season 3 (28 episodes)
Did not air in South Africa