Is Larry King the Next King of Comedy?

by | November 30, 2010 at 3:02 PM | Cable News, TV News

Larry King (Photo: Toby Canham/Getty Images)

Larry King (Photo: Toby Canham/Getty Images)


Larry King has been a stalwart of the broadcast industry for decades, so for a workaholic to depart his long-running CNN show ‘Larry King Live‘ later this month, the big question remains, what will he do next? New York magazine seems to think stand-up comedy might be in the cards for the suspender-wearing newsman.

“I’m funny,” King told the magazine. “I’m going to do stand-up. That’s what I love.” The idea of crossing over from working as a television interviewer to a comedian isn’t unheard of, as fellow CNN host Joy Behar’s reverse record proves. Watch video of King participating in a 1992 roast of D.N.C. chairman Don Brown on C-SPAN.

Beyond a future dishing jokes in comedy joints, King will remain on CNN thanks to a deal allotting the broadcaster four specials a year. However, just because he’ll remain on the air with CNN doesn’t mean he has great things to say about his losing the nightly show.

“I just thought I’d get two years, maybe,” King said in regards to his being offered a one-year contract by CNN’s president. “What hurt me was not being used on the last election.”

There is also word of King possibly returning to radio thanks to discussions with ‘American Idol‘ host, and multimedia success, Ryan Seacrest, according to TMZ.

Can you picture Larry King doing stand-up comedy? Does this sound like a good move for the veteran broadcaster? What do you think he should do next?