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15 Months After Wife's Death, Patton Oswalt Is Engaged

Comedian trades public explorations of grief for public expressions of happiness

(Newser) - Fifteen months after the death of his wife of 11 years, Patton Oswalt is engaged, People reports. The comedian and his new fiancee, actress Meredith Salenger, confirmed their engagement on social media. "I put the ring in a marzipan Slave I replica and said, 'Will you be my... More »

The Aftermath of Fallon's Famous 'Trump' Tousle

Late-night host talks about famous hair mussing, the reaction, how it has affected him

(Newser) - It was the hair tousle felt 'round the world —and it may have helped dethrone Jimmy Fallon from his perch atop of that world, Dave Itzkoff notes for the New York Times . The 42-year-old Fallon, who started hosting NBC's Tonight Show in 2014, famously drew backlash in... More »

Pete Davidson: I'm Weed-Free After 8 Years

SNL cast member opens up about struggle on Instagram

(Newser) - Noticed Pete Davidson's absence from SNL as of late? Well, there's a good reason behind it: The 23-year-old has been focusing on his sobriety. After telling High Times last fall that he couldn't function without the medical marijuana he's prescribed for Crohn's disease, Davidson now... More »

Actor, Comedian Ricky Harris Dead at 54

He died of a heart attack Monday: manager

(Newser) - Comedian and actor Ricky Harris passed away Monday of a heart attack, his manager tells the Hollywood Reporter . He was 54. Harris performed on HBO's Def Comedy Jam before making his acting debut in 1993's Poetic Justice with Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur, reports the Los Angeles Times... More »

200 People Storm Out of Schumer Show

Over what else these days—Donald Trump

(Newser) - Some folks who went for the comedy, not the politics—which is often fair game in comedy, especially during an election year—didn't take too kindly to Amy Schumer's remarks about Donald Trump during a Sunday show at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. Per the Tampa Bay Times ... More »

Sources: Chris Rock Making $40M Return to TV

2 stand-up comedy specials will air on Netflix

(Newser) - Chris Rock has been missing from the small screen for eight years, but the comedian's fans will be pleased to hear that not everybody hates Chris: He's cut a comeback deal for two stand-up comedy specials on Netflix for what sources tell the Hollywood Reporter is a record-smashing... More »

Amy Schumer Breaks a New Glass Ceiling

Becomes first female to make it onto the highest-paid comedians list

(Newser) - For the first time, a woman has made it onto Forbes' list of the highest-paid comedians in the world. And Amy Schumer isn't just on the list, she's in the fourth spot. At Forbes , Madeline Berg looks at how Schumer pulled off the huge accomplishment. She made $17... More »

Comedian Has to Cough Up $42K for Insulting Child With Disabilities

Quebec tribunal says Mike Ward's jokes were 'discriminatory'

(Newser) - A French-Canadian comedian found a child singer with a genetic disease who's performed for Celine Dion and Pope Benedict to be the perfect butt of his jokes—and now the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal is making the funnyman pay some not-so-funny money to both the singer, now 19, and... More »

Amy Schumer Joke-Stealing Controversy Gets Weird

One of the comedians backtracks, sort of

(Newser) - Earlier this week, a Twitter discussion between three comedians accused Amy Schumer of stealing jokes. Wendy Liebman, Kathleen Madigan, and Tammy Pescatelli all took part, per Refinery 29 , though Pescatelli seemed to be the most vocal and many of the tweets were ultimately deleted. Schumer responded on Twitter Wednesday: "... More »

Eddie Murphy Skewers Cosby in First Stand-Up in 3 Decades

He does a brief set while accepting Twain award for comedy

(Newser) - When Eddie Murphy received the Mark Twain Prize Sunday night, considered the top honor in American comedy, he didn't just say thank you. He did "something delightfully unexpected," notes Vulture —he told some jokes, specifically, some jokes about Bill Cosby, reports the AP . While that may... More »

Comedian: I Lied About Harrowing 9/11 Escape

Steve Rannazzisi: 'I made a terrible mistake'

(Newser) - Comedian Steve Rannazzisi moved to Los Angeles to pursue an entertainment career after escaping Merrill Lynch's offices on the 54th floor of the World Trade Center's south tower minutes before it was hit on Sept. 11, 2001. Rannazzisi says he realized life was too short and he better... More »

Comedian Protests Minor Parking Ticket in Giant Way

Eugene Mirman was fined $15 for 'being parked in the wrong direction'

(Newser) - Comedian Eugene Mirman is very disappointed in Portsmouth, NH, and he wants the town to know about it. After Mirman received a $15 ticket for being "parked in the wrong direction" in a parking space, he took out a hilarious full-page newspaper ad—which can be seen in full... More »

Amy Schumer: 'Sex Is Explained Incorrectly to Us'

Comedian and comic actor opens up in CBS profile

(Newser) - With her star rising and her provocative, punchy humor generating an is-she-feminist-or-politically-incorrect-or-what media debate, Amy Schumer opened up about her life and attitudes in a CBS News profile. Among the highlights:
  • On sex: "Sex is just explained incorrectly to us. It's like everything—magazines, sitcoms. Men 'love'
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Ben Stiller on Mom's Death

Actor tweets about Anne Meara's passing for first time

(Newser) - Ben Stiller spoke out for the first time today on the death of his mother, Anne Meara , reports USA Today . "Thank you so much for all the kind words about Anne," her son tweeted . "All of us in our family feel so lucky to have had her... More »

Louis CK on SNL: Finally, Too Much?

The comic actor makes light of child molestation, racism

(Newser) - Louis CK gave a predictably polite, sensitive monologue yesterday on the closing night of SNL's 40th season—making light of racism, child molestation, and the Israel-Palestine conflict. "Child molesters are very tenacious people," CNN quotes him as saying. "From their point of view, it must be... More »

Springsteen Auctions Guitar, Lasagna for $300K

He headlined this year's Stand Up For Heroes event

(Newser) - The 8th annual Stand Up For Heroes comedy and music mash-up in New York this week raised more than $1 million, and more than half of that was thanks to Bruce Springsteen. He managed to auction off a heck of a night (a guitar he has played, an hour-long lesson... More »

Saturday Night Live Alum Jan Hooks Dead at 57

Comedian had 'serious illness'

(Newser) - Former Saturday Night Live star Jan Hooks died today at age 57, reports CNN . The actress and comedian had been battling a "serious illness," reports TMZ . Hooks performed on SNL from 1986-91, the era of Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, and Mike Myers, among others. Her role... More »

Sorry, Joan Rivers, People Took You Way Too Seriously

Charlotte Alter: Hypocrites who criticized her are now praising her

(Newser) - Look around today, and you'll find no shortage of breathless praise of Joan Rivers describing how bold and funny she was. The thing is, when she was alive, some of those very same outlets were criticizing her as mean, vulgar, and offensive, writes Charlotte Alter at Time . Rivers joked... More »

Joan Rivers Dead at 81

Comedian's daughter makes announcement

(Newser) - Joan Rivers is dead at age 81, daughter Melissa announced today. The comedian "passed peacefully surrounded by family and close friends," said the statement. (Read it in full here .) As the Daily News recounts, the news comes after Rivers stopped breathing during a routine throat procedure on... More »

Joan Rivers 'Resting Comfortably': Daughter

'Keep her in your thoughts and prayers,' says Melissa

(Newser) - Joan Rivers is "resting comfortably" in the hospital with family, daughter Melissa announced late yesterday. But amid reports that the 81-year-old comedian has been placed in a medically induced coma , Melissa Rivers offered no further details about her mother, who reportedly stopped breathing during a routine throat procedure. "... More »

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