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WH Correspondents' Dinner Will Have 2 Headliners

Kenan Thompson will host, Hasan Minhaj will perform

(Newser) - The White House Correspondents' Association dinner is back with a host. Saturday Night Live's Kenan Thompson will serve as master of ceremonies at the April 25 event at the Washington Hilton, while 2017 featured entertainer Hasan Minhaj will return to that role, per the New York Times . The outlet... More »

Taylor Swift Sends 'Massive Hug' After Comic's Big Apology

Nikki Glaser is sorry for calling Swift 'too skinny' in 'Miss Americana' documentary

(Newser) - In Miss Americana, the new Netflix documentary on Taylor Swift that debuted at Sundance , the singer reveals that she'd battled an eating disorder. Now, one of the people seen in the trailer calling the 30-year-old star "too skinny" and eyerolling about Swift and her "model friends" being... More »

Monty Python Star Mourned as 'Complete Renaissance Comedian'

Comedy troupe founder Terry Jones dead at 77

(Newser) - The comedy world is mourning a genius . Terry Jones of the Monty Python comedy troupe died Tuesday at age 77 after what family described as "a long, extremely brave but always good humored battle with a rare form of dementia." The Welshman, who died at his home in... More »

Comedian Chris Cotton Dies at 32

His wife is expecting a baby in 2 months

(Newser) - A tragedy in the world of comedy: Chris Cotton, a Philadelphia comic best known for hosting Comedy Central's " Every Damn Day " online talk show, has died at the age of 32. No cause of death has been disclosed, People reports. The comedian and his wife of eight... More »

Louis CK Talks About Scandal During Overseas Show

Comedian is on an international tour

(Newser) - Two years after being swept up in the #MeToo movement and acknowledging sexual misconduct with multiple women, comedian Louis CK took to the stage at a nearly packed basketball arena outside Tel Aviv, Israel, where the audience seemed ready to let it go, per the AP . "How have your... More »

Kevin Hart Explains How Crash Changed His World

Comedian talks to fans in new video

(Newser) - Kevin Hart "see[s] things differently" after his devastating car crash, he says in a new video posted to Instagram . "I see life from a whole new perspective. My appreciation for life is through the roof." The actor and comedian is shown in the hospital, going through rehabilitation,... More »

Comic Who Faced Weinstein: I Laughed at a 'Monster'

Kelly Bachman explains what was going through her mind during last week's incident at NYC bar

(Newser) - The comedian who confronted Harvey Weinstein during her set at a Manhattan bar last week was heckled, booed, and ultimately booted from the venue. Now Kelly Bachman is speaking out again, this time via an opinion piece in the New York Times in which she says she's "proud"... More »

Female Comic Sees Weinstein at Bar, Works Him Into Set

Kelly Bachman and an audience member who confronted him got kicked out

(Newser) - Two people say they were kicked out of a New York City bar on Wednesday for addressing the "elephant in the room": Harvey Weinstein seated at a nearby table with young women. "It's Freddy Krueger in the room, if you will. I didn't know that we... More »

'Crying Comedian' Dies At 84

Rip Taylor was known for his zany mannerisms and throwing confetti

(Newser) - When he first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in the early '60s, Rip Taylor made a name for himself as the "Crying Comedian," pretending to sob as he pleaded with the audience to laugh at his jokes. The world never really had a problem laughing at... More »

Pete Davidson Loses It at College Performance

Comedian ranted after students pulled out phones during show

(Newser) - If University of Central Florida students were hoping for inspirational words from Pete Davidson, they didn't get them when they took out their phones. Video from a Monday tour stop at the school shows the Saturday Night Live comedian berating the audience after "half" of people pulled out... More »

Leslie Jones Won't Be Back for SNL's 45th Season

Sources say she is concentrating on Hollywood career

(Newser) - The incomparable Leslie Jones will not be returning for the 45th season of Saturday Night Live. The comedian, writer, and Ghostbuster is leaving the show after five seasons to concentrate on her Hollywood career, which includes several film projects and a reboot of Supermarket Sweep, EW reports. Sources tell Variety... More »

Attack on Andy Dick Captured on Video

He says sucker punch knocked him out for 15 minutes

(Newser) - Controversial comedian Andy Dick says he was "knocked out 100%" when an attacker sucker-punched him outside a New Orleans comedy club. In an attack captured on video , a man in dark clothes can be seen moving toward Dick outside One Eyed Jack's in the city's French Quarter... More »

Whitney Cummings Perfectly Deals With Photo Threats

When some tried to extort comedian over racy image, she reposted it herself

(Newser) - Comedian Whitney Cummings is winning plaudits for how she dealt with trolls' attempts to extort her over a racy image. Instead of caving to them, she reposted the image herself. "They all must think I'm way more famous than I am, but they also must think I'm... More »

Smothers Brothers Mark 50 Years of Being Fired by CBS

Network wanted to censor antiwar, political bits

(Newser) - Getting fired from work isn't usually a cause to celebrate. But the Smothers Brothers aren't your run-of-the-mill comedians. The duo has stepped out of retirement to commemorate the day 50 years ago when CBS canceled their show over their political impudence. Tom and Dick Smothers—ages 80 and... More »

Barr, Clay Plan Tour as 'Mr. and Mrs. America'

'She's an original, I'm an original,' he says

(Newser) - It's been a few decades since the Diceman's heyday, but he's still touring—and this time it's with Roseanne Barr. The two controversial comics, who performed together in Las Vegas in March, announced their "Mr and Mrs America" comedy tour Sunday, Variety reports. It will... More »

Man Calls 911 Over Comic's Middle East Joke

It 'really bothered me,' man told dispatcher

(Newser) - "I don’t think anyone has ever called 911 because they were offended by a joke," says Florida comedy club owner Brien Spina. Well, apart from on Sunday, when an audience member called 911 over remarks comedian Ahmed Ahmed made at Spina's Off The Hook club in... More »

Louis Threatens His Audience With Legal Action

The comedian issues a gag order

(Newser) - Louis CK's attempted comeback now comes with a warning: Copy or transmit anything from my show and you're in trouble, the New York Times reports. The legal notice was issued by Acme Comedy Company in Minneapolis for CK's four-night stay there that started Tuesday. Tweeted by writer... More »

Comedian Appears to Win Election in Landslide

Exit polls suggest Volodymyr Zelenskiy just won

(Newser) - A comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV appeared headed for a landslide victory in Ukraine's real-life presidential election Sunday, the AP reports. Exit-poll results released after voting stations closed showed sitcom star Volodymyr Zelenskiy receiving an extraordinary 73.2%—or nearly three out... More »

Crowd Unaware as Comic Literally Dies Onstage

Ian Cognito was performing at a club in England

(Newser) - "Imagine if I died in front of you lot here," veteran comic Ian Cognito told the crowd during a set Thursday in the English town of Bicester. A few minutes later, the 60-year-old did, in fact, die in front of the crowd, reports the BBC . For a few... More »

Hangover Actor Brody Stevens Dead at 48

Comedian is believed to have taken his own life

(Newser) - The comedy world is in mourning for one of its own with the death of actor and comedian Brody Stevens at the age of 48, People reports. He apparently took his own life, with law enforcement sources telling TMZ Stevens was found hanging in his Los Angeles home early Friday... More »

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