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'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 »

Artie Lange in Jail After Positive Drug Test

'He knows he's got a problem,' lawyer says

(Newser) - A major setback for Artie Lange: The comedian, who has long struggled with drug addiction, is in jail in New Jersey after testing positive for cocaine twice in less than two months. Lawyer Frank Arleo tells NJ.com that Lange was remanded to jail after being given a drug test... More »

Louis CK Addresses Scandal in New Routine

He is unapologetic in San Jose

(Newser) - Louis CK just went there. The comedian has avoided talking about his own scandal as part of his controversial return to stand-up venues, but the Daily Beast reports that ended in San Jose on Wednesday. "I like to jerk off, and I don't like being alone," the... More »

Netflix Takes Down Comedy Show After Saudis Complain

Hasan Minhaj slammed crown prince

(Newser) - Netflix is being accused of bowing to the demands of "thin-skinned Saudi royals" after making an episode of an American comedian's show unavailable in the kingdom. In the episode of Hasan Minhaj's Patriot Act, the Muslim comedian strongly criticizes crown prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder... More »

Kevin Hart Scores Gig Nobody Was Trying to Score

Meet your 2019 Oscars host

(Newser) - And the Oscars' hosting gig goes to: Kevin Hart, who's promising to make this year's ceremony "a special one," reports the Los Angeles Times . "For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same,"... More »

Silverman: CK Masturbated in Front of Me, With My Blessing

Sarah Silverman is already walking back her new tale of her old friend

(Newser) - "Can you love someone who did bad things?" That was the query Sarah Silverman posed a year ago when her longtime pal, fellow comic Louis CK , got caught in the #MeToo maelstrom after admitting he'd masturbated in front of women. On Monday, on Howard Stern's SiriusXM show,... More »

Jim Gaffigan Sued After Daughter's Soccer Ball Hits Guy

They were filming a commercial at the time

(Newser) - A Queens man working on a TV commercial shoot with Jim Gaffigan in 2016 says he was left unable to work after the comedian's daughter hit him in the head with a soccer ball. James Kent is now suing Gaffigan and others involved in the shoot for unspecified damages,... More »

Comic Accused of Harassment During Campus Set

Andy Gross lived up to his name at Purdue with vulgar performance, attendees say

(Newser) - "Accounts differ" as to what happened at Purdue University this weekend, but what's clear is that the Indiana college won't be hiring a certain touring comedian again. Andy Gross performed Saturday night as part of the university's Boiler Gold Rush freshman orientation, a routine that was,... More »

Ken Jeong's Medical Training Comes in Handy During Show

Actor and comedian helps woman in the audience during his stand-up routine

(Newser) - Casual fans of actor and comedian Ken Jeong will know him from roles in the Hangover movies and in TV shows such as Dr. Ken and Community. More serious fans will know that the 48-year-old Jeong also happens to be a trained physician. That became abundantly clear Saturday when Jeong... More »

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