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Chris Rock, Conan O'Brien, and the Pope Walk Into a Bar...

Or rather, the Vatican, as pontiff hosts 100-plus comedians to celebrate the importance of humor

(Newser) - Before flying to Italy's southern Puglia region to meet world leaders at the Group of Seven summit, Pope Francis hosted a very different audience at the Vatican on Friday to celebrate the importance of humor. The pontiff welcomed more than 100 comedians from 15 nations, including US celebrities Whoopi...

George Lopez Walks Out of Sold-Out Show, Causes Ruckus

Comedian claims 'unsafe environment' at casino; attendees say it was all love

(Newser) - George Lopez may have started the sold-out show in good spirits, but he didn't end it that way. The comedian left the stage at California's Eagle Mountain Casino 30 minutes early on Friday after complaining about hecklers, the New York Post reports. The casino claimed the 63-year-old "...

Tiffany Haddish Explains Why She Became 'Sarah' Online

Comedian says she used fake account, started calling people who were harassing her online

(Newser) - Tiffany Haddish has had it with trolls—and she hasn't been passive about it. The comedian and Girls Trip star reveals to the Los Angeles Times that she has taken a proactive stance at dealing with people who harass her online, including taking on a fake persona. More:
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Seinfeld: 'Extreme Left' and 'PC Crap' Are Marring Comedy
Talks 'PC Crap,'
Pop-Tarts, and
His 'Favorite Human'

Seinfeld Talks 'PC Crap,' Pop-Tarts, and His 'Favorite Human'

Comedian chats with 'New Yorker' about his beef with the 'extreme left' and much more

(Newser) - Jerry Seinfeld's new film, Unfrosted, an origin story for Pop-Tarts, begins streaming Friday on Netflix. But the 70-year-old Seinfeld creator is making headlines this week not for that project, but for what he has to say about the state of comedy. Per the Hill , Seinfeld appeared on the New ...

Ellen DeGeneres Emerges to Talk About Show Scandal

Comedian says she 'had a hard time' after report on workplace toxicity, 'but I am dancing now'

(Newser) - It's been nearly two years since Ellen DeGeneres bid adieu to her eponymous daytime talk show, which during its final stretch was accused of harboring a "toxic" work environment. On Wednesday, the 66-year-old comedian emerged to address the issue during a sold-out standup performance in Los Angeles, per...

'Harvard Has Taylor, Vermont State Has Weird Al!'

University will offer a course on comedic singer Yankovic in the fall

(Newser) - If you've ever longed for a glimpse inside the imagination of Alfred Yankovic and you're a student at Vermont State University, your two worlds are about to collide. The higher-ed institution will be offering a course this fall dedicated to the quirky singer-songwriter known as "Weird Al,...

Amy Schumer Reveals Diagnosis, Says She's 'Reborn'

Comedian, the subject of internet speculation over her changed appearance, has Cushing syndrome

(Newser) - Earlier this month, Amy Schumer acknowledged there were "some medical and hormonal things going on in my world right now" after fans commented on her appearance—especially her "puffier" face—during a recent media tour to promote the new season of her Hulu show Life & Beth. Now,...

Amy Schumer Speaks Out About Her 'Puffier' Face

Comedian says she has endometriosis, slams gossip about her appearance

(Newser) - Amy Schumer doesn't owe anyone an explanation of her health issues, but the comedian felt obliged to offer an update after comments started flying over how she looks following a recent media tour to promote the second season of her show Life & Beth on Hulu. What people are...

Stewart in 'Classic Form' for Daily Show Return
Stewart Returns, Gets
Right Down to Business

Stewart Returns, Gets Right Down to Business

He's back hosting the 'Daily Show' on Mondays, kicks off first show by ripping on Biden, Trump

(Newser) - It's been nearly a decade since fans got their "Moment of Zen" from Jon Stewart—but on Monday night, the comedian was back manning The Daily Show desk that he abandoned in summer 2015—right after Donald Trump announced he was running for president the first time. Stewart,...

SNL Comedian 'Will Turn Up the Heat' at WHCA Dinner

Colin Jost is the headliner at April's roast

(Newser) - Colin Jost, the co-anchor of "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live, will get a chance in April to roast leading political and media figures as the featured entertainer at the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association. "His smart brand of comedy and keen observation will turn...

Chappelle Has Words for Katt Williams After Viral Rant

Williams dissed a bunch of Black comedians on YouTube interview

(Newser) - Dave Chappelle has words for Katt Williams after the comedian slammed a number of his fellow Black entertainers earlier this month during an appearance on the Club Shay Shay YouTube show . Williams threw shade at Cedric the Entertainer, Steve Harvey, Rickey Smiley , Ludacris , Kevin Hart , Tiffany Haddish , Tyler Perry , and...

Dana Carvey on Grief: 'Make Sure That You Keep Moving'

Comedian returns to his podcast 2 months after son's death, talks about riding the 'pain train'

(Newser) - It's been two months since Dex Carvey, the 32-year-old son of Dana Carvey and his wife, Paula Zwagerman, lost his life in an accidental drug overdose. Now, the former Saturday Night Live comedian is opening up about his grief, shedding some light on the "private journey" he and...

Chelsea Handler Zings Her Ex at Critics Choice Awards

While hosting, she references Jo Koy's struggles at the Golden Globes

(Newser) - Chelsea Handler hosted the Critics Choice Awards on Sunday, and she got in a little shot at ex-boyfriend Jo Koy in the process. When the audience laughed at a joke about Martin Scorsese—Handler said she would "toss him around like a little Italian meatball"—the comic responded:...

Dave Chappelle Had Every Right to Walk Out of That Show

Dean Obeidallah says comedian sought to protect his craft amid unauthorized filming

(Newser) - While Dave Chappelle is again taking flak for his jokes , he's also getting support for his decision to walk out of a show in Florida on Wednesday. Dean Obeidallah, a former comedian and attorney, argues Chappelle was right to leave the stage at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino...

Chappelle Rips on Trans, Disabled People in New Netflix Show

Comedian says he's done with trans jokes in new Netflix special, then pokes fun of them again

(Newser) - Dave Chappelle's most recent controversy involved comments he made regarding the Israel-Hamas war, but he's now returning to a source of previous backlash. The 50-year-old comedian had taken heat in the past for remarks about the transgender community in his Netflix special The Closer, but that didn't...

Dave Chappelle Shows Up in a Most Unexpected Place

Comedian is spotted on Capitol Hill in selfie with GOP congresswomen, including Lauren Boebert

(Newser) - Dave Chappelle had a couple of appearances in DC planned for this week, including an "Arts as Activism" event at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the comedian's alma mater, as well as a show at Capital One Arena on Thursday. The Hill reports that the 50-year-old...

Russell Brand Tour Dates Called Off
Brand Speaks Out on
His 'Distressing' Week

Brand Speaks Out on His 'Distressing' Week

Comedian begs fans for support, asks them to follow him on right-wing platform Rumble

(Newser) - Russell Brand's professional and legal woes are mounting after claims he'd sexually assaulted multiple women emerged last week, and the comedian is now publicly speaking out for the first time since. Variety notes that Brand only hinted at the accusations against him in a video posted Friday on...

Marlon Wayans Cited at Airport
Marlon Wayans Cited at Airport

Marlon Wayans Cited at Airport

Comedian accuses airline of mistreatment over luggage issue

(Newser) - Marlon Wayans has accused an airline of racism after he received a citation for disturbing the peace in a clash over luggage. The comedian and United Airlines agree the problem began Friday when an employee told Wayans at a gate at the Denver airport that he had too many bags...

So Far, ChatGPT Isn't That Funny
Standup Isn't

Standup Isn't ChatGPT's Strength

Researchers, comedians find AI lacks originality in its jokes

(Newser) - Someday, everyone might have to laugh at their ChatGPT boss's jokes. That could be painful: At this point in its development, the bot's attempts at humor mostly fall flat. Several efforts have tested its ability to be funny, finding signs of hope but not a lot of laughs....

TV Writer's 1990s Gaffe Is Legend. He Doesn't Mind

'Vulture' digs into the 1990s tale of a 'Roseanne' writer who didn't know who Jackie was

(Newser) - Listen carefully, and you might hear the phrase "Who Jackie?" crop up in a sitcom every now and then. That's because the line has become an inside joke, one at the heart of what Joe Berkowitz at Vulture calls "the greatest writers' room story ever." As...

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