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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 »

Jesuit University Cuts Off Hannibal Buress Mid-Set

Loyola didn't like jokes about priest abuse

(Newser) - Somebody at Chicago's Loyola University wasn't laughing when Hannibal Buress started cracking jokes about Catholic Church sex scandals during a performance Saturday night. The funnyman, who'd been booked to appear at the Jesuit college's two-night "Colossus" show, had his microphone cut soon after his set... More »

Comedian's Husband Sues After She Mentions Him in Show

She says he's trying to silence her

(Newser) - The future of comedy could depend on how much of a sense of humor British judges have when dealing with an unusual defamation lawsuit, legal experts say. Comedian Louise Beaumont says her estranged husband is suing her for mentioning him in her stand-up show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last... More »

Angry Spectator Goes After Comic

Steve Brown is able to dodge punches, mic stand, but not the stool

(Newser) - A comedian's routine went off the rails over the weekend in South Carolina when an audience member jumped up on stage and went after comic Steve Brown, reports TMZ . In video of the event, the man can be seen trying to punch Brown, before picking up the mic stand... More »

Comic TJ Miller Pushes Back Against Assault Accusation

He accuses woman of jumping on bandwagon of #MeToo movement

(Newser) - Comic and Silicon Valley star TJ Miller is the latest celeb accused of sexual assault, but he and his wife have issued a joint statement strongly denying the allegations. The Daily Beast first reported the accusations, made by an anonymous woman who knew Miller from their days at George Washington... More »

Letterman Needled Over His Beard at Mark Twain Awards

Kimmel: After 9/11, he 'let us know it was OK to move on and OK to laugh again'

(Newser) - David Letterman was celebrated at the Kennedy Center on Sunday night in Washington, DC, for his record run on late-night TV, innovative comedy routines, and for helping the nation start to heal by reassuring that it was OK to laugh again after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Fellow... More »

The Pathos- Driven Rise of Kate McKinnon

In 'VF' interview, 'SNL' comedian touches on empathy she drew on to play Hillary Clinton

(Newser) - Kate McKinnon is dressed down ("real-person down," without makeup and in sneakers and a baggy tee) and skittish like a cat, reacting so warily to her interview with Lili Anolik for Vanity Fair that Anolik realizes she's "going to have to approach her slowly, carefully, no... More »

Comedy Legend Jerry Lewis Dies at 91

'Defining figure' in American entertainment died Sunday in his Las Vegas home

(Newser) - Legendary character actor and physical comedian Jerry Lewis has died at 91 in his Las Vegas home, the Washington Post reports. Described as a "defining figure of American entertainment" by the New York Times , Lewis broke onto the scene at age 20 performing with Dean Martin in the hit... More »

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