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To Hate One of Us is to Hate All of Us, We Mourn With Charleston

Jamie Masada | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Jamie Masada

Like most Americans, my heart broke when I saw the news about the massacre at the AME church in South Carolina. After my initial shock and tears, I felt anger and I wanted some answers. Where did this hatred come from?

Can We Say So Long, but Not Goodbye, to Dave?

Jamie Masada | Posted 05.19.2015 | Comedy
Jamie Masada

If I headed any network, I would never let a comedy treasure like him retire. David is still at the top of his game and has so much more to give. If he doesn't want to work nightly anymore, perhaps one of the networks can get him to do a few specials each year.

What Jon Stewart Should Do Next

Jamie Masada | Posted 04.20.2015 | Comedy
Jamie Masada

I want him to announce his candidacy for President of the United States. Let the Democratic, Republican, Green parties and others already on the ballot support him. I'm sure he would get at least 5% Poll support and he would have to be invited to the debates.

An Open Letter to President Obama

Jamie Masada | Posted 02.08.2015 | Comedy
Jamie Masada

This is a desperate plea from the comedy community. Comedians are visionaries; they identify the subjects that require the most attention and then they incorporate these issues into their material. Still, there is a sad and unnerving truth behind it -- as there is behind much humor.

Can You Make Yourself Happy For The Holidays?

Jamie Masada | Posted 01.20.2015 | Comedy
Jamie Masada

By now we should all know that our government is here for the rich and powerful Wall Street people, and they forgot about the ordinary street people. I think more people would help if they only knew how much fulfillment and happiness is generated by helping others.

Can We Talk? An Interview With Joan Rivers

Jamie Masada | Posted 11.19.2014 | Celebrity
Jamie Masada

She always tried to make everybody feel good. She was truly a doctor of the soul -- there are so few of them -- and as a comedian, she was one of a kind. And she is not just the most important female comic of all time but one of the most important and funniest comics of all time.

I Will Never Forget Robin Williams, One of the Great Doctors of the Soul

Jamie Masada | Posted 10.26.2014 | Entertainment
Jamie Masada

He had an uncanny ability to make people feel like he was their friend and that they really knew him. He gave you his attention -- whether you were a guy with a magic marker, or an audience of 5,000 -- you mattered.

Can Smiles and Laughter Change the World?

Jamie Masada | Posted 09.28.2014 | Comedy
Jamie Masada

I have a dream, perhaps naïve, of bringing the world together through smiles and laughter. Religion, diplomacy and democracy haven't succeeded so maybe it's time to focus on something more universal. And that is why I launched the first annual Funniest Person in the World Competition.

Searching for Richard Pryor

Jamie Masada | Posted 09.17.2014 | Celebrity
Jamie Masada

As great as he was on stage, his offstage actions made a believer of a teenager who was celebrating his first night as a comedy club owner back in 1979. It was a first encounter I will never forget.

Comedian Dave Chappelle and Laugh Factory Charged With Murder?

Jamie Masada | Posted 06.28.2014 | Comedy
Jamie Masada

Should I have an EKG by the door to check on vulnerable hearts before admitting them? Or maybe a sign that says it's like being at a ball game, if you are hit with a foul ball, it's part of your wager of attending?

Why Justin Bieber Did This We Couldn't Tell You

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 12.17.2013 | Comedy

Ok, in theory, this is a great idea. You're Justin Bieber and you've been having a rough PR year. What better way to show you, too, can laugh at yours...

Laugh Factory Remembers Jonathan Winters

Jamie Masada | Posted 06.15.2013 | Entertainment
Jamie Masada

I met Jonathan Winters 27 years ago. I thought he was the most brilliant and original comic I had ever met.

The Best Medicine

Los Angeles Daily News | Dana Bartholomew | Posted 02.25.2013 | Los Angeles

When you're feeling low, there's nothing like some laughs and warm vittles on Christmas. And for Los Angeles' down and out, there's nothing like a ta...

Dane Cook Tells Theater Shooting Joke

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 07.27.2012 | Comedy

UPDATE: Dane Cook has posted an apology for the Aurora-related material he performed on Thursday. Via Twitter, the comedian stated: "I am devastated b...

Dane Cook #KingOfComedy

Orlando Jones | Posted 03.21.2012 | Comedy
Orlando Jones

It's not Cook's fault he's rich. We made him that way. He is behaving exactly how he should. He's normal. We are the crazy ones. You can't potty train an old dog after you've let him crap all over the house for 10 years.

SLIDESHOW: Which Celebs Are Giving Back This Thanksgiving?

Posted 11.23.2011 | Impact

'Tis the season to give, and a number of celebrities are making sure those less fortunate have a happy Thanksgiving. Fom Lil' Wayne to Ellen Degeneres...

Los Angeles Gives Back: How To Help Tsunami Victims

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

By now you've probably already heard that texting REDCROSS to 90999 donates $10 to the Red Cross relief effort. HuffPost Impact has the scoop on the b...

Support Our Gay Youth... So They Won't Feel Alone Like Me

Jason Stuart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jason Stuart

I was the first openly gay comedian to headline mainstream comedy clubs and had a lot of success in the 90s touring around the good old USA.

Dane Cook Breaks Stand-Up Comedy Endurance Record

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Dane Cook broke a Laugh Factory endurance record set less than a month ago by Dave Chappelle. In what is becoming a heated battle between the two c...

Stand-Up Comics Turning To Recession For Material

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

LOS ANGELES - There's just something about a recession that makes people want to do funny things. Like wannabe comics who are out of a job and hoping...

Hillary Supporters Rally on the Sunset Strip

Natasha Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Natasha Chen

L.A. Clinton supporters rallied Friday to encourage the DNC to seat all delegates from Fl. and Mich. Some threatened to write in Clinton's name in November no matter who is on the ballot.