Comedians have to be funny. Much of the news is hardly funny. Even so, Mr. Williams successfully walked this line until news broke that seriously damaged his credibility.
Both Robin and Joan knew that, in a world of terrorists, trauma, financial hardships and upheaval, humor is an indispensable tonic to our troubles.
Please Insult Me, Don RicklesThe stars came out Saturday night in Los Angeles -- not for another superfluous awards ceremony, but rather to watch a comic icon perform. "Mr. Warmth," Don Rickles, played the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills
It's oft been said that those who don't learn from history, are doomed to repeat it. But you need to know what your history is before you can learn from it. Selma DVDs in every classroom is a start.
On Thursday, comedian Jay Leno cancelled his speaking gig at a gun industry event less than 24 hours after three reform groups launched a petition asking the former "Tonight Show" host to disassociate himself from the gun group.
This fall has been full of firsts for Fred Willard. Take -- for example -- last month, when Willard made his daytime drama debut on The Bold and the Beautiful. Fred appeared in four episodes of this long-running CBS soap opera back in October and loved every minute of it.
As I reflect on the life and career of Joan Rivers, I think about the women in the entertainment business who were the firsts and broke new ground. We'll learn about just a few of these pioneering women in this blog post.
Musical legend Sheila E. was literally born into the business, yet she paid more than her share of dues at the beginning of her career, playing to empty rooms and living from gig to gig.
Rivers has shocked us again, dramatically exiting just when we all were expecting more. Shocking people may very well be the thing that she did best.
This week, we lost Joan Rivers, who died on Thursday, at 81-years-young (as Sarah Silverman tweeted: "She wasn't done."). Rivers was a true trailblazer. Known now for the red carpet, she began with the glass ceiling, shattering it by telling-- and sometimes shouting -- unspoken truths. "A girl, you're 30-years-old, you're not married -- you're an old maid," she said, satirizing the prevalent culture. "A man, he's 90-years-old, he's not married -- he's a catch!" That was 1967 on the Ed Sullivan Show. "My act spoke to women who weren't able to talk about things," she said. "I was talking about things that were really true." And she never stopped. Through all her iterations, struggles, ups and downs, there was never anything fake about her -- except for her plastic-surgery-altered face, which, of course, she gleefully lampooned. Asked what she wanted on her tombstone, she replied: "She had a great time." As did we.
She could make fun of herself. I loved the recent commercials she made making fun of herself and her numerous cosmetic surgeries.
Big network shows like Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show have seen huge lifts in viewership on Youtube. It makes perfect sense. There's a limit and ceiling to the growth of Fallon's audiece who will watch his show on TV.
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The rich, the famous, and the powerful, those on the way up and those on the way down, met at a crossroads known as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Wh...
I don't particularly remember saying goodbye to Tim. Once he'd pried Moynihan out of the editor's corner office, he had no reason to linger. Our lives would go on, we'd never share another word, let alone an adventure.