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Eddie Anderson Broke Racial Barriers With Role of 'Rochester' on The Jack Benny Program

Kate Kelly | Posted 03.31.2014 | Entertainment
Kate Kelly

Pullman porter, waiter, valet -- these don't sound like breakthrough parts, but for an African-American actor who was accustomed to producers casting white men in the roles of black people (these were the days of Amos and Andy), these parts offered a major opportunity.

VIDEO FLASHBACK: Laughing With Danny And Jack

Posted 03.23.2012 | Women

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When Comedy Was Clean and Comediennes Were King

John Farr | Posted 04.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

For those wanting a respite from today's low, "in-your-face" brand of comedy, here are a few tried-and-true classics featuring these top screen comediennes. These special ladies made us laugh -- and feel smart -- at the same time.

50 Years of Grammys, Duets II, His Lady Gaga Portrait, Politics & More: A Conversation With Tony Bennett

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.17.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

This is another great year for Tony Bennett as far as Grammy nominations go, and it's also been 50 years since he won his first Grammy for "I Left My Heart In San Francisco." Time flies.

First Nighter: Genius Jazz Violinist Aaron Weinstein Meets Brilliant Jazz Singer Christine Ebersole in Dual Birdland Triumph

David Finkle | Posted 01.29.2012 | Arts
David Finkle

It's high time someone employs several hundred words to sing the praises of jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein for the widest audience possible.

Friends Of Old Time Radio Gather In Newark, N.J. For One Last Convention (VIDEO)

HuffPost Weird News | David Moye | Posted 12.16.2011 | Weird News

From 1920 until the mid-1950s, no other medium unified America like radio. Unlike newspapers, which were regionally focused, radio dramas like "The...

Jack Benny's "Si" Routine

Posted 06.29.2011 | Women

I've said it before and I'll say it again -- no one had comic timing like Jack Benny. Here's a famous rotuine (co-starring Mel Blanc) from Jack's w...

Just Maybe -- the Best Comedy Film Director Ever

John Farr | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Even though Entertainment Weekly named him the 16th-best film director of all time, if I mention the name Ernst Lubitsch to my own middle-aged contemporaries, I usually get a hazy look.

Send in the Clowns

Joan Z. Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan Z. Shore

What's exciting or funny about an economic recession, rampant unemployment, homelessness, and poverty? Marie-Antoinette said, "Let them eat cake." Stewart and Colbert said, "Send in the clowns."

Danny Thomas and Jack Benny

Posted 06.18.2011 | Women

My Dad, Danny Thomas, worked with the giants of comedy. Here's a clip I found of him bantering with that other master of comic timing, Jack Be...

Recalling "The Lubitsch Touch"

John Farr | Posted 06.26.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

If you have not experienced the German director Ernst Lubitsch's special "touch," well -- here's your chance.

Howard Stern: Diamond in a Rough Patch

Mario Almonte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mario Almonte

For a man who almost single-handedly revolutionized the broadcasting industry, Stern continues to be spectacularly disrespected by the media that he so radically transformed.

The Future of Content

Rich Nadworny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rich Nadworny

Unless we are all willing to settle for user generated content of various and dubious quality, how will we get that great content we've grown used to?

Dog Ears Music: Holiday Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

A comprehensive set of holiday music recommendations from Dog Ears Music, including Otis Redding, Spike Jones, The Klezmonauts, Keith Richards, Run-DMC, Dolly Parton, The Beach Boys, and many more.

One Last Comment on "The Cover" ... and Humor

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Weissman

After the torrential deluge of media and web commentary about the controversial New Yorker cover of Barack and Michelle Obama fist-bumping in Muslim a...