Here are two punch lines that remind us of Lincoln's death. One worked for most, the other only for a minority. It had nothing to do with sensitivity about Lincoln's passing, rather it was the approach.
Most famous for his role as the "gay temp" and then a series regular for 10 years on NYPD Blue, Bill Brochtrup is still at work and can be seen on the WIGS series Kendra and Showtime's Dexter and Shameless. I caught up with the pioneering openly gay actor on SnowbizNow.
The Mannheim-Heidelberg festival, founded just seven years after World War II, was the brain-child of Kurt Joachim Fischer, a former Nazi propaganda officer arrested for providing Jews during the war with false identity cards to help them escape.