• Rain Pryor doesn’t approve of Richard Pryor biopic: No one desires to know the truth (Exclusive)

    While comedy fans rejoiced today due to both Oprah Winfrey and director Lee Daniels confirming Mike Epps will play iconic comedian Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic, Pryor’s daughter Rain doesn’t share the excitement, and for good reason. “I don’t approve of the biopic period,” Pryor told Laughspin upon being asked what she thought of Epps being cast as her father. “And no one has bothered to check the facts

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    Mike Epps, not Nick Cannon, cast as Richard Pryor: Oprah and Lee Daniels confirm

    Although it looked like Nick Cannon had snagged the role of iconic Richard Pryor in the upcominc biopic about the late, ground-breaking comedian, it seems veteran comedian Mike Epps has officially been cast. Both Oprah Winfrey and director Lee Daniels have confirmed Epps as the lead. Check out the tweets from Lee Daniels and Oprah Winfrey below. Get ready y'all- #MikeEpps as #RichardPryor pic.twitter.com/0sothu7yVB— lee daniels (@leedanielsent) August 24, 2014

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    Jack Black, Oprah Winfrey, Kim Kardashian give Jay Leno a musical send-off (Video)

    Longtime friend Billy Crystal was Jay Leno’s first guest on The Tonight Show back on March 25, 1992 when Leno took over the late night chair from the legendary Johnny Carson. He promised his old buddy to be his final guest, too. “A promise made. A promise kept,” Crystal said last night. His appearance on the show was not limited to remincising about their old stand-up days. The multi-talented actor

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    Oprah Winfrey will air two more Wanda Sykes comedy specials

    It’s been an exciting week for Wanda Sykes. After the announcement that she will executive produce the revival of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, it was announced that the comedienne will return to the Oprah Winfrey Network in January with two more Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious comedy specials. The specials will air on Saturdays, Jan.4 and Jan. 11 at 10pm EST. Previous editions of Herlarious, most recently this past July, featured

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    Oprah Winfrey vs Ellen DeGeneres (Infographic)

    Women make an average of 30% less than men: $.70 cents to a man’s $1.00. Women of color fair even worse when it comes to income—making just around $.64 cents to a white man’s dollar. While the odds are against the average woman, especially the average minority woman, in the United States some women have risen above, reaching both superstardom and financial virtue. Two of the most successful and powerful

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    Wanda Sykes lands comedy specials on Oprah Winfrey’s network

    Comedian Wanda Sykes is back in all her glory — not that playing the school therapist on a recent episode of The Simpsons isn’t glorious — and she’s got Oprah Winfrey behind her! The veteran stand-up will host Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious, two stand-up specials airing July 13 and July 20 at 10pm on Winfrey’s OWN network, Deadline reports. Herlarious will feature an all-female comedian roster including Andi Smith, Gloria

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    Laughspin Podcast episode 33: Jeff Garlin, David Letterman, Anthony Jeselnik

    On the newest episode of the Laughspin Podcast, hosts Dylan Gadino (Laughspin editor) and Mike Gogel chat about Jeff Garlin’s new podcast (premiering tomorrow!), the In Living Color reboot, comedian Andy Andrist’s plans to reveal a video of his accused childhood molester and so much more! We also get to hear clips from Oprah Winfrey’s interview with David Letterman and a track from Anthony Jeselnik’s new album Caligula, which comes

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    David Letterman talks sex scandal, opens up about Jay Leno on Oprah’s Next Chapter (Video)

    UPDATE: Jan. 7 Here’s some more clips from the interview, which aired last night! In the videos below, Letterman talks about his battle with depression, apologizing to Justin Bieber for remarks he made about the young pop star, why he didn’t get the Tonight Show gig, his open heart surgery and much more! As one of the most private, media shy entertainers, it makes sense that only Oprah Winfrey could

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    Video: Rosie O’Donnell forgives Tracy Morgan for homophobic comments

    Comedian Tracy Morgan was a guest on Rosie O’Donnell’s new show The Rosie Show on the OWN network, owned and run by Oprah Winfrey. The visit, of course, eventually turned to Morgan’s months-ago stand-up comedy show wherein he made a handful of disparaging remarks about gay folks. As you undoubtedly know, Morgan has apologized again and again for his actions, going as far as meeting with gay youths to tell

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    Video: Rosie O’Donnell tells Russell Brand: “I have been marinating in you”

    Rosie O’Donnell’s new chat program The Rosie Show premieres on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network on Oct. 10. So, obviously, she’s been making the press rounds trying to promote the project. She recently popped up on Access Hollywood and was asked — in light of her former celebrity crush Tom Cruise — who her new crush is. Her response? “Russell Brand. 1000 percent.” It turns out after seeing Russell’s turn at

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    Chelsea Handler more powerful than Heidi Klum, Rachel Maddow, your mom

    Comedian Chelsea Handler is powerful. Like, it’s official now. Forbes just named her as one of the ‘100 Most Powerful Women.’ To be exact, she’s the 33rd most powerful, which means she’s not nearly as powerful as Michelle Obama or Oprah Winfrey, but she does power over folks like Heidi Klum and Rachel Maddow. At 35, Handler also made Forbes’ list of top-earning stand-up comics coming in fourth just behind

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    Was Conan responsible for the Leno late night debacle?

    We’re not sure how many of our readers watch the Oprah Winfrey Show, even when someone like Jay Leno guests on the chat fest. So, in the event, you didn’t catch his interview yesterday with Lord Oprah, Nikki Finke over at Deadline.com has provided the entire transcript for our reading pleasure. Most interesting, in our opinion, is a part of the discussion when Winfrey asks Leno to explain how NBC

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    Oprah looking for the next comedy sensation

    Being touched by the hand of Oprah is no small thing; in fact, it’s not too far removed from clutching the hem of Christ’s robe. And now, the queen of the bookstore is turning her attention to the world of stand-up comedy, in the hopes of discovering comedy’s next big as-yet-untapped sensation. “Are you a comedian waiting to be discovered?,” her website asks. “Are you a funny person? Are you

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    Kathy Griffin petitions to win Oprah’s acceptance

    Anointment from the Poprah through her monthly book club can turn civilian writers into celebrity authors overnight. So comedian and tormented D-lister Kathy Griffin is using the power of the petition to try to persuade Her Eminence, Oprah Winfrey, to bestow the literary equivalent of a papal blessing on her forthcoming memoir: Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin, due out Sept. 8 from Random House. Griffin

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