• Robin Williams tribute on PBS airs Sept. 9: Watch a preview now

    Robin Williams will be honored Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 9 pm ET when PBS premieres a one-hour tribute titled Robin Williams Remembered – A Pioneers of Television Special. The special will include Robin Williams’ last full-length television interview, “including never-before-seen footage of his comments on life and work, tributes by those who knew and worked with him closely in all phases of his career, and clips from iconic moments throughout

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    Marc Maron and Adam Carolla talk technology on PBS Web series ‘Everything But The News’ (Video)

    The PBS original Web series Everything But The News with host Steve Goldbloom explores tech in California. Their newest episode, which launched this week on PBS’s YouTube page, examines the effects of technology on the state of comedy. Goldbloom talks to podcasters Marc Maron and Adam Carolla, as well as Funny or Die CEO Dick Glover. Goldbloom even brings his take on social media to the stage at his first-ever

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    Margaret Cho joins ‘Makers’ initiative from AOL and PBS (Exclusive video)

    Perhaps known for her activism as much as she’s known for her comedy, it makes sense that Margaret Cho has been selected to participate in MAKERS, a multi-platform partnership between AOL and PBS. The goal of this initiative is to showcase the thousands of stories from more than 200 women who have made a meaningful and positive difference in the world. Some of the stories come from unknown women while

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    Fred Willard speaks out about bogus ‘lewd conduct’ arrest

    You no doubt know that celebrated comedian and actor Fred Willard was arrested recently on suspicion of lewd conduct while in the audience of a Los Angeles adult movie theater. Well, for the first time since his unfortunate bust on July 18, Willard has spoken up. “Wait til u hear my version; much more PG. & my review,” Willard tweeted moments ago, adding, “lousy film, but theater would make a

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    Fred Willard fired from PBS show after ‘lewd conduct’ arrest

    UPDATE: July 20 If Willard agrees to enroll in what’s called an Alternative Prosecution Program, Willard will not charged for lewd conduct, according to TMZ. The course runs two weeks and would cover the laws related to Willard’s alleged offense. No word on whether the comedian will enroll. We also wonder if PBS will change their mind about his firing. ————– Fred Willard, improv comic and 72 year-old veteran of

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    Watch Louis C.K. host ‘ShortCuts’ from 1999 and his film ‘Ice Cream’

    In 1999, Louis C.K. hosting a show on PBS called ShortCuts, which featured indie films made by up-and-coming filmmakers. In the episode below, C.K. shows his own 1993 film Ice Cream to a trio of well-known movie critics, who are played by comedian William Stephenson, Robert Smigel (Triumph the Insult Comic Dog) and Valerie Kenet. Check out the scene below. And after that, watch Ice Cream in its entirety! Here’s

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    Joan Rivers gets animated for educational PBS show ‘Arthur’ (Video)

    Legendary comedian Joan Rivers has been traveling the country the last few weeks, promoting her newest book I Hate Everyone…Starting With Me. In addition to hitting up the traditional late-night chat shows and participating in big media interviews, Rivers will also be helping to educate kids. It’s true! This Friday the 79-year-old will guest star on the animated PBS hit Arthur, to play the grandmother of Arthur’s good friend, Francine.

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    Watch the entire two-hour Johnny Carson documentary

    The documentary honoring the original late-night host Johnny Carson that aired last night on PBS is now available online. The two-hour-long film is part of the PBS series ‘American Masters,’ which offers comprehensive film biographies of the people who have formed America’s broad cultural history. Watch the entire thing below! Watch Johnny Carson: King of Late Night on PBS. See more from American Masters.

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    Wanda Sykes: I didn’t sleep for a week after my first comedy show (Video)

    Comedian and star of the upcoming The Hot Flashes Wanda Sykes will appear on the PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. this Sunday to trace her genealogy back through the centuries. Sykes also takes the show to the roots of her stand-up career. Watch the preview below, where she recalls a major fail from her early days. Watch Early Stand-Up Experience on PBS. See more from

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    Watch a preview from the new Johnny Carson documentary

    The documentary American Masters Johnny Carson: King of Late Night is set to premiere May 14 on PBS. In this preview, members of The Tonight Show — writer Raymond Siller, musician Doc Severinsen, talent coordinator Paul Block — and Conan O’Brien remember what it was like to watch Carson perform. “[The Tonight Show] was like a show business cathedral and Johnny was the king,” says Block. Check it out below!

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    Watch a preview of the Woody Allen documentary featuring Chris Rock, Larry David, more

    Listen up, comedy nerds. There will be a two part Woody Allen documentary on PBS starting this Sunday, Nov. 20, airing from 9 to 11 pm ET. The second part goes down Monday, Nov. 21 and airs from 9 – 10:30 pm ET. Part of the network’s American Masters series, the documentary — from filmmaker Robert Weide, known for his work on Curb Your Enthusiasm — includes interviews with the

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    Watch the entire Mark Twain tribute to Will Ferrell from PBS

    If you missed PBS’s presentation of the Mark Twain Prize in American Humor, which was bestowed upon Will Ferrell last night, you’re in luckity luck. It seems the fine folks at PBS were nice enough to capture the entire thing and throw it on the old Internet. So, here it is– in full, including appearances from Jack Black, John C. Reilly, Conan O’Brien and many more. Enjoy! Watch Will Ferrell

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    Will Ferrell to receive Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

    Will Ferrell has been chosen to receive an award for his achievements in comedy, and it’s kind of a big deal. The prolific comedic actor, writer, and producer will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, joining the likes of Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Steve Martin, Lorne Michaels as past recipients. The award ceremony will take place Oct. 23 at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and will be

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    Long-awaited Woody Allen documentary will hit PBS

    I was reading Chuck Klosterman’s Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs this weekend, and he mentions that Woody Allen was enormously influential in the whole nerd chic thing that made intellectual eccentricity attractive. I’m inclined to agree. Maybe his characters are neurotic and scrawny and, well, weird, but there’s something magnetic about them. But, in spite of doing so much to raise the status of this character type, Woody’s a very,

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    PBS special will feature Jerry Seinfeld, Carol Burnett, George Lopez, Lisa Lampanelli and more

    Mary Tyler Moore is set to host a PBS tribute to The Ed Sullivan Show entitled Ed Sullivan’s Comedy Legends. The retrospective airs on Aug. 6 and will feature Ed Sullivan veterans such as Carol Burnett, Rich Little, Jackie Mason, Anne Meara, Carl Reiner, Joan Rivers and Jerry Stiller. The show will also feature next generation comedians like Joy Behar, Kathy Griffin, Arsenio Hall, Lisa Lampanelli, Richard Lewis, George Lopez,

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