• Amy Schumer and 7 comedians with odd arrest records

    Comedian Amy Schumer was arrested in Washington, D.C. earlier this month while protesting the confirmation of then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. She joins a long list of comedians with a police record, so there’s no chance this is a comprehensive list. While they might not have as good of a reason for their arrests as Schumer, there are some pretty crazy stories to be found when comedians run into trouble

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    Gene Wilder dead at 83: Willy Wonka, Young Frankenstein star had Alzheimer’s (Videos)

    Gene Wilder, an inspirational presence in the comedy world who starred in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Producers, Blazing Saddles and many other iconic films, died today at the age of 83 in Stamford, Conn, where he lived. Though Wilder was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1989, it was complications from Alzheimer’s disease that eventually took his life, Wilder’s nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman revealed. Wilder never made his Alzheimer’s

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    Bill Murray will receive Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

    After four decades of delivering some of the most unforgettable and best-loved comedic performances, Bill Murray is receiving the Kennedy Center’s 19th Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Murray, reaching an almost cult-like status in the world of comedy, has had a career heralded by critics and fans alike for his work in classics like Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Caddyshack and Saturday Night Live. The honor is given to individuals who have made

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    Marlon Wayans Richard Pryor audition tape leaked. And Marlon is excellent. (Video)

    With the Richard Pryor biopic in the works, and comedian Mike Epps chosen for the titular role, it’s a bit too late to recast. But, with newly released footage of Marlon Wayans’ audition tape from when Chris Rock was attached to work on the project, it’s not too late to have some second thoughts and mull over the possibilities and the could-have-beens. The footage, originally leaked by filmmaker Tambay Obenson

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    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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    Richard Pryor’s daughter, Rain Pryor stars in parody about abortion regulations (Video)

    Richard Pryor is known as one of the all-time great comedians for his controversial sets that took on the status quo. His daughter, comedienne Rain Pryor, follows in her father’s footsteps with this edgy sketch about the ridiculous abortion regulations that seem to pop up constantly (won’t be long until they’re texting nurses with the latest new law…). In The Far-Right Zone, Rain Pryor demonstrates how humorously difficult it can

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    Mel Brooks: I thought when Richard Pryor died, that was the end of comedy

    Mel Brooks, the self proclaimed Quentin Tarantino of his day and the most recent recipient of AFI’s Life Achievement Award, hasn’t given up on comedy. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Brooks says, “I thought when Richard Pryor died, that was the end of comedy. He was my favorite comedy talent. But we go on,” citing Sarah Silverman as “genuinely talented and funny” and part of the reason comedy

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    Watch two previews from documentary ‘Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic’

    Tonight’s the night, comedy fans. Showtime will air Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic, the long-awaited documentary about the iconic, groundbreaking comedian. To get you prepped check out a pair of stellar clips from tonight’s presentation, which goes down at 9 pm ET. Enjoy! Be sure to subscribe to the weekly Laughspin Podcast on iTunes or on SoundCloud for all the latest comedy news, audio clips and more! Listen to the

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    Richard Pryor documentary ‘Omit the Logic’ will air on Showtime

    Though we’ve known the upcoming Richard Pryor documentary was set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, now there’s a date when non-festival attendees can bask in the glory of the iconic comedian’s life. On Friday, May 31, Showtime will air Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic, according to Deadline, who explains the film, “chronicles Pryor’s life from his troubled youth in Peoria, Illinois, to his meteoric rise

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    Richard Pryor documentary will become a reality

    Thanks to BBC ‘Storyville’ and Showtime, a documentary about the life of late comedian Richard Pryor will finally be made. Filmmaker Marina Zenovich, who is best known for her documentary on controversial director Roman Polanski, is taking lead on the untitled film for delivery to the BBC late this year or early next year. The film, commissioned by Showtime, is expected to air on that network, as well. Showtime announced

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    Is Eddie Murphy the best and worst thing to happen to black comics?

    Just this morning, our pals at Huffington Post Comedy, posted an excellent roundtable discussion featuring comedians W. Kamau Bell, Desiree Burch, Michael Che, Calise Hawkins, Phoebe Robinson and Baron Vaughn, in honor of Black History Month. The discussion spanned what it means to be a black comedian today, how socio-political comedy plays to American audiences going through tough economic times, and a lot more. In the below excerpt, Vaughn examines

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    Marlon Wayans strikes deal with ABC to star in sitcom

    Marlon Wayans has struck a deal with ABC to star and executive produce a hybrid single/multi-camera show. The show revolves around two brothers (both cops) who wind up living together. The character played by Marlon is married with kids and allows his brother to move in with them after he falls on hard times, according to Deadline. The show length is unclear but most likely it will be a half-hour

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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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    Tina Fey to be presented with comedy award; Cosby, Carlin, Pryor are past honorees

    Tina Fey has recently been announced to be the 2010 recipient of the highly prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor; making her the youngest recipient ever for the award. She’s set to receive the prize Nov. 9 in Washington D.C., in a ceremony that in the past has seen appearances from some of the most prestigious faces in comedy, including David Letterman, Bob Newhart and Robin Williams. In reference

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