• 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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    Richard Pryor’s ex Pam Grier: Doc found residual cocaine in my vagina

    Legendary comedian Richard Pryor made no secret of his copious drug use. His life was an open book that played out onstage. If you haven’t seen his bit about lighting himself on fire while free-basing, you should really do yourself favor and find it. Now, certainly a habit like that would have an effect on a man’s loved ones, but in actress and former Pryor girlfriend Pam Grier’s upcoming memoir,

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    Chris Rock recalls sage advice from Richard Pryor

    Chris Rock is a major MVP in the late guest department, and his recent appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon was up to his usual standard of excellence. When the subject of Rock producing a Richard Pryor biopic came up, Rock recalled a crude piece of advice he got from Pryor on the set of Eddie Murphy’s Harlem Nights… Enjoy!

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    Marlon Wayans in talks to play Richard Pryor

    Comedian Marlon Wayans is in discussions to portray Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic about the legendary stand-up. Eddie Murphy, who was previously linked to the project, has reportedly dropped out. News outlets have confirmed that Wayans wowed director Bill Condon with a thirteen-minute screentest, during which he “transforms into Pryor”. Though Wayans is best-known for his comedic roles in films like Scary Movie and White Chicks, he did earn

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    Are we too easily offended by crass jokes?

    A few weeks ago Larry Muhammed, a Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) writer got in touch with me to see if I would answer a few questions about comedy, more specifically if people just couldn’t take a crass joke these days. The final article took a slightly different turn, focusing on the movie Bruno and the like. So sadly I had nothing to do with the article. But, I thought Larry asked

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