• Whoopi Goldberg on The View: Pneumonia almost killed me.

    Whoopi Goldberg is recovering after a serious case of pneumonia that almost killed the Sister Act star. The star had missed episodes of The View, but on Friday’s show, she sent in a video message to explain her absence. In the video, Golberg reveals that she had pneumonia in both lungs and was septic. The condition was life-threatening but the Ghost star assures viewers she is on the mend. Before playing

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    Melissa McCarthy, Robin Williams, and other funny people who got serious

    Comedies rarely get credit for how hard it is to be funny—look at how little respect comedies get from The Academy at the Oscars. So for some comedians, jumping from silly to serious roles can often be a rewarding experience. Comedian Melissa McCarthy is trying her hand at drama in the recently released Can You Ever Forgive Me? Earlier this month, A Star is Born opened with serious cameos from

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    Whoopi Goldberg joins Jermaine Fowler’s ABC sitcom

    Whoopi Goldberg will join comedian Jermaine Fowler in a new ABC sitcom Delores & Jermaine. The outspoken co-host of The View has signed on to film the pilot in New York City. Jermaine Fowler created the pilot for Delores & Jermaine based on his life. Fowler stars as a millennial with big ideas but little motivation who moves in with his estranged grandmother (Goldberg), a strict former D.C. cop. Naturally,

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    Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson joined by Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Brian Regan and more in ‘Top Five’ trailer

    In his directorial debut, Chris Rock calls in all the comedic favors he can and lines his upcoming film Top Five with a rogue’s gallery of talent. Brian Regan. Kevin Hart. JB Smoove. Tracy Morgan. Whoopi Goldberg. The list goes on and on and it’s hard not to put our money on this movie for being one of the funniest of the year. Taking on writing duties as well, Rock

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    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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    Whoopi Goldberg releases Web series on YouTube (Videos)

    Comedian and The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg unveiled two videos today on YouTube, part of a new Web series called Rollin’ With Whoopi. If the first two episodes are indicative of the entire series, the premise of Rollin’ With Whoopi is quite simple: Goldberg, along with View makeup artist and hairdresser Karen Dupiche and Yancey Edwards shoot the shit while riding in a Cadillac Escalade. In the first video below,

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    Rosie O’Donnell’s triumphant return to The View: Comedian sounds off on Woody Allen, heart disease, new HBO special

    Though seven years have past since she left her post at ABC’s chat fest The View, Rosie O’Donnell has proven she was and still is a valuable asset to daytime television. Dressed in black and looking sleek she took a seat on set today in the middle of the show’s hosts Barbara Walters, Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy and Whoopi Goldberg. “It feels kind of weird, but ‘good weird’” she said

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    Whoopi Goldberg documentary about Moms Mabley headed to HBO

    Whoopi Goldberg’s documentary honoring the iconic comedienne Moms Mabley will make its television debut on HBO in November. The project made an impressive showing in April at the Tribeca Film Festival. Goldberg had funded the project using the popular crowd-funding website, Kickstarter.com. Moms Mabley was a successful black comedienne back in the 30s and 40s performing on the vaudevillian chitlin’ circuit. She continued performing into the 1970s and appeared on

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    12 jobs comedians had before they were famous: Kevin Hart, Jon Stewart, Louis C.K. and more!

    As shocking as it may sound, not every comedian joked his or her way straight to stardom. Before they were making you laugh onstage, in movies and on television, they were working regular dead-end jobs– you know, like most of us! From waiting tables to applying makeup to the dead, comedians have done it all. Below, we’ve listed 12 of our favorite before-comedy comedian jobs. (Click each photo for full

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    Sherri Shepherd on Chris Rock, her new comedy special, future of The View (Laughspin interview)

    Although she’s best known as one of five co-hosts on ABC’s wildly popular daytime chat fest The View, Sherri Shepherd has, is and – if she has her way – will always be a working stand-up comedian. Comedy nerds also know her as Angie, Tracy Morgan’s wife on 30 Rock (RIP). And still others have embraced her as an author; her book, Plan D: How to Lose Weight and Beat

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    Kickstarter abuse: Why are you giving your money to wealthy celebrities?

    Kickstarter is amazing. It’s especially amazing for industrious, talented artists who lack the connections and capital usually needed to realize their dreams. In fact, it’s been a pleasure recently to see photographer Seth Olenick’s book of comedian portraits, comedian Sue Costello’s one-woman show and an interactive eBook about late comedian Robert Schimmel reach their fundraising goals. I’m looking forward to seeing the final products of each. If you are somehow

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    Earthquake, Kathleen Madigan drop by The View for A Day of Comedy (Videos)

    Daytime chat show The View isn’t well known for being funny on purpose. But that was the entire goal of Friday’s episode, which was dubbed A Day of Comedy and featured performances from comedians Earthquake, Kathleen Madigan, Bone Hampton, Retha Jones and 10-year-old Leroya Sanford. If you missed the action, we’ve lovingly provided a few clips below, the first of which is Earthquake, who questions Al Sharpton’s status as a

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    Exclusive comedian photo gallery: Jim Gaffigan, Marc Maron, Anjelah Johnson and more!

    In March, I had the great pleasure of attending the second Gilda’s LaughFest in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The 10-day event raises money for the city’s chapter of Gilda’s Club, which offers support for cancer patients and their families. Founded in honor of comedian Gilda Radner, Gilda’s Club locations can be found across the country. While I was busy taking in shows and interviewing as many comedians as possible, photographer Brian

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    Gilda’s LaughFest will feature Jim Gaffigan, Whoopi Goldberg, Marc Maron and more

    Jim Gaffigan, Whoopi Goldberg, Marc Maron and a seemingly endless list of other big name comedians are scheduled to perform at the second annual Gilda’s LaughFest, to be held in Grand Rapids, MI next year from March 8 -18. The festival has a unique position within the country’s other comedy festivals, as it was created by Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids to help raise money for its center — one of

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    Whoopi Goldberg will star in stage version of Sister Act

    Whoopi Goldberg, photo by Peter Foley

    It has been 18 years since Whoopi Goldberg first donned a nun’s habit in Sister Act, but she couldn’t stay away from the singing convent forever. And this time, she’s hitting the stage in England. Goldberg will be taking over the role of Mother Superior in Sister Act in London from August 10-31st, The Guardian reports. The show opened in

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