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8 items from 2014


The 50 Funniest Women of the Past 50 Years: #30-21

15 October 2014 2:14 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Make people laugh and they won't even realize you're making them think. Over the past 50 years, women have broken through the glass ceiling time after time, shattering stereotypes and thumbing their noses at the old chestnut that "Women aren't funny." Fact: Anybody who says women aren't funny doesn't want them to be funny. We're looking back on the 50 funniest women of the past 50 years, their contributions to comedy, and their enduring legacies that inspire men and women alike. These are the 50 women who have helped (and are helping) to introduce the next class of hilarious women, which will inevitably include Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tig Notaro, Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, Aubrey Plaza, and Kate McKinnon. Keep in mind this list only includes women who are primarily performers in movies, television, and standup comedy. That's why you don't see legends like Nora Ephron, Anne Beatts, and Elaine May here. »

- Louis Virtel, Chris Eggertsen, Donna Dickens

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Joan Rivers, Johnny Carson & The Tonight Show: A Bumpy Relationship

4 September 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Joan Rivers, who died on Thursday, was one of late-night television's true pioneers. And inextricably tied to her legacy of trailblazing is her relationship with The Tonight Show, and the long shadow that Johnny Carson cast over her career. In the mid-1950s, at age 23, Rivers ran away from home to become an actress. By 1958, she had decided on comedy. But she auditioned for The Tonight Show seven times - as a favor to her manager's other client, Bill Cosby - before she was put on Carson's show in 1965 as a gag writer. "It was a mercy booking," she told »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Joan Rivers, Johnny Carson & The Tonight Show: A Bumpy Relationship

4 September 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Joan Rivers, who died on Thursday, was one of late-night television's true pioneers. And inextricably tied to her legacy of trailblazing is her relationship with The Tonight Show, and the long shadow that Johnny Carson cast over her career. In the mid-1950s, at age 23, Rivers ran away from home to become an actress. By 1958, she had decided on comedy. But she auditioned for The Tonight Show seven times - as a favor to her manager's other client, Bill Cosby - before she was put on Carson's show in 1965 as a gag writer. "It was a mercy booking," she told »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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A History Of Repeat Blackface Offenders

8 August 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

There is no question that blackface is a racist trope too regularly used on film, TV, and in magazines. While not nearly as rampant as it was in the 1930s, there have been hundreds of instances of blackface employed in the past twenty years. Everyone from Paris Hilton to Ben Stiller and Jimmy Fallon to Billy Crystal has donned a form of blackface in an attempt to be funny, controversial, or — in Hilton’s case — cute. (The things people will do for a laugh.)

The most recent use of blackface is by a repeat offender, Chris Lilley (pictured above), who is the star of the new HBO series, Jonah from Tonga. The series, which follows the story of a Tongan teenager, features Lilley in brownface make-up and a curly wig. In other series, the actor has portrayed S.mouse, an African American rap artist from California and Jen Okazaki, a Japanese mother of three. »

- Stacy Lambe

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TBS To Mark 25 Years of Seinfeld

25 June 2014 6:23 PM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

TBS knows they have a huge event coming up, the 25 year anniversary of Seinfeld. The classic adult comedy about nothing become a massive hit a couple of seasons after it premiered on July 5th of 1989. Now TBS will be celebrating the show that they have kept on air since it ended 16 years ago. Starting June 30th the network will start airing what they consider to be the 25 best episodes in the normal time slot. This will end on July 5th, the actual day marking the 25th series anniversary. Here are the episodes and when they air.

Monday, June 30

6 p.m. – “The Pen” – Jerry accepts a gift his parents wanted him to refuse.

6:30 p.m. – “The Bizzaro Jerry” – Elaine’s soon-to-be former beau has two friends who resemble George and Kramer.

7 p.m. – “The Jimmy” – Jerry suspects his dentist and hygienist are living out their fantasies at his expense.

7:30 p. »

- Sarah Peel

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Comedian Steve Rossi Dies

23 June 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Steve Rossi, one half of the prolific comedy duo Allen & Rossi, which became a favorite of The Ed Sullivan Show and other TV variety shows, died Sunday at age 82. His friend of 40 years, Michael Flores, told the Associated Press on Sunday that he visited the pal who introduced him to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in hospice care in Las Vegas on Friday, and that Rossi was weak from cancer of the esophagus that had spread but wasn't in any pain. "I met every major entertainer in the country through Stevie, and I'm going to miss him, »

- Associated Press

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Comedian Steve Rossi Dies

23 June 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Steve Rossi, one half of the prolific comedy duo Allen & Rossi, which became a favorite of The Ed Sullivan Show and other TV variety shows, died Sunday at age 82. His friend of 40 years, Michael Flores told the Associated Press on Sunday that he visited the pal who introduced him to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in hospice care in Las Vegas on Friday, and he was weak from cancer of the esophagus that had spread but wasn't in any pain. "I met every major entertainer in the country through Stevie, and I'm going to miss him," said Flores, »

- Associated Press

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R.I.P. Hollywood Columnist Joseph Finnigan

7 February 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Longtime TV Guide columnist Joe Finnigan died January 22 in Sun Valley, CA after a long illness. He was 88. Finnegan began writing about Hollywood after landing in Upi’s Los Angeles bureau in the late 1950s, writing one of Upi’s two daily Hollywood columns. In 1965, Finnigan segued to TV Guide’s Hollywood bureau where, for the next 18 years, he penned the iconic, yellow-page “TV Teletype” column, along with features, profiles and interviews. He also wrote the “Inside Hollywood” column for the Daily Racing Form and worked as a writer/guest prep interviewer for The Merv Griffin Show. He later wrote for the now-defunct Television-Radio Age and Emmy magazine. Throughout the years, Finnigan also was occasionally cast as an extra in a TV series or movie, with credits including TV’s McHale’s Navy and Hazel and films Seven Days In May and The Patsy. »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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