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Siri 'crushes it' with comedy routineupdated: Mon Aug 06 2012 10:39:00

The hugely popular iPhone assistant, Siri kicked off WWDC with a few jabs at Silicon Valley and venture capitalists.

Opinion: Movie star convicted of 'insulting Islam' signals trouble for Egyptupdated: Tue May 01 2012 13:59:00

Every country has an unofficial doctrine -- a mantra if you will. In America, it's the "independent spirit." In Germany, it's the "no-nonsense work ethic." In Egypt, well, in Egypt it was always "laughter through adversity."

Kevin Hart: Think like a social media manupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 11:53:00

Last weekend, the ensemble relationship comedy "Think Like a Man" opened to an astonishing $33.6 million, exceeding practically everyone's expectations, including those of one of the film's standout stars, actor-comedian Kevin Hart.

Jeff Foxworthy endorses Mitt Romneyupdated: Tue Mar 13 2012 05:20:00

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy endorses Mitt Romney at campaign stops in Alabama and Mississippi. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Fox to revive iconic 'In Living Color' sketch comedy showupdated: Fri Oct 28 2011 21:39:00

The landmark sketch comedy series "In Living Color" -- which became famous in the early 1990s thanks to characters like clumsy Fire Marshal Bill and the dour Homey D. Clown -- has been revived nearly two decades after it last aired, the Fox network announced Friday.

Activist accepts Katt Williams' apology for anti-Mexican rantupdated: Fri Sep 02 2011 17:08:00

An Arizona civil rights activist says he accepts Katt Williams' apology for an anti-Mexican rant during a comedy show in Phoenix last weekend, but he's calling on the comedian to return to the city to "show his commitment to the Latino community."

Is Katt Williams' apology enough?updated: Fri Sep 02 2011 17:08:00

Was comedian Katt Williams' apology for making anti-Mexican jokes enough for Latino activists?

Here comes Drag Day!updated: Thu Sep 01 2011 14:50:00

Kids in the Hall performers discuss their current comedy tour and plans for a new secular gender-bending "holiday."

CNN Comedy: Scott Thompson and Kevin McDonald updated: Thu Sep 01 2011 14:50:00

"It was booked as a Kids in the Hall tour, but the stages were too small."

Christian Finnegan: Example of 'U.S. whiteness'updated: Fri Aug 26 2011 08:38:00

Christian Finnegan describes his character on the TBS comedy "Are We There Yet?" as "the obnoxious wacky neighbor," but also admits he's "... probably more properly known as 'the white guy' on the show."

Comic: Age should determine votingupdated: Fri Aug 26 2011 08:38:00

Christian Finnegan explains why elderly voters should count for less, and also discusses his dramatic weight loss.

Comedians Dave Attell and Jim Norton remember when men were wildupdated: Fri Aug 12 2011 09:42:00

No strangers to late-night debauchery, Dave Attell and Jim Norton have pretty much seen it all. And then some.

Comedian: 'A tranny is the way to go'updated: Fri Aug 12 2011 09:42:00

Dave Attell and Jim Norton discuss Angry Birds, prostitution, and life after hours.

Comedian Ahmed Ahmed stands up for Arabs' right to laughupdated: Thu Jun 23 2011 06:59:00

When Ahmed Ahmed, an Egyptian-American stand-up comic, started doing comedy tours of the Middle East his friends in the U.S. assumed he was performing at military bases.

Tracy Morgan returns to Nashville to apologize for anti-gay rantupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 13:05:00

Comic Tracy Morgan returned to Nashville on Tuesday, and vowed to change his stand up comedy act to "heal people, not hurt."

Apologetic Tracy Morgan visits homeless gay and transgender youthupdated: Fri Jun 17 2011 19:08:00

An apologetic Tracy Morgan visited homeless gay, lesbian and transgender teens in New York on Friday to speak out against violence based on sexual orientation, according to the gay rights advocacy group that facilitated the meeting.

Tracy Morgan meets with LGBT teensupdated: Fri Jun 17 2011 19:08:00

Continuing to make amends for anti-gay comments he made, comedian Tracy Morgan met with LGBT teens in New York.

People.com: Tracy Morgan Apologizes for Homophobic Rantupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 18:49:00

The comic admits he "clearly went too far and was not funny in any context"

Larry King Live...at the Improvupdated: Tue Jun 07 2011 19:08:00

CNN veteran Larry King joins the AM team to talk about his book "Truth Be Told" and about his upcoming comedy tour.

Larry King on missed interviews, life after nightly showupdated: Tue Jun 07 2011 19:08:00

In his latest book, "Truth Be Told: Off the Record about Favorite Guests, Memorable Moments, Funniest Jokes, and a Half Century of Asking Questions,"Larry King takes a revealing, entertaining and heartfelt look back at over 50 years of interviewing guests -- including the greatest gets and the ones that got away.

People.com: Larry The Cable Guy: I'm Too Fatupdated: Mon Mar 14 2011 09:50:00

The funnyman, who now tips the scales at 275 lbs., has hired a trainer to help him lose the pounds

People.com: Mike DeStefano Diesupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 07:08:00

The HIV-positive comedian suffered a massive heart attack

From lawyer to comedian? Making a midlife career changeupdated: Fri Jan 14 2011 16:21:00

In a fantasy world, you quit your job and pursue your passion.

Stand-up comedy doing serious business across Middle Eastupdated: Thu Dec 09 2010 09:58:00

Egyptian comedy promoter Maha Hosny is driving through the traffic-clogged streets of Cairo while talking to CNN on her cell phone, when there's a terrifying screech of tires and the line goes dead.

People.com: Dane Cook's Half Brother Ordered to Pay Him $12 Millionupdated: Mon Dec 06 2010 09:09:00

The comedian's half brother and sister-in-law admitted to embezzling from Cook

Lawyer becomes laughing pastorupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 13:32:00

It took a two-year journey around the world for Susan Sparks to identify her life's mission -- finding the funny in religion.

People.com: Dane Cook's Half Brother Jailed for Embezzling Millions from Actorupdated: Thu Oct 14 2010 14:28:00

Darryl McCauley is convicted of stealing the money while working as Cook's business manager

People.com: Spoiler: Did Margaret Cho Survive Dancing?updated: Wed Oct 06 2010 11:28:00

Click here to see how she fared along with other low-scorers Bristol Palin, The Situation and Florence Henderson

People.com: Margaret Cho: 'I Didn't Want to Live' When I Was Bulliedupdated: Tue Oct 05 2010 15:09:00

The comedian and her Dancing With the Stars partner Louis van Amstel talk about being tormented as kids

People.com: Jennifer Grey Brings Carrie Ann Inaba to Tears on DWTSupdated: Tue Sep 21 2010 12:54:00

The Dirty Dancing star performs an emotional routine to a song from her movie with Patrick Swayze

Colin Ferguson: Duck, duck, goose is a lieupdated: Sat Sep 04 2010 16:50:00

Colin Ferguson and the Syfy channel have built a loyal following for the show "Eureka," now in its fourth season. The series' titular, top-secret town is filled with uber-geniuses and one wily sheriff, which turns out to be a great mix for science fiction. Ferguson is in Atlanta, Georgia, to promote "Eureka" at Dragon*Con, and stopped by CNN studios to answer a few of our fan-centric questions.

SI.com: Steve Sabol: NFL legends make lasting impressionsupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 00:01:00

With Peter King on vacation until July 26, NFL Films president Steve Sabol took time away from getting ready for the 2010 season to write this week's Monday Morning Quarterback column. Sabol has received 34 Emmys for writing, cinematography, editing, directing, and producing. No one else in television has earned as many Emmys in as many different categories.

People.com: Reviews Are In: Conan O'Brien a Hit on the Road!updated: Tue Apr 13 2010 13:28:00

The deposed NBC host wows a 2,500-strong crowd in Eugene, Oregon with his live show

Jim Carrey tweets a smile as he splits with Jenny McCarthyupdated: Wed Apr 07 2010 16:42:00

Jim Carrey gave no hint of what led to his breakup with Jenny McCarthy in his short announcement via Twitter on Tuesday, but he punctuated it with his trademark smiling emoticon.

People.com: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jamie Kennedy's Romance Had 'Run Its Course'updated: Mon Mar 15 2010 07:07:00

A source says the Ghost Whisperer costars' decision to split was mutual

People.com: PHOTO: Julianne Hough & Dane Cook Step Out Again!updated: Thu Mar 04 2010 19:47:00

The two leave a West Hollywood hotel - laughing! - days after a recent dinner date in Hollywood

People.com: Julianne Hough and Dane Cook: More Than Friends?updated: Wed Mar 03 2010 11:53:00

The Dancing star and the comedian share an intimate dinner

People.com: POLL: Who's Your Favorite Scene Stealer?updated: Tue Jan 26 2010 14:16:00

John Krasinski, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis and Jane Lynch get the laughs and box office bucks, but are unlikely to get Oscar nods

The standup economistupdated: Fri Jan 08 2010 14:47:00

Can the economy be hilarious? CNN's Josh Levs speaks with Yoram Bauman, the "standup economist."

CNNMoney: Standup economist mines money woes for laughsupdated: Fri Jan 08 2010 14:47:00

It's not the kind of comedy you hear every day. But it had a crowd at Caroline's - one of the most esteemed comedy clubs in the country - in hysterics.

Bill Cosby honored for comedy, social influenceupdated: Tue Oct 27 2009 14:55:00

Comedian Bill Cosby received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Monday after refusing to accept the award twice in the past.

'M*A*S*H' writer, producer Larry Gelbart diesupdated: Fri Sep 11 2009 19:42:00

Writer and producer Larry Gelbart, most known for his work on the hit television series "M*A*S*H," died Friday morning in his Beverly Hills, California, home, his wife said. He was 81.

Judd Apatow: Hollywood's King of Comedyupdated: Wed Aug 12 2009 12:22:00

Judd Apatow is the man behind many of the most successful comic movies of recent years.

People.com: Mary Lynn Rajskub Gets Married in Vegas Styleupdated: Tue Aug 04 2009 14:30:00

As Elvis croons in the casino chapel, 1-year-old son Valentine walks his actress mom down the aisle

'Funny People' cast sizes up filmupdated: Fri Jul 31 2009 14:13:00

Given a cast of Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill, and the guiding hand of director and writer Judd Apatow ("Knocked Up" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin"), perhaps there is no more appropriate title than simply "Funny People."

Bobby Chinn: Cooking's a gasupdated: Wed Jul 08 2009 22:40:00

Celebrity chef Bobby Chinn has tried his hand at a number of things.

In the kitchen with Bobby Chinnupdated: Wed Jul 08 2009 22:40:00

Talk Asia's Anjali Rao sits down with celebrity chef Bobby Chinn to talk about his love of cooking.

Foxworthy: Palin joke 'flawed'updated: Wed Jun 17 2009 11:31:00

Jeff Foxworthy talks about the feud between David Letterman and Gov. Sarah Palin.

People.com: Did You Know? Zach Galifianakis Has Ties to Kanye Westupdated: Fri Jun 12 2009 13:35:00

Five things you didn't know - but should - about the hairy and hilarious Hangover actor

People.com: Robin Williams Returns to Work After Heart Surgeryupdated: Wed May 13 2009 17:29:00

After taking time off to recover, the funnyman resumes his comedy tour this fall

Stand-up comedians try tweetingupdated: Mon May 11 2009 12:46:00

Stand-up comedians learn to boil their jokes down to "tweets." CNN's Josh Levs reports

Standup comedy enters Twitter eraupdated: Mon May 11 2009 12:46:00

Generations of standup comedians never saw this coming.

Margaret Cho geared up for 'Dead'updated: Mon May 04 2009 10:51:00

Comedienne Margaret Cho knows a great deal about Hollywood's obsession with body image.

People.com: Jay Leno Reveals Mystery Ailment: Exhaustionupdated: Sun May 03 2009 16:27:00

"It's an embarrassing thing," Leno tells PEOPLE of the cause of his two days of hospitalization

Dane Cook: Half brother in jail after 'terrible betrayal'updated: Fri Apr 24 2009 10:26:00

Comedian Dane Cook took a somber tone and described a sense of "terrible betrayal" in discussing the recent arrest of his half brother, who is accused of embezzling millions from him.

Comedian Brian Regan keeps it cleanupdated: Tue Apr 14 2009 11:41:00

If you're a comedy fan, you've probably heard of him by now.

People.com: Margaret Cho Calls Miley Cyrus a Disgraceupdated: Thu Feb 12 2009 23:11:00

The comedian pens a song about Cyrus's recent racist photo controversy

'Not That Into You' author talks womenupdated: Thu Feb 05 2009 08:29:00

Asked about part of the entertainment business he particularly enjoys, Greg Behrendt -- stand-up comedian, author, TV writer and producer -- had an unusual answer.

People.com: Dane Cook's Relative Accused of Embezzling Millionsupdated: Thu Jan 01 2009 15:20:00

The half-brother of comedian Dane Cook has been accused of swiping millions from him, and has already appeared in court, the Associated Press reports.

People.com: How Dane Cook Learned about Womenupdated: Wed Sep 17 2008 13:08:00

The comic reveals what his five sisters taught him about dating

Time.com: Q & A: Tommy Chongupdated: Fri Aug 15 2008 10:00:00

After publishing a memoir about his career with Cheech Marin, Chong talks with TIME about the politics of pot, his time in jail and reuniting with Marin after 26 years

People.com: Dane Cook Blasts Poster for His Own Movieupdated: Wed Aug 13 2008 10:38:00

The comedian blogs about 10 things that "truly blow" about the poster for My Best Friend's Girl

People.com: Comedian Bernie Mac Dies at 50updated: Sun Aug 10 2008 17:24:00

The 50-year-old performer died Saturday morning in a Chicago hospital from complications due to pneumonia

Time.com: Cheech and Chong to Reunite in Comedy Tourupdated: Wed Jul 30 2008 14:00:00

Now that their feud is up in smoke, Cheech and Chong are high on plans to reunite for their first comedy tour in more than 25 years

'Golden Girls' actress Estelle Getty dies at 84updated: Tue Jul 22 2008 16:22:00

Estelle Getty, the diminutive actress who spent 40 years struggling for success before landing a role of a lifetime in 1985 as the sarcastic octogenarian Sophia on TV's "The Golden Girls," has died. She was 84.

Time.com: How George Carlin Changed Comedyupdated: Mon Jun 23 2008 10:10:00

Appreciation: The groundbreaking stand-up comic, dead at 71, went through a transformation that helped redefine an art form

The Spirit of Satire: How to Get a Laughupdated: Mon Mar 17 2008 08:39:00

It's boom-boom time for comedians and satirists. They pack out tents at music festivals, clubs and pubs and fill up the prime time slots on TV and radio. They have colonized multimedia with podcasts, vodcasts and blogs. So if you need cheering up or feel like a laugh, there have never been more places to get it.

People.com: Larry the Cable Guy on Weight Loss: 'I'm Down an Olsen'updated: Thu Feb 21 2008 21:24:00

Comedian Larry the Cable Guy, who shed 50 lbs. since last year, jokes he's lost so much weight "I'm down an Olsen!"

Time.com: The First Comedy Strikeupdated: Mon Feb 04 2008 18:55:00

The strike Jokes, at least, have died down. David Letterman -- back on the air with his writers after making a separate deal with the Writers Guild -- has moved on to wisecracks about the Cloverfield monster and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. Jay Leno, who has returned sans scribes but is supposedly writing the monologues himself (angering the Guild, which claims he's violating strike rules by doing so), is pummeling viewers with the usual rat-a-tat of gags playing off the headlines, from the presidential primaries to funny animal news.

You tell us: Late-night comedy returns, but is it funny?updated: Wed Jan 16 2008 10:04:00

With an ongoing writers' strike forcing many TV shows into reruns, tube viewers are wondering what they are missing. Some shows are back in production with or without their writers, placing the strike at the forefront of many comedians' routines.

Jokes lost in the strikeupdated: Wed Jan 16 2008 10:04:00

Out-of-work comedy writer Hal Spear of Livingston, New Jersey, performs jokes he would normally send to talk show hosts.

Long line of Jewish comedians ahead of Seinfeldupdated: Fri Dec 28 2007 09:30:00

Handed down since Moses was kvetching about having to cross the desert in his bare feet, Jewish humor emanated from Eastern Europe where the Hebrews overcame some seriously hellacious circumstances on the way to the Promised Land. "Laughter through tears," they called it.

People.com: It's a Little Cable Girl for Larry the Cable Guyupdated: Tue Oct 30 2007 10:02:00

Larry the Cable Guy has a new addition: his first little Cable Girl.

Review: Carell shines in fine 'Dan in Real Life'updated: Fri Oct 26 2007 08:36:00

So far as I can see, Steve Carell is a rather unremarkable fellow -- which makes him quite an unusual movie star.

Jamie Foxx on stardomupdated: Mon Oct 01 2007 10:48:00

Actor Jamie Foxx talks about his new movie, as well as about his life and career.

Time.com: Jerry Seinfeld Goes Back to Workupdated: Wed Sep 26 2007 17:30:00

Nine years after his sitcom, he's about to resurface. Is there life after fame, wealth and yada yada yada?

Eddie Griffin's performance ended over N-wordupdated: Thu Sep 06 2007 01:19:00

A standup routine by black comedian Eddie Griffin was stopped after he repeatedly used the N-word, a magazine's spokesman said Wednesday.

Time.com: Why We Loved Merv Griffinupdated: Sun Aug 12 2007 19:00:00

Carson was the cool arbiter of taste. Griffin was your enthusiastic showbiz uncle, who gave an early TV break to some groundbreaking talent

People.com: Hilary Duff, Nick Cannon to Host Teen Choice Awardsupdated: Wed Aug 01 2007 17:24:00

Hilary Duff and Nick Cannon have received their share of nominations for Teen Choice awards over the years - and Duff has even won a few of the coveted surfboards. Now, the pair have been tapped to host this year's show, set to air Aug. 26 on FOX.

Sharpton: Comedian's apology not enoughupdated: Wed Nov 22 2006 15:33:00

The Rev. Al Sharpton said Wednesday he refused to accept an apology from actor Michael Richards, who spouted a racist rant at a comedy club last week.

CNNMoney: Paid to deliver on time (no, not FedEx)updated: Mon Aug 14 2006 03:28:00

Promotional advertising has become quite the intimate affair in the past few years. Commercial sponsors now pay for couples' weddings and buy space on people's bodies, cars, pets and wheelchairs.

Comedian Richard Pryor dies at 65updated: Sun Dec 11 2005 09:00:00

Just days after his 65th birthday, groundbreaking comedian Richard Pryor died Saturday of a heart attack, his wife told CNN.

Stand-up for her manupdated: Mon May 09 2005 13:05:00

The White House theater was not built for stand-up comedy. But two Fridays ago, Laura Bush was definitely, as they say at the Friars Club, "in the house."

FSB: Star Searchupdated: Sun May 01 2005 00:01:00

By Showbiz Standards, Shadowbox Cabaret is a smash hit. The theater troupe, based in Columbus, employs more than 80 salaried actors who put on five different live shows each week. The main act is a...

CNN's Quest joins legends of comedyupdated: Tue Apr 26 2005 05:24:00

"Saying don't worry is a stupid thing. You're gonna worry anyway. Everybody worries."

CNNMoney: NBC hoping for post-Olympics goldupdated: Fri Aug 27 2004 18:11:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - If an athlete's true test is improving each time on the field, television network NBC is due for laurels when the Athens Olympics end Sunday, but its greater challenge will be launching new shows like "Joey" in coming weeks.

FSB: Laugh Trackerupdated: Thu Apr 01 2004 00:01:00

So, these three comedians walk into a comedy club, right? one's got this gizmo he's developed that measures a standup comic's success by analyzing the sound patterns of recorded comedy performances...

FSB: Standup Comedyupdated: Thu May 01 2003 00:01:00

>> It's amateur night at Caroline's on Broadway, a legendary New York City comedy club, and David Moore is working the Monday crowd. "I read that some of Enron's former managers posed nude in Playg...

Money Magazine: THE BUCKS STOP AT THE BIG TOP ELMO THE CLOWN'S LAUGHABLE CIRCUS PAYTURNS SAVING FOR A HOME INTO A PRATFALL.updated: Fri Jun 01 1990 00:01:00

BOUNDING INTO THE center of the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus in outlandishly padded nurse's drag, clown Elmo Gibb chases down another clown patient and administers a slapstick physical exam that ...

Fortune: CONNECTING WITH COMEDY It's a bull market for comedy clubs, and travelers can enjoy the action in cities around the U.S.updated: Mon Jul 21 1986 00:01:00

Funny business is booming. In the past decade scores of comedy clubs have opened in the U.S., which is good news for frazzled business travelers. As a diversion, comedy is usually less expensive th...

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