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UK police assess comic's battery-acid quip about politicians

Jun. 13, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British police say they are "assessing" a comedian's joke about throwing battery acid at politicians, a quip that was condemned by Brexit Party chief Nigel Farage. Discussing recent milkshake-hurlings at politicians including Farage, Jo Brand said on a BBC radio comedy show: "'Why bother with...

Q&A: 'Late Night' power duo Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling

Jun. 4, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Late Night ," a new comedy from Mindy Kaling, establishes itself as a fantasy from the outset. It's about a veteran late night talk show host who is a woman, after all. Emma Thompson plays said host, Katherine Newbury, who decides to allow the hire of a very green, but very eager...

New Ukraine president commits to NATO, EU membership

Jun. 4, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Ukraine's new president says his country still hopes to become a member of the NATO military alliance and the European Union but he is open to peace talks with neighboring Russia. Standing beside NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on Tuesday, Volodymyr Zelenskiy said "the...

In Asian-led 'Always Be My Maybe,' ethnicity is secondary

Jun. 2, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

The newly released Netflix movie "Always Be My Maybe," is an Asian American rom-com with a twist: Ethnicity isn't central to the plot. It's just stand-up comedian and actress Ali Wong and "Fresh Off the Boat" actor Randall Park playing best friends and soul mates who happen to be Asian, which may be the most...

Blast from the past comedies, Fawcett bio win in TV ratings

May. 29, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blasts from the past proved irresistible to viewers, who flocked to live versions of a pair of classic sitcoms and a special about a 20th-century TV beauty. ABC's re-creation of episodes of "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" was among last week's most-watched programs with 10.4...

"Big Bang Theory" finale gets galactic ratings to win week

May. 21, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In its last blast, "The Big Bang Theory" topped the TV ratings by a light-year. The back-to-back, two-episode finale of the nerdy CBS comedy's 12-season run drew 18.5 million live viewers Thursday night to easily win the week, the Nielsen company said Tuesday. Sunday night's...

Ukraine's president calls new parliamentary election

May. 21, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's new president on Tuesday formally ordered Ukraine's parliament to dissolve and called an early election for July, hoping to ride the wave of his electoral success to get his supporters into parliament. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a 41-year-old TV comedian who won 73% of the...

Ukraine president takes political stage in dramatic fashion

May. 20, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's new president, a comedian before he turned to statecraft, made a dramatic entrance to the political stage Monday by disbanding parliament minutes after his inauguration. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who won 73% of the vote last month, justified his contentious decision on the grounds...

TV comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy is sworn in as Ukraine's new president

May. 20, 2019 3:25 AM EDT
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — TV comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy is sworn in as Ukraine's new president.

An emotional send-off for lovable geeks of 'Big Bang Theory'

May. 17, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Big Bang Theory" closed out its run as television's top-rated comedy with an emotional final episode that saw some big changes for the show's group of geeky misfits. The long-running series on CBS concluded with two final episodes, "The Change Constant" and "The Stockholm Syndrome,"...