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Chelsea Handler’s personal ‘Evolution’ inspires new special

Oct. 23, 2020 9:33 AM EDT

New York (AP) — When Chelsea Handler decided to pursue therapy, the comic may not have realized the level of introspection she’d encounter. “It was nice to find out why I’ve been such a b---- for so long, and to also gain self-awareness. To know that, ’Oh, I came across that...

Egypt releases comedian after more than 2 years in prison

Oct. 18, 2020 8:08 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities released a comedian, who was working for a popular satirical television program, after more than two years in prison without trial, a rights lawyer said Sunday. Attorney Mokhtar Mounir said Shady Abu Zaid was released from a Cairo police station late Saturday, but as part...

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Connecticut city OKs renaming sewage plant for John Oliver

Oct. 9, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

It's official. Every time residents of Danbury, Connecticut, flush, they will be sending their special deliveries to the John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant. The City Council voted 18-1 Thursday night to rename the sewage plant after the comedian, who began a tongue-in-cheek battle with Danbury when he went on an...

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'Saturday Night Live' has best season opener since 2016

Oct. 6, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The big debate — the one between Alec Baldwin and Jim Carrey — was a winner in the ratings. “Saturday Night Live” scored its biggest season premiere audience in four years and second best in 12 years, emphasizing the importance of presidential election time for...

Something unusual is missing among Nielsen's top programs

Sep. 22, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There's something missing in the Nielsen company's listing of last week's 20 most popular prime-time programs, something that once would have seemed inconceivable. Not a single scripted program is included — no drama or no comedy. The most-watched scripted show of the week, NBC's...

In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, Catherine O'Hara accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for

A sweep for ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ ‘Succession’ tops Emmy Awards

Sep. 21, 2020 4:10 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Schitt's Creek,” the little Canadian show about a fish-out-of-water family, made history at Sunday's Emmy Awards with a comedy awards sweep, something even TV greats including “Frasier” and “Modern Family” failed to achieve. Zendaya, 24, became...

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The Latest: 'Succession' swipes the crown for best TV drama

Sep. 21, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest from the Emmy Awards (all times PDT): 8 p.m. “Succession” has taken its turn at the top. The HBO series won best television drama series at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night for its second season. It was the fourth Emmy of the night for...

FILE - In this May 4, 2019 file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, stops to talk to a member of the media in New York. Cohen, President Trump's attorney-turned-enemy, is launching a podcast Monday, Sept 14, 2020. He tells The Associated Press his first guest will be comedian and talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell. (AP Photo/Jonathan Carroll, FIle)

Michael Cohen launches podcast; Rosie O'Donnell is 1st guest

Sep. 11, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

For nearly a decade, Michael Cohen was at odds with Rosie O’Donnell in part because his boss — President Donald Trump — was engaged in a long feud with the comedian and talk-show host. On Monday, Cohen is launching a podcast, titled “Mea Culpa,” with O’Donnell as his...

Belgian singer and actress Annie Cordy dies, aged 92

Sep. 4, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian singer and actress Annie Cordy, who recorded several popular hits and was made a baroness by King Albert II, has died, the government announced Friday. She was 92. Cordy, born Leonie Correman, was one of the French-speaking world’s best-loved musical comedy performers....

Mexican comic Manuel "El Loco" Valdés dies at 89

Aug. 28, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican comic actor Manuel Valdés, known by his nickname “El Loco” or “The Crazy One”, has died at the age of 89, the national association of actors announced Friday. He was the last of three brothers who played huge roles in Mexican comedy, TV and...