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Rip Torn of 'Larry Sanders Show,' 'Men in Black,' dies at 88

Jul. 10, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rip Torn, the free-spirited Texan who overcame his quirky name to become a distinguished actor in television, theater, and movies, such as "Men in Black," and win an Emmy in his 60s for "The Larry Sanders Show," has died. He was 88. Torn died Tuesday afternoon at his home with his wife,...

JUST FOR LAUGHS: How Oxford is using its funny bone again

Jul. 6, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — By day Connor King works his 9 to 5 job, but by night, he is helping Oxford find its smile again. A couple years ago, a local comedy troupe called 'Laff Co' disbanded as people went their separate ways or life took them down a different path. After a hiatus, King is working to bring...

'Laugh-in' comedic actor Arte Johnson dies at 90

Jul. 3, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Arte Johnson, who won an Emmy for comedy sketch work on the television show "Laugh-In," has died early Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 90. Johnson died of heart failure following a three-year battle with bladder and prostate cancer, family representative Harlan Boll said. No...

Kaley Cuoco takes a dramatic turn after 'Big Bang Theory'

Jul. 1, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kaley Cuoco is making a big move after wrapping 12 seasons with "The Big Bang Theory," with a new production deal and a pivot from comedy to drama. Cuoco has signed an exclusive, multi-year deal with Warner Bros. Television Group, the company said Monday. The agreement keeps Cuoco in...

Talk show host Steve Harvey to cover students' college costs

Jul. 1, 2019 7:21 AM EDT

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Talk show host, comedian and game show host Steve Harvey has committed to covering the college costs for eight incoming freshmen at his alma mater in Ohio. Kent State University said in a release that The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation has worked with Kent State University to...

Desus & Mero shake up the late-night talk show universe

Jun. 26, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Baker and Joel Martinez may be hosts of a late-night TV talk show that attracts A-list celebrities but they don't feel like they're competing with the likes of Jimmy Fallon or Stephen Colbert. The comedians, who go by Desus Nice & The Kid Mero, got their break in podcasts and...

Sebastian Maniscalco to host MTV's 2019 Video Music Awards

Jun. 26, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Comedian and actor Sebastian Maniscalco will host MTV's 2019 Video Music Awards. He'll be joined at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Aug. 26 by some of the industry's biggest stars as they celebrate the year's music videos. Executive producer Bruce Gillmer says Maniscalco's...

Big Sky Pride celebration, parade to be held in Helena

Jun. 16, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Big Sky Pride celebration, including the 26th annual parade, will be held in Helena this week. The five-day event celebrating the LGBTQ community starts Tuesday with a viewing of "Transitive Property," a short documentary following the lives of four transgendered Montanans. The...

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...