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Impostor shows up at comedian Lampanelli's home

Oct. 8, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Lisa Lampanelli can be forgiven if she didn't laugh when she found out an impostor showed up at her home. Police in Fairfield, Connecticut, say they responded to the comedian's home last week after her sister said she got a phone call from a woman claiming to be Lampanelli. The...

Correction: Obit-Rip Taylor story

Oct. 7, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Oct. 6 about the death of comedian Rip Taylor, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he was 84. The age came from his publicist, who was relying on incorrect information from the comedian. According to U.S. Census records, Taylor was 88. A corrected version of the...

Eddie Murphy, off the couch, is rejuvenated by 'Dolemite'

Oct. 1, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Eddie Murphy is very fond of his couch. He talks about it a lot. It's where, according to Murphy, he's spent much of his last few years, in a happy retreat from the public eye. He's a natural homebody, content to stick close to his Los Angeles home with his family (he has 10 kids) around...

The Latest: Stars party at gala Emmy or no Emmy

Sep. 23, 2019 12:15 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 71st annual Emmy Awards, being presented at the Microsoft Theater (all times local): 9:11 p.m. No Emmys, no problem. Winners and losers party afterward. Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown and their "This Is Us" co-stars made their way to the post show...

It's no joke: women rule the Emmy comedy series category

Sep. 20, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When the winner of the best comedy series Emmy Award is announced Sunday, odds are good that a woman will be giving the acceptance speech. An unprecedented number of the seven nominated comedies are from female creators: defending champion "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," ''Fleabag" and...

Folake Olowofoyeku hearts life in the television comedy lane

Sep. 19, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A funny thing happened to Folake Olowofoyeku on the way to a career in law: She became a theater major against her parents' wishes and headed straight into the business after earning her undergraduate degree. Her Nigerian parents were so hell-bent on launching her into the family profession...

Yada yada yada: Netflix to air 'Seinfeld' starting in 2021

Sep. 16, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — Move aside, "Friends" and "The Office." Netflix now has a new gem — a show about nothing. The company announced Monday it would start streaming all 180 episodes of "Seinfeld" in 2021, gaining a hugely popular addition to its library as the battle for viewers heats up....

Justices tuning in to cable television civil rights lawsuit

Sep. 8, 2019 8:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Comedian and media mogul Byron Allen wants TV viewers to watch the channels his company produces — from one that runs "Judge Judy"-like shows all day to those dedicated to comedy, cars, food and pets. But while many distributors carry Allen's channels, two cable giants have...

Fall brings new shows, services and chance of bigger TV tabs

Sep. 5, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Intrigued by a drama set behind the scenes of a morning TV show, with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon topping the cast? How about a supernatural series with Lin-Manuel Miranda or a comedy starring Paul Rudd as a man overshadowed by his clone, or the chance to see Oscar-winner...

Joaquin Phoenix discusses preparing for role in 'Joker'

Aug. 31, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Joaquin Phoenix is having a hard time defining the Joker, but then again, he doesn't really want to. The actor spent eight months exploring how a struggling stand-up comedian named Arthur Fleck becomes Batman's antagonist, the villain with a chilling laugh and a love of chaos....