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George Carlin's comedic journey takes the stage in HBO doc

May. 20, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For comedians of a certain age, there was one album that was worn out on the turntable, dutifully memorized and acted out. That was George Carlin's signature “Class Clown.” “The way George Carlin looked at the world and broke it down taught so many of us how...

Man charged in Dave Chappelle attack pleads not guilty

May. 06, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man charged in an attack on comedian Dave Chappelle during a performance at the Hollywood Bowl pleaded not guilty Friday to four misdemeanors. Isaiah Lee, 23, entered the not guilty pleas in a Los Angeles courtroom to charges of battery, possessing a deadly...

No felony charge for man who tackled Dave Chappelle on stage

May. 05, 2022 17:44 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man who tackled comedian Dave Chappelle during a performance at the Hollywood Bowl will not be charged with any felonies, the district attorney's office said Thursday. Isaiah Lee, 23, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, police said, after rushing...

Dave Chappelle tackled during comedy show, police arrest man

May. 04, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedian Dave Chappelle was tackled during a performance at the Hollywood Bowl Tuesday night and a man was later arrested. Security guards chased and overpowered the attacker, and Chappelle was able to continue his performance while the man was taken away in an...

Louise Erdrich among 6 finalists for literary Women's Prize

Apr. 27, 2022 04:50 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The 23rd novel by acclaimed American author Louise Erdrich and an adult fiction debut by Trinidadian stand-up comedian Lisa Allen-Agostini were named finalists on Wednesday for the 30,000-pound ($38,000) Women’s Prize for fiction. Erdrich’s “The Sentence” —...

Jon Stewart: Authoritarian governments a threat, not comedy

Apr. 25, 2022 01:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jon Stewart, accepting the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, warned Sunday night that speculation about the future of comedy amid increased audience cultural sensitivity was ignoring a true and enduring threat: authoritarian governments around the world. ...

Review: 'In on the Joke' showcases trailblazing women comics

Apr. 06, 2022 18:00 PM EDT

“In on the Joke: The Original Queens of Stand-Up Comedy” by Shawn Levy (Doubleday) The first women stand-up comics broke down barriers and paved the way for a multitude of women who followed them. But it wasn’t an easy path. Not only did they have to defy the conventional...

Grammys live | Jon Batiste wins album of the year

Apr. 03, 2022 23:42 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 64th annual Grammy Awards, being presented Sunday in Las Vegas (all times local): 8:25 p.m. Jon Batiste’s “We Are” has won the Grammy Award for album of the year. Batiste was the year’s most nominated artist,...

Will Smith's Oscars slap felt by comedians beyond Chris Rock

Mar. 31, 2022 14:06 PM EDT

When Will Smith slapped Chris Rock over an Oscars ceremony punchline, other comedians felt the sting. “I know Chris and I know what it’s like to be on a stage in front of an audience that doesn’t like your material,” said stand-up comedian Judy Gold. “But to be physically...

Chris Rock takes to comedy mic, still processing Oscars slap

Mar. 31, 2022 03:50 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Chris Rock received several standing ovations before he told one joke Wednesday at his first comedy show since Will Smith slapped him in the face onstage at the Oscars. Rock only briefly addressed the slap to the sold out crowd in Boston, saying he was “still kind...