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Norm Macdonald, former 'Saturday Night Live' comic, dies

Sep. 14, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Comedian Norm Macdonald, a former “Saturday Night Live” writer and performer who was “Weekend Update” host when Bill Clinton and O.J. Simpson provided comic fodder during the 1990s, has died. Macdonald, who was 61, died Tuesday after having...

Norm Macdonald, comedian and 'Saturday Night Live' star, dead at 61 after private cancer fight

Sep. 14, 2021 15:46 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Norm Macdonald, comedian and 'Saturday Night Live' star, dead at 61 after private cancer fight.

Jay Leno bets on reboot of Groucho Marx 1950s game show

Sep. 13, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If leaving the storied role of “The Tonight Show” host mandates retirement, Jay Leno ignored the memo. Since his longtime late-night gig ended in 2014, Leno has kept up a brisk pace. He pops up regularly on TV projects from fellow comedians Jerry...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 19-24

Sep. 13, 2021 10:00 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 19-25: Sept. 19: Actor Rosemary Harris is 94. Actor David McCallum (“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and “NCIS”) is 88. Singer Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers is 81. Singer Sylvia Tyson of Ian and Sylvia is 81....

Michael Constantine of 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' dies at 94

Sep. 09, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

Michael Constantine, an Emmy Award-winning character actor who reached worldwide fame playing the Windex bottle-toting father of the bride in the 2002 film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” has died. He was 94. Constantine died Aug. 31 at his home in Reading, Pennsylvania,...

Comedian Fuquan Johnson 1 of 3 dead from suspected overdose

Sep. 06, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stand-up comedian Fuquan Johnson was among three people who died of a suspected overdose at a Los Angeles party, authorities said Monday. Three people were declared dead at the scene in the Venice neighborhood early Saturday morning and a fourth was...

Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart to perform at 9/11 benefit show

Aug. 09, 2021 09:17 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon and Amy Schumer are part of a star-studded group of comedians that will perform for one night only at Madison Square Garden to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11. All proceeds from “NYC Still Rising After 20...

'Reservation Dogs' smashes stereotypes of Indigenous people

Aug. 07, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Two Indigenous filmmakers are smashing the caricatures and stereotypes of Native Americans, who since the earliest days of film and TV have often played supporting roles or been portrayed as bloodthirsty killers standing in the way of white, westward expansion. ...

Olympic opening ceremony director fired for Holocaust joke

Jul. 22, 2021 03:58 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee fired the director of the opening ceremony on Thursday because of a Holocaust joke he made during a comedy show in 1998. Organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto said a day ahead of the opening ceremony that...

Olympic organizers fire opening ceremony director because of Holocaust joke made in comedy show in 1998

Jul. 21, 2021 23:06 PM EDT
TOKYO (AP) — Olympic organizers fire opening ceremony director because of Holocaust joke made in comedy show in 1998.