Month: May 2015

[Sponsored Post] Watch, rent, buy: “EAT, DRINK, LAUGH: The Story of The Comic Strip”

The Comic Strip on New York City’s Upper East Side opened for business 39 years ago this coming Monday: June 1, 1976. From the start, the stand-up comedy club was a launching pad for some stellar careers, including Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano and Chris Rock. Many more came through those doors, begging Lucien Hold to “pass” them as Comic Strip regulars or asking owner Richie Tienken to manage them. You could read a whole book of memories from the comics who played the Strip. And now you can watch a 75-minute documentary reliving the greats and their...

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May 27, 1982: Todd Barry’s teenage debut on Late Night with David Letterman

On this day in 1982, the first year of David Letterman’s 33-year run in late-night television, Todd Barry already was a man with a plan for his comedy career. Or as Letterman introduced him: “Todd Barry. Apparently a man with a lot of time on his hands.” That’s because he wrote a letter to NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman, which the host read on-air as part of the “Viewer Mail” segment, boasting about his Paul Shaffer impersonation. Even if 18-year-old Barry couldn’t spell Shaffer’s name correctly then, and also more importantly, gave himself the nickname “Razz” to go...

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Here’s the 22-year-old intern who wrote the #1 and #2 entries on Late Show with David Letterman’s finale Top 10

David Letterman’s 33-year career in late-night television memorably gave a lot of would-be comedy writers and producers their own starts in show business as interns, receptionists and pages — and wouldn’t you know it — even his grand finale held true to that formula. Caroline Schaper, a 22-year-old intern for Letterman who just graduated from the University of Michigan, scored the top two jokes on Late Show with David Letterman‘s final Top 10. “Things I Always Wanted to Say to Dave” attracted A-list celebs and funny people, with Tina Fey delivering Schaper’s joke for #2, “Thanks for finally proving...

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Walmart settles out of court with Tracy Morgan, Ardie Fuqua and Jeffrey Millea

Just shy of the one-year anniversary of the fatal wreck on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed comedian “Jimmy Mack” and critically wounded Tracy Morgan, Ardie Fuqua and Morgan’s assistant, Walmart has completed out-of-court settlements with the trio of survivors. Papers were filed in federal court, with terms of the settlements left confidential. “Walmart did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families,” Morgan said via a statement today. “I am grateful that the case was resolved amicably.” Walmart U.S. president and CEO Greg Foran: “Our thoughts continue to go out to everyone that...

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