Day: April 6, 2017

R.I.P. Don Rickles (1926-2017)

Don Rickles, the legendary comedian and actor who could roast President Ronald Reagan, Frank Sinatra and just about everyone else, has died. Rickles was 90. Rickles died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure, his publicist confirmed. He hadn’t stopped performing even in old age. Just a couple of weeks ago, AARP had announced Rickles would star in his own sit-down interview series for their new digital platform. No word if any of the segments for “Dinner With Don” already had been produced. But Rickles, a quick wit and master of insults for decades, entertained audiences...

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RIP Lashonda Lester

Lashonda Lester, a Detroit native named 2016’s Funniest Person in Austin, was supposed to record her first half-hour comedy special for Comedy Central two weeks from tonight in New Orleans. Instead, Lester has died. From Martha Kelly, Austin resident and co-star on FX’s Baskets: “Lashonda was one of the most naturally talented comics I’ve ever seen and a pleasure to know off stage as well. She was truly beloved by the Austin comedy community and will be terribly missed. RIP Shondee.💔💔💔💔” I just learned Lashonda Lester passed away. She opened for me last week in Austin. Very sad. Very...

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Samantha Bee reminds us she was on the case of Russian hacking and fake news trolling BEFORE the election

While the FBI and Congress are still trying to figure out what happened in our presidential election of 2016 and who helped the Russians and how much the Russians meddled with us, Samantha Bee already knew. Bee told us all about it months ago, before Election Day. As she reminded us all on last night’s episode of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS. Roll the clip! And here’s the full report in which Bee traveled to Russia in October to talk to two paid Russian operatives who wrote up fake news stories about Hillary Clinton to trick dumb...

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