Day: April 12, 2017

R.I.P. Charlie Murphy (1959-2017)

Charlie Murphy, a Navy vet and comedian who broke out from his younger brother’s shadow by telling outrageously true stories on Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show, died today from leukemia. He was 57. The last time I saw Charlie Murphy performing live was in October 2015, while he toured with The Black & Brown Comedy Get Down crew that also included George Lopez, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley and Cedric the Entertainer. Murphy looked frailer then. His most recent messages to fans on Twitter carried inspirational tones under the headings “Rise & Grind” and “One to Sleep On,” and fittingly concluded...

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“Believe Me,” Eddie Izzard’s June 2017 stand-up tour of America will include book readings, Q&As

Eddie Izzard‘s new memoir, “Believe Me,” comes out this June, and the celebrated multilingual comedian will celebrate its release with a weeklong blitz of a book tour across America that includes stand-up, readings and audience Q&As. Tickets went on sale today for his “Believe Me” book release tour. Each ticketholder will receive a copy of his memoir, and the events are coordinated with local bookstore partners. Date   Venue                     City                        Bookstore Partner 6/14    The Town Hall         New York, NY         The Strand Tickets 6/15    Lincoln Theatre       Washington DC       Politics and Prose Tickets 6/18    Dobson HS Aud      Phoenix, AZ            Changing Hands Tickets 6/20    The Moore...

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RIP Dorothy Hofert Letterman Mengering, aka “Dave’s Mom”

Dorothy Hofert Letterman Mengering was 72 when she first began appearing on her son’s late-night television show, and delighted millions in the 1990s with her reports from the Olympics, her pies from the kitchen and her advice for her son. Mengering died Tuesday peacefully at home, a day before David Letterman’s 70th birthday. Dave’s Mom was 95. Her three children, Jan, Gretchen and David, wrote her obituary in the local paper, The Indianapolis Star. Here’s an excerpt about her experiences in public that we saw: Perhaps the Mengerings’ most memorable travels were the result of “Dave’s Mom” becoming a huge...

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