Day: May 23, 2013

Jerry Lewis and The Man Problem: The Bullying of Women in Comedy

Jerry Lewis is at the Cannes Film Festival, so reporters had the bright idea to ask him if he has discovered any funny women in the 15 years since he had declared publicly that there weren’t such a thing. Various reports, including the AP, noted that Lewis first jokingly offered two men as his answer. Then he added: “I cannot sit and watch a lady diminish her qualities to the lowest common denominator. I just can’t do that.” Stop for a moment and examine his answer. Lewis, 87, didn’t say women are not or were not ever funny. He said...

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On Letterman, Tommy Johnagin on being a new dad, on having a mother who isn’t computer-savvy

Tommy Johnagin was back on Late Show with David Letterman last night. You may have heard about how Johnagin has become a father with his girlfriend, and how he feels about fatherhood — Johnagin will explain that for you now (or again) in this clip. He’ll also go into detail about how he’s still a bit frustrated at times as a son to his own mother. Particularly when it comes to describing iTunes to her. How his mother is only now discovering this, or rather, not discovering iTunes, will come as a revelation to you, too. Roll the...

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Carol Burnett to receive 2013 Mark Twain Prize from The Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center has announced it’s awarding Carol Burnett with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2013. Burnett, 80, is the 16th recipient of the annual prize. She’ll receive her honor in Washington, D.C., in October. Known best for The Carol Burnett Show, her sketch comedy show that ran for 11 years on CBS from 1967-1978, Burnett already has won eight Golden Globes, six Emmy Awards, the Peabody Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, induction into the Television Hall of Fame, as well as previously becoming a Kennedy Center Honoree.   Born in San Antonio but raised...

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