Month: December 2017

R.I.P. Danny Breen

Danny Breen made his mark in front of the camera as a cast member for eight seasons on HBO’s sketch comedy series, Not Necessarily The News. But Breen also won multiple Emmys for his work behind the scenes on a producer for Ellen and The Wayne Brady Show. An alum of The Second City, he made audiences laugh for four decades. Breen died Friday at his home in Los Angeles after battling cancer for seven years. He was 67. “A genuine, talented, funny man. He loved Second City and Second City loved him,” said The Second City’s CEO, Andrew Alexander....

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Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out tour plays two arenas in one night

Nick Cannon’s decision to release a stand-up comedy special this year may have cost him his hosting gig on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, but have Cannon front his MTV Wild ‘N Out crew, and they can still fill arenas. And on one night last week, two arenas in two different cities on the same day. The 2017 Wild ‘N Out Live tour ended Dec. 22 with headlining performances at both Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md. (capacity 5,800), followed by the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. (capacity about 20,000). Cannon’s tour for Wild ‘N Out also included cast...

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R.I.P. Rose Marie (1923-2017)

Rose Marie, a vaudeville star at 3 and hit radio singer at 5, who performed opening night at Bugsy Siegel’s Flamingto resort in Las Vegas and is best known now for her co-starring role as TV comedy writer Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show, has died. She was 94. It is with broken hearts that we share the terribly sad news that our beloved Rose Marie passed away this afternoon. — Rose Marie-Official (@RoseMarie4Real) December 29, 2017 The Dick Van Dyke Show creator, writer and co-star Carl Reiner, still going at 95, posted his thoughts...

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Feral Audio is dissolving; Starburns Industries launching SBI: Audio podcast network in its wake

Feral Audio, the podcast network founded by producer Dustin Marshall in 2012, is dissolving in the wake of abuse allegations against him by his ex-girlfriend. Musician Abby Weems posted this on her band Potty Mouth’s Twitter last week: hey guys if you could please take a moment to read and share this it would really mean a lot to me. thank you so much for your support -Abby — Potty Mouth (@pottymouthworld) December 22, 2017 Marshall responded with a lengthy Tumblr post, in which he said he would be taking time out to address his mental health issues....

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In Memoriam: The year in R.I.P. in comedy for 2017

It’s rather remarkable that most all of the funny nonagenarians profiled in this year’s HBO documentary, If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast, managed to make it through 2017 unscathed. But several other comedy legends passed away in 2017, old and not-so-old. Let us take one more look back at the comedians we still love and miss so dearly, who left us in the past year. UPDATED Dec. 30 with the death of Danny Breen at age 67. UPDATED with the Dec. 28 death of Rose Marie at age 94. JIM NABORS, AKA GOMER PYLE (1930-2017) Jim Nabors,...

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