Fringe comic Jeff Mirza attacked with bottle while dressed as Colonel Gaddafi
A Fringe performer was attacked with a glass bottle while he was dressed as Colonel Gaddafi. Comedian Jeff Mirza, 47, who is from East London and is of Pakistani descent, told police he was handing out flyers off Edinburgh`s Royal Mile when a man approached him and asked for a cigarette. Mr Mirza shook his head and the man continued on, but when the comedian turned around he was struck on the back of the head with a glass bottle. He was dressed as Gaddafi to promote his show, entitled `Jihad!... [Read More]
Stephen Colbert looks for answers on campaign finance
Stephen Colbert delights in lampooning politicians on his Comedy Central show, but he plans to raise some serious issues about public disclosure of corporate campaign contributions before the Federal Election Commission on Thursday. Colbert is asking the commission on for a so-called media exemption to allow him to use his show's airtime, staff and other resources for his political action committee without having to publicly disclose them as in-kind contributions from Comedy Central's parent com... [Read More]
Guy Earle says he'll appeal ruling of $15k award to lesbian heckler
Comedian Guy Earle says he'll appeal a B.C. Human Rights Tribunal ruling ordering him to pay $15,000 to a lesbian woman after he went on a rant against her at one of his shows in 2007. Earle says all he did was insult audience members who insulted him first, adding he never said some of the things he's accused of saying. He also says he believes the tribunal had no jurisdiction to hear the case in the first place because it's a freedom of speech issue and he will appeal the ruling to the B.C. S... [Read More]
Gallagher collapses during Minnesota show, hospitalized
Gallagher is hospitalized in Minnesota after collapsing during a performance. Todd Powers, owner of Whiskey Bone's Roadhouse in Rochester, said the 64-year-old Gallagher collapsed in the middle of a show there Thursday night. A witness, Chris Blade, told the Rochester Post-Bulletin that Gallagher had complained of pain in his left arm and shortness of breath earlier in the evening. Blade said Gallagher was responsive when emergency crews were taking him out of the club. [Read More]
Glad to have a book deal: New book by Bill Cosby coming out in November
Bill Cosby will have a new book of humor, "I Didn't Ask to be Born, But I'm Glad I Was," coming out in November. The Hachette Book Group announced Thursday that Cosby will be writing about everything from the Bible to grandchildren to his first date. Cosby's previous books include "Fatherhood" and "Time Flies." [Read More]
Man in Letterman blackmail plot - Robert "Joe" Halderman freed from NY jail | AP
The former television producer who tried to blackmail David Letterman over the comedian's office affairs has been freed from a New York City jail. City Department of Correction records show Robert "Joe" Halderman was released Thursday. He served four months of his six-month sentence and got time off for good behavior. [Read More]
comedians on twitter: An open mic, in 140-characters or less | AP
An AP 'comedians on twitter' piece, highlighting Michael Ian Black, Witstream, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon and the Late Show with David Letterman's head writers Eric and Justin Stangel. [Read More]
Brazilian supreme court blocks ban on satirizing politicians
Brazil's supreme court has suspended a controversial ban on broadcast media satirizing candidates campaigning for the presidency, saying it infringed on free speech. The ruling issued late Thursday blocks a prohibition that had outraged comedians and commentators alike in Brazil, several of whom said had held protests saying it smacked of media restrictions dating back to the country's 1964-1985 military regime. [Read More]
The Parents Television Council loses their $#*! over "$#*! My Dad Says"
The Parents Television Council last week sent letters to 340 companies that advertise frequently on TV urging them to stay away from "$#*! My Dad Says" unless the name is changed. The group argues that the title is indecent. [Read More]
Long-lost Charlie Chaplin film to debut at VA Slapsticon festival | AP
A short silent comedy that was lost for decades holds a big surprise for film buffs and historians when a familiar face emerges from the bushes in police uniform and that unforgettable mustache. The 1914 film, "A Thief Catcher," was missing for so many years that everyone forgot Charlie Chaplin made a brief cameo as a buffoon Keystone cop, with all his familiar twitches and gestures - playing a two-bit part in one of his earliest films. The first public screening of the film, perhaps since 1914,... [Read More]