Image of Man in Letterman blackmail plot - Robert "Joe" Halderman freed from NY jail | AP
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]
 
Image of Brazilian supreme court blocks ban on satirizing politicians
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]
 
Image of Brazil comedians challenge ban on ridiculing presidential candidates
Brazil comedians challenge ban on ridiculing presidential candidates
Brazilian TV and radio broadcasters are legally forbidden from making fun of candidates ahead of the nation's Oct. 3 election and a possible second-round runoff on Oct. 31. With the first wave of on-air political ads starting Tuesday, Brazil's comedians and satirists are planning to fight for their right to ridicule with protests in Rio de Janeiro and other cities Sunday. [Read More]
 
Image of NBC pulls Jimmy Fallon's Mad Men spoof after Emmy competitor complains | The A.V. Club
NBC pulls Jimmy Fallon's Mad Men spoof after Emmy competitor complains | The A.V. Club
NBC has been forced to pull a video featuring Emmy host Jimmy Fallon spoofing Don Draper (opposite a guest appearance from Christina Hendricks), after an unnamed network with a competing show in the Best Drama slot complained. [Read More]
 
Anti-Bill Murray Satire: Today's War of the Worlds? | Comedy Central Insider
On July 23rd, Stephenson Billings, an avid antique soda bottle collector and motivational children's party entertainer, released this story. It was a Christian right call to action, demanding the country boycott Bill Murray.. and it was satire. [Read More]
 
Robert Halderman faces jail in NYC for David Letterman extortion plot | The Associated Press
A former CBS television producer who admitted trying to shake down David Letterman over the late-night comic's office affairs is bracing for time behind bars. Robert "Joe" Halderman was sentenced Tuesday to a six-month jail term, as planned when he pleaded guilty in March to attempted grand larceny. His plea deal also calls for 1,000 hours of community service. [Read More]
 
Aussie comic Catherine Deveny sacked for her Tweets | Chortle
An Australian comedian has been sacked as a newspaper comments after Tweeting jokes about Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s 11-year-old daughter. Writing about the red-carpet arrivals at the Logie awards for the Australian TV industry, Catherine Deveny wrote: ‘I do so hope Bindi Irwin gets laid.’ The comments attracted 200 complaints online – enough for the editor of Melbourne newspaper The Age to drop her from her weekly column. [Read More]
 
David Letterman says he's putting his life back together after sex scandal
David Letterman says the scandal surrounding his workplace dalliances initially "knocked him down" and left him depressed, but that now he's putting the pieces of his life back together. [Read More]
 
Chelsea Handler Sex Tape - It's No Joke! | RadarOnline
The tape, which was made nearly a decade ago after Chelsea moved to Los Angeles starts out with Chelsea turning on the camera in what appears to be her apartment. During the first part of the tape, Chelsea is fully clothed in her work uniform. She begins by introducing herself by name before going into a stand-up routine before suddenly cutting to Chelsea and her male partner engaging in an explicit sex act. [Read More]
 
Frankie Boyle's Down's Syndrome jokes provoke victim's mother | Mail Online
Frankie Boyle devoted five minutes of a stand-up show to a foul tirade against sufferers and their parents by criticising their hair, clothing and voices. He then turned on the audience, picking on a couple - Sharon and Keiron Smith - in the front row and accusing them of talking. Laughter turned to awkward silence when Mrs Smith told Boyle: 'My daughter has Down's syndrome and I'm very upset.' Boyle was unrepentant. He made fun of the couple before saying: 'This is my last tour. I don't give a ... [Read More]