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  • Variety, Comedy or Music Special Emmy Category Relies on Wow Factor

    The Emmy nominees for variety, comedy or music special can seem like a mishmash of shows, with everything from awards shows to comedy specials to concerts and fundraisers in the mix. Last year, the category's nominees couldn't be more disparate: CBS'...
  • Hollywood Celebrates Jane Fonda's Work On And Off Screen at AFI Fest

    It only seems appropriate that, when the Hollywood elite celebrated Jane Fonda's activism as much as her screen work at the 42nd AFI Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday night, the organization's president/CEO Bob Gazzale...
  • Jerry Lewis Honored By New York Friar's Club For 50th Anniversary of 'Nutty Professor'

    Jerry Lewis was on the subway one day, you see, and suddenly this kid gets on board with piercings and leather and tattoos and "shiny stuff" all over his body. And Lewis says he was staring at him, when the kid looked over and said, "What, old man, you've...
  • Sid Caesar, an appreciation: Making light of civility's fragility

    Comedian Sid Caesar, who died Wednesday at the age of 91, was a giant and genius of television. He came into the medium, in 1949, when it was still molten. He helped shape TV comedy, even as TV, with its new technical demands and advantages, shaped his...
  • Hail Caesar! How Catskills helped define America's sense of humor

    Hail Caesar! How Catskills helped define America's sense of humor
    Your favorite jokes would be very different — you certainly wouldn’t tell them the same way — if it were not for a generation of Jewish comedians who helped define America’s sense of humor in the Catskill Mountains from the 1930s...
  • Meet Sid Caesar: For those who never saw Your Show of Shows

    ... "... the funniest man America has produced to date." --Mel Brooks, describing Sid Caesar in 1982. ... There must be whole generations by now whose reaction to the name Sid Caesar might be summed up as "Huh?" How describe his appeal in the now...
  • Mel Brooks will pay tribute to Sid Caesar on 'Conan'

    Mel Brooks will pay tribute to Sid Caesar on 'Conan'
    Sid Caesar had a profound influence on the comedy aspirations of young Conan O'Brien. And on Tuesday, he'll have Caesar's former colleague Mel Brooks on "Conan" to discuss the comedy master, who died last week at age 91. The day Caesar died, O'Brien...
  • Richard Dreyfuss, Maureen O'Hara, Mel Brooks added to TCM fest

    Richard Dreyfuss, Maureen O'Hara, Mel Brooks added to TCM fest
    TCM has added three screen legends and a tribute to an Oscar-winning actor to the roster of the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival, which takes place April 10 to 13 in Hollywood. Maureen O'Hara, who is best known for her work in John Ford films including...
  • Sochi Olympics opening ceremony moment: Egghead history, Daft Punk

    Note: This is part of an ongoing series documenting the Sochi Olympics from a TV perspective. Every morning of the Games, we’ll look at a key moment from the previous day that NBC captured, elevated, honored, bungled or otherwise reported in a...
  • Sid Caesar dies: Memories of two interviews with 'The King'

    Two years ago, I had the pleasure of joining a group of funny men who meet for lunch and lively conversation every other Wednesday at Factor's Famous Deli on Pico Boulevard. A documentary about their meeting, aptly titled "Lunch," was making the rounds of...
  • Sid Caesar dies at 91; comedy giant of the small screen

    Sid Caesar dies at 91; comedy giant of the small screen
    In a day before comedy was laced with irony and studded with mean-spirited barbs, Sid Caesar was more than funny. He was hilariously, outrageously, tear-inducingly, gather-up-the-whole-family-for-this funny. A veteran of the Catskills with an...