Comedy performance - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Comedy performance Cast member Vanessa Bayer leaving 'SNL' NEW YORK (AP) — "Saturday Night Live" is losing cast member Vanessa Bayer following this weekend's season finale. Bayer is finishing her seventh season with NBC's comedy institution, and her memorable impressions include Miley Cyrus, Rachel from "Friends" and Jonah the Bar Mitzvah Boy. She's been with the show longer than any other female cast member. ... Sat, 20 May 2017 20:20:00 GMT 2017-05-20T20:20:00Z Think you've seen this on TV before? You're right NEW YORK (AP) — As broadcast networks rolled out their plans for next season this past week, those watching could be forgiven for pulling out phones and checking the calendar. There's the cast of NBC's "Will & Grace," ready to return. The folks at "Roseanne" are back on the couch. "Dynasty" and "S.W.A.T." are coming back with new actors, the latter settling in to a CBS lineu... Fri, 19 May 2017 18:08:00 GMT 2017-05-19T18:08:00Z CBS pairs 'Big Bang' & spin-off; O'Brien re-ups with TBS NEW YORK (AP) — "Young Sheldon" and his grown-up version on "The Big Bang Theory" will be paired on CBS' Thursday night schedule this fall. The "Big Bang" spinoff, centered on star Jim Parsons' character as a precocious 9-year-old Texas high school student, is one of eight new series coming to CBS in the 2017-18 season, the network announced Wednesday. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:58:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:58:00Z NBC reviving 'must-see TV' Thursdays with 'Will & Grace' NEW YORK (AP) — NBC is bringing back its "must-see TV" Thursday franchise this fall with the revival of "Will & Grace," and by moving its heartwarming hit "This is Us" to the same night. The network announced its schedule Sunday, kicking off the annual week where broadcasters outline next season's plans to advertisers. NBC is the second most popular network behind CBS, first... Sun, 14 May 2017 21:52:00 GMT 2017-05-14T21:52:00Z 'SNL' alum Joe Piscopo won't run for New Jersey governor PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Former "Saturday Night Live" comedian and Donald Trump backer Joe Piscopo said Wednesday that he will not launch an independent campaign to succeed Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Piscopo announced the decision during his radio show, telling a live audience at an event in Paramus that he doesn't want to be a divider. He the... Wed, 03 May 2017 19:11:00 GMT 2017-05-03T19:11:00Z At 84, Carol Burnett ready for return to TV comedy full-time LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carol Burnett typically spends her mornings doing crossword puzzles with her husband, but the comedy legend could return to a full-time work schedule if the pilot she recently shot for ABC becomes a regular series. In "Household Name," produced by Amy Poehler, Burnett plays an eccentric, aging movie star who arranged to continue living ... Tue, 02 May 2017 14:59:00 GMT 2017-05-02T14:59:00Z Kardashian West: Gunpoint heist 'meant to happen to me' LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kim Kardashian West says that being held at gunpoint during a Paris jewelry heist last year "was meant to happen." Kardashian West tells Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday's episode of the comedian's chat show that she's "such a different person" after the October robbery. She says she was "definitely materialistic" before being robbed, but now she says she doesn... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:16:00 GMT 2017-04-27T17:16:00Z 'Infowars' host Jones says his on-air persona not a 'trick' AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones testified Wednesday that he's sincere in his "Infowars" commentary but acknowledges he also uses satire and comedy on his show. The testimony in his child custody case stands in contrast to comments by his lawyer who last week argued that Jones is a performance artist whose true... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:59:00 GMT 2017-04-21T00:59:00Z Jay Pharoah says he had rocky relationship with 'SNL' LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jay Pharoah said he had a rocky time on "Saturday Night Live" because he refused to keep quiet and follow orders. Pharoah, who was dropped from "SNL" last year after six seasons, said he resisted playing a black woman on the show that lacked African-American female performers and complained when his impression of former President Barack Obama was shelved. ... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 19:22:00 GMT 2017-04-15T19:22:00Z Dave Chappelle salutes Charlie Murphy at John Mayer concert COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dave Chappelle has teamed up with John Mayer to remember comedian Charlie Murphy. Chappelle appeared on stage at Mayer's Columbus, Ohio, concert Wednesday night and told the crowd "everybody in comedy is heartbroken" about Murphy's death from leukemia. Chappelle told Mayer he was "a sight for sore eyes" after learn... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:38:00 GMT 2017-04-13T17:38:00Z Popular Chinese comedian faces weapon, drug charges in NY MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A popular Chinese comedian and former judge on the "China's Got Talent" television program is facing weapon and drug charges on Long Island in New York. Zhou Libo appeared playful and jovial, joking with more than a dozen reporters from Chinese media outlets before and after a brief appearance in a Nassau County courtroom on Friday. At one point before h... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 21:51:00 GMT 2017-04-07T21:51:00Z Fox News gives comedy talk show 'Red Eye' a pink slip LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fox News is giving its late-night show "Red Eye" the pink slip. The network said Monday that it is canceling the comedy talk show. "Red Eye" premiered in 2007 and will air its final episode on Friday. Fox News spokeswoman Carly Shanahan said the show's 3 a.m. slot will be filled by a repeat of "Tucker Carlson Tonight.... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 00:53:00 GMT 2017-04-04T00:53:00Z Mike Epps sorry for dancing with kangaroo on Detroit stage DETROIT (AP) — Actor and comedian Mike Epps is apologizing for dancing on stage with a kangaroo in front of a screaming crowd at a Detroit comedy show. In a video of the Friday night event, Epps can be seen holding the animal's harness. A man is seen picking up the animal and carrying it around the stage. Epps got some blowback on socia... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 22:15:00 GMT 2017-04-03T22:15:00Z Sasheer Zamata finds her voice away from 'SNL' in new show NEW YORK (AP) — Some believe you haven't really made it in comedy until you've landed a one-hour stand-up special. If that's true, then "Saturday Night Live" writer and comedian Sasheer Zamata has officially, made it. Zamata, a former member of the Upright Citizens Brigade who plays a mean Beyonce and Rihanna on NBC's "SNL," debuts her first special, "Piz... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:25:00 GMT 2017-03-30T17:25:00Z Addams family actor lends voice to fracking opposition ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The actor who played the patriarch of the Addams Family says the gas drilling process known as fracking is no joke. John Astin, a Baltimore native and comedian who played Gomez Addams, is the voice of a radio ad that supporters of a ban are broadcasting Thursday morning. Astin says in the ad there's nothing funny a... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:21:00 GMT 2017-03-23T14:21:00Z Addams Family actor lends voice to fracking opposition ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The actor who played the patriarch of the Addams Family says the gas drilling process known as fracking is no joke. John Astin, a Baltimore native and comedian who played Gomez Addams, is the voice of a radio ad that supporters of a ban are broadcasting Thursday morning. Astin says in the ad there's nothing funny a... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:20:00 GMT 2017-03-23T14:20:00Z Comic Joe Piscopo considers run for governor as independent TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Joe Piscopo won't run as a Republican in New Jersey's upcoming governor's race, but the comedian best known for his Frank Sinatra impression on "Saturday Night Live" says he is "more serious" than ever about joining the field as an independent. Piscopo was a longtime Democrat who recently became a backer of Republican President Donald... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:54:00 GMT 2017-03-21T21:54:00Z Chappelle celebrates Netflix release with all-star party LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dave Chappelle has celebrated Tuesday's release of a pair of Netflix comedy specials with some high-profile friends. USA Today reports Chappelle hosted a late-night party Monday at a Hollywood club ahead of the specials' release. Kanye West, Kendall Jenner and Stevie Wonder were among those in attendance. ... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:13:00 GMT 2017-03-21T15:13:00Z CBS reaches deal to keep 'Big Bang Theory' on air NEW YORK (AP) — CBS says it has reached a deal with producers of "The Big Bang Theory" to keep the show on the air for two more years. The network said Monday it agreed with Warner Brothers Television to extend the show that debuted in 2007. Along with the drama "NCIS," it is consistently one of the two most popular shows on television when original episodes are aired. ... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:10:00 GMT 2017-03-20T19:10:00Z SNL skewers first daughter Ivanka Trump WASHINGTON (AP) — The biting humor of "Saturday Night Live" took aim at another Trump this week — first daughter Ivanka. The long-standing comedy show skewered President Donald Trump's elder daughter with a faux perfume ad, starring actress Scarlett Johansson. The name of the perfume? Complicit. As Johansson walks into an elegant party ... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 18:22:00 GMT 2017-03-12T18:22:00Z Laverne Cox is cast as ex-con in ABC buddy-cop comedy pilot LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Laverne Cox has signed on to an ABC buddy-cop comedy pilot. Variety and Deadline report that Cox will star on "The Trustee" as ex-con Amanda Jones alongside Meaghan Rath. "The Walking Dead" star Michael Cudlitz will play a police captain on the show. Cox says on Instagram that she's "excited and grateful" for ... Wed, 08 Mar 2017 15:20:00 GMT 2017-03-08T15:20:00Z Lithgow keeps you guessing, and laughing, in 'Trial & Error' NEW YORK (AP) — Did he do it?     He does it. John Lithgow, who stars in NBC's daffy new comedy "Trial & Error" as a poetry prof who may or may not have murdered his wife, is clearly guilty of making viewers laugh.      He's also guilty, in a career spanning nearly a half-century, of freaking out viewers (item: his chilling psycho-kill... Mon, 06 Mar 2017 20:13:00 GMT 2017-03-06T20:13:00Z Dave Chappelle debuts 2 comedy specials March 21 on Netflix NEW YORK (AP) — Comedian Dave Chappelle is headed back to TV with his first concert specials in a dozen years — two of them. Both premiere March 21, exclusively on Netflix. The hour-long specials are from his personal vault. "Dave Chappelle: The Age of Spin" was filmed at The Palladium in Los Angeles in March 2016. "Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas" was filmed at t... Thu, 02 Mar 2017 19:41:00 GMT 2017-03-02T19:41:00Z Comedy Central to laugh it up with a 3-day festival in June NEW YORK (AP) — No joke! Comedy Central is leaping off the screen this summer with a comedy cavalcade in the heart of San Francisco. Dubbed the Colossal Clusterfest, this three-day event will team Comedy Central with Superfly, the company known for staging such live shindigs as Bonnaroo and Outside Lands. Set for June 2-4, the Clusterfe... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:32:00 GMT 2017-02-28T16:32:00Z Jordan Peele turns his focus to directing in 'Get Out' LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jordan Peele is "kind of done" with performing. "I don't necessarily love the attention," Peele said. "It takes a particular kind of toll on you." While that might be a dagger in the hearts of fans who came to know and love Peele as an uncannily calm Barack Obama, the endlessly annoying Meegan or any of the other characters he played in the sketch comedy s... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:57:00 GMT 2017-02-22T22:57:00Z The Latest: Adele sweeps record, album of year Grammy honors LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 59th annual Grammy Awards being presented Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (all times local): 8:55 p.m. Adele's "25" has won the album of the year Grammy Award, capping a huge night for the singer, who moments earlier had won for record of the year. ... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:57:00 GMT 2017-02-13T13:57:00Z Irwin Corey, the king of comedic confusion, dies at 102 NEW YORK (AP) — Irwin Corey, the wild-haired comedian and actor known for his improvisational riffs and nonsensical style who billed himself as "The World's Foremost Authority," died Monday at his home in Manhattan, according to his son, Richard. He was 102. Corey's dizzying mix of mock-intellectual circumlocutions, earnest political tirades and slapstick... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:37:00 GMT 2017-02-07T17:37:00Z CNN's 'History of Comedy' is a laughing, learning matter NEW YORK (AP) — One of the great things about comedy is, it demands so little effort to enjoy. Grins and guffaws can seem to issue directly from a tickled funny bone. On the other hand, prolonged analysis of humor can kill the joke. But not always, as CNN demonstrates with "The History of Comedy," a docuseries that keeps the funny in th... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 15:22:00 GMT 2017-02-07T15:22:00Z 'Stranger Things' is upset winner of SAG Awards' TV prize LOS ANGELES (AP) — Youth was served as the kid-dominated "Stranger Things" proved the surprise Screen Actors Guild Awards top TV winner Sunday, with "Shameless" star William H. Macy scoring his own upset victory over Jeffrey Tambor of "Transparent." "Stranger Things," Netflix's supernatural thriller that earned breakout buzz in its freshman season, depriv... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 06:18:00 GMT 2017-01-30T06:18:00Z The Latest: 'Hidden Figures' cast wins SAG Award LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, honoring the best film and television performances of 2016 (all times local): 7:10 p.m. The cast of "Hidden Figures" has won the Screen Actors Guild Award for best film cast, beating out several other Oscar best picture contenders. Th... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 03:12:00 GMT 2017-01-30T03:12:00Z