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Despite Different Styles, Dick Gregory And Jerry Lewis Inspired Generations Of Comics

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:34:00 -0400

Two giants of comedy died this weekend. Dick Gregory and Jerry Lewis had very different styles, but both men were hugely influential. There are many comedians who drew equal parts inspiration from both men.



Pamela Adlon Started Working At Age 9, But 'Better Things' Happened At 50

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:34:00 -0400

Adlon has four titles in the credits of the FX comedy series Better Things: actress, writer, director and producer. "I want to elevate the mundane ..." she says. "This is the way I live my life."



Jerry Lewis On His Borscht Belt Childhood And The Lonely Work Of Comedy

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:37:00 -0400

In 2005, Lewis told Fresh Air about his partnership with singer Dean Martin and how he honed his comic skills while working as a busboy. The comedian, actor and director died Sunday at the age of 91.



'Game Of Thrones' Season 7, Episode 6: 'Heroes Do Stupid Things And Die'

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 04:01:00 -0400

In "Beyond the Wall," beardy bros go on a wight-hunt and struggle to get to know one another. Luckily, in this penultimate episode of Season 7, they find the perfect ice-breaker.



Social Satirist Dick Gregory Was The 'First To Have A Crossover Market'

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:59:00 -0400

Funny man George Wallace remembers how comedian and activist Dick Gregory opened the door for black comics to enter the mainstream. Gregory died Saturday at age 84.



Jerry Lewis, Comic Icon And Titan Of Telethons, Dies At 91

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 15:24:00 -0400

Lewis, whose comedic duo with Dean Martin launched him to the peak of showbiz, starred and directed in dozens of films. He was perhaps just as famous for his charity work fighting muscular dystrophy.



Comedian And Civil Rights Activist Dick Gregory Dies At 84

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 23:58:00 -0400

Gregory was known for his sharp satire, political activism and health advocacy. He went on multiple hunger strikes to protest issues like the Vietnam War and police brutality.



How Late Night TV Addressed Charlottesville And This Week In Politics

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:10:51 -0400

This week gave late night television shows a lot of material to work with — a recap and review of how they did.



Marvel Comics Meet Reality On The Not-So-Mean Streets Of Hell's Kitchen

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

In Netflix's newest Marvel Universe show, The Defenders, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fist patrol the dirty streets of a Hell's Kitchen that doesn't exist in today's New York City.



Billy Eichner Makes A Career Out Of Love/Hating Celebrity Culture

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:02:01 -0400

In addition to starring in Hulu's Difficult People, Eichner roams the streets of NYC, asking open-ended questions about celebrities in Billy on the Street. Originally broadcast Dec. 12, 2016.



Snark Aside, Julie Klausner Says 'Difficult People' Is Inspired By Love

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:02:01 -0400

Klausner plays an unsuccessful comic who quips about celebrities in her Hulu series, which recently launched its third season. Originally broadcast Aug. 16, 2016.



Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Regrettable Television Pop Quiz Returns

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:20:00 -0400

It seemed like time for a breather from summer movies, so we invited our pal Sam Sanders into the studio to play a game that goes all the way back to our very first episode in 2010.



'Cabaret Hurricane' Bridget Everett Moves To The Big Screen In 'Patti Cake$'

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:30:49 -0400

The comic and cabaret performer says she's had audience members walk out of her raunchy live act. In her new film, she plays a washed-up local rock star whose daughter is an aspiring rap artist.



In Movies, A Solar Eclipse Means Change Is Coming

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:01:00 -0400

Over the years, Hollywood filmmakers have used solar eclipses as devices to mark moments of irrevocable transformation for their characters.



Judith Light: The Content And The Context Of A Varied Career

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:01:07 -0400

Judith Light has done soaps, sitcoms, theater, drama — and now, she sits down with Pop Culture Happy Hour to talk about her long career.