Sam Kinison

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The special contained archival footage of Kinison and stand-up comedy performances by comedians including Robin Williams, Rodney Dangerfield, and Jim Carrey. Between 2008 and 2013, there were some press releases regarding a possible dramatic film to be based on the memoir Brother Sam: The Short, Spectacular Life of Sam Kinison, by Kinison's brother Bill Kinison and Steve Delsohn. An episode of In Living Color was dedicated in Kinison's memory. In its first season, cast member Kelly Coffield had played female versions of Kinison and Andrew "Dice" Clay. In the third season, Kinison guest-starred as himself, with Coffield reprising her "Samantha Kinison" character as his wife.

Lenny Bruce

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Leonard Alfred Schneider (October 13, 1925 – August 3, 1966), better known by his stage name Lenny Bruce, was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, and satirist. He was renowned for his open, freestyle, and critical form of comedy which integrated satire, politics, religion, sex, and vulgarity. His 1964 conviction in an obscenity trial was followed by a posthumous pardon, the first in the history of New York state, by then-Governor George Pataki in 2003.

Comedic genres

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Comedy may be divided into multiple genres based on the source of humor, the method of delivery, and the context in which it is delivered.


Performers have included George Carlin, Jay Leno, Tim Allen, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Jim Carrey, Andrew Dice Clay, Dom Irrera, Roseanne Barr, Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison, Bob Nelson, Robert Schimmel and Jeff Foxworthy. The club was home to HBO comedy specials Rodney Dangerfield put on to showcase young comedians. *

The Comedy Store

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Andrew Dice Clay. Jenn Colella. Rodney Dangerfield. Chris D'Elia. Joey Diaz. Gaylord Dingler. Tom Dreesen. Gallagher. Whoopi Goldberg. Argus Hamilton. Tony Hinchcliffe. Joel Hodgson. Andy Kaufman. Michael Keaton. Sam Kinison. Bobby Lee. Jay Leno. David Letterman. Jay London. Howie Mandel. Marc Maron. Dennis Miller. Paul Mooney. Eddie Murphy. John Pappas. Christina Pazsitzky. Ollie Joe Prater. Richard Pryor. Paul Rodriguez. Joe Rogan. Chris Rush. Tom Segura. Ari Shaffir. Garry Shandling. Pauly Shore. Yakov Smirnoff. Phil Snyder. Freddy Soto. Brody Stevens. Theo Von. Jeff Wayne. Robin Williams. Thomas F. Wilson. John Witherspoon. An Interview with Sammy Shore, Comedy Store Founder, June 2011.

My 5 Wives

The film was met with unfavorable reviews from critics. * Rodney Dangerfield as Monte Peterson. John Byner as Preston Gates. John Pinette as Stewart. Jerry Stiller as Don Giovanni. Andrew Dice Clay as Anthony "Tony" Morano. Molly Shannon as Dr. Barbara Van Dyke. Rob deLeeuw as Shuffles. Fred Keating as Ray. Jud Tylor as Stephanie. Angelika Libera as Emily. Kate Luyben as Virginia.

Bill Hicks

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However his career received another upturn in 1987, when he appeared on Rodney Dangerfield's Young Comedians Special. The same year, he moved to New York City, and for the next five years performed about 300 times a year. On the album Relentless, he jokes that he quit using drugs because "once you've been taken aboard a UFO, it's kind of hard to top that", although in his performances, he continued to enthusiastically praise the virtues of LSD, marijuana, and psychedelic mushrooms. He eventually fell back to chain smoking, a theme that would figure heavily in his performances from then on.

Catskill Mountains

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Comedians such as Rodney Dangerfield, Jackie Mason, and Don Rickles all got their start performing in Catskill hotel venues colloquially referred to as the Borscht Belt. * * Sullivan County Visitors Association Category:Dutch place names in New York (state) Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Observation Station near Hardenburgh, elevation 3723 ft. Hunter Mountain Fire Tower near Hunter, elevation 4042 ft. Mt. Utsayantha Fire Tower Stamford, New York, elevation 3214 ft. Overlook Mountain Tower near Woodstock, elevation 3140 ft. Red Hill Fire Tower near Denning, elevation 2990 ft. Tremper Mountain Fire Tower near Shandaken, elevation 2740 ft. Columbia County Airport in Hudson.

Jim Norton (comedian)

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His appearances on The Louie Show caught the attention of comedian Andrew Dice Clay in 1997, who chose Norton to open for him for his shows. In 2000, Norton made his debut on Opie and Anthony and joined the show as a third mic in 2001 which increased his national exposure. He went on to have a recurring role on the sitcom Lucky Louie. Since he joined SiriusXM with Opie and Anthony in 2004, Norton hosted Opie with Jim Norton from 2014 to 2016, and The Jim Norton Advice Show. Since 2003, Norton has released four comedy albums and seven comedy specials, including three on Epix and one on Netflix. In 2014, Norton hosted The Jim Norton Show, a talk show on Vice.


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During the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony, comedian Andrew Dice Clay did his usual "adult nursery rhymes" routine (which he had done in his stand-up acts), after which the network executives imposed a lifetime ban. Billy Idol's music video for the song "Cradle of Love" originally had scenes from Clay's film The Adventures of Ford Fairlane when it was originally aired; scenes from the film were later excised. During the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, Clay was in attendance where he confirmed that the channel lifted the ban.

Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Joy Handler (born February 25, 1975) is an American comedian, actress, writer, television host, producer, and activist. She hosted the late-night talk show Chelsea Lately on the E! network from 2007 to 2014, and released a documentary series, Chelsea Does, on Netflix in January 2016. Between 2016 and 2017, Handler hosted the talk show, Chelsea, on Netflix.

Stand-up comedy

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The older style of stand-up comedy (no social satire) was kept alive by Rodney Dangerfield and Buddy Hackett, who enjoyed revived careers late in life. Don Rickles, whose legendary style of relentless merciless attacks on both fellow performers and audience members alike kept him a fixture on TV and in Vegas from the 1960s all the way to the 2000s, when he appeared in the wildly popular Pixar Toy Story films as Mr Potato Head, who just happened to share Don's grouchy onstage mannerisms. Television programs such as Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show helped publicize the careers of other stand-up comedians, including Janeane Garofalo, Bill Maher and Jay Leno.

The Day the Laughter Died

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The Day the Laughter Died is a comedy double album by comedian Andrew Dice Clay, which was released in 1990. Produced by Rick Rubin whose concept was to record an unadvertised performance in a small club with a small crowd, many of whom would not necessarily be fans of Clay's act. Clay chose a New York club owned by comedian Rodney Dangerfield, Dangerfield's, to record during the holiday season. A sequel, The Day the Laughter Died, Part II was released in 1993. The album is largely improvisational, with Clay interacting with the audience over the course of over an hour and a half.

Brad Garrett

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From 1985–1986, he was the voice of Hulk Hogan (in a voice similar to Rodney Dangerfield) for the cartoon series Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n Wrestling, He was featured on Family Feud during Ray Combs's tenure in a "Funny Men vs. Funny Women Week" during November sweeps. He also appeared for a week on the game show Super Password in 1987. He also appeared on Hollywood Squares including a memorable moment when he impersonated Bill Cosby during a question about Jell-o.

The Day the Laughter Died, Part II

The Day the Laughter Died, Part II is a comedy album by comedian Andrew Dice Clay, which was released in 1993. It was produced by Rick Rubin. The album was a sequel to The Day the Laughter Died and repeated the original album's concept to record an unadvertised performance at Rodney Dangerfield's club, Dangerfield's. Unlike the first album, which got positive reviews and ended on a high note, this album got mostly negative reviews and the album ended with Clay going out into the crowd after an audience member with whom he was having an argument.

The Improv

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Nearly every big name in comedy has played The Improv, including Richard Belzer, Milton Berle, Drew Carey, George Carlin, Chevy Chase, Andrew Dice Clay, Bill Cosby, Billy Crystal, Rodney Dangerfield, Jeff Dunham, Bill Engvall, Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Hicks, Carol Leifer, David Letterman, Richard Lewis, Jon Lovett, Bill Maher, Marc Maron, Steve Martin, Dennis Miller, Larry Miller, Liza Minnelli, Freddie Prinze, Paul Reiser, Joan Rivers, Joe Rogan, Jerry Seinfeld, and Ron White. New and upcoming performers have performed there as well. Comedy Central's Dave Attell frequents Improv locations in Tampa and Hollywood.

Jay Leno

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Leno's comedic influences include Johnny Carson, Robert Klein, Alan King, David Brenner, Mort Sahl, George Carlin, Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, and Rodney Dangerfield. Comedians who were influenced by Leno include: Dennis Miller and Jerry Seinfeld. Leno has been married to Mavis Leno since 1980; the couple have no children. In 1993, during his first season as host of The Tonight Show, Leno's mother died at the age of 82 and in the following year, his father died at the age of 84. Leno's older brother Patrick Leno, a Vietnam veteran and graduate of Yale Law School, died in 2002 at the age of 62 as a result of complications from cancer.

Chris Rock

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Rock's comedy influences are Bill Cosby, Redd Foxx, Dick Gregory, Flip Wilson, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Pigmeat Markham, Woody Allen, Eddie Murphy, Sam Kinison, George Carlin, Mort Sahl, and Rodney Dangerfield. Comedians who have claimed Rock as an influence are Dave Chappelle, Christian Finnegan, George Lopez, Kevin Hart, and Trevor Noah. Rock married Malaak Compton-Rock on November 23, 1996. Compton-Rock is the founder and executive director of StyleWorks, a non-profit, full-service salon that provides free services for women leaving welfare and entering the workforce.

Bob Saget

Robert Lane Saget (born May 17, 1956) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, television host and director. His television roles include Danny Tanner on the ABC sitcom Full House (1987–95) and its Netflix sequel Fuller House, and hosting America's Funniest Home Videos from 1989 to 1997. Saget is also known for his adult-oriented stand-up routine. He also provided the voice of the future Ted Mosby on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother from 2005 to 2014.

Jack Benny

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Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky; February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974), often called "Jackson" on his own show, was an American comedian, vaudevillian, radio, television and film actor, and violinist. Recognized as a leading 20th-century American entertainer, Benny often portrayed his character as a miser, who obliviously played his violin badly, and ridiculously claimed to be 39 years of age, regardless of his actual age.


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HBO (Home Box Office) is an American premium cable and satellite television network owned by Home Box Office, Inc., a subsidiary of WarnerMedia Entertainment. The programming featured on the network consists primarily of theatrically released motion pictures and original television shows, along with made-for-cable movies, documentaries and occasional comedy and concert specials.


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The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American English-language commercial terrestrial radio and television network that is a flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. The network is headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, with additional major offices near Los Angeles (at 10 Universal City Plaza), Chicago (at the NBC Tower) and Philadelphia (at the Comcast Technology Center). The network is one of the Big Three television networks. NBC is sometimes referred to as the "Peacock Network", in reference to its stylized peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company's innovations in early color broadcasting.

Saturday Night Live

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Saturday Night Live (known simply as SNL) is an American late-night live television variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. The show premiered on NBC on October 11, 1975, under the original title NBC's Saturday Night. The show's comedy sketches, which often parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying cast of repertory and newer cast members. Each episode is hosted by a celebrity guest, who usually delivers the opening monologue and performs in sketches with the cast as with featured performances by a musical guest.

New York (state)

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New York is a state located in the Northeastern United States. New York was one of the original thirteen colonies that formed the United States. With an estimated 19.54 million residents in 2018, it is the fourth most populous state. In order to distinguish the state from its city with the same name, it is sometimes referred to as New York State (NYS).

Cannabis (drug)

Cannabis, also known as marijuana among other names, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant used for medical or recreational purposes. The main psychoactive part of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the 483 known compounds in the plant, including at least 65 other cannabinoids. Cannabis can be used by smoking, vaporizing, within food, or as an extract.