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(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

I enjoy acting, but I would be lying if I said there wasn't increased enjoyment in acting in something that you're also helping to create all around. You work on a show and you're in the writers' room and you're pitching jokes, and if you helped write that joke, there's a satisfaction to that.

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Sirius XM is planning a celebration of comedian Richard Pryor, shown around 1970, that starts Monday.
Sirius XM is planning a celebration of comedian Richard Pryor, shown around 1970, that starts Monday. (Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images)

Richard Pryor fans, get ready for some new material — or at least recordings of newly found material recorded at three California comedy clubs, to be presented over three weeks on Sirius XM. 

"Live at the Roxy," recorded at the West Hollywood club in 1976, will run on May 25; "Live at Casa Comedia," a charity event recorded at the Comedy Store in 1982, follows on June 1; and "Live at the Ice House," recorded in Pasadena and featuring jokes the comic was working on before the 1983 film "Here and Now,” runs on June 7.

It’s all part of a Pryor celebration the satellite broadcaster is presenting that starts Monday and runs through June 8. Existing recordings, plus the three new albums, will play daily at 6 a.m. PDT on the Comedy Greats channel. 

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Nev Schulman, host and executive producer of MTV's "Catfish," has been accused of sexual misconduct.
Nev Schulman, host and executive producer of MTV's "Catfish," has been accused of sexual misconduct. (MTV)

“Catfish” host and executive producer Nev Schulman denied accusations of sexual misconduct Thursday following MTV’s suspension of production on the show pending a third-party investigation.

On Saturday, Ayissha Morgan published a video to her YouTube page titled “The TRUTH about the show Part 1,” which detailed purported misconduct by “the main guy on the show,” whom Morgan called “Jack.”

Morgan appeared on Season 4 of “Catfish” in 2015, and in the video alleged that “Jack” repeatedly questioned her about her sexuality and bragged about the size of his penis.

  • Music
Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl performs during Cal Jam 17 last year.
Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl performs during Cal Jam 17 last year. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Live Nation announced Thursday the lineup for Cal Jam 18, the camping-friendly rock festival curated by the Foo Fighters and set to take place at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino this fall.

Headlining? The Foo Fighters, of course, along with a guitar-heavy roster of musicians including Iggy Pop, Garbage, Silversun Pickups, Deer Tick, Tenacious D and others. 

The festival, set for Oct. 5-6, will kick off Friday night with a concert by punk rocker Billy Idol; Mexrrissey, the border-jumping tribute to Morrissey and the Smiths; and alt-cabaret dynamo and comedic actress Bridget Everett. 

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Whitney Houston in 1997, left, and Dee Dee Warwick in 1999.
Whitney Houston in 1997, left, and Dee Dee Warwick in 1999. (Rene Macura / Associated Press, left; Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times, right)

Whitney Houston was molested by cousin Dee Dee Warwick, according to the singer’s brother, who makes the claim in a new documentary that has the estate’s blessing.

In “Whitney,” directed by Oscar winner Kevin Macdonald and previewed by The Times, Gary Garland alleges that Dionne Warwick’s younger sister molested him as well. 

Dee Dee Warwick, a soul and R&B singer who first recorded “You’re No Good” in 1963 (a hit for Linda Ronstadt in the ’70s), died in 2008 at age 63. 

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Kate McKinnon’s gams are extra bendy, and Issa Rae and Sarah Silverman have hands that can be in more than two places at once. 

Take that, Vanity Fair!

The latest cover of GQ, which features the trio of comedians, presents a well-played game of “what’s different about this picture?” by superbly parodying Vanity Fair’s heavily doctored Hollywood issue — you know, the one from January that gave Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey extra limbs while completely snuffing out James Franco.

  • Celebrity
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend. (Andy Kropa / Associated Press)

Chrissy Teigen announced about a week ago that she was “done” being pregnant. And as of Wednesday, she actually was done. 

Teigen and husband John Legend welcomed their second baby, with the two-time mom writing on Twitter, “Somebody’s herrrrrrre!” and including baby bottle and hug emojis. 

The little boy, whose name has yet to be announced, is the couple’s first son and their second child after Luna, who turned 2 a month ago.  

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  • Late-night

They were partying like it was 1999 on “The Tonight Show” Wednesday night, as Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon dropped by, much to the amusement of their former “Saturday Night Live” costar Jimmy Fallon.

Ferrell and Shannon appeared in character as Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan, fake TV personalities who specialize in special events.

The pair, along with fellow “SNL” alum Tim Meadows, covered the Rose Parade in January, confounding some Amazon viewers who failed to recognize the comedians. 

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  • Birthdays
(Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

As an artist, I don't feel that [music] should be free; it's my life's work. There is also another side of me that wants the world to hear the music, whether you've paid for it or not, I want you to hear it.

U2's Bono performs at the Forum on Tuesday night. The band has a second performance there tonight.
U2's Bono performs at the Forum on Tuesday night. The band has a second performance there tonight. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

U2’s Experience + Innocence tour is creating some unintended, and very unhappy, parking experiences for some concert-goers attending the Irish band’s shows at the Forum in Inglewood this week.

Enough so that the venue has offered to help subsidize ride services for tonight’s concert to avoid more parking snafus.

A raft of social-media posts conveyed horror stories of fans arriving 30 minutes to an hour ahead of the scheduled 8 p.m. start time for Tuesday’s show, many of them reporting delays of an hour or two to find parking and enter the arena. Others say they missed the show entirely.