| Apr 16, 2011
Giorgio Baldi, 66, whose Santa Monica trattoria was a favorite among celebrities such as Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn and Rihanna, died Monday while on vacation in Mexico, his family said. The cause of death was...
| Dec 18, 2010
You couldn't avoid Ricky Gervais right now, even if you wanted to.
The English comedian has a new stand-up special premiering on HBO on Saturday, just weeks before the DVD release of the first season of "The Ricky Gervais Show," an animated incarnation...
| Jul 29, 2010
John Callahan, the quadriplegic cartoonist whose famously politically incorrect humor generated both praise and criticism, has died. He was 59.
Callahan died Saturday at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Ore., after undergoing surgery and treatment...
| Sep 5, 2010
Robert Schimmel, a critically acclaimed comedian who made audiences squirm and then laugh with X-rated explorations of sexuality and vulnerability usually drawn from his own life, has died. He was 60.
Schimmel died Friday at a Phoenix hospice from...
| Aug 16, 2011
Vic Dunlop, a zany and irreverent standup comic with a natural flair for making people laugh, has died. He was 62.
Dunlop died of complications of diabetes Saturday at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, said his wife, Linda.
| Jun 11, 2011
He's been called the godfather of Rodeo Drive. And it's not all hyperbole. Before Beverly Hills was the land of designer logos, before it was teeming with tourists and rolling with Rolls-Royces, the city was home to Fred Hayman, the proprietor of the...
| Oct 27, 2009
| 4:33 PM
Bill Cosby received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center last night. Among those on hand to salute the multitalented Cosby were comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Sinbad and Dick Gregory. Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson...
| Dec 7, 2008
They say that timing is everything in comedy. What "Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America" (Twelve: 384 pp., $45) makes clear is what a time and place 20th century America was for the art. In this chock-full-of-photos volume, authors Laurence...
| Jun 23, 2008
| 12:24 PM
Friends and colleagues today mourned George Carlin, the acerbic, Grammy-winning comedian whose career spanned more than 50 years.
Carlin, 71, died of heart failure after being taken to St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica on Sunday evening. The...
| Jun 24, 2008
| 8:58 PM
Katt Williams takes exception to the mournful lament from a recent Oscar-winning song, "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp." The self-proclaimed "pimp" comedian would likely substitute the word "hilarious" for "hard."
Employing a furious high-pitched delivery...
| Jan 10, 2008
IN his costarring turn in the urban comedy "First Sunday," due in theaters Friday, Tracy Morgan delivers a performance that's bound to surprise the career funnyman's fans. Which is to say, the seven-season "Saturday Night Live" alum, who is currently on a...