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Jon Stewart to receive Mark Twain lifetime award for comedy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Comedian, talk show host and political influencer Jon Stewart has been named the 23rd recipient of the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Award for lifetime achievement in comedy. ...

Iran's Iraj Pezeshkzad, who wrote 'My Uncle Napoleon,' dies

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iraj Pezeshkzad, an Iranian author whose bestselling comic novel, “My Uncle Napoleon,” lampooned Persian culture's self-aggrandizing and paranoid behavior as the country entered th...

Spider-Man comic page sells for record $3.36M bidding

DALLAS (AP) — A single page of artwork from a 1984 Spider-Man comic book sold at auction Thursday for a record $3.36 million. Mike Zeck's artwork for page 25 from Marvel Comics' “Se...

16 Ugandan students forced to work in central Taiwan factories

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Education has barred Chungchou University of Science and Technology (CCUT) from recruiting foreign students after one of its 16 Ugandan students reported t...

Here comes the judge: Steve Harvey an initial hit

NEW YORK (AP) — Judge Steve Harvey? At least for its first week, having the comic serve as a reality show arbiter seems like an inspired idea. His show's premiere was the most-watche...

Betty White's death caused by stroke suffered 6 days earlier

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Betty White died from a stroke she had six days before her Dec. 31 death at age 99, according to her death certificate. The beloved “Golden Girls...

Comedians, friends, co-stars react to death of Bob Saget

Bob Saget, the comedian and actor known for his role as a widower raising a trio of daughters in the sitcom “Full House,” was found dead Sunday in Florida. His death at 65 shocked peers and fans and t...

Anatomy of TV hit 'You': right book, creators, global reach

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When veteran TV producer Greg Berlanti was invited to adapt the novel “You" about a seductive charmer with a murderous streak, he immediately fixed on former “Supernatural” producer...

Betty White, an ageless TV star, was America's sweetheart

Betty White was America’s naughty sweetheart. With a wholesome smile and a dirty joke she charmed millions of viewers decade after decade, rising from $50-a-week to ageless superstar...

Taipei MRT turns down Amnesty International ad for activist jailed in China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC) turned down two applications by Amnesty International for an ad supporting the case of Lee Ming-che (李明哲), the Taiwanese human righ...

Why standup comedy is gaining popularity in India

The climb up to the Happy High comedy club in Delhi's Shahpur Jat neighborhood is tortuous. Nestled on the fifth floor of an old building in the city, the elevator leading up to the venue can hold...

Review: 'Matrix Resurrections' rewrites its programming

How deep does the rabbit hole go? Deep enough, it turns out, to accommodate at least four movies, several videogames, a comic and countless pairs of sunglasses. In the 22 years sinc...

2021 Notebook: Redrawing the conversation about race

After 2020 became a year of racial reckoning with the public killing of George Floyd and the protests of injustices against Black people, 2021 offered what can best be described as a follow-up year — ...

Up, up and they pay: $2.6M winning bid for Superman #1 comic

NEW YORK (AP) — A rare copy of a Superman #1 comic book that sold on newsstands for a dime in 1939 was purchased for $2.6 million in an auction. The comic showing Superman leaping o...

Review: A Spidey sense overdose in 'No Way Home'

Spider-Man movies have come in such flurries over the last two decades that you could almost tell time by them. Who needs the long centuries of the Triassic, Jurassic and the Cretaceous, when, in the ...