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Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81
September 4, 2014
Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.
Trading barbs with Bill Maher
Comedian bringing his liberal sense of humor to Topeka
April 11, 2013
For a comedian like Bill Maher, our fair — red — state has provided plenty of fodder over the years, some of which may work its way into his stand-up routine Saturday night at the Topeka Performing Arts Center. By Sara Shepherd
NPR quiz show host to speak Monday at KU
February 17, 2013
The longtime host of National Public Radio’s current events quiz show, “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” — sharp-witted author, broadcast personality and commentator Peter Sagal — is planning an appearance at Kansas University.
The wedding singer: Performing at ‘Bachelorette’ nuptials boosts native Lawrencian’s career
January 13, 2013
When “Bachelorette” sweethearts Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum tied the knot on national TV last month, all eyes were on them. But during key moments of the wedding ceremony, all ears were on someone else: Lawrence native Lisa Donnelly. By Sara Shepherd.
Elmo actor Kevin Clash resigns amid sex allegation
November 20, 2012
Sesame Workshop says Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from “Sesame Street” in the wake of allegations that he had sex with an under-aged youth.
Actors Riggle, Rudd, Sudeikis to host celebrity fundraiser for K.C. children’s hospital
June 18, 2012
Kansas University alumnus Rob Riggle anticipates a full house this weekend as he once again teams up with fellow actors Paul Rudd, also a KU alumnus, and notorious Jayhawk fan Jason Sudeikis, to co-host the third annual Big Slick Celebrity Weekend, a benefit for Children’s Mercy Hospital.
American Bandstand’ host Dick Clark has died
02:55 p.m., April 18, 2012 Updated 03:04 p.m.
‘American Bandstand’ host Dick Clark is dead, according to spokesman Paul Shefrin.
Clooney arrested in protest at Sudanese Embassy
March 16, 2012
Actor George Clooney and his father have been arrested at a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington.
Monkees singer Davy Jones dies
February 29, 2012
Davy Jones, the diminutive heartthrob who rocketed to the top of the 1960s music charts by beckoning millions of adoring fans with the catchy refrains of The Monkees, died Wednesday. He was 66.
Investigators seek answers to Whitney Houston’s death
February 13, 2012
Investigators worked Sunday to piece together what killed Whitney Houston as the music industry’s biggest names gathered for a Grammy Awards show that at times felt as much like a memorial as a celebration.
Miranda Cosgrove breaks ankle in tour bus accident; was to perform in Wichita Friday
August 11, 2011
Actress and singer Miranda Cosgrove has broken her ankle in a tour bus accident in southern Illinois.
Troubled singer Amy Winehouse dead at 27
July 23, 2011
Singer Amy Winehouse was found dead Saturday at age 27 by ambulance crews called to her home in north London’s Camden area, a youth-culture mecca known for its music scene, its pubs — and the availability of illegal drugs.
Review: I Love You Phillip Morris
January 28, 2011
As you may be able to tell from its title, the new comedy “I Love You Phillip Morris” is a love story. It’s about infatuation, obsession, and the insane lengths people will go to when they are deep in love’s sway. It just so happens that the lovers in question are two gay men who fall in love in prison.
Fans remember John Lennon on 30th anniversary of his death
December 9, 2010
John Lennon’s fans celebrated his life Wednesday by visiting Strawberry Fields, the Central Park garden dedicated in his honor, while a newly released interview he gave shortly before his death showed he was optimistic about his future.
Actor Leslie Nielsen dies at age 84
November 29, 2010
Leslie Nielsen, the dramatic lead in “Forbidden Planet” and “The Poseidon Adventure” and the bumbling detective in “The Naked Gun” comedies, died on Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 84.