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February 12, 2014 |
In a day before comedy was laced with irony and studded with mean-spirited barbs, Sid Caesar was more than funny. He was hilariously, outrageously, tear-inducingly, gather-up-the-whole-family-for-this funny . A veteran of the Catskills with an elastic face, a knack for gibberish and a mind that could find comedy gold in the workings of a Bavarian cuckoo clock, Caesar was the king of live television sketch comedy in the 1950s. Some of the best writers - Carl Reiner, Neil Simon and Mel Brooks - vied to work for him. No slouches at comedy themselves, they were dazzled by his genius and, at times, horrified by his temper; he once tore the sink from a hotel bathroom and threatened to throw Brooks out an 18th-story window.
February 12, 2014 |
Sid Caesar, who died Wednesday at the age of 91, had a career that spanned stage and screen, but it was on TV that he was best known. His first TV appearance was on Milton Berle's "Texaco Star Theater," but it was on the variety show program "Your Show of Shows" that he became famous. The show, which aired on NBC beginning in 1950, showcased Caesar's talents alongside other future comedy legends, including Carl Reiner, Imogene Coca and Howie Morris. Mel Brooks and Neil Simon were writers for the show, which grew from the vaudeville tradition.
February 8, 2014 |
It was the pop culture equivalent of the Big Bang, a televised moment that changed music for decades to come. Fifty years ago Sunday, the Beatles made their U.S. live television debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" as 73 million people tuned in, the largest audience in history at that time. The English band's appearance ignited American hysteria over the group and its music on a scale unmatched to this day. In the shorthand of history, it appears to be a moment of spontaneous combustion.
December 26, 2013 |
Google has removed Rap Genius from the top of its search results after it was discovered that the popular music lyrics website was trying to trick the tech giant into giving it better search rankings. Now, when users search for "Rap Genius" on Google they won't find any direct links to the music website, which lets users and artists annotate song lyrics. Instead, the results point to news articles, social media accounts and Rap Genius' Wikipedia page. Google took down Rap Genius after it was revealed that the lyrics website, which received $15 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz last year, was offering bloggers exposure through its social media accounts in exchange for links to its website on their music blogs. PHOTOS: Got a Christmas gadget?
December 10, 2013 |
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Jerry Dipoto turned Mark Trumbo into three arms and a bat. That is the work of a magician. Provided, of course, that the Angels get solid production from those three arms and a bat. If not, the Angels' general manager just made 30 home runs disappear, and maybe his job with it. On Monday, when the Angels arrived at the winter meetings, they had a three-man starting rotation. On Tuesday, they got to the minimum five, trading Trumbo to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-way deal that brought left-hander Tyler Skaggs from Arizona and left-hander Hector Santiago from the Chicago White Sox. That is Step 1. The Angels saved about $3 million in the trade, giving them about $18 million in available funds.
December 5, 2013 |
The guests on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Wednesday were "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch and R&B singer R. Kelly. So Jimmy Kimmel decided to bring them together in the best possible way: by having Cumberbatch recite the lyrics to R. Kelly's new single, "Genius. " The results are, well, genius. The song comes from Kelly's new album, with the subtle title "Black Panties. " The song itself is all about a man who fancies himself a sex genius. Kelly said the title came to him during a live show when a pair of black panties landed on his microphone.