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Fighting - or at Least Responding to - War and Terrorism with Comedy

Welcome to the latest installment of Tragedy Plus Time. Each segment will focus on a particular ‘life crisis’ — sometimes globally tragic, sometimes more of a personal affair — and we’ll explore how many of the comedians we know and [...]

By Matt Shafeek

The Lost Roles of Peter Sellers

Lost Roles is a weekly column exploring "what might have been" in movie and TV comedy as we take a different actor, writer, or comedian each week and examine the parts they turned down, wanted but didn’t get, and the projects that fell apart [...]

By Bradford Evans

How Dr. Strangelove Ruined a Birthday Party

In the latest "Pop Culture Memory Lane," comedian Connor Ratliff describes the time he showed the “funniest movie of all time” at his 13th-birthday party.

By Gilbert Cruz

Music and Lyrics

Music and Lyrics
The case of Paul Cortez, the personal trainer–musician accused of murdering a dancer who snubbed him, took an odd turn yesterday when the prosecution offered the defendant's song lyrics as evidence of his violent tendencies. The Times quotes Cortez's attorney, Dawn Florio, who claimed that songs like “The Killin Machine” were perfectly normal for her client to have written: “Rock stars don’t write about tulips and butterflies,” she explained. Objection, hearsay. — Lori Fradkin Lyrics and Diaries Offered as a Portrait of a Killer [NYT]

Max Azria Designs Maternity Chic

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We finally found the celebrities. Or at least knew where some of them were for twenty minutes yesterday at BCBG Max Azria. While prowling the front row pre-show in an attempt to see which starlet would be feeling our wrath this evening, we noticed that Katharine McPhee was scheduled to appear. The American Idol runner-up didn't make it, possibly because it was too stressful to make the trip from TRL — where she made an appearance this afternoon wearing casual jeans and some top that we don't remember — to the tents, where, we assume, she'd have to wear something a bit higher-flying, possibly necessitating a change in the Town Car. That sounds like a lot of work.