Tag Archives: comedy

Scoey Mitchell, Comic Trailblazer, Dies @ 92

Years ago, I started to write an oral history of Tattletales, a game show I believe bridged the gap between average game shows and reality TV. One of the survivors of that show was Scoey Mitchell, who also appeared on Match Game. I was heartened that he was still living. Guessing his wife's answer on…
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Stand-Up Legend Louie Anderson Dies of Cancer @ 68

Just days after it was announced that he was battling diffuse large B cell lymphoma, stand-up comic and actor Louie Anderson has died. He was 68. Anderson as Christine — the mother of all TV performances (Image via FX) ExtraTV reports that Anderson died in a Las Vegas hospital. Anderson was born in St. Paul,…
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Took It All Off: ‘The Great American Strip-Off’

If you're looking for a camp flashback to the '80s with some juicy sex thrown in, look no further than The Great American Strip-Off, an '80s Playboy Channel show that daringly offered topless girls and mixed male and female contestants in a reality show decades before its time. Disrobing for dollars (Image via video still)…
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Art Metrano, Comic & ‘Police Academy’ Star, Dies @ 84

Art Metrano, a comic actor who made his mark in two Police Academy movies, died Wednesday at his home in Aventura, Florida, at 84. Metrano in his Police Academy drag (Image via Warner Bros.) His son Harry Metrano's Instagram post made the sad announcement: "Yesterday I lost my best friend, my mentor, my dad. He was…
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Felix Silla, Cousin Itt on ‘The Addams Family,’ Dies @ 84

Felix Silla, the Italian-born little person whose stunt and acting career led to a surprising number of key character roles, died Friday, April 16, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Silla as Twiki (GIF via GIPHY) He was 84. Silla's death was made public by his Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century (1979-1981) co-star Gil…
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Jerry Lewis, King of Comedy, Dies @ 91

Hey, l-a-a-a-a-dy! Jerry Lewis, who rose to fame as part of the comedy team Martin & Lewis in the '50s, became a slapstick solo star in the '60s and went on to become a film auteur, has died at 91. (more…)
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