"I think if I took therapy, the doctor would quit. He'd just pick up the couch and walk out of the room."

Happy birthday Don Rickles!

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Don Rickles (born May 8, 1926) is an American stand-up comedian. He has appeared and lended his voice to characters in many films and on television. He has had long term contracts with hotels in Las Vegas, Reno, and Lake Tahoe. He is most known for responding to hecklers with insults, one of the first comedians to employ this technique.

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Happy birthday Dudley Moore!

Dudley Moore (April 19, 1935 – March 27, 2002) was a British actor, comedian, musician, and composer. He worked as a writer and performer on Beyond the Fringe, a comedic stage revue that is widely considered the beginning of British satire. He went on to work heavily with Peter Cook, and the two are both perhaps best known for their collaboration portraying the characters Pete and Dud.  

 

After his work with Cook, Moore moved on to a film career, appearing in such titles as Foul Play (1978), 10 (1979), and Arthur (1981). Having gotten his start in music, Moore also had a prolific music career, composing scores for several films and performing and recording with The Dudley Moore Trio throughout the 1960s. 

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Charlie Chaplin (April 16, 1889-December 25, 1977) was a British silent film actor. His contributions to the film world are virtually unparalleled. His career evolved from small time comedy troupes to vaudeville to film. By the age of 26, he was one of the highest paid people in the world. He achieved enough of a following to start his own distribution company, United Artists, by 1919. He went on to produce his own films, some his most notable including The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), and The Great Dictator (1940). He was nominated for Best Production, Best Director in a Comedy Picture, Best Actor and Best Writing (Original Story) for The Circus (1928) in the first ever Academy Awards in 1929, along with receiving many other recognitions throughout his life and posthumously.

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"I've had great success being a total idiot."

Happy Birthday, Jerry Lewis!

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Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) is an American comedian, actor and singer. Lewis grew to fame in comedy duo Lewis and Martin, where Dean Martin performed the straight man to Lewis's slapstick humor. The two would perform together in clubs, on the radio, on live television and in many films. After the duo went their separate ways, Lewis continued to star in films and eventually directed them too. Later in his life, Lewis taught directing classes at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where his students included Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Lewis has numerous awards and two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is best known for his roles in The Bellboy (1960), Cinderfella (1960), The Nutty Professor (1963) and The King of Comedy (1983).

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"I realize how talented our hair and wardrobe people are every time I have to get dressed on my own."

Happy Birthday, Jon Hamm!

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Jon Hamm (born March 10th, 1971) is an American film and television actor. After being raised in Missouri and living through the death of both his parents, Hamm moved to Los Angeles. He struggled for many years to land parts and served tables in the meantime. After a string of small roles on various television shows, Hamm was eventually cast as the lead character of Don Draper on critically-acclaimed AMC series Mad Men. For this role, Hamm received much attention and praise. He won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for this performance, as well as six other major awards and dozens of nominations.

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DC Pierson is a comedian, author, rapper, and a founding member of DERRICK Comedy, the sketch group with Donald Glover, Dominic Dierkes, and Dan Eckman. You might recognize him as Duncan, self-appointed boy genius from the group's film, Mystery Team, or as occasional Greendale Gazette member and Human Being on Community. The UCB alum talks about his new book, Crap Kingdom, good and bad writing advice, casting Werner Herzog in his ultimate feature film, and other things.

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"Well, I play Jews and parrots. Parrots are how I've branched out." -Gilbert Gottfried

Happy birthday Gilbert Gottfried!

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Gilbert Gottfried (February 28, 1955) is an American comedian and voice actor who is known for his stage persona which involves a grating speaking voice and squinting. His particular stage voice is perhaps best remembered as the voice of Iago, the parrot in Disney's Aladdin. Gottfried was a cast member of Saturday Night Live between 1980 and 1981, during which he was not known to use his now trademark screeching voice. Gottfried appeared in the Problem Child movies as Mr. Peabody and has done considerable voiceover acting for children's television and film.

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An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You should never see an Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order sign, just Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience. – Mitch Hedberg

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Mitch Hedberg (February 24, 1968 – March 29, 2005) was an American comedian whose signature style of joke writing and comedic delivery gained him a cult following. News of Hedberg's untimely death by drug overdose at the age of 37, was received with shock by his friends and fans, although he was a known drug user. Hedberg's command of surreal humor and non sequiturs has been cited as a major influence for comedians such as Mike Birbiglia, Demetri Martin, and Aziz Ansari.

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"I always preferred to hang out with the outcasts, 'cause they were cooler. They had better taste in music."

Happy Birthday, John Hughes!

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John Hughes was an American screenwriter and film director, most known for his era-defining teen films and classic comedies. His most celebrated titles include: National Lampoon's Vacation, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, Some Kind of Wonderful, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Uncle Buck, Home Alone, and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. John Hughes brought many young and child actors to fame with his empathy, understanding and directing skills. These included but were not limited to Molly Ringwald and Macaulay Culkin. Hughe's films showed the world of high school in a brutally honest light. His audiences responded deeply to that, finally seeing in these films what they knew to be true from their own lives. When Hughes died of a heart attack at age 59, he was mourned by the many actors who he had inspired. His films continue to be popular to this day.

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Happy Caturday! Since we just posted a list of 20 of the best interspecies friendships, and the list runs cat-heavy, I'm taking a breather for this week. Here's comedian Nick Kroll explaining the difference between cats and dogs. It's incredibly accurate. Disclaimer: Cats are not the worst.

 

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