Today in Comedy History

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 61 of 61

1598-04-30 - 1st theater performance in America (Spanish comedy-Rio Grande)
1611-11-01 - Shakespeare's romantic comedy "Tempest" 1st presented
1787-04-16 - 1st American comedy, "The Contrast," made its debut in NYC
1886-09-25 - Comedy opera "Dorothy," 1st produced in London
1912-09-23 - 1st Mack Sennett "Keystone Comedy" movie released
1914-12-21 - "Tillie's Punctured Romance" 1st six-reel feature comedy debuts
Playwright William ShakespearePlaywright William Shakespeare 1914-12-21 - 1st feature-length silent film comedy "Tillie's Punctured Romance" released. (Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand & Charles Chaplin)
1921-05-23 - "Shuffle Along" 1st black musical comedy, opens in NYC
1933-10-02 - Eugene O'Neill's comedy "Ah, Wilderness," premieres in NYC
1936-07-29 - RCA shows 1st real TV program (dancing, film on locomotives, Bonwit Teller fashion show & monologue from Tobacco Road & comedy)
1939-04-17 - SN Behrman's "No Time for Comedy" premieres in NYC
1942-10-08 - Comedy duo Abbott and Costello launch their weekly radio show
Comedian and Actor Lou CostelloComedian and Actor Lou Costello 1944-09-28 - 1st TV Musical comedy (The Boys from Boise)
1946-07-25 - At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team.
1949-05-29 - Candid Camera, TV comedy show, moves to NBC
1953-06-11 - "Amos 'n Andy" TV Comedy, also radio from '29; last aired on CBS
1953-10-02 - "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" opens at John Golden NYC for 849 perf
1955-06-04 - "Mickey Rooney Show" TV comedy last airs on NBC
1955-06-12 - "Mr Peepers" (TV Comedy) starring Wally Cox airs for last time on NBC
1956-01-21 - "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Golden NYC after 849 perfs
1957-01-04 - "Blondie" situation comedy premieres on NBC TV (later on CBS)
Comedian Jerry LewisComedian Jerry Lewis 1959-01-24 - Dmitri Shostakovitch's comedy "Cheryomushk," premieres in Moscow
1962-09-26 - TV comedy series "Beverly Hillbillies" premieres on CBS
1964-11-09 - "Comedy in Music-Opus 2" opens at John Golden NYC for 192 perfs
1965-04-24 - "Comedy in Music-Opus 2" closes at John Golden NYC after 192 perfs
1967-02-05 - "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" premieres on CBS (later ABC, NBC)
1967-06-04 - Monkees take home an Emmy for their Outstanding comedy Series
1969-05-11 - Monty Python comedy troupe forms
1969-06-08 - "Smothers Brothers comedy Hour" last airs on CBS-TV
1973-06-30 - "Burns & Schreiber Comedy Hour" TV Variety; debut on ABC
1975-01-24 - "Hot l Baltimore" situation comedy premieres on ABC TV
1975-01-29 - First American Annual Comedy Awards, hosted by Alan King
1977-10-03 - "Comedy with Music (Victor Borge)" opens at Imperial NYC for 66 perfs
1977-11-27 - "Comedy with Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Imperial NY after 66 perf
1978-09-12 - Situation comedy "Taxi" premieres on ABC television
1979-02-04 - "Co-Ed Fever," TV Comedy, debut & cancelled that outing on CBS
1979-11-08 - Bernard Slade's "Romantic Comedy" premieres in NYC
1981-06-23 - NYC mayor Koch turns down a $7,500 offer to perform comedy
1984-04-05 - "Human Comedy" opens at Royale Theater NYC for 13 performances
1984-04-15 - "Human Comedy" closes at Royale Theater NYC after 13 performances
1986-09-29 - "Designing Women," TV Comedy, debuts on CBS
1987-05-19 - 1st American Comedy Award
Actor & Comedian Robin WilliamsActor & Comedian Robin Williams 1988-05-15 - 2nd American Comedy Award: Robin Williams & Tracey Ullman
1989-05-23 - 3rd American Comedy Award: Paula Poundstone
1989-06-12 - "Doctor Doctor," TV Comedy starring Matt Frewer, debuts on CBS-TV
1990-03-10 - 4th American Comedy Award: When Harry Met Sally
1990-04-01 - "Ha!" comedy Channel on cable TV begins transmitting
1990-05-28 - Dave Thomas Comedy Show, debuts on CBS-TV
1990-06-25 - "Dave Thomas Comedy Show" last airs on CBS-TV
1991-03-09 - 5th American Comedy Award: Dennis Wolfberg
1992-03-28 - 6th American Comedy Award: Cathy Ladman, Judy Watkins, Billy Crystal
1993-02-28 - 7th American Comedy Award: seinfeld wins
Comedian Jerry SeinfeldComedian Jerry Seinfeld 1993-09-01 - "White Liars/Black Comedy" opens at Criterion NYC for 38 perfs
1993-10-03 - "White Liars/Black Comedy" closes at Criterion NYC after 38 perfs
1994-03-07 - 8th American Comedy Award: Carrot Top wins
1994-12-18 - "Comedy Tonight" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 8 performances
1994-12-25 - "Comedy Tonight" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 8 perfs
1995-03-06 - 9th American Comedy Award: Rodney Dangerfield
1996-03-06 - 10th American Comedy Award
1997-02-09 - 11th American Comedy Award: Debbie Reynolds
1998-06-14 - "Comic Relief" benefit comedy show

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 45 of 45

1655-02-07 - Jean-Francois Regnard, French comedy writer (Slave in Algeria)
1793-07-20 - Aleksander Fredro, Polish comedy writer (Pan Jowiolski)
1878-07-03 - George M Cohan, Providence Rhode Island, American father of musical comedy (Phantom President, Give My Regards to Broadway)
1890-08-12 - Al Goodman, Nikopol Russia, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour)
1892-01-18 - Oliver Hardy, Harlem Ga, comedy team member (Laurel & Hardy)
Composer George M. CohanComposer George M. Cohan (1878-07-03) 1892-01-31 - Eddie Cantor, NYC, comedian (Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater)
1893-03-01 - Theo Frenkel, actor (Footlights, Hague's Comedy)
1897-04-18 - Pedro Regas, actor (Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour) [or Apr 12]
1899-04-03 - Cees Lasseur, Dutch actor/owner (Hague Comedy)
1903-01-04 - Joris Diels, Flemish actor/director (Haagsche Comedy)
1905-02-04 - Hylda Baker, English comedy actress (d. 1986)
1906-09-30 - John I M Stewart, British detective writer (Comedy of Terrors)
1907-03-22 - Paul J Steenbergen, Neth, actor (Ciske Rat)/founder (Hague's Comedy)
1910-05-12 - Gordon Jenkins, Webster Grove Mo, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour)
1910-12-02 - Robert Paige, Indianapolis Ind, actor (Colgate Comedy Hour)
1912-01-23 - Ank van der Moer, actress (Verkade, Dutch Comedy)
1913-08-03 - Mel Tolkin, Ukrainian-born television comedy writer (d. 2007)
1920-03-23 - Jimmy Edwards, comedy actor (Barnes)
1921-03-19 - Tommy Cooper, British comedian and magician (d. 1984)
1924-06-08 - George Kirby, Chicago, comedian (ABC Comedy Hour, Pearl Bailey Show)
1924-10-13 - Terry Gibbs, Brooklyn New York, American orchestra leader (Steve Allen Comedy Hour)
1924-11-17 - Lucas J "Luc" Lutz, Dutch actor/director (Hague Comedy)
1926-01-17 - Richard Michael Hills, comedy script writer
1927-10-31 - Anita Kerr, Memphis TN, singer composer and producer (The Anita Kerr Singers)
1928-06-19 - Barry Took, English comedy writer (d. 2002)
1931-05-19 - Eric Davidson, comedy scriptwriter
1931-07-28 - Darryl Hickman, Hollywood, California, American actor (Human Comedy, Tea & Sympathy)
1933-11-15 - Barbara Carson, Memphis Tn, actress (Comedy Tonight, Carter Country)
1934-03-22 - Larry Martyn, English comedy actor (d. 1994)
1939-04-05 - David Winters, London England, choreographer (Steve Allen Comedy Hour)
1940-11-22 - Terry Gilliam, Minneapolis, comedy author-animator (Monty Python)
1943-05-15 - Harve Brosten, comedy writer/producer/director (All in the Family)
1944-02-26 - Marilyn Michaels, comedienne (ABC Comedy Hour)
1946-09-27 - Robin Nedwell, English comedy actor (d. 1999)
1948-11-10 - Mario Viegas, actor (The Jew, Divine Comedy, Funeral of Patrao)
1948-11-23 - Bruce Vilanch, American comedy writer
1950-10-30 - Louise Duart, Quincy MA, comedienne (Paramount Comedy Theater # 5)
1951-07-27 - Janet Eilber, Detroit Mich, actress (Hard to Hold, Romantic Comedy)
1953-06-21 - Robyn Douglass, Sendai Japan, actress (Lonely Guy, Romantic Comedy)
1955-01-07 - Sandra Bernhard, Arizona (Follow That Bird, King of Comedy)
1955-06-06 - Sandra Bernhard, Flint Mich, actress (King of Comedy, Nancy-Roseanne)
1955-07-09 - Fred Norris, comedy writer/singer (Howard Stern Show)
1965-02-25 - Carrot Top, [Scott Thompson], Fla, comedian (Amer Comedy Award-1994)
1970-11-07 - Neil Hannon, Northern Irish musician (The Divine Comedy)
1987-11-30 - Ian Hecox, Part of the America Online comedy duo Smosh

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 1 of 1

2005-10-09 - "The O.C." writer and talk show host Regis Philbin's daughter Jennifer Joy Philbin (31) weds NBC comedy series "The Office" writer Michael Schur (32) at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New York City

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 28 of 28

1321-09-13 - Dante Alighieri, author (Divine Comedy), dies
1876-07-15 - Aleksander Fredro, Polish comedy writer (Zemstra), dies at 82
Composer George M. CohanComposer George M. Cohan (1942-11-05) 1942-11-05 - George M Cohan, father of musical comedy, dies of cancer at 64
1955-06-01 - Theo Frenkel, actor (Footlights, Hague's Comedy), dies
1957-01-07 - Al White, choreographer (NBC Comedy Hour), dies
1960-01-02 - Cees [Cornelis J] Laseur, Dutch actor/dir (Hague Comedy), dies at 60
1961-06-02 - Peter H "Paul" Huf, actor/director (Dutch Comedy), dies at 70
1964-10-10 - Eddie Cantor, comedian (Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater), dies at 72
1972-01-10 - Al Goodman, Russian/US orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 81
1983-03-28 - Ank [Anna M] van der Moer, actress (Verkade, Dutch Comedy), dies at 71
1983-12-31 - Frank Link, actor (Burns & Schreiber Comedy Show), dies at 46
1984-05-01 - Gordon Jenkins, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 73
1985-06-28 - James Craig, actor (Human Comedy, Kismet), dies of lung cancer at 74
1986-05-01 - Hylda Baker, English comedy actress (b. 1905)
1992-04-04 - Sy Kramer, singer/comedy writer dies of cancer at 59
1993-03-02 - Paul D Zimmerman, US screenwriter (King of Comedy), dies at 54
1994-08-07 - Larry Martyn, comedy actor (b. 1934)
1994-11-08 - Michael O'Donoghue, American comedy writer (SNL), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 54
1994-11-14 - John I M Stewart, detective writer (A Comedy of Terrors), dies at 88
1996-04-01 - Mario Viegas, actor (The Jew, Divine Comedy), dies at 47
1996-05-20 - Eric Davidson, comedy scriptwriter, dies at 65
1996-06-06 - Richard Michael Hills, comedy script writer, dies at 70
2005-08-18 - Gao Xiumin, Chinese comedy actress (b. 1959)
2006-11-10 - Diana Coupland, British comedy actress (b. 1932)
2007-11-26 - Mel Tolkin, television comedy writer (b. 1913)
2008-08-29 - Geoffrey Perkins, British comedy producer (b. 1953)
2010-09-29 - Greg Giraldo, American comedian (Comedy Central Roast) (b.1965)
2011-04-23 - John Sullivan, British comedy writer (b. 1946)


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