Can We Talk About Joan Rivers?

Whether you screamed with delight at her unfiltered caustic commentary or found her a grating loudmouth, Joan Rivers was a unique figure who paved the way for other female comedians. “The Queen of Mean,” who died at age 81 on Sept. 4 in New York following complications from an outpatient procedure, always saved her harshest barbs for herself — her supposed lack of sex appeal, her obsession with plastic surgery, the endless indignities of aging. >> Famous People We’ve Lost in …

Robin Williams, Beloved Comedy Star, Dead at 63

By Haven Daley, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63. Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, according to the sheriff’s office in Marin County, north of San Francisco. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation shows …

ABC Says O’Donnell Is Back on ‘The View’

By David Bauder of the Associated Press NEW YORK – Rosie O’Donnell will return to ABC’s “The View” this September for a most unexpected second act. ABC announced Thursday, via Twitter, that O’Donnell will join Whoopi Goldberg on the nearly empty couch at the daytime chatfest. Show creator Barbara Walters retired this spring from on-air appearances, Sherri Shepherd announced she was leaving after seven years and ABC didn’t renew the contract of Jenny McCarthy after only one season. It’s official! …

Andy Kaufman: Still Funny, Still Dead

Reports this week that the long-departed comedian Andy Kaufman is still alive have been debunked. For fans of Kaufman, who had often joked about faking his own death, the news was inevitable, but disappointing. Here’s what happened this week: On Monday, according to reports, the comedian’s brother, Michael, appeared at a comedy club in New York and, while introducing a woman he claimed was his brother’s daughter, read a letter purportedly from Andy. Thursday, the website Smoking Gun reported that the …