Jay Leno Wins Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will honor comedian Jay Leno with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the nation’s top award for humor, according to the Associated Press. Leno, 64, has a rich, long-standing career entertaining American audiences. He took over as host for NBC’s The Tonight Show after Johnny Carson stepped down in 1992. Since relinquishing his chair to Jimmy Fallon last February, Leno has created Jay Leno’s Garage, an online series dedicated to his love of …

Al Feldstein: One of the Original ‘Mad’ Men

Mad magazine, edited in its 1960s and 1970s heyday by Al Feldstein, arguably was the most subversive publication on American newsstands – a comic book that, instead of superheroes’ exploits, featured deft parodies of hit movies and Madison Avenue ad campaigns and biting satirical commentary on issues such as racial segregation and the Vietnam War. Here are eight facts about Feldstein, who died on April 30 at age 88 in Livingston, Mont., and how he fostered a style of humor that profoundly …

TV’s Funniest Moments Minus the Laughs

That’s what I get for actually planning my weekend around a TV show. After reminding myself for two days not to miss it, I actually sat down in front of the tube to watch Sunday’s NBC special, TV’s Funniest of the Funniest: A Paley Center for Media Special. Who could resist that? The show purported to feature the 30 funniest moments in TV history, and it was curated by the nation’s most esteemed television archive. How could they screw that …

Doris Roberts Leaves ‘em Laughing, but No One Knows Why

Doris Roberts is the kind of dinner partner who can keep you laughing through the French onion soup, the Waldorf salad, the poached salmon and even the strawberry short cake, although afterwards you wonder what it was she said that made everything so funny. I pondered the subject over a glass of cognac one gentle summer evening during a party at the home of a mutual friend while Roberts entertained a guest on her other side who, later, also couldn’t …

5 Ways Humor Can Help You Cope With Dementia

Before she had Alzheimer’s, author Jill McCorkle’s mother was very religious, never cursed or, God forbid, mentioned sex. But McCorkle’s sister called Jill last month. Apparently, their mother was talking nonstop about gonorrhea. She was convinced a lot of the residents in her memory care facility had it “and we all know how they got it,” she repeated. “There are things my mother says that are so out of character and off the wall,” says McCorkle. “I can’t even imagine …

An Awful Lot of Adorable

It’s the weekend, so why not kick back and enjoy 33 photos of animals with stuffed animals versions of themselves? While none of these little cuties are as famous or adored at Boo, who is so beloved that we can now all go out and pick up our very own stuffed Boo, there is something for everyone on this list. So, which one is your favorite?