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Cancer stricken comedian Ron Shock dies, wife Rhonda shares a message (Update)

Cancer stricken comedian Ron Shock dies, wife Rhonda shares a message (Update)

By | May 17, 2012 at 5:19 pm | 4 comments

Despite his announcement just last month that he had seven to nine months to live, cancer-sticken comedian Ron Shock succumed to the disease today at the age of 69. On Dec. 14, 2011, Shock was diagnosed with urethral cancer, and the storyteller chronicled his treatments on...

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Our condolences go out to comedian Ardie Fuqua’s family

Our condolences go out to comedian Ardie Fuqua’s family

By | May 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm | No comments

It's heartbreaking when the comedy community loses a great one. It is equally painful when a member of our circle loses a loved one. We at Laughspin wish to give our condolences to Ardie Fuqua and his family. Fuqua, a veteran comedian, well-respected performer and beloved...

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Watch Stephen Colbert’s interview with Maurice Sendak

Watch Stephen Colbert’s interview with Maurice Sendak

By | May 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm | One comment

Maurice Sendak, the legendary author of trailblazing children's books like Where the Wild Things Are, died today at the age of 83. The cause was complications from a recent stroke, his longtime editor, Michael di Capua, told the New York Times. Sendak will forever be remembered...

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Veteran comedian Rich Ramirez dies at 57

Veteran comedian Rich Ramirez dies at 57

By | May 4, 2012 at 11:37 pm | 13 comments

Rich Ramirez, a stand-up comedy veteran of 30 years, died tonight after sustaining severe head trauma. He was 57. Due to his ongoing battle with liver disease -- he had a liver transplant in 1997 -- Ramirez had lost a tremendous amount of body weight and muscle mass in the...

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Listen to 6 minutes of Mitch Hedberg radio spots for Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches

Listen to 6 minutes of Mitch Hedberg radio spots for Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches

By | March 30, 2012 at 10:01 am | One comment

If you're a super comedy fan you may know that the late, great Mitch Hedberg was once a spokesman for Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, an Illinois chain eatery with locations scattered liberally around the Midwest. You may have even stumbled across his radio spots online. But,...

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Listen to an interview with Mitch Hedberg conducted five months before he died

Listen to an interview with Mitch Hedberg conducted five months before he died

By | March 27, 2012 at 1:36 pm | 7 comments

This coming Thursday marks the seventh anniversary of comedian Mitch Hedberg's death. And although we lost him when he was only 37 years old, he left us with what seems like a long lifetime of material. We can always listen and re-listen to his two albums, Strategic Grill...

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Late comedian Bernie Mac honored with Chicago street sign

Late comedian Bernie Mac honored with Chicago street sign

By | February 28, 2012 at 10:31 pm | One comment

The late comedian Bernie Mac, known mostly for being part of the Original Kings of Comedy as well as his own television show, was honored today in Chicago, as a street sign bearing his name was raised. The "honorary" sign was posted in the Englewood neighborhood of the city,...

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In honor of Mitch Hedberg’s 44th birthday, check out a rare print interview

In honor of Mitch Hedberg’s 44th birthday, check out a rare print interview

By | February 24, 2012 at 5:29 pm | One comment

Mitch Hedberg would've been 44 today, but his friends, family and the comedy world lost him at the age of 37. In honor of his birthday, Austin writer Steve Birmingham just posted an interview he conducted with Hedberg in October of 2001, which originally appeared in the...

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11 videos featuring Maya Rudolph and Debra Wilson as Whitney Houston

11 videos featuring Maya Rudolph and Debra Wilson as Whitney Houston

By | February 11, 2012 at 11:24 pm | One comment

Iconic pop singer Whitney Houston died at the age of 48 this afternoon. No cause of death has been revealed. And while it may seem her work in the music world had nothing to do with world of comedy, two great comedic actresses -- Maya Rudolph of Saturday Night Live fame and...

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