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Bill Cosby to play New York Comedy Festival

Hey, New York—ready to laugh?

The 2014 New York Comedy Festival will be led by Bill Cosby, Variety reports, with the veteran comedian playing Carnegie Hall on November 8.

Running November 5-9, the festival will include Bill Maher, Hannibal Buress, Tig Notaro, Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, Carly Aquilino, and Chris D’Elia. Big names making their first appearance at the fest include Amy Schumer and Nick Offerman. Further talent will soon be announced.

Caroline Hirsch, founder of Carolines on Broadway, created the NYCF. Now in its 11th year, it’s produced by Carolines on Broadway in association with Comedy Central.

Amy Poehler, Seth Rogen win American Comedy Awards

Amy Poehler and her NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation were big winners at last night’s American Comedy Awards, taking home the trophies for best comedy actress in television and top TV program.

The pre-taped awards ceremony made its broadcast network debut, airing on NBC for the first time. Craig Robinson and the Nasty Delicious served as the house band for the ACAs, which honored Bill Cosby with the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence. While introducing The Cos, Chris Rock acknowledged the strong, positive influence the comedian brought to a mainstream audience, saying: “Without The Cosby Show back then, we might not have a black man in the Oval Office today. Obama is the first black president, but Bill Cosby is the man to act like the first black president.”

Film winners included This Is the End, which was named top film and scored directing honors for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and The Heat, which took home best screenplay and earned Melissa McCarthy a best actress nod. Will Ferrell won the best actor award for his role in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, but wasn’t able to attend the ceremony. Billy Eichner accepted the statue in his honor, delivering some of then night’s best lines. Watch his speech below: READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon impersonates Bill Cosby, in front of Bill Cosby -- VIDEO

Jimmy Fallon took his special rapport with other celebrities — or is that total fanboy fawning? — to a new level last night when Bill Cosby stopped by The Tonight Show.

When the comedy legend took the stage, Fallon admitted that he can’t help but break out his Cosby impersonation while in his presence. “Because when I talk to you,” the late-night host said, pausing between words, “I…slow…everything…down….” Fallon even broke out those famous Cosby Show dance moves. The only thing he was missing, in fact, was a Cosby sweater:
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Funny or Die: Bill Cosby explains the caveman origins of Thanksgiving

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How ever did the turkey, a humble over-sized bird, become the chief symbol and main course of Thanksgiving?

Sage, sweater-donning Bill Cosby has the answer, in the animated short that he wrote and starred in for Funny or Die. After a neat stop-animation style intro in which a family’s Turkey Day feast is foiled by some explosive birds, Cosby goes on to explain how turkey time originated with cavemen and their enterprising spouses to season the bland bird – “or could it have been the brilliance of his wife to say ‘this needs um some kind of leaf or root or something’.” But he admits, “they really didn’t know what they were doing.”

Barring any scientific accuracy, the comedian’s holiday philosophy is comfortably simple: “This is Bill Cosby saying this is Thanksgiving and it is a time to eat and enjoy, and it is also a time to find a way to have a bed next to your chair.”

Watch Turkey Day story time with Cosby below: READ FULL STORY

Check out 10 now-famous comedians in their early days of stand-up

Patton Oswalt posted a clip on Twitter of his first acting gig at the tender age of 19. The seasoned actor-comedian may not totally appreciate the look back at his performing roots — a faux stand-up routine that doubles as an educational video on college loans — but fans and viewers are sure to be amused by not just the look back at the then-baby-faced Oswalt but also the totally outrageous early 90s fashion. Every comedian started somewhere — often on a dark stage in awesomely dated clothes.

Watch his set below and check out the stand-up routines (and the fashions!) from some of your favorite comedians. (Some  videos may be NSFW due to explicit language.) READ FULL STORY

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