Writer, director, actor, and artist John Waters occupies a space all his own in American culture, from trash film classics like Hairspray, Pink Flamingos and Cry-Baby to his one-man stage shows to his many books, including his latest, Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America.

TV comedic actor Phil Hartman is best known for his eight brilliant seasons on Saturday Night Live, where his versatility and comedic timing resulted in some of the funniest and most famous sketches in the television show’s history.


   The Woodstock Comedy Festival is a festival with a mission: Comedy for a Cause. Each year their net profits will be donated to theirr charity partners Polaris Project and Family of Woodstock for the battle against human trafficking and domestic violence.

Their second-annual festival is a three-day event Sept. 19-21 and will feature stand-up comedy, sketch comedy, improv to panels, films and more.

Colin Quinn will headline this year’s festival – performing at The Bearsville Theatre in Woodstock, NY on Saturday, September 20th.

    Joan Rivers kept audiences laughing through a 50-year career. It was a career that certainly had its bumps: bankruptcy, getting banned from The Tonight Show, and having her husband commit suicide - however, she was a constant presence on the road. She never stopped working and was always reinventing herself.

In this segment we share an archival interview with Joan Rivers and then welcome Susie Essman to the program to talk about what Joan meant to her.

    Cartoonist, Comedian, and Artisanal Pencil Sharpener, David Rees is the host of a new show, Going Deep With David Rees, which premieres tonight on the National Geographic Channel.

In each episode of the show, David and his team consult with experts on how to excel at seemingly simple day-to-day tasks like how to tie your shoes, swat a fly, dig a hole, and, make an ice cube.

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    Emmy Award-winning (Picket Fences) stage and screen legend Fyvush Finkel will celebrates the great songs and humor of show business at Mr. Finn's Cabaret at Barrington Stage.

Accompanied by his two sons – Ian Finkel, the World’s Greatest Xylophonist, and Elliot Finkel, concert pianist extraordinaire – the 91-year-old Fyvush offers a first-hand account of his incredible career spanning English and Yiddish roles, from Second Avenue to modern-day television stardom.

    Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, featuring Edie Brickell are hitting the road fresh off their recent Grammy win for Best American Roots Song! They will be at The Palace in Albany, NY on Friday, June 20.

The concert will showcase new material performed by Martin and Brickell, including selections from their album Love Has Come for You along with the unique hybrid of bluegrass and comedy that Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers have been delighting audiences with at their sold-out, critically acclaimed shows.

    Adam Resnick is an Emmy Award-winning writer who began his career at Late Night with David Letterman. He went on to co-create Fox’s Get a Life, starring Chris Elliott, and is responsible for the cult favorites Cabin Boy and Death to Smoochy. He also served as co-executive producer and writer for HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show.

His new book is a collection of very funny stories, Will Not Attend.

    Humor, like pornography, is famously difficult to define. We know it when we see it, but is there a way to figure out what we really find funny—and why?

Ha!: The Science Of When We Laugh And Why is an investigation into the science of humor and laughter, cognitive neuroscientist Scott Weems uncovers what’s happening in our heads when we giggle, guffaw, or double over with laughter.

Kathy Griffin

One of our most prolific comedians, Kathy Griffin occupies a space all her own in the entertainment world, from her sold-out stage shows to television appearances to books and albums.