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The Stone: For Veterans, a Path to Healing ‘Moral Injury’

Forgiveness isn’t enough. Acts of atonement can help veterans repair the loyalties damaged in war.


Netflix drops Danny Masterson from 'The Ranch' comedy

LOS ANGELES, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Actor Danny Masterson has been written out of the Netflix comedy series "The Ranch", the streaming company said on Tuesday. Netflix did not give a reason for Masterson's exit but Los Angeles police said in March that the actor, best known from "That 70s Show," was being investigated for alleged sexual assault of three women in the early 2000s. "As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Master

Comedy and Humor

On Comedy: 4 Comedy Specials to Watch: Seasoned Stand-Ups Making Debuts

Some of the funniest new stand-up is from veterans releasing their first specials or albums: Judah Friedlander, Michelle Wolf, Yamaneika Saunders and Shane Torres.

Toobin: Flynn's actions an insult to veterans

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin says former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn's actions are an insult to veterans and his service does not excuse him.

Comedy and Humor

An Upright Citizens Brigade Theater Closes With Filthy Fanfare

The Chelsea space gets an appropriate send-off — an improv marathon complete with dance party and Dumpster comedy — before the group moves to Hell’s Kitchen.

Improv Nation (Book)

Nonfiction: In the World of Comedy, Improv May Now Be More Important Than Stand-Up

Sam Wasson’s “Improv Nation” examines one of the most important stories in American popular culture.


UPDATE 1-Cromwell European REIT debuts at offer price in Singapore

* REIT comprises office, logistics, retail assets in Europe (Adds data on exchange listings, details of Cromwell IPO)

United States Politics and Government

Trump Again Derides Warren as ‘Pocahontas,’ This Time at Event Honoring Navajo Veterans

Standing in the Oval Office alongside three World War II code talkers, Mr. Trump made the unscripted comment after other officials praised the veterans’ history and contributions.


Trump refers to a 'Pocahontas' in Congress at meeting with veterans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said there was a "Pocahontas" in the U.S. Congress on Monday during a meeting with Native American World War Two veterans in an apparent derogatory reference to Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

For-Profit Schools

Editorial: Exploiting Veterans for Profit

And the Trump administration wants to make for-profit colleges even less accountable.

Computers and the Internet

How a Comedy Website Came to Sell Wine to Survive

Someecards had a great idea that went viral. Then Facebook, responsible for much of its success, almost killed it.

Comedy and Humor

On Comedy: Comedy Is Booming. I Can’t Wait for the Bust.

Our critic says comedy feels stagnant right now, dominated by the same stars. It’s time to make room for up-and-comers.


Did You Hear the One About the Housewife Who Walks Into a Comedy Club?

In the “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” the creator of “Gilmore Girls” introduces another brainy, mouthy heroine, this time in the male-dominated comedy world of the 1950s.

Comedy and Humor

Critic’s Notebook: Franken and Trump, Hiding Behind Their ‘Jokes’

Men get away with bad behavior under the guise of show business in both comedy and politics. Too often, women are just the material.


Science Is Dry, Obscure, Complex? Well, It Makes for Great Comedy

In podcasts and live shows, comedians are extracting the funny from astronomy, climate change and even the physics behind urinal cakes.

Jeff Ross uses comedy to tackle immigration

There's a moment in Jeff Ross's new comedy special where the comedian couldn't possibly look any more out of place.

Comedy and Humor

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Why Men Aren’t Funny

The post-Louis C.K. reckoning is actually the best thing to happen to comedy in a long time.

Military widow honors husband with Veterans Day baby gender reveal

On Veterans Day you usually see the colors red, white and blue, but people celebrating with Cassie Lohrey saw pink.


Veterans Claiming Disability Pay Face Wall of Denials and Delays

More than 470,000 veterans who have been denied benefits have appealed, but they face an antiquated system where processing cases can take years, even decades.

Comedy and Humor

Jon Stewart and Robert Smigel Craft a Comedy Benefit at a Polarized Moment

The two friends talk about “Night of Too Many Stars,” their annual benefit for autism groups, and how comedy has been affected by internet culture and politics.

Veterans Day 2017

Comedy and Humor

Op-Ed Contributor: The Lose-Lose Life of the Female Comedian

In the world of comedy clubs and standup gigs, women are either treated as groupies or ignored.


Ahead of Trump's visit to Philippines, a big thumbs up from U.S. veterans

SUBIC, Philippines (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is no stranger to controversy and he has often come in for sharp criticism both at home and overseas, but in the town of Subic in the Philippines, he's a hero.


Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' debuts to strong sales, mixed reviews

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Taylor Swift's revenge-tinged new album "Reputation" soared to the top of the iTunes charts on its first day of release on Friday, earning mixed reviews from music critics while fans devoured the lyrics for clues about her latest targets.

He lost his son in Iraq and drew Trump's ire. Here's his Veterans Day message.

At Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, the pews are packed with people who mostly do not share a history with the man they've come to hear. They rise when he enters the sanctuary at five minutes past 7 in the evening, and before he utters a single word, they give him a standing ovation.

Comedy and Humor

Opinion: Being a Female Comic in Louis C.K.’s World

The calculated risks of a life in comedy.

After 13 years in the military, this is my toughest Veterans Day


Opioid abuse crisis takes heavy toll on U.S. veterans

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Opioid drug abuse has killed more Americans than the Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam wars combined, and U.S. veterans and advocates this Veteran's Day are focusing on how to help victims of the crisis.

New York City

New York Today: New York Today: Remembering Our Veterans

Friday: World War I monuments across New York City, ways to honor Veterans Day and patriotic music trivia.

Comedy and Humor

HBO Cuts Louis C.K. From ‘Night of Too Many Stars’ Special

The network’s decision came as celebrities like Rosie O’Donnell and Jason Alexander responded to allegations of sexual misconduct against the comic.

United States Politics and Government

With Obamacare Fight Lost, Conservatives Turn to Veterans’ Care

A conservative veterans group, founded and funded by the Koch brothers, is fighting to allow private health care to compete with Veterans Affairs hospitals.


Investment veterans launch real estate, hospitality buyout vehicle

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former chairman of fund manager Man GLG and the ex-president of Vornado Realty Trust are behind a buyout vehicle that will seek deals in the real estate and hospitality...

Comedy and Humor

Louis C.K. Crossed a Line Into Sexual Misconduct, 5 Women Say

As the powerful comedian found success by talking about his hang-ups, he was also asking female comics and co-workers to watch him masturbate.

Comedy and Humor

On Comedy: Kathy Griffin’s Wild Show: Defiant, Shaken, Then Fainting

In a rambling but dramatic and fascinating performance in Dublin, the comic addressed the fallout from her widely condemned Trump photo.


Investment veterans behind real estate, hospitality buyout vehicle

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The former chairman of fund manager Man GLG and the ex-president of Vornado Realty Trust are behind a buyout vehicle that will seek deals in the real estate and hospitality...

Veterans Day 2017: What you need to know

Veterans Day is celebrated annually on November 11 to honor those who have served in the Armed Forces as well as those who have fallen defending the country.

Retired captain: We are veterans, and this is what we do


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Comedy and Humor

On Comedy: The Most Riveting Host in Late Night (and the Most Overlooked)

Conan O’Brien doesn’t draw much in the way of ratings or buzz, but he is taking artistic risks that make for truly compelling comedy.

'Thor: Ragnarok' flexes its comedy muscles

Marking an ambitious detour into comedy, "Thor: Ragnarok" conjures sparks but doesn't quite catch lightning in a bottle. Sporadically fun and visually impressive, this third film works a bit too hard at flexing its laugh muscles, while bogging down in a midsection built around the enticing prospect of Thor versus the Hulk.


U.S. veterans to Trump: Save bank customers' rights to sue

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The largest U.S. veterans service organization on Thursday urged President Donald Trump to veto recent legislation allowing financial companies to block customers from banding together to sue, saying it would hurt members of the armed forces.


Pink's 'Beautiful Trauma' tops Billboard, one of 2017's biggest debuts

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop star Pink soared to the top of the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Monday with one of the year's biggest album sales debut, beating out new albums from rapper Gucci Mane and rocker Beck.

Comedy and Humor

David Letterman Earns Mark Twain Prize for Late-Night High Jinks

At the 20th anniversary of the award, Steve Martin, Bill Murray and other comedians celebrated Mr. Letterman, who joked, “I am now the most humorous person in the world.”


Founder of Canadian 'Just for Laughs' comedy festival quits amid abuse allegations

MONTREAL (Reuters) - The founder of Canada's comedy festival 'Just for Laughs', which draws celebrities including Trevor Noah, Sarah Silverman and Jerry Seinfeld, has resigned from his own company in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment.

Books and Literature

Books of The Times: In ‘Righteous,’ a Stand-Up Sleuth Investigates His Brother’s Murder

Joe Ide’s follow-up to his award-winning debut novel, “IQ,” begins in the exact spot that story left off: in a junkyard with a car full of evidence.

War veterans deploy themselves to help Puerto Rico relief

Veterans dismayed by Trump's urge to 'punch back' in feud

President Donald Trump's controversial response to the deaths of four US soldiers has evolved into a politicized war of words with a Democratic congresswoman and -- by extension, the widow of a fallen service member -- sparking concerns that the US civilian-military divide may be at a crisis point.


YouTube debuts comedy video series in virtual reality push

(Reuters) - YouTube virtual reality video series "The Confessional" debuted on Tuesday, featuring comedians Trevor Noah, Judd Apatow and Howie Mandel, as parent company Google races Facebook Inc to attract viewers to the new medium.

Comedy and Humor

Heard the One About Asia’s Comedy Scene? First, You’ll Need a Permit

Comedians in some Asian countries must have their scripts approved while finding creative ways to joke about sex and politics so as not to offend the government.


Virtual interviewer prods veterans to reveal post-traumatic stress

(Reuters Health) - Talking – to a computer-generated interviewer named Ellie – appears to free soldiers and veterans who served in war zones to disclose symptoms of post-traumatic stress, a new study finds.

Comedy and Humor

On Comedy: Moms at the Mic, on the Verge of a Breakthrough in Comedy

Led by Ali Wong, a generation of women is earning laughs by talking bluntly about the realities of pregnancy and motherhood.


'The Last Jedi' theatrical trailer debuts on Monday Night Football

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A new theatrical trailer for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" debuted on Monday night during the halftime of an American football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears.

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' trailer debuts


Linklater's war veteran comedy speaks to modern America, says star

LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) - "Last Flag Flying", a comedy-drama about Vietnam war veterans, will resonate with Trump's America, despite, or perhaps because of, its period setting, actor Bryan Cranston said on Sunday after a screening at the London Film Festival.

Comedy and Humor

‘S.N.L.’: Jason Aldean Is Surprise Guest, Singing Tom Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’

On “Weekend Update,” Colin Jost and Michael Che took on gun rights.

Comedy and Humor

Sarah Silverman Wants to Pop Your Bubble

With her new political variety show, “I Love You, America,” the stand-up comic aims to unite red and blue. But can TV really change minds?

For-Profit Schools

Veterans Agency Seeks to Scrap Ethics Law on For-Profit Colleges

The department says the conflict-of-interest statute, passed after scandals in for-profit education, is outdated, but others call it a safeguard.


Country music singer Thomas Rhett debuts atop Billboard chart

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country singer Thomas Rhett's latest album debuted at the top of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Monday, leading six new entries in the top 10.


HBO's 'Veep' wins Emmy award for best comedy

LOS ANGELES, Sept 17 (Reuters) - "Veep" won television's Emmy award on Sunday for best comedy series.


Trevor Noah Extends Comedy Central Contract Through 2022

Mr. Noah, who succeeded Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show,” will remain the host of that topical satire program and will produce annual year-end specials.

Comedy and Humor

Louis C.K. and Tig Notaro, Sparring on the Battlefield of Art

On film and on TV, the comedians have staked out opposite positions in a very real debate about sexual misconduct rumors.


Vuzix smart glasses contract will help U.S. war veterans 'see' again

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Vuzix Corp, a maker of computer smart glasses used in industry, said on Wednesday it is venturing into a new market with a system that helps restore vision to U.S. military veterans who lost sight in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Comedy and Humor

Heard the One About Jamestown? State Bets Comedy Can Spark a Revival

New York State officials have invested nearly $10 million in a National Comedy Center, hoping it draws people to a city where the poverty level is around 29 percent.


George Clooney tackles 'original sin' of slavery and racism in dark comedy

VENICE (Reuters) - Breaking the brittle veneer of the picture-perfect suburbs of 1950s America, George Clooney's new satire tackles racial prejudice which the actor and director said on Saturday continues to erupt in today's angry society.

Berman, Shelley

Shelley Berman, Stand-up Comic Who Skewered Modern Life, Dies at 92

Along with Mort Sahl and Lenny Bruce, Mr. Berman redefined comedy in the mid-20th century while also carving out a notable acting career.

Guam: America's warrior island, where veterans can't vote

In the first years after the September 11 terror attacks, administrators at Guam's A.B. Won Pat International Airport put up memorial banners to honor members of the military from the island and neighboring US territories who died in Washington's war on terror.

Netflix pot comedy 'Disjointed' runs on fumes

While "The Big Bang Theory" producer Chuck Lorre clearly felt liberated plying his trade for Netflix, the resulting stoner comedy, "Disjointed," runs on fumes. Kathy Bates stars as the proprietor of "Southern California's finest and friendliest marijuana dispensary," but there's not enough weed in the Golden State to wring consistent laughs from a show that's mostly as stale as an unwashed bong.

Hours after his divisive rally, President tells veterans there's no division too deep to heal in America


Kesha thanks fans as 'Rainbow' comeback debuts at top of Billboard

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Kesha scored top billing on the Billboard 200 chart with her comeback album "Rainbow," her first studio album in five years amid a bitter legal battle over her record contract.

Tribute: A legacy bigger than comedy

Jerry Lewis was indisputably an entertainment legend and comedy giant, yet also a complex and polarizing figure -- one whose often-contradictory career went through various stages, and whose appreciation waxed and waned across the times and even geographic locales.

Comedy and Humor

‘At a Dark Time in My Life, He Brought Me Joy’: Comedians Mourn and Celebrate Jerry Lewis

Generations of comics paid their respects to Mr. Lewis after news of his death broke on Sunday.


Jerry Lewis, king of low-brow comedy and charity fundraiser, dies at 91

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jerry Lewis, the high prince of low-brow comedy on stage and in movies as well as a fund-raising powerhouse with his annual Labor Day telethon, died on Sunday of "natural causes" at the age of 91, his family said.

Jillette: Jerry Lewis was the king of comedy

Comedian Penn Jillette talks about the impact Jerry Lewis made on comedy.


Comedy legend Jerry Lewis dies at 91, Variety reports

(Reuters) - Jerry Lewis, the comedic legend who teamed up with Dean Martin and before starring in his own series of slapstick movies during the 1950s, died at his Las Vegas home at age 91, Variety and other news outlets reported on Sunday.


Once a ‘Mystery Science Theater’ In-Joke, Now Playing Comedy Clubs

The 1986 film "Chief Zabu” finally gets its New York premiere some 30 years after its cryptic ads became a running gag on the “Mystery Science” TV show. What took so long?


On Comedy: The Misunderstood History of Trump on Letterman

In more than 30 appearances, the future president tried out his talking points on a host who was among the first to treat him as a serious political thinker.

Amazon debuts Instant Pickup points

Sometimes you need a cold soda, chips, tampons and an Amazon Echo ASAP.

Drug Abuse and Traffic

A Month Before ‘The Deuce’ Debuts, Its Creator Faces a Real Crime Drama

The lawyers and industry colleagues of Marc Henry Johnson have asked for leniency in his sentencing in the case of a doctor who died from an overdose in 2015.


Boris in Union Jack underpants? Musical comedy finds the fun in Brexit

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - A retelling of Britain's vote to leave the European Union and its dramatic political consequences might perhaps be framed as high drama or extreme farce.


Ex-Fox News host O'Reilly debuts 'No Spin News' webcast

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly has launched his first "No Spin News" online show with a format that closely follows the brand of conservative politics and pugnacious punditry that made him one of the most popular voices on U.S. television.

Why America loves politics and comedy


UPDATE 2-Wells Fargo to pay U.S. $108 mln over veterans' loans

Aug 4 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co will pay the U.S. government $108 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit claiming it charged military veterans hidden fees to refinance their mortgages, and concealed the fees when applying for federal loan guarantees.


Wells Fargo to pay U.S. $108 million over veterans' loans

(Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co on Friday said it agreed to pay the U.S. government $108 million to settle claims arising from its issuance of loans to military veterans.

Chappelle, Dave

On Comedy: Dave Chappelle Sizes Up America at Radio City

Mr. Chappelle, blending comedy with his singular approach to storytelling, will perform through Aug. 24 with fellow headliners like Chris Rock and Leslie Jones.

Comedy and Humor

On Comedy: Dropping In at the Comedy Cellar With Amy Schumer and Leslie Jones

Late shows at the Greenwich Village club are known as raucous and experimental. But is the reputation deserved? Our critic stayed up to find out.


The Baronesses Are Coming! And Filling a Comedy Gender Gap

The hit Canadian comedy “Baroness Von Sketch Show” brings its humor about the micro-absurdities and macro-neuroses of modern life to IFC.

Mall debuts 'husband pods' for spouses

Ingrem, a Chinese company has created the "husband pod," an arcade booth intended to stave off boredom for men who accompany their partners to the mall.

Jon Stewart to return to stand-up in HBO specials


'Simpsons' creator heads to Netflix with adult comedy

LOS ANGELES, July 25 (Reuters) - "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening is swapping Springfield for a medieval kingdom in a new animated adult comedy series called "Disenchantment" for Netflix, the streaming platform said on Tuesday.

United States Politics and Government

Future Unclear for Veterans Choice Program After House Bill Falters

A Republican plan that diverted funds to the program and did not allocate additional funds for in-house V.A. care galvanized opposition groups.

Check out 'The History of Comedy' Sundays at 10p

This new CNN Original Series explores what makes us laugh, why, and how that's influenced our social and political landscape throughout history.


In junta-ruled Thailand, critics turn to comedy

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Dissent has been muted by Thailand's ruling generals since a 2014 coup. But there is one area where critical voices still have some space: humor.

26,000-year-old mammoth skull debuts

A crew has excavated a 26,000-year-old mammoth skull discovered in the 1990s in Hot Springs, South Dakota.

Maher, Bill

Table for Three: Bill Maher and Fran Lebowitz: When Comedy Cuts Deep

The TV talk show host and the author of “Metropolitan Life” discuss political correctness, the presidency of Donald Trump and when a joke goes awry.


Dying veterans boost participation in hospice care

(Reuters Health) - An initiative to enroll dying veterans in hospice care appears to be working, and its success may offer clues for how to persuade others who are terminally ill to join the highly lauded end-of-life program, a new study shows.

Photos: Top comedy and drama series

A look at the top-nominated comedy and drama series.

This comedian single-handedly changed stand-up

In the early '60s, stand-up comedy was still segregated -- and then came Dick Gregory. To learn more about humor, watch CNN's "The History of Comedy" Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Quiz: Are you a secret comedy genius?

Watch "The History of Comedy" Sundays at 10 p.m.

Visit the set of a 2017 best comedy nominee

The creator and writers of the award-winning comedy show "Black-ish" allowed cameras into the sacred writers' room. Watch "History of Comedy" Sundays at 10pm ET/PT.


Comedy Central Announces New ‘Daily Show’ Correspondent

Michael Kosta, a former professional tennis player, has been added as a correspondent on “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah.”

United States Politics and Government

A Bipartisan Congress That Works? Veterans Committees Show How It’s Done

As the rest of Congress fights over health care and budgets, the groups responsible for legislation affecting veterans are moving forward with an ambitious and largely bipartisan agenda.

How World War II changed comedy forever

During World War II, people turned to Bob Hope to provide comic relief in dark times. Along the way, Hope invented a new style of comedy. Find out more with CNN's "The History of Comedy" on Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

New Yorker, The

On Comedy: At The New Yorker, the Cartoonists Draw, but the Vision Is Hers

Emma Allen has taken over as cartoon editor at the magazine, freshening a venerable tradition with her interest in contemporary voices.


Trump praises veterans, hits media at Kennedy Center event

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump honored military veterans in Washington on Saturday at a Kennedy Center event that resembled both a political rally and an evangelical Christian religious service ahead of the July 4 Independence Day holiday.


Review: ‘The House’ Is a Comedy Built on Despair

Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler play a couple who embark on a nefarious scheme in which the odds are always in their favor.


The Interpreter: Canada’s Comedy, the Voice of a Polite Nation, Rises in the Trump Era

Political humor, “one of our national pastimes,” is a way of pushing back against America’s dominance. Its changes offer a lens into how Canada is changing, too.


BRIEF-Wells Fargo Government & Institutional Banking says named four public finance veterans to key management roles in Wells Fargo Securities

* Wells Fargo Government & Institutional Banking says named four public finance veterans to key management roles in Wells Fargo Securities

'The Big Sick' delivers dose of comedy

"The Big Sick" is the kind of little movie that's likely to have a big impact, perhaps especially on the career of comic and "Silicon Valley" co-star Kumail Nanjiani, whose deeply personal story is the basis for the film. Produced by comedy kingpin Judd Apatow, it's an unorthodox romance, set against a backdrop of clashing cultures and America's melting pot.

Comedy and Humor

On Comedy: She Swipes Right on Tinder, and Everyone’s in on the Joke

Lane Moore’s shows involve real men on the dating app, but she works hard to avoid mocking them. The result is a clever show that’s deservedly a hit.

Comedy and Humor

Talk: Hasan Minhaj Thinks Comedy Is for Weirdos

The “Daily Show” correspondent on hosting the White House correspondents’ dinner, being abandoned by Jon Stewart and continuing to learn from high school.


Let’s Settle This in Court: What, Exactly, Is Stand-Up Paddleboarding?

The international surfing and canoeing associations both want to control stand-up paddle and are headed to mediation with Court of Arbitration for Sport.


Surfing, canoe federations take stand-up paddle row to CAS

BERLIN (Reuters) - The future of stand-up paddle (SUP) will be decided by the Court of Arbitration for Sport as the canoeing and surfing federations battle for control of a sport with rapidly rising popularity.


Nokia debuts fastest routers on market, targeting web giants

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nokia on Wednesday debuted the world's fastest network chips, marking a breakthrough into the core router market dominated by rivals Juniper and Cisco , while giving a boost to its existing network business.

Comedy and Humor

Dave Chappelle Will Do 10 Radio City Shows and Bring Friends

The August shows will feature guests including the Roots, Erykah Badu, Chris Rock, Trevor Noah, Childish Gambino and Ali Wong.


Wheelchair race, pancake toss: Brussels debuts 'Olympics for Seniors'

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Brussels hosted its first "Olympics for Seniors" on Tuesday, giving the chance for locals aged between 75 and 96 the chance to compete in a range of adapted sports at the...

9 simple ways you can help veterans

Camp, Lee (1980- )

On Comedy: An American Comic on a Russian Channel: What He Avoids Speaks Volumes

Lee Camp is the host of a “Daily Show”-like program about the news but he rarely touches on the investigation of the Trump campaign’s Russian links.


Apple debuts HomePod speaker to bring Siri into the living room

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Monday introduced the HomePod speaker to compete with Inc's Alexa assistant and Echo devices for users who prefer voice-operated systems for shopping, planning and other tasks.

'I'm Dying' crowns Carson as comedy king-maker

In exploring the colorful comedy scene of the early 1970s, the new Showtime series "I'm Dying Up Here" presents a keen reminder of Johnny Carson's role -- unparalleled before or since -- in launching the careers of stand-up comics.

Showtime series spotlights '70s stand-up scene

Showtime's "I'm Dying Up Here" is the series that "Vinyl" wanted to be, a savvy insider's look at the showbiz scene in the 1970s -- in the HBO show devoted to music, here to the budding and evolving realm of stand-up comedy.


Motorcycles rumble through Washington in honor of missing veterans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The rumble of motorcycle engines filled a rainy morning in Washington on Sunday as thousands of bikers paraded around the National Mall for the 30th annual Rolling Thunder rally to raise awareness of U.S. military personnel who went missing in action.


Critic's Notebook: Misty Copeland’s Down-to-Earth Debuts in ‘Don Quixote’ and ‘Giselle’

As with many of Ms. Copeland’s performances, she was best in low-pressure moments, and more captivating as an actor than a dancer.

This isn't how to honor veterans

United States Defense and Military Forces

Op-Ed Contributor: U.S. Veterans Use Greek Tragedy to Tell Us About War

A dozen military veterans recited Sophocles’ poetry and explained their feelings about war and coming home.


U.S. college teaches veterans to heal each others' mental wounds

NEWTON, Mass. (Reuters) - Former U.S. Army Specialist Tara Barney will never forget the 2013 night when a fellow soldier cried as he described holding a dying friend in his arms, a wartime memory he had not shared with anyone.


New Ford CEO relies on veterans to reboot profits

BENGALURU/DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co on Thursday outlined a broad reshuffling of senior management under its new chief executive officer, including a new vice president for autonomous and electric vehicles hired away from ride services power Uber.


UPDATE 3-New Ford CEO relies on veterans to reboot profits

BENGALURU/DETROIT, May 25 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co on Thursday outlined a broad reshuffling of senior management under its new chief executive officer, including a new vice president for autonomous and electric vehicles hired away from ride services power Uber.


Military veterans suffering PTSD get back on course with golf

(Reuters) - Sylvan Olivieri, who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after serving in the Vietnam War as a U.S. Marine, is among dozens of veterans who have sought therapy on the golf course.


On Comedy: Norm Macdonald, Comic Nonpareil. (That’s a Word He Might Use.)

A new Netflix special shows what other comedians, like David Letterman, have known all along: Mr. Macdonald has an exceptional way with language.


BRIEF-Enteromedics says Mcguire Veterans Affairs Medical Center completed first implant of company's vBloc neurometabolic therapy

* Enteromedics - McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond, Va completed its first implant of company's vBloc neurometabolic therapy Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

2,500-pound dinosaur fossil debuts

The 110-million-year-old fossil is 18 feet long, 2,500 pounds and is in an unprecedented state of preservation.

Comedy and Humor

On Comedy: Maria Bamford’s New Special Is a Kind of Inspired Gibberish

A seasoned, virtuoso comedian makes the case for stand-up as a personal art form that stays true to itself rather than adjusting to the crowd.


New Veterans Affairs Chief: A Hands-On, Risk-Taking ‘Standout’

David Shulkin, 57, is a decisive leader and tireless student of efficiency who is among the “high priests” of patient-centered care, friends and former colleagues say.

Monuments and Memorials (Structures)

Satanic Temple Sponsors a Veterans Memorial in a Minnesota Town

The black steel cube with a golden inverted pentagram on each side will be the first monument sponsored by the atheistic group to be erected on public grounds.

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' debuts at No. 1

Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," the sequel to the 2014 hit, brought in an estimated $145 million in the U.S. this weekend. That makes it Marvel's fifteenth straight No. 1 opening at the domestic box office. The studio has never had a movie not open on top.


Amazon finds comedy in reality with 'I Love Dick,' 'Catastrophe'

LOS ANGELES, May 5 (Reuters) - Amazon Studios is ramping up its slate of comedies rooted in real world humor after its success with Emmy-winning series "Transparent," about an elderly patriarch who transitions into a woman.

Comedy and Humor

So Chris Rock Is Your Big Brother? Try Comedy

Tony and Jordan Rock, both younger brothers of the comedian Chris Rock, are trying to set a path for themselves in comedy.


No more weed or nipple pasties as Miley Cyrus debuts new image

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Miley Cyrus says she is steering away from marijuana, alcohol and nipple pasties and rolling out a new sound that could help people take her more seriously after she was dubbed one of pop music's bad girls.


Comedy series 'Roseanne' could be latest U.S. television comeback

(Reuters) - "Roseanne," the hit 1990s television comedy about a working-class American family, could be on its way back, Hollywood trade publications reported on Friday, marking the latest in a trend for revivals of 20-year-old shows.


BRIEF-Hilton to hire additional 20,000 veterans, spouses, dependents and caregivers by 2020

* Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc - will hire an additional 20,000 veterans, spouses, dependents and caregivers by 2020 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


Trump says to visit wounded U.S. veterans at Washington-area hospital

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he would visit wounded U.S. veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the armed forces hospital located in Bethesda, Maryland, outside Washington.


BRIEF-Merck reports results from real-world observational study in U.S. Veterans Affairs System evaluating use of ZEPATIER

* Real-World observational study in the U.S. Veterans Affairs System evaluating use of Merck’S ZEPATIER® (Elbasvir and Grazoprevir) shows high sustained virologic response rates in patients with chronic Hepatitis C


Trump extends program allowing some veterans to use local doctors, hospitals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday moved a step closer to fulfilling his campaign promise to reform the troubled Veterans Affairs department, but some veterans groups are concerned that the administration may be working toward privatizing their healthcare.


Trump to hold news conference next week on U.S. veterans issues

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he will hold a news conference on April 27 to discuss veterans issues, as he tries to elevate an issue he campaigned on heavily last year.

Comedy and Humor

A Word With: Steve Martin on Teaching You (and Himself) How to Be a Comedian

Mr. Martin takes a rare, retrospective dive into his stand-up career to find lessons for aspiring comics and reflect on what he’s learned.


'Fate of the Furious' Debuts to Hefty $100.2 Million

LOS ANGELES ( - "The Fate of the Furious" is roaring to a record-setting global debut over the weekend even as domestic audiences showed less enthusiasm for the latest installment in Universal's long-running "Fast and Furious" series.


Burger King debuts Whopper ad that triggers Google Home devices

NEW YORK, April 12 (Reuters) - Fast-food chain Burger King said on Wednesday it will start televising a commercial for its signature Whopper sandwich that is designed to activate Google voice-controlled devices, raising questions about whether marketing tactics have become too invasive.


British comedy 'The Philanthropist' returns to London stage

(Reuters) - British model and actress Lily Cole said on Monday she was happy to return to acting in the stage revival of a 1970s comedy about a group of university students.

Harry Styles debuts new song and Twitter goes crazy

Happy Harry Styles Day!

Rickles, Don

Don Rickles, Equal Opportunity Offender of Comedy, Dies at 90

For over half a century, Mr. Rickles made outrageously derisive comments about people’s looks, their ethnicity or anything else he could think of.


Anne Hathaway back in 'Colossal' independent comedy

TORONTO (Reuters) - Anne Hathaway has ventured back into independent cinema to star in one of the quirkiest films of the year, "Colossal", which she refuses to categorize.


Olympics - Surfing and canoe bodies in stand-up row over paddling

AARHUS, Denmark (Reuters) - The rapidly growing popularity of stand up paddleboarding (SUP) has led to an unlikely battle for control, with surfing and canoeing both claiming it as an off-shoot of their own sport against a backdrop of possible Olympic inclusion.


Sheena Easton debuts at West End in '42nd Street' musical

LONDON (Reuters) - Grammy award-winning artist Sheena Easton has made her West End debut in the musical "42nd Street", with Britain's Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, actor Morgan Freeman and tennis coach Judy Murray attending the show's premiere.

Netflix Inc

On Comedy: Louis C.K.’s New Special Mines Comedy From the Middle Ground

In his Netflix special “2017,” Louis C.K. examines the extremes before unexpectedly landing somewhere in between, whether the subject is abortion or sexual attraction.


Opioid abuse tied to higher suicide risk in veterans

While drug and alcohol problems are associated with a higher risk of suicide among veterans, the increased danger is particularly high with opioid abuse, a U.S. study suggests.

How personal turmoil shaped comedy's greats

Their jobs are to entertain, but comedians often draw their material from personal struggles.

'Love Actually' reunion tease debuts

Reunions among friends often mean sizing up who has aged well, and that's true for the cast of "Love Actually"

Jimmy Kimmel Live (TV Program)

Best of Late Night: Dave Chappelle Tells Jimmy Kimmel Why He Made 2 Specials

“Money,” the comedian explained on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” He also talked about dealing with sensitive subjects like the legacy of Bill Cosby.


In Serbian election, the comedy candidate is no joke

MLADENOVAC, Serbia (Reuters) - It started as a joke, a way to poke fun at a discredited political class in elections last year for the local assembly in this rundown town in central Serbia.

Comedy and Humor

On Comedy: 5 Stand-Up Specials to Stream This Week

We’re living in a golden age of filmed comedy concerts, and these young comics on the rise all have releases worth watching.

Comedy and Humor

A Word With: Dave Chappelle on Trump, Cosby and His Netflix Deal

The comedian also says that he turned to Louis C.K. for advice after he grew concerned that his postelection “S.N.L.” appearance would fall flat.

United States Marine Corps

With Their Leaders at a Loss, Marine Veterans Fight Abusers

As the Marine Corps commissions a task force on a nude photo sharing scandal, veterans have been gathering intelligence and striking back online.

Lena Dunham debuts slimmer look

Lena Dunham is looking more svelte these days.


Brits still waiting for full Brexit comedy dividend

LONDON (Reuters) - They were the two stories that rocked the Western world last year. But while Donald Trump's election injected new life into U.S. political comedy, the British are still waiting for Brexit to usher in their new golden age of satire.


In Reversal, Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade Welcomes Gay Veterans Group

The parade organizers, the Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston, voted unanimously late Friday to reverse their decision made on Tuesday to exclude the group, OutVets.

Boston St. Patrick's Day parade will allow gay veterans group

The organizers of Boston's major St. Patrick's Day parade said they will allow a gay veterans group to participate, reversing a decision that had roiled the city and led to promises of a boycott from political leaders.


Boston St. Patrick's parade to allow gay veterans to return

BOSTON (Reuters) - A group of gay veterans of the U.S. military can march in this year's Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade, parade organizers said on Friday after an earlier move to exclude them sparked outrage and boycott threats in the liberal city.

Trevor Noah: When I see Trump, I see a stand-up comedian

President Donald Trump is a lot like a stand-up comedian, Trevor Noah said Wednesday -- he "connects with audiences in the same way."


U.S. to expand mental health care for some veterans

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said on Wednesday that it intends to expand mental health care to former service members with other-than-honorable (OTH) administrative discharges.


Alec Baldwin says Trump impersonation revived his comedy career

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Alec Baldwin said that his impersonation of U.S. President Donald Trump on NBC's sketch show "Saturday Night Live" has revived his "dead" comedy career after he wrapped up sitcom "30 Rock" in 2012.

The sad clown: The deep emotions behind stand-up comedy

Comedians used to tell a joke that goes like this:

New 'Guardians of Galaxy' sequel trailer debuts

The new trailer for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" got a late night reveal.

George W. Bush discovers his 'inner Rembrandt' in homage to veterans

Former President George W. Bush is back in the spotlight to promote a book of his paintings titled "Portraits of Courage," a collection of stories, 66 portraits and a four-panel mural that he painted to honor military veterans.

Books and Literature

Fiction: Is This Mic On?: A Stand-Up Comedian Wrestles With His Country and His Soul

David Grossman’s novel “A Horse Walks Into a Bar,” about a tormented Israeli comedian, is a “magnificently comic and sucker-punch-tragic excursion into brilliance,” Gary Shteyngart writes.

Jones, Leslie (1967- )

In a Stand-Up Act, Leslie Jones Finds the Humor in Being Hacked

The “S.N.L.” performer said that when nude photos of her were posted online, she laughed: “You really just helped a sister out. Thank you for the distribution.”


Chinese military veterans stage protests in central Beijing over pensions

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese military veterans have demonstrated in central Beijing for two days, demanding unpaid retirement benefits in a fresh wave of protests highlighting China's challenge in managing demobilized troops.

Comedy and Humor

Inside the Brutal World of Comedy Open Mikes

Basements. Back rooms. Awkward silences and occasionally, a laugh. The lengths to which stand-up comedians must go to test material in New York City.

6 comedy icons on their first jobs


BRIEF-Baxter debuts enteral nutrition ENFit syringe and accessory line in clinical nutrition week 2017

* Baxter debuts enteral nutrition ENFit syringe and accessory line during clinical nutrition week 2017

Melania Trump debuts as White House hostess alongside Netanyahus

Just before noon, first lady Melania Trump emerged from the White House's South entrance and walked beside her husband, President Donald Trump, to await the arrival of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara.

'Hot Felon' debuts at NYFW

Jeremy Meeks went from a trending topic to a working model.

Comedy and Humor

Chris Rock Returns With Jokes and Personal Anguish

His “Total Blackout Tour” is his most pensive show yet. In it he blames himself for his divorce and examines his faith in God.


Raf Simons debuts Calvin Klein collection at New York Fashion Week

(Reuters) - The runway debut of the first collection by Calvin Klein's new chief creative officer, Raf Simons, was the talk of the town on Friday, the second day of New York Fashion Week.

Veterans unite for second 'deployment' against Dakota Access Pipeline

The troops are mobilizing for a second "deployment."

Trump, who never served in military, goes after Senate veterans

When he wanted to dispute a Democratic Senator over his Supreme Court nominee, President Donald Trump went after the senator's misstatements about serving in Vietnam. Meanwhile, Trump, who did not himself serve in the military or Vietnam, is again tangling with fellow Republican John McCain, a decorated Vietnam veteran and former POW.

These comedy moments changed the way we live

There's only one rule in comedy, most comedians will tell you. It must be funny.


Daniel Radcliffe talks comedy, nerves in return to London stage

LONDON (Reuters) - "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe has plenty of stage experience - even famously appearing nude in "Equus" - but the British actor still gets nervous before each performance.

'History of Comedy' probes a dark side of stand-up

The most important hour of "The History of Comedy" -- an eight-part CNN documentary devoted to stand-up -- might be the most serious and sobering: the high toll comedy exacts on its practitioners, from depression to substance abuse.

People who changed American comedy

Learn more about how comedy influenced and revolutionized American culture with CNN's new original series, "The History of Comedy," airing Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET.


Starbucks to speed up hiring of veterans amid refugee blowback

Feb 2 (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp, facing backlash from some customers over its plans to hire refugees, said it would speed up its previously stated goal of hiring 10,000 veterans and military spouses by 2018.


Dialysis provider FMC settles with U.S. veterans department

FRANKFURT, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Dialysis provider Fresenius Medical Care (FMC) settled a dispute with the United States Departments of Veterans Affairs and Justice over outstanding payments and expects to book a net income gain of 45 to 50 million euros ($48.2-$53.5 million) as a result.

Upright Citizens Brigade

On Comedy: Upright Citizens Brigade Raises Prices. Comedy Fans Shouldn’t Laugh.

This theater’s $2 ticket increase is a similar response to market pressures that eventually sent some Off Broadway prices into the stratosphere.

Hiring and Promotion

Trump’s Hiring Freeze Creates Confusion for Veterans Affairs

Officials at the short-staffed Department of Veterans Affairs are still trying to determine the extent of the president’s executive order.

Mary Tyler Moore turned the world on as comedy icon

When Mary Tyler Moore auditioned for the role of Laura on "The Dick Van Dyke Show," series creator Carl Reiner famously put his hand on her head, walked her down to producer Sheldon Leonard's office and said, "I found her, here she is."


Britain's Prince Harry says jokes help cope at veterans' support center

TIDWORTH, ENGLAND (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Harry spoke of soldiers' need for "a dark sense of humor" to cope with the aftermath of serving in conflict zones as he visited a support center for ex-servicemen suffering from anxiety, depression, stress, anger, and alcohol issues.


UPDATE 1-Mazes and fairytales as Chiuri debuts her Dior haute couture line

PARIS, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Italian designer Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled a fairytale-like debut haute couture collection for French fashion house Christian Dior on Monday, presenting flowing flowery dresses, capes and plenty of intricate craftsmanship.


Mazes and fairytales as Chiuri debuts her Dior haute couture line

PARIS (Reuters) - Italian designer Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled a fairytale-like debut haute couture collection for French fashion house Christian Dior on Monday, presenting flowing flowery dresses, capes and plenty of intricate craftsmanship.


BRIEF-T-Bull game "Racing Xtreme: Best Driver 3D" debuts

* Said on Wednesday that its game "Racing Xtreme: Best Driver 3D" debuted in Google Play store on Jan. 18


'Will & Grace' comedy series returning to TV

(Reuters) - Television comedy "Will & Grace," the show that brought gay men and women into mainstream pop culture, is returning to U.S. television with 10 new episodes, broadcaster NBC said on Wednesday.