This Week in Comedy History Dec 29 - Jan 4
Paula Poundstone, Henry Cho, Michael McDonald, Comedy Central, Dax Shepard, Dustin Gee, Dave Foley.
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B: December 29
Paula Poundstone : born December 29, 1959
You Might Not Know: She was seen by Robin Williams at The Other Cafe comedy club where Williams encouraged her to move to Los Angeles.
stand-up comedian, author, actor, interviewer and commentator.
FF: In 2001 Poundstone was found guilty of felony child endangerment in connection with driving while intoxicated with children in the car.
B: December 30
Henry Cho : born December 30, 1961
You Might Not Know: Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, and Larry the Cable Guy were special guest voices in the opening scene of the Comedy Central special entitled, "Henry Cho: What's That Clickin' Noise?".
FF: Henry Cho recently earned his nickname, "Mr. Clean" for his always-clean comedy.
B: December 31
Michael McDonald : Michael James McDonald born December 31, 1964
You Might Not Know: As a cast member on MadTV he lasted 10 seasons making him the longest-standing cast member in the show's history.
actor, director, writer, and comedian
FF: He was a member of Groundling's improv troupe at Groundling Theater from 1992 to 1997.
B: January 1
Comedy Central : American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by MTV Networks Entertainment Group unveiled their new logo on January 1, 2011.
You Might Not Know: The original Comedy Central logo used from June 1, 1991 to November 12, 2000. An earlier variant of this logo has the "Comedy Central" text bigger, almost taking up the marquee sign; that variant lasted until 1995.
FF: The network's second logo used from November 13, 2000 to December 31, 2010 was also used in the United Kingdom until July 31, 2012.
B: January 2
Dax Shepard : Dax Randall Shepard (born January 2, 1975)
You Might Not Know: PETA named Shepard one of the Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities in 2013. He soon after reavealed that started eating meat again after living a year as a vegan.
actor, comedian, writer and director
FF: He holds a degree in anthropology from UCLA.
D: January 3
Dustin Gee : Gerald Harrison 24 June 1942 – 3 January 1986.
You Might Not Know: On New Year's night 1986, At the end of a scene Gee had a severe heart attack he suddenly clutched his left arm when he reached his dressing room he said "I think I am dying". He later regained consciousness asking for a cup of tea and ice cream.
impressionist and comedian
FF: Les Dennis and Dustin Gee were the act that had to follow Tommy Cooper, when he suffered a massive heart attack and collapsed and died onstage on 15 April 1984.
B: January 4
Dave Foley : David Scott Foley (born January 4, 1963)
You Might Not Know: Dave Foley and Kevin McDonald formed a small improv comedy group called The Kids in the Hall. Later in October 1989 The Kids in the Hall became a TV show.
actor, comedian, writer, director, and producer
FF: Dave Foley provided the voice-acting for the robot character Yes Man in the 2010 video game Fallout: New Vegas.
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