This Week in Comedy History Dec 8 - Dec 14
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B: December 8
Sam Kinison: Samuel Burl "Sam" Kinison (December 8, 1953 – April 10, 1992)
You Might Not Know: Sam got married to Malika Souiri on April 4th, six days before the head-on collision that took Sams life on April 10, 1992.
stand-up comedian, actor
FF: His brother Bill said that Sam had no stage presence.
B: December 9
Redd Foxx: John Elroy Sanford (December 9, 1922 – October 11, 1991)
You Might Not Know: Since his character on Sanford and Son often faked a heart attack, his cast mates thought he was joking when he had a real heart attack on the set of The Royal Family on October 11, 1991.
FF: The name for his character on Sanford and Son was actually his older brother's name, "Fred G. Sanford Jr.".
D: December 10
Richard Pryor: Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005)
You Might Not Know: During the filming of the movie Stir Crazy he had a camera operator fired for accidentally dropping watermellon.
stand-up comedian, actor, social critic, satirist, writer, MC
FF: He was the first black person to host Saturday Night Live.
B: December 11
Mo'Nique: Monique Angela Imes born December 11, 1967
You Might Not Know: She cut all contact with her brother and they have not spoken since her twins were born in 2005.
FF: Won 45 Awards and was nominated for another 10 for her role of Mary Lee Johnston in Precious.
D: December 12
Dick Clair: Richard Jones (November 12, 1931 – December 12, 1988)
You Might Not Know: He performed husband-and-wife comedy routines for The Ed Sullivan Show and The Dean Martin Show with his partner Jenna McMahon.
television producer, actor and television, film writer
FF: His court case Roe v. Mitchell established the legal right of persons to be cryonically preserved in the state of California.
B: December 13
Dick Van Dyke: Richard Wayne "Dick" Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925)
You Might Not Know: The Dick Van Dyke show was originally called Head of the Family.
actor, comedian, writer, singer, dancer, producer
FF: He married make-up artist Arlene Silver on February 29, 2012 at the age of 86.
B: December 14
Morey Amsterdam: (December 14, 1908 – October 28, 1996)
You Might Not Know: He was called The Human Joke Machine due to his ability to come up with a joke on any subject.
FF: The Morey Amsterdam sandwich made of Corned beef, Swiss and Bologna was allegedly invented by Bobby Mangano and was named by Eddie Murphy and Martin Short.