1. This Week in Comedy History Dec 1 – Dec 7
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    B: December 1
    Sarah Silverman: Sarah Kate Silverman (born December 1, 1970)
    You Might Not Know: Sarah Silverman actually got punched in the face by Ryan Phillipe in the opening scene of “The Way of the Gun.
    stand-up comedian, writer, and actress
    FF: She spoke at the 2011 Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Silverman

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    D: December 2
    Joey Adams: (January 6, 1911 – December 2, 1999), born Joseph Abramowitz
    You Might Not Know: His career spanned more than 70 years and he wrote 23 books.
    comedian, author
    FF: Is often confused with actress Joey Lauren Adams
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joey_Adams

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    R: December 3 (2012)
    Katt Williams: Micah Sierra Katt Williams (born September 2, 1962)
    You Might Not Know: Has 8 kids, 7 are adopted.
    comedian, rapper, actor
    FF: Is still touring even after retiring in 2012.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katt_Williams
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    B: December 4
    Fred Armisen: Fred Armisen (born December 4, 1966)
    You Might Not Know: He voiced characters in, Grand Theft Auto IV, Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto V.
    actor, voice actor, writer, producer, director, musician, comedian
    FF: Was a drummer for the early ’90s punk band Trenchmouth
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Armisen
    http://fredarmisen.com/
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    B: December 5
    Margaret Cho : Margaret Moran Cho (born December 5, 1968)
    You Might Not Know: She had dated Quentin Tarantino and Chris Isaak, not at the same time.
    comedian, fashion designer, actress, author, singer-songwriter.
    FF: April 30, 2008 was declared “Margaret Cho Day” in San Francisco.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Cho
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    B: December 6
    Steven Wright: Steven Alexander Wright (born December 6, 1955)
    You Might Not Know: He was awarded an Oscar in 1989 for Best Short Live-Action Film.
    comedian, actor, writer
    FF: He supplied the voice of the radio DJ in Quentin Tarantino’s film Reservoir Dogs.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Wright
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    B: December 7
    Patrice O’Neal: Patrice Lumumba Malcolm O’Neal (December 7, 1969 – November 29, 2011)
    You Might Not Know: Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen was his final performance.
    stand-up comedian, radio personality, actor
    FF: He prefered his name spelled without the apostrophe.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrice_O%27Neal

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  2. This Week in Comedy History Nov 24-Nov30
    B: November 24, 1942
    Billy Connolly: William Connolly (born November 24th 1942).
    You Might Not Know: Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
    Folk Musician, Actor, Playwright, Comedian.
    FF: English designer Steven King
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Connolly
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    D: November 25, 1998
    Flip Wilson: Clerow Wilson, Jr. (December 8, 1933 – November 25, 1998)
    You Might Not Know: Time magazine called him, "TV's first black superstar".
    Actor and Comedian
    FF: acronym WYSIWYG
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flip_Wilson
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    B: November 26, 1938
    Rich Little: Richard Caruthers Little (born November 26, 1938)
    You Might Not Know: Mel Blanc called him, "The Man of a Thousand Voices"
    impressionist, voice actor, Comedian
    FF: 1991 Gene Kelly lost his voice TV special "Christmas at the Movies" Rich did an uncredited dub.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_Little
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    B: November 27, 1978
    Josh Blue (born November 27, 1978)
    You Might Not Know: He was voted the Last Comic Standing in 2006 but was voted 11th in Stand-up Comedy Showdown.
    Comedain
    FF: Appeared multiple times on Mind of Mencia. Because he isn't affraid of Carlos stealing his jokes.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Blue
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    B: November 28, 1962
    Jon Stewart: (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz; November 28, 1962
    You Might Not Know: Conan, Stewart, Colbert had a huge fight once.
    political satirist, writer, director, television host, actor, media critic, and stand-up comedian
    FF: He voted Bush for president in 1988
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Stewart
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    B: November 29
    Howie Mandel: Howard Michael Mandel (born November 29, 1955)
    You Might Not Know: He has Mysophobia. He is affraid of contamination and germs
    comedian, actor, television host, and voice actor.
    FF: Was the voice of Gizmo in Gremlins
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howie_Mandel
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    D: November 30
    Zeppo Marx: Herbert Manfred Marx (February 25, 1901 – November 30, 1979)
    You Might Not Know: Zeppo Marx was a multi-millionaire.
    film star, musician, engineer, theatrical agent, businessman and comedain
    FF: There were five Mark Brothers; Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Gummo and Zeppo
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeppo_Marx
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  3. This Week in Comedy History Dec 8 - Dec 14
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    Notes:
    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.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Kinison
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    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.
    comedian, actor
    FF: The name for his character on Sanford and Son was actually his older brother's name, "Fred G. Sanford Jr.".
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redd_Foxx
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    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.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Pryor
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    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.
    comedian, actress
    FF: Won 45 Awards and was nominated for another 10 for her role of Mary Lee Johnston in Precious.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mo%27Nique
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    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.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Clair
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    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.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Van_Dyke
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    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.
    actor, comedian
    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.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morey_Amsterdam
    http://www.threecookscafe.com/history.html
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  4. This Week in Comedy History Dec 15 – Dec 21
    Tim Conway, Bill Hicks, Eugene Levy, Chris Farley, Gary Morton, Foster Brooks, Ray Ramano.
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    B: December 15
    Tim Conway: Thomas Daniel Conway born December 15, 1933
    You Might Not Know: On February 5, 1969 he guest stared on the pilot of ABC’s sketch comedy show called Turn-On.
    comedian, actor
    FF: Tim Conway is still doing a live show called The Tim Conway Show starring Louise DuArt.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Conway
    http://www.timconway.com/news.html
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    B: December 16
    Bill Hicks: William Melvin Hicks December 16, 1961 – February 26, 1994
    You Might Not Know: Up to 1993 Bill Hicks and Denis Leary were close friends, until Leary put out a CD that Hicks claimed was full of stolen material.
    stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, musician
    FF: When Bill was 17 his parents took him to see psychoanalyst a due to his rebellious behavior.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Hicks
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    B: December 17
    Eugene Levy: Eugene Levy born December 17, 1946
    You Might Not Know: Levy doesn’t consider himself a comedian and is quoted saying, “When I’m introduced as a comedian, I always get an odd feeling, because I’m a comic actor. I get my laughs through characters, not necessarily as myself.”
    actor, comedian, writer
    FF: Levy was appointed to the Order of Canada on June 30, 2011.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Levy
    http://www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/stories/2011/04/eugene-levy-at-northwestern.html
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    D: December 18
    Chris Farley: Christopher Crosby Farley, February 15, 1964 – December 18, 1997.
    You Might Not Know: Crish Farley started doing professional comedy at the Ark Improv Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin.
    comedian, actor
    FF: Farley was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 26, 2005,
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Farley
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    B: December 19
    Gary Morton: Gary Goldaper December 19, 1924 – March 30, 1999
    You Might Not Know: Starting around 1967, Morton did stand up comedy to warm up the audiences for Lucille Ball’s TV shows.
    stand-up comedian
    FF: Morton designed a European Street set for the origial Star Trek TV series, but it was never used.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Morton
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    D: December 20
    Foster Brooks May 11, 1912 – December 20, 2001
    You Might Not Know: In 1969, Brooks got his big break after being discovered by Singer Perry Como at a golf tournament in North Carolina.
    actor, comedian
    FF: Foster Brooks is known as the original “Fake” drunk, for his portrayal of a lovable drunken man in nightclub performances and television programs.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foster_Brooks
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    70th Annual Peabody Awards
    B: December 21
    Ray Romano: Raymond Albert Romano born December 21, 1957
    You Might Not Know: Ray started his comedy career when he competed in the Johnnie Walker Comedy Search in 1989.
    actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter and voice actor
    FF: Ray loves to play poker and has competed in the World Series of Poker in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Romano

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  5. This Week in Comedy History Dec 22 - Dec 28
    Anthony Jeselnik, Victor Borge, Diedrich Bader, W. C. Fields, Jack Benny, Oscar Levant, Seth Meyers.
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    B: December 22
    Anthony Jeselnik : born December 22, 1978
    You Might Not Know: After his performance on the Roast of Donald Trump, Jeselnik was offered a "three-point deal" that included an hour special, three Comedy Central roasts, and a development deal.
    stand-up comedian, television host, writer, producer, and actor
    FF: For the first episode of his show The Jeselnik Offensive, Jeselnik performs cancer-related standup for a cancer support group.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Jeselnik
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    D: December 23
    Victor Borge : Børge Rosenbaum Born 3 January 1909 – 23 December 2000
    You Might Not Know: His show would often involve a fake suicide. While conducting an orchestra, he might stop and order a violinist who had played a sour note to get off the stage, then resume the performance and have the other members of the section move up to fill the empty seat while they were still playing. Then, From off stage would come the sound of a gunshot.
    comedian, conductor and pianist
    FF: He started his comedy career on Rudy Vallee's radio show in 1941.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Borge
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    B: December 24
    Diedrich Bader : Karl Diedrich Bader (born December 24, 1966)
    You Might Not Know: Bader's first major role as an actor was playing the role of The Searcher in the 1993 series Danger Theatre.
    actor, voice actor and comedian
    FF: For the Star Trek The Next Generation Season 2 "The Emissary", Diedrich's name was misspelled on the credits with the letter T instead of D, Dietrich Bader.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diedrich_Bader
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    D: December 25
    W. C. Fields : William Claude Dukenfield January 29, 1880 – December 25, 1946.
    You Might Not Know: From the age of 11 to 15 years he spent substantial time perfecting his juggling, practicing till his fingers bled.
    comedian, actor, juggler and writer
    FF: As Fields lay in bed dying, his longtime love, Carlotta Monti, went outside and turned the hose onto the roof, to allow Fields to hear for one last time his favorite sound—falling rain.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._C._Fields
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    D: December 26
    Jack Benny : Benjamin Kubelsky; February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974
    You Might Not Know: In 1942, The Jell-O Program Starring Jack Benny was so successful in selling Jell-O, that General Foods could't manufacture it fast enough and the company stopped advertising the popular dessert mix.
    comedian, vaudevillian, radio, television, and film actor, and notable violinist
    FF: Benny began studying violin, an instrument that became his trademark, at the age of six, his parents hoping for him to become a professional violinist.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Benny
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    B: December 27
    Oscar Levant : December 27, 1906 – August 14, 1972
    You Might Not Know: His talk show, The Oscar Levant Show, was canceled after Levant made crude jokes about Marilyn Monroe and later Mae West.
    pianist, composer, author, comedian, and actor
    FF: Levant frequented as a guest on Jack Paar's talk show so much that Paar would sign off by saying, "Good night, Oscar Levant, wherever you are."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Levant
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    B: December 28
    Seth Meyers : Seth Adam Meyers (born December 28, 1973)
    You Might Not Know: Meyers became head writer for the 2006–2007 season of Saturday Night Live and sometimes called a co-writer with Tina Fey and Colin Jost.
    actor, voice actor, writer, producer, television host and comedian
    FF: Meyers got his improv comedy start as a member of the Northwestern University improv sketch group Mee-Ow.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seth_Meyers
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