That homophobic rant that got 30 Rock's Tracy Morgan in trouble months ago hasn't gone away. David Letterman asked him about it on Monday's Late Show.
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"At the end of the day, I'm a comedian. I try to use the gift God gave me to help the world, to heal the world, not to hurt anyone," Morgan said Monday night about the June 3 show in Nashville. "I was hurt by it because people came to the show and were bummed out."
Some of the funniest people on the planet gathered in New York City Saturday night for the first-ever Comedy Awards (which airs April 10 at 9 p.m. simultaneously across MTV Networks' Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, VH1 and Nick At Nite). Eddie Murphy received the Comedy Icon Award and paid homage to his greatest comedic inspirations: Bill Cosby, Charlie Chaplin, Richard Pryor and George Carlin. But the biggest award of the evening was also the most...
John Belushi and Richard Pryor had more in common than comedic brilliance. Each struggled with intense personal demons, detailed in the two-hour special, The Tragic Side of Comedy (Wednesday, 9 pm/ET). The BIO Channel show explores the troubled lives behind some of the most celebrated comedians of our time, including Chris Farley, Richard Jeni, Bernie Mac, and Andy Kaufman.
From SNL to Animal House, take a look back on the brilliant work of John Belushi and the struggle with drugs that led to his death-by-overdose at 33.
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Comedy legend Richard Pryor died of a heart attack Saturday morning at a Los Angeles hospital. He was 65. Pryor, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1986, first gained fame as a profane stand-up performer whose edgy, freewheeling style and personal take on racial inequality influenced an entire generation of comedians, including Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and Robin Williams. In the '70s and '80s, he starred in hit films such as Stir Crazy and Silver Streak in addition to writing for TV shows and movies like Sanford and Son and Blazing Saddles. In the early '80s, he also battled drug addiction, which he referenced onstage and in his autobiographical film, Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling.