The Tonight Show Starring Johnny...

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Joan Rivers, Comedienne and Fashion Police Host, Dies at 81

Legendary comedienne Joan Rivers died Thursday after being taken off of life support, her daughter Melissa told The Associated Press. She was 81.

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For this Thanksgiving show, Johnny's monologue jokes about Thanksgiving holiday traditions, traveling to see relatives, and the first football game at Plymouth Rock. Guest star and local Louisiana legend Lea Johnson charms Johnny as he discusses his landmark restaurant 'Lea's Lunchroom' in Lecompte, Louisiana, and presents Johnny with a special gift. Back to the Future actor and musician Tom Wilson gets the crowd clapping and howling with his special brand of tuba comedy. Episode has been edited from original broadcast.

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Joan Rivers, Comedienne and Fashion Police Host, Dies at 81

Legendary comedienne Joan Rivers died Thursday after being taken off of life support, her daughter Melissa told The Associated Press. She was 81.

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New Last Comic Standing Team Touts Format Changes: This Isn't a Popularity Contest Anymore

A new host and a new set of judges aren't the only changes coming to Last Comic Standing. The NBC reality competition for stand-up comedians also underwent major retooling behind the scenes in anticipation of its return to after four years off the air.

Unlike seasons past, executive producers Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz did away with the open casting calls and... read more

Comedian David Brenner Dies at 78

Comedian and Tonight Show legend David Brenner died Saturday at the age of 78, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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TV Guide Magazine's 60 Best Series of All Time

So many golden ages, so much brilliance from which to choose. In culling from the "60 Greatest" lists we've compiled during our 60th-anniversary year, we shook things up, blending drama, comedy and other genres to salute the shows with the biggest cultural impact and most enduring influence. What will the next 60 years bring? We can't wait to find out... read more

TV Guide Magazine's 60 Greatest Talk Show Moments

They yap, they yammer, they sometimes even yell, but where would we be without our trusty talk-show hosts? Their programs pep us up for the day ahead and soothe us into slumber at night — that is, when they're not shocking the heck out of us! Here are the biggest, wildest, funniest and, yes, even the most tragic moments from the great wide world of chat.

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