The Comedian Who Was Cut Down By The Same Bullet That Killed Kennedy

As you know, today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK, and as you know, there's very little to say about the assassination, its effects on history, and so on that hasn't already been said. One story you probably don't know, though, is the one about how JFK's death destroyed a famous impressionist whose … » 11/22/13 12:44pm 11/22/13 12:44pm

Dead Comedian Of The Week: Andy Kaufman, The Unlikely Bombthrower

For Comedy Week, we're running a handful of tributes in the vein of our Dead Wrestler of the Week series. Here, from the best book ever written about stand-up comedy, Phil Berger's The Last Laugh, we look at the evolution of Andy Kaufman, meshuga provocateur. » 8/12/11 4:25pm 8/12/11 4:25pm

Dead Comedian Of The Week: Mitch Hedberg, The Comic's Comic

For Comedy Week, we're running a handful of tributes in the vein of our Dead Wrestler of the Week series. Here, the Masked Man looks at the legacy of Mitch Hedberg, the surrealist who developed a cult following before his death in 2005—and an even bigger one after his death. » 8/12/11 2:20pm 8/12/11 2:20pm

Dead Comedian Of The Week: Vaughn Meader, Assassination Victim

For Comedy Week, we're running a handful of tributes in the vein of our Dead Wrestler of the Week series. Here, Alexander Woo, a writer and co-executive producer for HBO's True Blood, eulogizes Vaughn Meader, the wildly popular JFK impersonator whose star plummeted after the assassination of his subject. He died in… » 8/11/11 2:20pm 8/11/11 2:20pm