Elizabeth Blair

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David Letterman Receives Mark Twain Award For American Comedy

Monday, October 23, 2017

The annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor goes to David Letterman. A star-studded tribute at the Kennedy Center included comedians Jimmy Kimmel, Steve Martin and Amy Schumer.


The Country Music Festival That Attracted Thousands To Las Vegas

Monday, October 02, 2017

Country music star Jason Aldean was on stage when the Las Vegas shooting occurred. He headlined the last night of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival, one of country music's biggest events.


'Saturday Night Live' Stops Accepting Jokes From Freelancers

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Freelancers are a bit of a trade secret when it comes to late night shows. They often send in pages of one-liners for the shows to use or reject. Now Saturday Night Live is telling freelancers it will no longer accept their submissions.


Despite Different Styles, Dick Gregory And Jerry Lewis Inspired Generations Of Comics

Monday, August 21, 2017

Two giants of comedy died this weekend. Dick Gregory and Jerry Lewis had very different styles, but both were hugely influential. There are many comedians who drew equal parts inspiration from them.


There's No Easy Answer For Why 'The Great Comet' Is Closing

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 received rave reviews and 12 Tony nominations, the makings of a Broadway hit. Now, it's closing, in part because of a controversy over casting and race.


Hackers Release 'Game Of Thrones' Episodes After HBO Hack

Thursday, August 03, 2017

The latest victim of hacking in Hollywood is HBO. The hack included materials from the critically acclaimed series, Game of Thrones.


Kevin Hart's New Online Comedy Service Joins Crowded Streaming Market

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Kevin Hart is launching a streaming comedy service. The actor's Laugh Out Loud Network, which rolls out this week, enters an already crowded market. LANGUAGE ADVISORY: There are two bleeps in actualities in this piece at :14 and :44 in.


Sasheer Zamata Uses Comedy To Address Intolerance

Monday, July 31, 2017

The comedian just came off four seasons on Saturday Night Live. Now, she wants to break through to the next part of her career — convincing people she's a writer as well as a performer.


Trump Can Be Comedy Gold, But Not All Comedians Are Mining

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Comedians at the Just for Laughs comedy festival are mixed on the value of mocking President Trump.


In 'Planet Of The Apes,' Caesar Embodies A Flawed But Fearless Leader

Friday, July 14, 2017

In the Planet of the Apes trilogy, Caesar is the noble, compassionate leader of the Apes. In the third and final movie, he must lead the apes to find a home safe from the humans who want to kill them. But Caesar also grapples with intense feelings of revenge. For actor Andy Serkis and director Matt Reeves, this simian creature embodies what it means to be a flawed but fearless human being.


'They Love Freedom': Ai Weiwei On His Lego Portraits Of Fellow Activists

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Chinese artist created Trace while under house arrest, and he wasn't allowed to travel to their San Francisco debut. Now, he has his passport back, and was finally able to see it on display.


'Combat Medicine:' Afghanistan Vet Seeks To Help Others Through Hip-Hop

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A new hip-hop album by a veteran of the war in Afghanistan drops Wednesday. His target audience: fellow vets suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.


Podcasts And Audiobooks Reach Out To A New Audience: Children

Thursday, June 15, 2017

There are so many entertainment offerings for children and their parents, it can be hard to choose. We look at podcasts and audiobooks for children.


Backing Musicians Do The Heavy Lifting On NBC's 'The Voice'

Monday, May 22, 2017

For our series, "Backstage Pass," NPR goes behind the scenes of the hit TV show, The Voice, where we meet the house band and veteran musicians who learn and perform new songs daily.


Jean-Michel Basquiat Painting Sells For Record $110.5 Million

Friday, May 19, 2017

The late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat broke a few records at Sotheby's Thursday night when one of his works sold for $110.5 million dollars to a Japanese entrepreneur and art collector.


Josh Groban Leaves Big Shoes To Fill In The Tony-Nominated 'Great Comet'

Thursday, May 18, 2017

For his role as Pierre, Groban had to be able to play the accordion while navigating multiple sets of stairs. His replacement, Okieriete Onaodowan, has about two months to master the instrument.


When Elmo And Big Bird Talk To Refugees

Friday, May 05, 2017

Sesame Workshop is creating educational programming for refugee children around the world. But first, it's doing a lot of homework to make sure the lessons it teaches are the right ones.


From D.C. Theater To '24': The Rise Of Actor Corey Hawkins

Friday, April 21, 2017

Hawkins auditioned for his first acting gig at the Kennedy Center when he was 9 years old. Now he's the star of the action drama series 24: Legacy, and he's also appearing in a Broadway play.


Actors Give Voice To Trump's Tweets

Sunday, April 02, 2017

As long as there have been national leaders, there have been court jesters. Whether skewering the boss on stage, on TV or now, on Twitter, it's a tradition satirists take seriously.


Jo Lampert Takes On Joan Of Arc

Saturday, March 18, 2017

New York artist Jo Lampert just landed her first major role: Joan in David Byrne's new rock opera based on Joan of Arc. With her androgynous appearance and bluesy voice, Lampert seems like a good fit.