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This Day in Comedy History

August 15 - August 21

August 15

August 15

1884 - Her film credits include the screwball comedy Easy Living (1937), the hit rom-com The Philadelphia Story (1940) and The Human Comedy (1943). Vaudeville, Broadway and screen actor Mary Nash passes away in her sleep in her Los Angeles home at the age of 92.

1932 - The week their film Horse Feathers opens in theatres, The Marx Brothers take over the cover of Time.

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1933 - Actress and model Lori Nelson is born Dixie Kay Nelson in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She began her career as a child performer on the radio, and was signed to a movie contract by Universal Pictures on her 17th birthday. She is best remembered for starring in the sitcom How to Marry a Millionaire.and her roles in the Ma & Pa Kettle film series.

1935 – Legendary American actor, humorist, and columnist Will Rogers dies in an Alaskan plane crash. He was born in 1879.

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1936 - Pat Priest, who took over the role of Marilyn Munster on the television show The Munsters (1964–1966) after Beverley Owen left the show, is born in Bountiful, Utah.

1950 - Tess Harper is born in Mammoth Springs, Arkansas. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the dark comedy Crimes of the Heart (1986). She also had a role in Ishtar (1987), Her Alibi (1989), Daddy's Dyin': Who's Got the Will? (1990), My New Gun (1992), Kiss the Bride (2008), Hello, My Name Is Frank (2014) and Frank (2014).

1955 - Larry Mathews, who played son Ritchie in The Dick Van Dyke Show before giving up acting, is born in Burbank, CA.

1958 - In Chicago, comedian Rondell Sheridan is born. He’s best known for playing goofy dad Victor Baxter in the “psychic teen” Disney Channel sitcom That's So Raven and its spin-offs, Cory in the House and Raven's Home. He also starred in the short-lived NBC/UPN sitcom Minor Adjustments.

1960 - Mort Sahl becomes the first stand-up ever to be featured on the cover of Time Magazine. 

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1968 - Emmy winner as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Will and Grace (she played Grace!), Debra Messing is born in New York City.

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1970 – American comedian, actor, and producer Anthony Anderson is born.

1972 - Oscar winning actor and Matt Damon BFF known for films including Jersey Girl, Chasing Amy, Shakespeare in Love, Gigli and Good Will Hunting, Ben Affleck is born in Berkeley, California.

1974 - Movie roles include The Whole Nine Yards (2000) and its sequel The Whole Ten Yards (2004), and TV credits include Eli Stone (2008–2009). Natasha Henstridge is born in Springdale, Newfoundland. But I knows you're not stunned, b’y!

1983 - Billy Barty’s Roller Fantasy - the prolific actor’s family friendly roller rink slash concert venue (where you can still roller skate) on weekend nights - hosts heavy metal band Motorhead. We’re gonna go out on a limb here and say this is probably the only time this guy ever worked with Motorhead.

1990 - She broke out as the youngest daughter in the sitcom The Bill Engvall Show (2007–2009). She won the Best Actress Academy Award for Silver Linings Playbook (2012) when she was 22, then a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the black comedy American Hustle (2013). She also won Golden Globes for those roles, as well as for the film Joy (2015). Jennifer Lawrence is born in Indian Hills, Kentucky.

1992 - With a cast including Rip Torn, Jeffery Tambor, Penny Johnson, Jeremy Piven, Janeane Garofalo, Wallace Langham, Megan Gallagher and Linda Doucett, Garry Shandling’s behind the scenes look at a late night network talk show, The Larry Sanders Show debuts on HBO. 

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2006 - The Weird Al Show is released on DVD by Shout! Factory.

2008 - As part of Comic Relief’s “The Return of Tony Clifton” national tour benefiting gulf coast performers affected by Hurricane Katrina, the character created and originally performed by Andy Kaufman performed with his "Katrina Kiss My Ass Orchestra" at Chicago's Chopin Theatre.

2010 - Sarah Millican headlines Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, recorded at the Empire Theatre in Sunderland.

2017 - For years Netflix's audience demanded to know: “When is country superstar Brad Paisley going to get a comedy special?” Their cries were finally answered on this date - though he cheated by getting help from ringers like Nate Bargatze, John Heffron, Sarah Tiana, Mike Winfield and Jon Reep - as Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo is released on the service.

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2019 - Brazilian comic, singer and YouTuber Whindersson Nunes has his special Adulto released on Netflix.

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August 16

August 16

August 17

August 17
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August 18

August 18

August 19

August 19
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August 20

August 20
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August 21

August 21
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