This Day in Comedy History
November 1 - November 7
1925 – Max Linder passed away in his early 40s. The French silent film comedy star’s “Max” was one of the first recognizable recurring characters in the movies.
1942 – American actress and comedian Marcia Wallace, best known as Carol the receptionist on The Bob Newhart Show and as the voice of Mrs. Krabappel on The Simpsons until her death, was born in Creston, Iowa.
1949 - Jeannie Berlin is born in Los Angeles. She’s best known for her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated performance in The Heartbreak Kid (1972). Other film credits include: Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York (1975), Inherent Vice (2014) and Cafe Society (2016).
1949 - Belita Moreno is born in Dallas, TX. She’s best known for her sitcom roles, as Benita "Benny" Lopez in George Lopez and Edwina Twinkacetti/Lydia Markham in Perfect Strangers. She has also played many comic film roles, most notably Mrs. Norton in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie series.
1964 - The Ed Sullivan Show features a performance by the Dave Clark Five.
1972 - She won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for starring in Showtime’s United States of Tara (2008-2011). Oscar nominee, two time BAFTA nominee and five time AACTA winner Toni Collette is born in Sydney, NSW. Her films include Spotswood (1992), Muriel's Wedding (1994), Emma (1996), About a Boy (2002), In Her Shoes (2005), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), The Black Balloon (2008), The Way, Way Back (2013) and Knives Out (2019).
1972 - Star of the eponymous sitcoms Jenny (1997–1998) and Donnie Loves Jenny (2015–2016), whose film credits include BASEketball (1998), Dirty Love (2005), John Tucker Must Die (2006), and Santa Baby (2006), former Playboy Playmate Jenny McCarthy is born in Evergreen Park, Illinois.
1981 - Matt Jones is born in Sacramento, CA. He’s best known for providing comic relief as Brandon "Badger" Mayhew on AMC’s hit crime series Breaking Bad, as well as for two CBS sitcoms, playing Baxter in Mom and Douglas Wheeler in Bob Hearts Abishola. He also played the recurring role of a delivery guy in both How I Met Your Mother and Community.
1985 – “The King of Chutzpah”, American actor and comedian Phil Silvers best known for his 1950s sitcom The Phil Silvers Show, passes away in his sleep in Century City, CA.
1985 - Versatile English entertainer, comedian and musician - and the longtime host of the children’s show Record Breakers - Roy Castle raised £1 million for charity in a sponsored bid to challenge his own tap-dancing record, which he had set on the show in 1973. Castle still holds the fastest tap dancing record to this day.
1986 - Penn Badgley is born in Baltimore, Maryland. He has had roles in such movies as John Tucker Must Die (2006), Drive-Thru (2007) and Easy A (2010).
1988 - Actors Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis marry. They would later divorce.
1990 - Comedy at Club 54 premieres on Canadian TV.
1990 - Waste from the nuclear plant is causing local fishes to sprout extra eyes, and Mr. Burns decides to run for Governor to make sure he can keep the plant open. The Simpsons nod to Citizen Kane, Two Cars In Every Garage And Three Eyes On Every Fish airs on Fox.
1991 - On NBC’s vaunted TGIF line-up: Perfect Strangers duo Larry & Balki pay tribute to Laurel & Hardy with their episode “The Gazebo”, while Steve Urkel’s “Robo-Nerd” makes its first appearance on Family Matters.
1997 - He played Max Braverman in NBC’s comedy-drama Parenthood. Max Burkholder is born in Los Angeles.
1997 - He and his older brother Nat starred in the Nickelodeon musical comedy series The Naked Brothers Band (2007–09). Alex Wolff is born in Manhattan, NYC.
2010 - Pee-Wee Herman (comedian Paul Reubens) is a special guest star on WWE Raw.
2012 - Katt Williams’ show at Wells Fargo Theatre in Denver, Colorado ended early after he jumped into the audience to confront a heckler.
2017 - The Bad Moms sequel A Bad Moms Christmas is released.
1954 - The story of a down-on-his-heels comedian, and his friend who’s always out to con him, the influential series Hancock’s Half Hour debuts on BBC Radio.
1959 - Making his first appearance on Broadway in a decade with the show Take Me Along, Jackie Gleason gets the cover of Life Magazine.
1959 - Actor known for his appearances in such films as Riff-Raff (1991), Trainspotting (1996) and Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000), and for starring in the BBC Two sitcom Mum (2016-2019), Peter Mullan is born in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
1961 - One of America’s greatest humorists passes away at age 66 in New York City, as James Thurber dies of pneumonia while in recovery, less than a month after undergoing emergency surgery to a blood clot on the brain. He is best remembered for his cartoons and short stories, which were mainly published in The New Yorker and have been collected in his numerous books. The celebrated wit’s works have also frequently been adapted into films, including The Male Animal (1942), The Battle of the Sexes (1959), and two adaptations of his most famous work, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947, 2013).
1963 - She played Millie in Bull Durham (1988) and various characters in Reno 911! (2003-2009), Jenny Robertson is born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1964 - Lauren Vélez, who played Elena on ABC's comedy-drama Ugly Betty, is born in Brooklyn, NYC.
1966 - He played Ross Geller, one of everyone’s top six Friends, David Schwimmer is born in Flushing, Queens, NYC.
1972 - On the series three episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus (title - The Money Programme) sketches include Ken Russell’s Gardening Club, Hitting On The Head Lessons and the Cleese and Palin classic Argument Clinic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpAvcGcEc0k
1972 - On the set of the Barbra Streisand/Robert Redford classic The Way We Were, ready to shoot the scene where there is a party where everyone is supposed to dress up as their favourite Marx Brother, but everyone shows up as Groucho (except for Babs, who went with Harpo), a special guest arrives as the actual Grouch Marx shows up to wish everyone well.
1974 - The original cast of M*A*S*H make their last appearance together on the cover of TV Guide.
1975 - Canadian comedian Jon Dore is born in Ottawa, Ontario.
1975 - He played Sam McKinney for the final three seasons of Diff'rent Strokes; he also played Kevin in The Cavanaughs and Bobby Budnick in Salute Your Shorts. Former child actor Danny Cooksey is born in Moore, Oklahoma.
1978 - SNL’s Gilda Radner appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The 2nd time wouldn’t take long.
1990 - Kendall Schmidt, who played Kendall Knight in Nickelodeon’s “boy band” comedy series Big Time Rush, is born in Wichita, Kansas.
1994 - The first credited Seinfeld episode for writer Spike Feresten, and based on real life experience (Al Yeganeh and his kitchen on W. 55th street), The Soup Nazi airs on NBC.
1995 - Jim Carrey gets his hands in cement in front of Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
1995 - On the 6th episode of the second season of Friends, Phoebe loses her job at Central Perk to a professional musician (The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde). Featuring the first ever performance of Smelly Cat, The One With The Baby On The Bus airs on NBC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3YWy0p7p14
2003 - Arrested Development makes its debut.
1947 - Actor and voice artist Shadoe Stevens is born Terry Keith Ingstad in Jamestown, North Dakota. He played Kenny Beckett in the sitcom Dave’s World (1994-1997), was the announcer for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS, and also serves as the announcer for the Antenna TV network.
1949 - Family sitcom The Ruggles premiered on US TV, and ran until 1952.
1952 - Stand-up, actress, producer and self-described “Domestic Goddess” - but not a good pre-game national anthem singer - Roseanne Barr is born in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1953 - Comedian Dennis Miller of SNL fame (particularly as an anchor of the Weekend Update segment) is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1953 - Actor Kate Capshaw is born in Fort Worth, Texas. Her film credits include A Little Sex (1982), Best Defense (1984), Private Affairs (1988), The Alarmist (1997) and The Love Letter (1999).
1954 - Kathy Kinney is born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. She’s best known for playing Drew Carey’s cruel nemesis Mimi Bobeck in the sitcom The Drew Carey Show, who apparently applies her makeup with a paint roller.
1970 - A film that has two things every 1970’s comedy should have - a screenplay by Buck Henry, and Barbra Steisand playing a prostitute. There’s also George Segal, Robert Klein and some interesting clothing choices. The Owl And The Pussycat opens in theatres. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD4UT26qnpk
1983 - Julie Berman is born in Los Angeles. She’s best known as a soap actress but also played Leia the receptionist in Hulu’s comedy series Casual (2015).
1986 - Best known for her roles as Alisha Daniels in the E4 comedy-drama series Misfits and Evie in the Channel 4/Netflix comedy series Lovesick, Antonia Thomas is born in London, England.
1990 - Stage and screen actor Mary Martin dies of cancer in Rancho Mirage, California, at the age of 76. She is best remembered for her many musical roles, especially for playing Peter Pan on stage and on TV.
1995 - HBO’s Mr. Show debuts.
1997 - Steve Coogan’s look at a career on a slide, with the protagonist exiled from BBC TV and now reduced to doing an overnight show on Norwich radio, I’m Alan Partridge debuts on BBC Two.
2003 - A series about the inner workings and cast relationships at a fictional Shakespeare festival, the Susan Coyne, Mark McKinney and Bob Martin created and written Slings And Arrows debuts on The Movie Network.
2005 - In Lisbon, Portugal, Sacha Baron Cohen presents as his character Borat at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
2018 - on SNL’s Weekend Update segment, Pete Davidson says that Lt. Commander Dan Crenshaw, a Texas veteran and 2018 Midterm Election candidate, looks like "a hitman in a porno movie." Crenshaw himself made a cameo on the next episode's Weekend Update, in which Davidson apologized to him.
1925 - Actress best known for playing Ray’s mother Marie Barone on the series Everybody Loves Raymond, Doris Roberts is born in St. Louis, Missouri.
1928 – Israeli actor, comedian and writer Shaike Ophir, who was also famous as Israel’s First Mime, is born in Jerusalem.
1937 - Loretta Swit, best known for playing Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan in the hit sitcom M*A*S*H - a role for which she won two Emmy Awards - is born in Passaic, New Jersey.
1947 - Ivonna Coll is born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. She’s best known for starring as Alba Villanueva in the CW comedy-drama series Jane the Virgin (2014-2019).
1950 - Markie Post, who is best known for her sitcom work - portraying bail bondswoman Terri Michaels in ABC’s The Fall Guy (1982-1985), public defender Christine Sullivan in NBC’s Night Court (1985-1992), and Georgie Anne Lahti Hartman in CBS’s Hearts Afire (1992-1995) - is born in Palo Alto, CA.
1960 - Comedian Kathy Griffin is born in Oak Park, Illinois, and is immediately relegated to the D-list :)
1961 - TV (Cobra Kai) and movie (My Cousin Vinnie, Naked in New York, Teachers) actor Ralph Macchio is born in Huntington, NY.
1962 - Actor Kathleen Nolan (from the sitcom The Real McCoys) marries manager Richard Heckenkamp.
1963 - They’re famous as a band but this was a great joke that is often quoted. As The Beatles perform for the Queen Mother in London, John Lennon comments that the people in the cheap seats should clap their hands, “and the rest of you can just rattle your jewelry”... and we thought Ringo was the funny one!
1969 - It’s the first time of many that he’d be seen without his shirt on: Matthew McConaughey is born in Uvalde, Texas. After Angels in the Outfield (1994) and EDtv (1999), he became a rom-com star with the films The Wedding Planner (2001), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Failure to Launch (2006), Fool's Gold (2008), and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009). Since then he’s appeared in such films as Bernie (2011), Magic Mike (2012), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Killer Joe (2011) and Sing (2016).
1976 - Another music item that we’ll include simply because it was a good joke: When his concert in New York is interrupted by a bomb threat, Bruce Springsteen concert in New York was interrupted by a bomb threat. Springsteen joked that the threat could have come from his former manager, with whom he was involved in a legal battle.
1977 - The film Which Way Is Up?, featuring Richard Pryor in multiple roles, is released.
1979 - Legendary journalist, actor and humorist Will Rogers is born in Oologah, Oklahoma.
1994 - Sinbad and Bobby Slayton perform for a crowd of 72,000 at the University of Florida’s annual Gator Growl.
2001 - The Emmys are finally given out after being canceled twice due to concerns following 9/11.
2010 - Legendary American comedian Buck Henry makes his final guest starring appearance on 30 Rock as Dick Lemon, father to Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), in the episode Gentleman’s Intermission.
2016 - The rot in the foundation being too extreme to keep it as a tourist exhibit, the Corner Gas set in Rouleau, Saskatchewan (which doubled for Dog River) is demolished for safety reasons. The set had housed both the gas station and The Ruby coffee shop since the series began shooting in 2004. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hqL66YVTmo
1940 - Elke Sommer is born Elke Baronin von Schletz in Berlin, Germany. She appeared in numerous films in the 1960s and 1970s, most notably opposite Peter Sellers in The Pink Panther movie A Shot in the Dark (1964), The Art of Love (1965) with James Garner and Dick Van Dyke, the Bob Hope comedy Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! (1966), The Wrecking Crew (1968) with Dean Martin, The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz (1968) and Carry On Behind (1975) in the British Carry On series.
1942 - Showman George M. Cohan, who began his career in a family vaudeville act with his parents and sister, “The Four Cohans,” before writing over 50 shows and 300 songs during his lifetime, including more than three dozen Broadway musicals, dies of abdominal cancer in New York City at age 64. Known in the decade before World War I as "the man who owned Broadway", he is considered the father of American musical comedy, and a statue of him stands in Times Square, New York City, commemorating his contributions to American musical theatre.
1958 - Comedian, radio personality and TV talk show host Mo Gaffney is born Maureen Gaffney in San Diego, CA. Together with Kathy Najimy, she wrote and starred in two Off-Broadway shows, The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives (1989) and The Kathy and Mo Show: The Dark Side, both of which won Obie Awards.
1958 - His movie credits include Wayne's World (1992), Last Action Hero (1993). Striptease (1996), Spy Kids (2001), Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) and The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009). Robert “T-1000” Patrick is born in Marietta, Georgia.
1960 - King of slapstick and creator of the Keystone Kops, filmmaker Mack Sennett dies.
1960 - Scottish actress Tilda Swinton is born in London, England. The BAFTA and Oscar winner’s film roles include Adaptation. (2002), Burn After Reading (2008), Moonrise Kingdom (2012) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).
1963 - The youngest actor ever to win a competitive Academy Award, Tatum O'Neal is born in Los Angeles. She won the Oscar at age 10 for her performance opposite her father Ryan O’Neal in Paper Moon (1973). She also starred in The Bad News Bears (1976), Nickelodeon (1976) and Little Darlings (1980).
1963 - She’s best known for originating the title role in the Broadway musical Annie; Andrea McArdle is born in Philadelphia.
1967 - Judy Reyes is born in The Bronx, NYC. She’s best known for her TV roles, playing Carla Espinosa on the NBC/ABC sitcom Scrubs (2001–2009), Zoila Diaz in the Lifetime comedy-drama Devious Maids (2013–2016) and Annalise "Quiet Ann" Zayas in TNT’s crime comedy Claws (2017-).
1968 - Academy Award winning actor Sam Rockwell is born in Daly City, CA. His many comedy roles include A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999), Galaxy Quest (1999), Charlie's Angels (2000), Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Matchstick Men (2003), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Cowboys & Aliens (2011), Seven Psychopaths (2012), The Way, Way Back (2013), Vice (2018) and Jojo Rabbit (2019).
1971 - Best known for playing the title character in the FOX sitcom Parker Lewis Can't Lose (1990–93), Corin Nemec is born in Little Rock, Arkansas.
1976 - He starred as Buddy in the Broadway version of Elf - Sebastian Arcelus is born in NYC.
1982 - Classic Canadian sketch series SCTV set their sights on Canadiana with a parody of the Canadian identity defining film Goin’ Down The Road, with their as-Canadian-as-it-can-get piece Garth And Gord And Fiona And Alice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFN55be4zO8
1988 - A new sitcom, with an oddly grim premise for a sitcom, premieres on CBS. Raising Miranda stars James Naughton as a Wisconsin man with a troublesome 15 year old daughter who is abandoned by his wife. Co-stars include Bryan Cranston (in his first regular prime-time TV role) as his brother-in-law, Russell, comedian Miriam Flynn, and Steve Vinovich. Unfortunately, the show was up against NBC’s hit sitcom Amen, and it was canceled after nine episodes were produced (with two unaired).
1991 - Actor Fred MacMurray, best remembered for starring as the father in the hit ABC/CBS sitcom My Three Sons (1960-1972), and his appearances in several Disney comedy films, including The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire and The Shaggy Dog, dies of pneumonia in hospital in Santa Monica, California. He had survived throat cancer, a stroke, and suffered with leukemia for more than a decade prior to his passing.
1951 - John Rice, one half of The Rice Twins, passes away on the operating table from complications related to injuries he had suffered in an accident. The identical twin dwarfs, who held the world record for shortest twins, were experts in the real estate and motivational speaking world but began a career in the TV and film industry when Jerry Lewis cast them in his first film in a decade, Hardly Working (1980). They are best known to comedy fans for their appearances in ad campaigns for a pizza chain and a pest control company.
2005 - George Carlin’s thirteenth HBO special, Life Is Worth Losing, airs live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City – during which he announces "I've got 341 days of sobriety."
2014 - The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club & Podcast Theater closes.
2015 - An Australian version of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple opens at Southbank Theatre in Melbourne, starring comedians Shaun Micallef and Francis Greenslade as Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison. It would run until just before Christmas.
1926 – Frank Carson, Northern Irish comedian and actor (The Comedians, Tiswas) was born.
1929 - Best known for her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated role in Nebraska (2013), June Squibb is born in Vandalia, Illinois.
1946 - “We like her, we really like her!” Sally Field is born in Pasadena, CA. The winner of two Academy Awards, three Emmys and two Golden Globes, she began her career starring in the sitcoms Gidget (1965–1966), The Flying Nun (1967–1970), and The Girl with Something Extra (1973–1974), and her films include Stay Hungry (1976), Smokey and the Bandit (1977) and Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), The End (1978), Hooper (1978), Kiss Me Goodbye (1982), Murphy's Romance (1985), Steel Magnolias (1989), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994).
1957 - The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour premieres on CBS. During the filming of this series, which was successful but only produced a handful of episodes, the couple decides to divorce.
1957 - In Corpus Christi, Texas, Lori Singer is born. Her film credits include The Man with One Red Shoe (1985), Made in U.S.A. (1987) and Robert Altman's Short Cuts (1993).
1967 - The Carol Burnett Show airs her famous “nudist colony” sketch. In what Carol Burnett remembers as the only time network censors stepped in, her answer to the question “how do you nudists dance?” was changed from “very carefully” to “cheek to cheek.”
1968 - A lot freakier and psychedelic than their sitcom, The Monkees movie Head opens in theatres. Matching up to the weirdness of the film, the list of co-stars includes the eclectic collection of dramatic actor Victor Mature, beach movie star Annette Funicello, former heavyweight boxing champ Sonny Liston, musician Frank Zappa, Teri Garr, Green Bay Packers great Ray Nitschke, ground-breaking nude dancer Carol Doda and Jack Nicholson (who also produced). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7IBVhqDMoo
1970 - Four time Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke is born in Austin, TX. He has starred in such films as Reality Bites (1994), Dad (1989), Mystery Date (1991) and The Newton Boys (1998).
1972 - She played Alexis Meade on the television series Ugly Betty. Rebecca Romijn is born in Berkeley, CA. Her movie credits include Run Ronnie Run (2002), Man About Town (2006), The Con Artist (2010) and Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant (2015).
1975 - The movie version of Neil Simon’s play The Sunshine Boys opens in theaters. Simon and Walter Mathau would be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor Academy Awards, with co-star George Burns winning for Best Supporting Actor.
1978 - Former child actor and writer best known for starring as Robin Cooper MacGillis in the sitcom Major Dad (1989-1993), Nicole Dubuc is born in Orange County, CA.
1978 - Best known for playing "Pennsatucky" Doggett in the hit Netflix comedy-drama Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019), Taryn Manning is born in Falls Church, Virginia.
1984 - Patina Miller is born in Pageland, South Carolina. She originated the role of Deloris Van Cartier in the 2009 West End and 2011 Broadway productions of Sister Act, based on the Whoopi Goldberg film. She also starred in the 2013 revival of Pippin on Broadway.
1988 - Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe winning Best Actress for La La Land, also known for Easy A, Superbad, and Crazy, Stupid, Love, Emma Stone is born in Scottsdale, Arizona.
1988 - Husband and wife Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach announce they are seeking treatment for alcoholism.
1990 - A fire sweeps through the Universal Studios backlot in Los Angeles, California, destroying sets used in Back To The Future Part 2, Dick Tracy and other films.
1990 - Saturday Night Live cast member Bowen Yang is born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
1998 - The W-W-Waterboy premieres, starring Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Jerry Reed and Henry Winkler.
1940 - Dakin Matthews is born in Oakland, CA. He starred in such sitcoms as The Jeff Foxworthy Show, Down Home and Soul Man, and also played recurring roles in Desperate Housewives and The King of Queens.
1940 - Nobel Prize winning author Sinclair Lewis had become enthralled with the University of Wisconsin campus while visiting fellow author William Ellery Leonard in Madison in the fall of 1940 - so much so that he offered to stay in town and teach a course there, which the chancellor eagerly accepted. On this date, after giving only five lectures to his 24 students, Lewis announced to them in class that he’d taught them everything he knew and left town.
1951 - Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner marry. She would file for divorce in 1954.
1957 - Peter Brady in the hit 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch, Christopher Knight is born in NYC.
1963 - A star-studded, madcap race to find $350,000 in stolen cash, the classic ensemble comedy It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World has its premiere. The film, with a cast including Spencer Tracy, Edie Adams, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Dorothy Provine, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, Jonathan Winters and more, was the first show presented in the still-unfinished, state of the art, architecturally impressive Cinerama Dome on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard. The movie would later be named #40 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years… 100 Laughs list. Of the many cameos by comedy stars, the one intended for Stan Laurel instead went to Jack Benny - Laurel declined the offer because he had promised never to work again after the death of his comedy partner Oliver Hardy.
1964 - Sitcom star Dana Plato (Diff’rent Strokes) was born in Maywood, CA.
1967 - While it’s one of the most famous sketches Monty Python do, performing it on the Live At Drury Lane album, in the Live At The Hollywood Bowl film, and in their famous 20-night farewell run at London’s O2 Arena, The Four Yorkshiremen isn’t really their sketch. The scene where four wealthy gents keep trying to outdo each other about how tough their circumstances were in their earlier days was written by John Cleese and Graham Chapman, alright, but it was along with Marty Feldman and Tim Brooke-Taylor for At Last The 1948 Show and performed on that show on this date.
1969 - She played Ellen Beals in ABC Family’s series Make It or Break It. Michelle Clunie is born in Portland, Oregon.
1970 - Documentary filmmaker and humorist Morgan Spurlock is born in Parkersburg, West Virginia. His films include Super Size Me (2004) and Super Size Me 2 (2017), Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? (2008), The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011) and Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (2011).
1972 - Identical twin brothers Jeremy London, who starred in Mallrats (1995), and Jason London, who starred in Dazed and Confused (1993) and Out Cold (2001), are born in San Diego, CA.
1974 - Musician, outspoken conservative, reality TV star and frequent sitcom guest actor Ted Nugent wins the National Squirrel Shooting Archery Contest by hitting a squirrel at 150 yards with a bow and arrow.
1981 - It's easy to have the cast of a show on your cover when the show is called The Two Of Us, as TV Guide learned when they featured Mimi Kennedy and Peter Cook.
1983 - In Waterloo, Iowa, Adam DeVine is born. He played Bumper in the musical comedies Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 and had recurring sitcom roles in both Modern Family and Workaholics. His other film credits include The Intern, The Final Girls, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Game Over, Man! and When We First Met.
1985 - Lucas Neff is born in Chicago. He starred in two sitcoms, Fox’s Raising Hope and Carol's Second Act on CBS.
1990 - Comedian, actor and Late Night talk show great Arsenio Hall gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1991 - Actor Paul Reubens, better known as Pee Wee Herman, pleads no contest to an indecent exposure charge. He had been arrested in Sarasota, Florida after allegedly exposing himself in an adult movie theatre.
1992 - Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak guest stars as a psychologist in The Two Faces of Ed, a new episode of ABC’s comedy-drama The Commish.
2006 - Sports Illustrated contains a column called "Skater vs. Instigator", which illustrates amusing "parallels" between Sacha Baron Cohen (of Borat and Ali G fame), and similarly-named figure skater Sasha Cohen.
2014 - South Korean comedian Noh Hong Chul, known to South Koreans for his appearances on the TV shows Infinite Challenge and I Live Alone but famous worldwide for being the “Elevator Guy” in the music video for Psy’s smash hit Gangnam Style, is arrested for drunk driving after refusing to move his parked car for police then also refusing a breathalyzer test. After the incident, the comedian removed himself from both shows, but fans launched a petition asking him and the shows to put him back on.
2020 - “The Master of the Malaprop”, comedian Norm Crosby, passes away from heart failure in his Los Angeles home at the age of 93. He is remembered for co-hosting the Canadian variety series Everything Goes (1974) and for his numerous appearances on Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts.