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    25 Years After Playing Young Tom Hanks in 'Big,' David Moscow Looks Back on Child Stardom, Penny Marshall's Direction, and The Making of a Classic

    The second audition of David Moscow's career involved Penny Marshall, Robert De Niro, and a script about a 12-year-old Jersey boy who wishes "to be big."

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    TV: New Black Comedienne to Join SNL (Finally)

    Public protests from castmembers, widespread media scrutiny, and the existence of many talented black comediennes have finally convinced longtime SNL producer Lorne Michaels to add an African-American funnywoman to the cast.

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    Bette Midler to Play Mae West in HBO Film

    HBO bucked the general biopic trend of focusing on a subject's early struggles this year with Behind the Candelabra, which explored the last years of Liberace's life. Now the studio will do the same with a Mae West film, with Bette Midler playing the 1930s star.

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    'Variety' Columnist: Female Comics Shouldn't Tell Dirty Jokes

    Sarah Silverman is arguably the most famous female comic working today. But she still gets no respect, at least not from Variety TV columnist Brian Lowry, who wrote an embarrassing "review" of Silverman's latest HBO special, 'We Are Miracles.'

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    TV: Maya Rudolph to Return to NBC in Variety Show

    SNL comedienne and Up All Night actress Maya Rudolph is the latest entertainer to attempt a resuscitation of the primetime variety show.

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    SNL Addresses the Lack of African American Women Straight On

    Over the last couple of weeks there has been an ongoing controversy over the lack of African American women on Saturday Night Live.

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    Carol Burnett Receives Mark Twain Prize

    On Sunday, the iconic Carol Burnett received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, one of the highest honors for a comedian.

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    How Can We Still be Talking About Whether Women Are Funny?

    Yesterday morning brought the great news that Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will be hosting the Golden Globes in 2014 and 2015. They were so terrific as hosts last year that the Globe people were smart to lock them in for an extended run.

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    Three Funny Women-Of-Color Who Are Ready For A Stage Like 'SNL'

    Considering the recent conversation regarding whether or not Saturday Night Live player Kenan Thompson is correct in his assertion that women-of-color are absent from that show's cast due to their unreadiness in auditions, I thought I'd revisit a post from last year that highlighted the talents ...

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    Carol Burnett to Receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

    On October 20th, Carol Burnett will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, an award given to comedians and satirists who have had an "impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th century novelist and essayist best known as Mark Twain."

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