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Demented Datebooks: Comedy Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name for January 5

Last Updated 06-08-2018

🎭🎮Clancy Brown -- is 59 in the year 2018 and 60 in the year 2019; b.1/5/1959
Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Producer, Video Game Voice Actor
TV Shows: ER (as Dr. Ellis West), SpongeBob SquarePants (as Mr. Krabs), Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., All Grown Up! Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, Justice League, Jackie Chan Adventures, Carnivale, Mighty Ducks
Movie Titles: The Shawshank Redemption, Starship Troopers, Highlander, The Express
Video Games: Crash Bandicoot (series), SpongeBob SquarePants (series), Lego (series)

🎭Jessica Chaffin -- is 44 in the year 2018 and 45 in the year 2019; b.1/5/1974 N.S.
Actress, Comedienne, Cartoon Voice Actress, Producer
TV Shows: Zoey 101, The Mighty B!, Man with a Plan (as Marie)
Movie Titles: Spy, Ghostbusters (2016), The Heat

🎭Bradley Cooper -- is 43 in the year 2018 and 44 in the year 2019; b.1/5/1975
Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor
TV Shows: Alias (as Journalist / CIA Analyst William 'Will' D. Tippin)
Movie Titles: The Place Beyond The Pines, Hangover (series), The Midnight Meat Train, Hit and Run, Silver Linings of Playbook, American Hustle, Limitless, He's Just Not That Into You, Wedding Crashers, Guardians of the Galaxy (voice)

🎭Franz Drameh -- is 25 in the year 2018 and 26 in the year 2019; b.1/5/1993 N.S.
Actor, English
TV Shows: Legends of Tomorrow (as Jefferson Jackson / Firestorm)
Movie Titles: Edge of Tomorrow, Attack the Block, Hereafter

🎭Robert Duvall -- is 87 in the year 2018 and 88 in the year 2019; b.1/5/1931
TV/Movie Actor
Names/Places: b. in San Diego, CA
Movie Titles: Network, Lonesome Dove, M*A*S*H, The Great Santini, Taxi Driver, Ike, Apocalypse Now, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Godfather, Tender Mercies, Something To Talk About, Phenomenon, The Apostle, A Civil Action, A Shot of Glory, Assassination Tango, Open Range, Kicking and Screaming

🎭January Jones -- is 40 in the year 2018 and 41 in the year 2019; b.1/5/1978
TV Shows: Mad Men (as Betty Draper), The Last Man on Earth (as Melissa Shart)
Movie Titles: Unknown, X-Men: First Class, American Wedding

🎭Heather Paige Kent -- is 49 in the year 2018 and 50 in the year 2019; b.1/5/1969
Names/Places: aka Heather Dubrow
TV Shows: Jenny, Stark Raving Mad
Movie Titles: The First $20 Million is Always the Hardest

✍🎭Ted Lange -- is 70 in the year 2018 and 71 in the year 2019; b.1/5/1948
Screenwriter, Actor, Director
TV Shows: That's My Mama (as Junior), Mr. T & Tina, The Love Boat (as bartender Issac Washington)
Movie Titles: Carts, Last of the Romantics

🎭Hugh "Lumpy" Brannum -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/5/1910 N.S. d.4/19/1987 N.S. (77)
Names/Places: b. in Sandwich, IL
TV Shows: Captain Kangaroo (as Mr. Green Jeans, the friendly farmer, handyman, and unsuccessful inventor)

🎭Robert Earle -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/5/1926 d.9/19/1993 N.S. (67)
Actor, Game Show Host
Misc: G.E. College Bowl moderator
TV Shows: The Toy, Blaze

🎭Wolf Morris -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/5/1925 d.7/21/1996 (71)
TV Shows: Dr. Who (as Padmasambhava)

🎭🎵Jack Norworth -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/5/1879 d.9/1/1959 (80)
Actor, Vaudevillan, Lyricist, Musician

Michael O'Donoghue -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/5/1940 d.11/8/1994 (54)
Comedy Writer
Names/Places: aka Mr. Mike
Misc: founded the National Lampoon Radio Hour
TV Shows: Saturday Night Live (original writer 1975-80 & 1985)

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🎨🎭🎵George E. Price -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/5/1901 d.5/10/1964 (63)
Comic Strip Cartoonist, Comedian, Vaudevillan, Singer
Misc: N.Y. lower class life

🎵Ruth Wallis -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/5/1920 d.12/22/2007 (87)

🎭Billy Bletcher -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/24/1894 d.1/5/1979 (84)
Actor, Comedian

✍⚖🎭🎵Sonny Bono -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/16/1935 d.1/5/1998 (62)
Author, Mayor, Comedian, Producer, Producer, Songwriter, Pop Singer
Names/Places: RFN:Salvatore Philip; Cher's hubby 1964-74; b. in Detroit
Misc: Mayor of Palm Springs
Group Names: Sonny and Cher, soloist

🎭Hans Conried -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/15/1917 d.1/5/1982 (64)
TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Comedian, Cartoon Voice Actor, Panelist
Names/Places: b. in Baltimore, Md.; RLMN:Frank Foster
TV Shows: My Friend Irma, Burns & Allen, Pantotime Quiz, Danny Thomas Show (as Uncle Tonoose), Jack Paar Show, Tony Randall Show, Dudley Do Right (as Snidley Whiplash), Dr. Seuss (narrator), Fractured Flickers, Davey Crocket (as Thimblerig)
Movie Titles: The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T

🎭Harvey Lembeck -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/15/1923 d.1/5/1982 (58)
TV/Movie Actor, Comedian
TV Shows: The Phil Silvers Show (as Cpl. Rocco Barbella), The Hathaways, Ensign O'Toole

🎭Don Saxon -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/13/1916 d.1/5/1999 (82)
Comedian, Vaudevillan
Misc: teamed with Tim Herbert in a comedy duo, produced Broadway plays

🎭Slim Summerville -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/10/1892 d.1/5/1946 (53)
Names/Places: RFN:George
Movie Titles: Keystone Kops

🎭🎵Jerry Van Dyke -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/27/1931 d.1/5/2018 N.S. (86)
Actor, Comedian, Banjoist
Names/Places: b. in Danville, IL; Dick's brother
Misc: some say b. 1932; he turned down the lead role of Gilligan for Gilligan's Island
TV Shows: My Mother the Car (as Dave Crabtree), Accidental Family, 13 Queens Blvd, Coach (as Luther Van Dam)

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In 1825, Alexandre Dumas pere fights his first duel; his pants fall down.

In 1889, The hamburger first appears on a restaurant menu in Walla Walla, Washington; date according to the Oxford English Dictionary.

In 1935, The Silly Symphony film, “The Tortoise and the Hare” is released.

In 1945, Pepe LePew, Cartoon Character, Debut in 'Odor-able Kitty' by Warner Bros.

In 1945, The Goofy film, “Tiger Trouble” is released.

In 1950, R.C., “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Gene Autry peaked at #1 on the pop singles chart.

In 1951, The Goofy film, “Lion Down” is released.

In 1960, No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “El Paso,” Marty Robbins.

In 1961, “MR. Ed” debut on TV. The series about the talking horse actually began in syndication, for a 26-week run of episodes that began in January 1961. Sponsored (and financed in part) by STUDEBAKER, the show did well enough that CBS announced in June it would acquire it for the fall '61 season

In 1973, in a Brady Bunch episode called “Love and the Older Man”, Marcia gets a crush on her new dentist, Dr. Vogel, the new family dentist, is the subject of Marciaʹs daydreams after she meets him. She believes that her feeling is returned when she misinterprets his interest in her as a babysitter.

In 1976, Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer decide to make it legal and by the power vested in PBS, I now pronounce you “The MacNeil-Lehrer Report.” The two ultimately divorce after two decades and Lehrer gains custody of the desk.

In 1976, the soap satire “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” premiered in syndication.

In 1979, The Blues Brothers-known better as “Saturday Night Live” players Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, ruffle some feathers with their tongue-in-cheek renderings of classic soul songs. However, their biggest supporters are the covered artists themselves. The Blues Brothers album, “Briefcase of Blues” goes to Number One and goes platinum certified by the RIAA on this date and give the Sam and Dave song, “Soul Man,” a new life.

In 1980, on the cover of TV Guide: “cast of M*A*S*H: Alan Alda, Jamie Farr, Loretta Swit”. Other Articles: Paris, TV in the 80's

In 1980, Kenny Rogers kicks off a three-week run at the top of the Billboard country chart with “Coward Of The County”

In 1980, George Burns hit the country charts with “I Wish I Was Eighteen Again”

In 1981, science fiction fans “donʹt panic” when the miniseries “The Hitchhikerʹs Guide To The Galaxy” makes its British debut. The series wonʹt cross the Atlantic for two years.

In 1984, Buffalo Bill: “Buffalo Bill”. Itʹs Jerry Lewis Week on WBFL, in Buffalo, and the station is holding a Lewis look-alike contest. The Nutty Professor Jerry, the Errand Boy Jerry, the Cinderfella Jerry: Theyʹre all there. They climb, they crawl, they commandeer studio cameras, yelling “Hey, lady!” at every opportunity. Amid all this, weak-willed station manager Karl Shub is in his office contemplating suicide over his inability to assert himself, at home or in the office. As his head drops to his desk while he sobs, a Jerry impersonator bursts in. With keening and clucking, this clown clone starts spinning like a top. Reaching for Karl, he pushes most of Karlʹs papers to the floor. In a flash, “Jerry” is on all fours on the desk, groping and gathering, his fixing worse than his messing. Stepping off the desk, he shoves his leg through a chair and walks around with it like an anklet. Finally, as heʹs being shoved out the door, the Lewis look-alike croaks “Smile, though your heart is breaking.” The moment is surreal and truly comic; the footnote here is that this bravura imitation is one of the first big breaks for Jim Carrey.

In 1984, young comic Jim Carrey makes an appearance on NBCʹs “Buffalo Bill” as a Jerry Lewis impersonator menacing station manager Karl Shub. As Shub is considering suicide, Carrey bursts into his office, spins like a top, throws everything off the desk, jumps up on it on all fours, leaps off putting his leg through a chair, and finally warbles “Smile, though your heart is breaking.”

In 1995, while Jerry is trying to figure out how to dump his girlfriend but date her roommate, viewers are more interested in learning a secret that “Seinfeldʹs” been keeping for 82 episodes: the birth name of Mr. Cosmo Kramer.

In 1995, “Theyʹre All Gonna Laugh At You!” album by Adam Sandler was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1995, “You Might Be A Redneck If…” album by Jeff Foxworthy was certified Platinum by the RIAA

In 1998, Sonny Bono, the 1960's pop star-turned-politician, was killed when he struck a tree while skiing at the Heavenly Ski Resort on the Nevada-California state line; he was 62.

In 2002, on the cover of TV Guide: “Carol Burnet, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence”

In 2004, Britney Spearsʹ marriage to childhood friend Jason Alexander was annulled. They had been married 55 hours.

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[USA] Bird Day (1905)
[USA] Diet Resolution Week (Day 5)
[USA] George Washington Carver Day
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Astrological sign: Capricorn: The Goat (12-22 thru 1-20) Ruling Planet: Saturn; Element: Earth; Traits: Ambitious, disciplined, persevering, pessimistic; Body part associated with this sign: The knees. Occupations: Positions of trust, banking, mountain climbing, coaching, engineering.
Astrological sign: Aquarius: The Water Bearer (1-21 thru 2-19) Ruling Planet: Uranus; Element: Air; Traits: Humanitarian, independent, inventive, aloof; Body part associated with this sign: The legs; Occupations: Teacher, social worker, astronomer, astrologer, scientist, inventor.
January was originally the eleventh month. Its name comes from the Roman two-faced god Janus, protector of Heaven's gate.
Flowers: carnation and snowdrop
Full Moon: the Wolf Moon
Gems: garnet and hyacinth
Meanings: the sentimental meaning of the garnet is for constancy, and the carnation is for friendship.
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Human Resources Month
January Diet Month
March of Dimes Birth Defects Month
National Be On-Purpose Month
National Book Blitz Month
National Egg Month
National Barbecue Month.
Date Your Mate Month.
Fungal Infection Awareness Month.
National Eye Care Month
National Hobby Month
National Hot Tea Month
National Oatmeal Month
National Prune the Fat Month
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[Ancient Roman calendar] Nonae Januarius; Non‘ Jan
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