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Demented Datebooks: Comedy Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name July 27

Last Updated 01-10-2018

🎭🎵Anna Dawson -- is 81 in the year 2018 and 82 in the year 2019; b.7/27/1937
Actress, Comedienne, Singer, English

🎭🎵Bill Engvall -- is 61 in the year 2018 and 62 in the year 2019; b.7/27/1957
Actor, Comedian, TV Host, Producer, Country Performer
Names/Places: b. in Galveston, Texas
Misc: catchline: "Here's Your Sign"
Song Titles: Here's Your Sign (Get the Picture, with Travis Tritt), Warning Signs (with John Michael Montgomery), I'm a Cowboy, Here's Your Sign Christmas, Blue Collar Dollar (with Jeff Foxworthy and Marty Stuart), Now That's Awesome (with Neal McCoy, Tracy Byrd and T. Graham Brown)
Album Titles: Here's Your Sign, Dorkfish, Here's Your Christmas Album, Now That's Awesome, Cheap Drunk: An Autobiography, Here's Your Sign Reloaded, A Decade of Laughs, 15 Degrees Off Cool, Aged and Confused, Ultimate Laughs
TV Shows: Delta, Jeff Foxworthy Show (as Bill Pelton), Bill Engvall Show (as Bill Pearson), Blue Collar TV (co-host)
Movie Titles: Bait Shop, Delta Farce

🎨✍🎭🎵Claes Eriksson -- is 68 in the year 2018 and 69 in the year 2019; b.7/27/1950
Artist, Screen/Scriptwriter, Actor, Comedian, Director, Composer, Swedish

🎭Heidi Gardner -- is 35 in the year 2018 and 36 in the year 2019; b.7/27/1983 N.S.
Actress, Comedienne, Cartoon Voice Actress
TV Shows: Mike Tyson Mysteries, SuperMansion (as Cooch), Saturday Night Live

🎭Simon Jones -- is 68 in the year 2018 and 69 in the year 2019; b.7/27/1950
Actor, Comedian, English
TV Shows: Shrinks, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (series), Brideshead Revisited
Movie Titles: Monty Python Live

✍⛪🎭Norman Lear -- is 96 in the year 2018 and 97 in the year 2019; b.7/27/1922
Hall of Famer, Comedy Writer, Jewish, TV Producer/Director
Names/Places: b. in New Haven, CT
TV Shows: All in the Family, Mary Hartman Mary Hartman, Sanford & Son, Good Times, Maude, All That Glitters, Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, Fernwood 2-Night, aka Pablo, Sunday Dinner, The Powers That Be

✍🎭Carol Leifer -- is 62 in the year 2018 and 63 in the year 2019; b.7/27/1956
Writer, Actress, Comedienne, Producer, Dancer, Tap Dancer
TV Shows: Saturday Night Live (writer 1985-86), Seinfeld (writer)

🎭Maya Rudolph -- is 46 in the year 2018 and 47 in the year 2019; b.7/27/1972
Actress, Comedienne, Cartoon Voice Actress, Producer
TV Shows: Saturday Night Live, Up All Night (as Ava Alexander), Maya and Marty
Movie Titles: Grown Ups (series), Bridesmaids, Gattaca, Big Hero 6, Idiocracy

🎭Yahoo Serious -- is 65 in the year 2018 and 66 in the year 2019; b.7/27/1953
Actor, Director, Australian
Names/Places: RN:Greg Pead
Movie Titles: Reckless Kelly, Mr. Accident, Young Einstein

🎭Betty Thomas -- is 70 in the year 2018 and 71 in the year 2019; b.7/27/1948
TV/Movie Actress, Movie Director
Names/Places: b. in St. Louis, MO; LN:Nienhauser
Misc: Second City comedy troupe; some say b. 1947
TV Shows: Hill Street Blues (as Off./Sgt. Lucy Bates), Dream On
Movie Titles: The Brady Bunch Movie (series, director)

🎭Jason Michael Zimbler -- is 41 in the year 2018 and 42 in the year 2019; b.7/27/1977
Misc: retired from acting in 1994
TV Shows: Clarissa Explains It All

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🎭Stu Gilliam -- Birth Anniversary -- b.7/27/1943 d.10/10/2013 (70)
Actor, Comedian
TV Shows: Roll Out

🎭🎵Henry "Homer" Haynes -- Birth Anniversary -- b.7/27/1917 d.8/7/1971 (54)
Hall of Famer, Comedian, Novelty Singer, Country Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Knoxville, Tennessee
Misc: some say b. 1918 or 1920
Group Names: Homer and Jethro

🎵Nick Reynolds -- Birth Anniversary -- b.7/27/1933 d.10/1/2008 (75)
Banjoist, Guitarist, Folk Singer
Group Names: Kingston Trio

Ruth Thompson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.7/27/1891 d.4/6/1976 (84)
Children's Author
Book Titles: Wizard of Oz

🎭🎵Jerry Van Dyke -- Birth 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)

🎨Jack Davis -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/2/1924 N.S. d.7/27/2016 N.S. (91)
Names/Places: RN: Jack Burton Davis Jr.
Misc: drew posters for movies such as "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"; poked fun at celebrities and politicians for decades; his work appeared on the covers of Time and TV Guide; designed album covers such as one for "The TV Album" for a "Weird Al" Yankovic collection of TV novelty songs
Book Titles: MAD Magazine

Corey Ford -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/29/1902 d.7/27/1969 (67)
Author, Screen/Scriptwriter, Humorist

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✍⛪🎭🎵🏆🏌Sir Bob Hope -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/29/1903 d.7/27/2003 (100)
Hall of Famer, Author, Protestant, Humanitarian, Radio Actor, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Comedian, Variety Show Host, Vaudevillan, Producer, Dancer, Pop Crooner, Golfer, English
Names/Places: b. in Eltham; RFMN:Leslie Townes; Dolores' hubby
Misc: 20th Century's favorite entertainer, founded his own PGA Tour event
TV Shows: The Bob Hope Show
Movie Titles: Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!, The Road to Hong Kong, The Seven Little Foys, Road to Rio, The Cat and the Canary

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In 1918, Brooklyn rookie Henry Heitman completed the shortest career in major league history. Heitman appeared on the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals, gave up four consecutive hits and then left the game, never to play pro ball again.

In 1922, Television producer Norman Lear, creator of "All in the Family," was born.

In 1940, R.C., "I'll Never Smile Again" by Tommy Dorsey peaked at #1 on the New Billboard pop singles chart dated this day and stayed there for 12 weeks.

In 1940, the cartoon character Bugs Bunny, after several modifications in look and personality, made his "official" debut in the Warner Brothers animated cartoon short "A Wild Hare" released in movie theaters in the U.S.A. This is the first cartoon where the carrot-chomping rabbit utters his trademark, "What's Up Doc?"

In 1945, The Pluto film, "Canine Casanova" is released.

In 1946, "Hawaiian War Chant" Makes The Pop Chart by Spike Jones & the City Slickers; will peak at #8.

In 1953, Steve Allen made his debut as a local talk show host on WNBC-TV in New York. This could be the start of something big.

In 1955, Chuck Berry's first hit record, "Maybellene" enters the R&B chart. He wasn't singing about mascara.

In 1956, The Humphrey Bear film, "In the Bag" is released. Ranger Woodlore also appears.

In 1968, R.C., "Here Come The Judge" by Pigmeat Markham peaked at #19 on the pop singles chart.

In 1977, "NBC 8 p.m./ET: "Orson Welles discovers the priceless treasures of ancient Egypt as he leads viewers to a golden shrine of King Tut in Tut: The Boy King." Nine months later on that same network, Steve Martin sang about King Tut on "Saturday Night Live!"

In 1979, Alice Cooper's Indian art store in Scottsdale, Arizona is hit by a firebomb. Gone are $200,000 worth of artifacts and some of Cooper's gold records, which were stored in the back. Cooper said maybe a "disco-music freak" was to blame, because he had been making some "anti-disco remarks."

In 1982, Menken & Ashman's musical "Little Shop of Horrors," premieres in NYC.

In 1984, "The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour", TV Game Show, last aired on NBC. "Santa Barbara" would premiere the Monday of next week...opposite ABC's coverage of the 1984 Summer Olympics from Los Angeles.

In 1985, the last three original episodes of the surreal variety show "Michael Nesmith In Television Parts" air as a one week replacement for "Saturday Night Live."

In 1990, Zsa Zsa Gabor begins a 3 day jail sentence for slapping a cop.

In 1991, "Amen", TV Comedy; last aired on NBC.

In 1991, "Pee-Wee's Playhouse", TV Childrens; last aired on CBS. It was scheduled to continue through the summer, but an incident in a porn movie house forced CBS to cancel it early. I can't describe what happened in this column, so I'll just leave you with a name and you can figure out what he did: George Michael.

In 1994, on the 27th day of this month, "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Headline News" single for his "The Permanent Record: Al In A Box" CD Set.

In 1995, the movie "Batman Forever" was released in the movie theaters in Peru.

In 1998, "Sifl and Ollie" TV sock puppet show aimed at adults premiered on MTV

In 2003, legendary comic Bob Hope died of pneumonia at his home in Toluca Lake, Calif. He was 100 years old.

In 2007, the movie "The Simpsons Movie" opened in theaters in the USA.

The Holiday Almanacs July 27, 2018

What's Today?

Today is Fri Jul the 27 in the year 2018
Jan 1 began on a Mon
This is day 208 of the year
Serialnumber = 43296
Julian date = 2458315 O.S.= 7 - 14 - 2018



Feast of St. Pantaleon, martyr.
[Gilroy, California] Garlic Festival
57 Varieties Day
[Puerto Rico] Jose Celso Barbosa Birthday (1857)
[USA] "Weird Al" Yankovic Day (every month)
All in the Family Day (Norman Lear b-day)
Day of Hatshepsut (Egyptian).
Korean War Ends Day (1953); M*A*S*H lasted 3x's longer than the war itself!
People of Croatia, Bosnia, Herzegovina Uprising Day (Yugoslavia).
Public Lands Appreciation Day
Take Your House Plants for a Walk Day
What's Up Doc? Day (Bugs Bunny debut 1940)


Astrological Sign: Cancer: The Crab (6-22 thru 7-21); Ruling Planet: Moon. Element: Water. Traits: Maternal, compassionate, thrifty. Body part associated with this sign: The breast. Occupations: Raising children, animals, or plants, history, antiques, caring for the elderly.
Astrological sign: Leo: The Lion (7-23 thru 8-22); Ruling Planet: Sun. Element: Fire. Traits: Forceful, generous, creative, well-organized. Body part associated with this sign: The heart. Occupations: Supervisor, actor, king, activities requiring physical strength, bartender.
Full Moon: the Thunder Moon and the Mead Moon, the Corn Moon, the Herb Moon
Gems: ruby and onxy
Meanings: the sentimental meaning of the ruby is for friendship, and the water lily and the larkspur are for ardent attachment.
Flowers: water lily and larkspur
Before the 20th century, July was pronounced to rhyme with "truly."
July's name commemorates the founder of the Julian calendar, Julius Caesar. Before that, July was called Quintilius.
[USA] Fiscal year begins
Baked Beans Month
Hitch Hiking Month
Home Improvement Months (not the TV show) (from April-Sep)
Hot Dog Month
Hurricane Season Months in the East (June 1-Nov 30)
Hurricane Season Months in the West (June 1-Oct 31)
Ice Cream Month
Minority Tourism Month
National Anti-Boredom Month
National Baked Beans Month
National Eye Exam Month
National Eye Exam Month
National Hitchhiking Month.
National Hot Dog Month
National Ice Cream Month
National July Belongs to Blueberries Month
National Lamb and Wool Month
National Peach Month
National Picnic Month
National Purposeful Parenting Month
National Recreation and Parks Month
National Tennis Month
Sports and Recreation Month
The start of the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California.
Capricornid meteor shower, radiant in Capricorn (thru 7-28)
Delta Aquarid meteor shower, radiant in Aquarius (thru 7-31)
Dog Days of Summer (thru 8-15)
Festival of the Seven Sleepers.
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