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Demented Datebooks: Comedy Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name December 1

Last Updated 03-18-2017

✍⛪🎭Woody Allen -- is 82 in the year 2017 and 83 in the year 2018; b.12/1/1935
Screen/Scriptwriter, Jewish, Movie Actor, Comedian, Movie Producer/Director
Names/Places: b. in Brooklyn, NY; RN:Allen Stewart Konigsberg; Louise Lasser's ex-
Movie Titles: Annie Hall, Bananas, Sleeper, Radio Days, Manhattan, Play It Again Sam, Hannah & Her Sisters, Mighty Aphrodite, Everyone Says I Love You, Deconstructing Harry, Small Time Crooks, Anything Else, Scoop

✍🎭Golden Brooks -- is 47 in the year 2017 and 48 in the year 2018; b.12/1/1970
Writer, Actress, Producer
TV Shows: Hart of Dixie, Girlfriends (as Maya Dekise Wilkes), Linc's (as CeCe Jennings)
Movie Titles: Timecode, Beauty Shop; Timecode, Beauty Shop

🎭Ashley Monique Clark -- is 29 in the year 2017 and 30 in the year 2018; b.12/1/1988
TV Shows: The Hughleys (as Sydney Hughley)
Movie Titles: Liar Liar, Domino, Love Don't Cost a Thing

✍🎭David Hornsby -- is 42 in the year 2017 and 43 in the year 2018; b.12/1/1975
Writer, Actor, Producer
TV Shows: How to Be a Gentleman, Six Feet Under, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (as Matthew "Rickey Cricket" Mara)

⚛🎭Dr. Jonathan Katz -- is 70 in the year 2017 and 71 in the year 2018; b.12/1/1947
Psychiatrist, Actor, Comedian, Cartoon Voice Actor
TV Shows: Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist (star), Home Movies

🎭🎵Richard "Ricky" Keith -- is 67 in the year 2017 and 68 in the year 2018; b.12/1/1950
TV Actor, Christian/Rock Performer
Names/Places: RN:Keith Thibodeaux
Group Names: The Little Stones (Christian Rock)
TV Shows: I Love Lucy (as Little Ricky Ricardo)

⛪🎭🎵Bette Midler -- is 72 in the year 2017 and 73 in the year 2018; b.12/1/1945
Jewish, TV/Movie/Stage Actress, Songwriter, Adult-Pop Singer
Names/Places: b. in Patterson, NJ
Movie Titles: The Rose, For The Boys, Hocus Pocus, First Wives Club, That Old Feeling, Drowning Mona, The Stepford Wives (2004)

✍🎭🎮Emily Mortimer -- is 46 in the year 2017 and 47 in the year 2018; b.12/1/1971
Screenwriter, Movie Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, Video Game Voice Actress, English
TV Shows: Doll and Em, The Newsroom
Movie Titles: The Pink Panther 2 (2006), The Kid, Cars 2, Scream 3
Video Games: Cars 2: The Video Game, Disney Infinity (series)

🎨Gary Panter -- is 67 in the year 2017 and 68 in the year 2018; b.12/1/1950
Designer, Illustrator, Painter
Misc: initiated a second generation of American underground comix
TV Shows: Pee-Wee's Playhouse (set designer)

🎭Deep Roy -- is 60 in the year 2017 and 61 in the year 2018; b.12/1/1957 N.S.
Actor, Kenyan
Movie Titles: Star Trek Beyond, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, The NeverEnding Story, Star Trek Into Darkness

🎭David Salzman -- is 74 in the year 2017 and 75 in the year 2018; b.12/1/1943
TV Producer
TV Shows: In the House, Dark Justice, MADtv

✍🎭Sarah Silverman -- is 47 in the year 2017 and 48 in the year 2018; b.12/1/1970
Comedy Writer, Actress, Comedienne, Cartoon Voice Actress, Producer
Book Titles: The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage Redemption and Pee
TV Shows: Bob's Burgers (as Ollie), The Sarah Silverman Program, Saturday Night Live (1993-94)
Movie Titles: Wreck-It Ralph, School of Rock, There's Something About Mary, A Million Ways to Die in the West

📰🎭Charlene Tilton -- is 59 in the year 2017 and 60 in the year 2018; b.12/1/1958
Columnist, TV/Movie Actress, Producer
Names/Places: b. in San Diego, CA; Johnny Lee's ex-
TV Shows: Dallas (as Lucy Ewing Cooper)
Movie Titles: Problem Child 2, Sherhero Movie

🎭Nate Torrence -- is 40 in the year 2017 and 41 in the year 2018; b.12/1/1977
Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Producer/Director
Movie Titles: She's Out of My League, Zootopia, Get Smart (2008), My Best Friend's Girl

🎭David Doyle -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1929 d.2/26/1997 (67)
Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor
Names/Places: b. in Omaha, NE
Misc: People says d. age 67; some say b. 1925
TV Shows: Bridget Loves Bernie, New Dick Van Dyke, Charlie's Angels (as John Bosley), The Blue & the Gray, Rugrats (as grandpa)

✍⛪🎭Richard Pryor -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1940 d.12/10/2005 (65)
Hall of Famer, Comedy Writer, Roman Catholic, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Comedian, Producer/Director
Names/Places: b. in Peoria, Ill; RN:Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor; wed 5x's
Misc: major stand up comedian who relased comedy albums in the 1970s
TV Shows: Richard Pryor Show (1977), Pryor's Place (1984)
Movie Titles: Silver Streak, Stir Crazy, JoJo Dancer, Moving, Superman III, Blazing Saddles

🎭Dick Shawn -- Birth Anniversary -- b.12/1/1923 d.4/17/1987 (63)
TV/Movie Actor, Comedian
Names/Places: RN:Richard Schulefand
Misc: stage:The Producers (as Adolf Hitler in a musical comedy); some say b. 1928 or 1929
TV Shows: Hail to the Chief

🎭Dennis Allen -- Death Anniversary -- b.7/10/1940 d.12/1/1995 (55)
TV Shows: Laugh In

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🎵🎷Don "Sugarcane" Harris -- Death Anniversary -- b.6/18/1938 d.12/1/1999 (61)
Composer, Songwriter, Singer, Bassist, Violinist, Jazz Musician
Misc: a leading musician
Group Names: Don & Dewey, Johnny Otis, Little Richard, Frank Zappa, John Mayall, sessionist

🎨Jimmy Hatlo -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/1/1897 d.12/1/1963 (66)
Comic Strip Cartoonist
Misc: Little Iodine

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🎭🏆Alan Sues -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/7/1926 d.12/1/2011 (85)
Comedian, Sportscaster
TV Shows: Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In (as sportscaster Big Al & big blond nut)

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In 1903, "The Great Train Robbery," Edwin S. Porter's highly influential silent film Western, was registered for copyright on or about the date of its public premiere in New York.

In 1912, 12 x 01 = 12

In 1923, actor Dick Shawn was born in Buffalo, New York. He began his career as a nightclub comedian and later landed roles in such films as "The Opposite Sex," "Wake Me When It's Over," "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," "What Did You Do In the War, Daddy?" and the 1967 Mel Brooks classic, "The Producers," in which he played an erratic hippie actor named "L.S.D." who is cast in the musical play "Springtime For Hitler" as a singing Fuehrer. Outside of films and guest appearances on TV shows, he was seen to best advantage in his bizarre, stream-of-consciousness nightclub routines -- performances that were so quirky and unpredictable that, when he suffered a fatal heart attack while performing onstage at UC San Diego on April 17, 1987, many members of the audience assumed his collapse was part of his act.

In 1945, Burl Ives made his concert debut this night. He appeared at New York's Town Hall. We lovingly listen every year for the voice of this old-time radio personality as the narrator and banjo-pickin' snowman in TV's, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer".

In 1949, NBC tunes up "Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge," game show with the popular bandleader hosting a wacky music-oriented quiz show. One of his vocalists is talk show host-to-be Mike Douglas.

In 1950, "Frosty The Snowman" by Gene Autry entered the Top 40 chart.

In 1952, "The Abbott and Costello Show" premiered in syndication

In 1956, on the cover of TV Guide: "George Burns and Gracie Allen". Other Articles: Broken Arrow, Mickey Mouse Club

In 1958, R.C., "Beep Beep" by The Playmates peaked at #4 on the pop singles chart.

In 1962, on the cover of TV Guide: "Marty Ingels and John Astin of I'm Dickens, He's Fenster". Other Articles: Clint Eastwood, Jackie Gleason

In 1972, "The Odd Couple" (entry part 1) The password is "hilarious." Felix Unger and Oscar Madison were always perfectly mismatched. The two men -- one a neurotic neatnik, the other a compulsive slob -- had absolutely nothing in common except a Manhattan apartment. In "Password," Felix (Tony Randall) and Oscar (Jack Klugman) make the worst team since oil and water. Oscar's notoriety as a sportswriter earns him an invitation to play on the TV game show Password as the popular game-show host Allen Ludden, who turns out to be a fan of Oscar's sports columns, approaches him to be a celebrity panelist in a celebrity match playing against Ludden's real-life wife, Betty White.

In 1972, "The Odd Couple" (entry part 2) Felix, who fancies himself a Password genius, is ecstatic; he can be his roommate's partner. Oscar takes some convincing from Felix's whining and wheedling -- first to be on the show and then to be on it with Felix -- but he finally agrees. As bad choices go, this is right up there with Lincoln's decision to go to Ford's Theater. Practicing at their apartment, Oscar and Felix are totally in sync. but when they get to the studio, it's another story entirely. The password is gravy. White's clue: "Sauce." Her partner guesses "Mayonnaise." Oscar, confidently, turns to Felix. "Meat," he suggests, using his hands for emphasis. Felix responds, "Lincoln," a bizarre non sequitur that leaves host Allen Ludden and the rest of the panel dumbfounded. Felix explains: "It's a known fact that Lincoln loved mayonnaise!" Didn't we just mention the Great Emancipator earlier?

In 1972, "The Odd Couple" (entry part 3) Next, it's Felix's turn to give the clue; the password is bird. "Aristophanes," he ventures, explaining after they've lost that Aristophanes wrote the play The Birds. "No more Greek clues!" a furious Oscar shouts at Felix. "Aristophanes is ridiculous!" The next password: ridiculous. Oscar looks hard at Felix and growls, "Aristophanes." Felix thinks and puts two and two together. "Ridiculous!" he shouts with glee, bouncing up and down. It's a wonderfully witty setup to a classic sitcom moment, the point at which the odd couple finally gets even. The pair's utter failure to communicate finds its fullest, most sidesplitting expression in this sparkling episode.

In 1976, "C.P.O. Sharkey" and "The McLean Stevenson Show" debut on NBC.

In 1977, "Pinwheel" was launched on a QUBE cable system (which also launched with 29 channels that same day) channel C-3 in Columbus, Ohio. Pinwheel would become the cornerstone for the Nickelodeon channel that would be launched on April 1, 1979.



In 1978, British new wave music-hall rocker Ian Dury releases his biggest hit single "Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick." It will reach Number One in the U.K. and sell two million copies worldwide without entering the U.S. chart. A lyric from that song can be heard on "Bras On 45" by Ivor Biggun & The D. Kups

In 1980, The newly expanded nine-piece Talking Heads start a brief U.K. tour at London's Hammersmith Palais. A new Irish band which will go on to great things in the U.S. within two years, opens the show.

In 1982, Michael Jackson's first solo album in three years, "Thriller", was released by Epic Records and goes on to become the best-selling album in history, with over 40 million copies sold worldwide. It will yield four smash singles "This Girl is Mine" (a duet with Paul McCartney), "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," "Billy Jean" and "Beat It." This album also provided "Weird Al" Yankovic with material for his video and song "Eat It" in 1984.

In 1986, "The Cavanaughs", TV Comedy; debut on CBS.

In 1986, Filming begins on "Who Framed Roger Rabbit".

In 1987, "Weird Al" Yankovic records "Good Old Days", "You Make Me", and "Velvet Elvis" for his Even Worse LP.

In 1990, on the cover of TV Guide: "Dolly Parton, Chevy Chase". Other Articles: Columbo, Kevin Arnold's adult voicist

In 1992, "Weird Al" Yankovic records "She Was A Mime" for his Alapalooza CD.

In 1994, "Weird Al" Yankovic recorded "Since You've Been Gone", "The Night Santa Went Crazy" and "I Remember Larry" for his "Bad Hair Day" CD.

In 1995, the movie "Gumby: The Movie" was released in the movie theaters in USA.

In 1997, Kenny G set a record for the longest-held note -- an E flat, which he held on his sax for 45 minutes and 47 seconds, said Mark C. Young, Guinness Book of Records publisher. The feat was accomplished in a New York music store.

In 1998, "Comedy Central Presents" began airing on Comedy Central

In 1999, RCA Records announced that Lou Bega's debut album "A Little Bit Of Mambo" had been certified triple platinum, meaning sales of more than 3 million copies.

In 2008, Actor Paul Benedict, who played English neighbor Harry Bentley on "The Jeffersons," died on Martha's Vineyard, Mass., at age 70.

In 2012, 12 x 01 = 12

The Holiday Almanacs December 1, 2017

What's Today?

Today is Fri Dec the 1 in the year 2017
Jan 1 began on a Sun
This is day 335 of the year
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Julian date = 2458077 O.S.= 11 - 18 - 2017



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[Azores, Portugal] Independence Day (1640)
[Cape Verde] Restoration Day (1968)
[Central African Republic] Proclamation of Republic Day (1958)
[Iceland] Independence Day (1918)
[Liberia] Matilda Newport Day (1822)
[Portugese Guiana] Mocidale Day/Youth Day/Portugal Independence Day.
[Spain] Memorial Herstel Independence (1640)
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[World] AIDS day (1989)


Astrological sign: Sagittarius: The Archer (thru 11-22 thru 12-21); Ruling Planet: Jupiter. Element: Fire. Traits: Bountiful, frank, versatile, philosophical. Body part associated with this sign: The thighs. Occupations: Travel, politics, meteorology, philosophy, religion.
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.
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