Latest American humor Stories

2009-04-01 19:11:54

Comedian Bill Cosby has been named the next recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the Kennedy Center announced Wednesday. The 71-year-old performer is perhaps best-known for The Cosby Show, his classic 1980s sit-com about a close-knit, upper-middle-class black family living in Brooklyn, N.Y. The stand-up comedian, writer and social activist's other TV credits include The Electric Company, I Spy and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. "After bathing us, dressing us in fresh...

2008-07-30 12:00:48

By Bill Eichenberger, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 30--A star of the Thurber House's 2008-09 "Evenings With Authors" season will be best-selling mystery writer Michael Connelly, who will read from and discuss his latest legal thriller, The Brass Verdict, on Oct. 20, about a week after its publication. The former Los Angeles Times crime reporter turned to fiction in 1992 when he introduced readers to police detective Hieronymous Bosch in The Black Echo. In 2005, he published...

2006-08-29 10:23:01

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Playwright Neil Simon, author of Broadway fare ranging from "Barefoot in the Park" to "Brighton Beach Memoirs," will receive this year's Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize as a uniquely American humorist. Simon, also a prolific and award-winning screenwriter, will be honored on October 15 at a program featuring entertainers Jason Alexander, Richard Dreyfus, Nathan Lane, Cyndi Lauper, Robert Redford, Paul Reiser, Mercedes Ruehl and Jonathan Silverman, a Kennedy...

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  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.