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A Famed Dermatologist Parodied on 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Has Committed Suicide

A celebrity dermatologist that inspired a character on Tina Fey's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has committed suicide. The New York Times confirms that Dr. Fredric Brandt, a beloved dermatologist who had an uncanny resemblance to Martin Short's Unbreakable plastic surgeon character Dr. Sidney Grant, committed suicide in his Florida home yesterday at the age of 65. According to one of his publicists, Brandt suffered from depression and was "devastated" by Short's character on Unbreakable, and another publicist told Page Six that the "show deeply hurt him, he was being made fun of because of the way he looks. It was mean, and it was bullying. But the show [...]

John Oliver Covers the Militarization of Ferguson Police and Beyond

Considering both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report were off the air last week, John Oliver's Last Week Tonight segment on the tragic shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson cops — as well as the ridiculous level of American police militarization in Ferguson and beyond — was a much needed dose of sane coverage last night: "The point is, if you are a cop in the United States, you should dress for the job you have, not the job you want."

Comedian Dave Shumka Was Shot in the Head But Is Luckily All Right

Canadian comedian Dave Shumka, perhaps best known for co-hosting Stop Podcasting Yourself on Jesse Thorn's Maximum Fun network, wrote a blog post yesterday evening detailing a tragic event that occurred last week:

At around 11:15pm on July 4th, I was leaving a comedy show with about 50 other people. A man ran into the crowd with something concealed under his shirt. He then walked up to me and my friend and said, “Hey, how’s it going?" He pulled out a handgun, lifted it up to my head, and fired point blank. I didn’t realize what was happening at the time, but I ducked. I ran away and heard [...]

Watch Conan O'Brien and Jon Stewart Dedicate a Moment to the 'Charlie Hebdo' Victims

At the top of last night's Conan, O'Brien dedicated a brief moment to the victims of yesterday's terrorist attack at the Charlie Hebdo offices, concluding with this: "All of us are terribly sad for the families of those victims, for the people of France, and for anyone in the world tonight who now has to think twice before making a joke. It's not the way it's supposed to be." Watch Jon Stewart's dedication to the Charlie Hebdo victims on The Daily Show below:

Comedy Legend Robin Williams Dies at 63

Comedy legend and beloved Hollywood star Robin Williams has died at the age of 63. According to a report by police in Marin County, California, the Oscar-winning actor died this morning of an apparent suicide. "Robin Williams passed away this morning," said his spokesperson Mara Buxbaum. "He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time."

Williams's wife Susan Schneider also released the following statement:

This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human [...]

The Delicate and Vital Role of Comedy After a Tragedy

Okay, this was a tough week for political comedy. If nothing else, it confirms something about the nature of comedy that we know deep down: it plays a major role in our healing process after national tragedies.

Immediately after something as disastrous as the shooting in Tucson happens, comedy just feels inappropriate. That makes sense. How could we be so insensitive as to laugh? That's how it is until suddenly it's the opposite, and laughing about that same event suddenly feels like a welcome relief. Even if we're not conscious of it, we begin to demand laughter. When we laugh, does that mean the worst is over?

It's not [...]

Former 'Onion' Editor on the 'Charlie Hebdo' Attack: "We Cannot Police Our Own Thoughts"

"They cannot kill everyone who disagrees with them. There are not enough bullets in the world for that. The most responsible thing we can do is be aware that the most likely threat to freedom will now come from within. We cannot, should not, police our own thoughts – or the thoughts of our fellow citizens. Because the First Amendment does not just protect our free speech; it protects all expression, including religion."

In a piece for MSNBC, former Onion editor Joe Randazzo reflects on today's horrific terrorist attack at the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which killed 12 people including editor-in-chief Stéphane Charbonnier.

Chris Gethard Wrote a Brave, Insightful Piece About the UCSB Tragedy

"There was no they. No one was ever out to get me. They never held me back, only held me back. And eventually I realized that. And I found a lot more friends. And they were friends I felt more comfortable around. And all the things I thought I wanted when I was an angry young man – I either got them all or realized along the way that I never really wanted them. All the things I was angry about… as I’ve lived my life, I’ve come to realize that the world wasn’t making me feel that anger. I was making me feel that anger. The world couldn’t do anything to right its wrongs; only I [...]