Comedian Rodney Carrington says he had to take a class when he got divorced in Oklahoma.
Richard Pryor holds a chicken while speaking with Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show" at the NBC studio in Burbank, Calif., Oct. 9, 1986. (AP Photo/Tweed)
Talk show host David Letterman, left, gestures while talking with Johnny Carson during a taping of the "Tonight Show" at the NBC studio in Burbank, Calif., Aug 30, 1991. Letterman's presence on the "Tonight Show" was his first appearance since Carson announced his retirement next year. Lette…
Comedian Lily Tomlin is headed to the small screen with Jane Fonda next year in the Netflix sitcom “Grace and Frankie.”
From left to right, Gordon Connell, Sid Caesar, Edward Ryder and Karen Morrow appear in an Irish pub scene in Caesar's television special, Feb. 14, 1963. (AP Photo)
Volunteer and spokesperson for the American Lung Association, comedian Sid Caesar, illustrates the evils of smoking at an American Lung Association and Quality Inns International press conference in New York, Aug. 30, 1984. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)
Gisele MacKenzie plays bride to Sid Caesar's German professor character, as Greg Garrison, right, directs the scene, Nov. 21, 1963. (AP Photo)
In this undated file photo originally provided by NBC, Sid Caesar, left, and Imogene Coca are shown in a scene from "Your Show of Shows." Caesar, whose sketches lit up 1950s television with zany humor, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. He was 91. (AP Photo/NBC, File)
Comedian Bob Hope and former child star Shirley Temple Black share a moment at the Pasadena Center at the Tournament of Roses Centennial gala, Oct. 28, 1988. Hope served as Grand Marshall in 1957 and 1969 and Black will be Grand Marshall in January. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
The stone ’n’ bone peddlers from out of town needed an experienced gumshoe with moxie, and I was their man. Sure, ruby heists and sapphire thieves were on their mind, but nothing made the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show organizers sweat diamonds like bad wordplay. Puns were the worst.
Comedian Chris Farley pictured on September 18, 1990. This was Farley's first years as a cast member of Saturday Night Live. He died Dec. 18, 1997, at age 33. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Film star Jane Withers, right, visits backstage in New York with Carol Burnett who returned to the Broadway musical hit "Fade Out, Fade In'" after a 13 week shutdown due to a serious neck injury sustained in a taxi accident. "Fade Out - Face In" is a musical with a story line that involves t…
Lucille Ball is shown in this photo from May of 1987. (AP Photo)
Comedienne Lucille Ball is seen, location unknown, 1978. (AP Photo)
Comedy greats waiting for a group photo at the taping of NBC's second annual "Comedy Hall of Fame" shown on Sunday, Aug. 29, 1994 in Beverly Hills, California. Left to right, front are Richard Pryor,; middle, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Hope, Nanette Fabray, rear, Betty White, George Carlin, Brett…
The world of standup comedy is changing, and stand up comedian Kathleen Madigan is rolling with the punch lines.
David Letterman, host of NBC-TV's "Late Night with David Letterman, " is taken from a tank of water and placed onto a scale in New York while wearing a specially designed suit of sponges, Feb. 14, 1985. Letterman weighed 190 lbs. before and a whopping 500 lbs. after soaking up about 25 gallo…
Actor Jim Carrey, left, and girlfriend, actress Jenny McCarthy, right, pose at the DesignCare 2007 benefit fundraiser in Malibu, Calif. on Saturday, July 21, 2007. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Dick Van Dyke, left, poses with his son Barry Van Dyke, Oct. 16, 1988. (AP Photo/Mark Terrill)
Avant garde fusion musician Frank Zappa, second from right, and his children, Dweezil, left and Moon Unit, join talk show host David Brenner, right, at a taping in New York, Sept. 24, 1986. Brenner holds up a necktie given to Frank Zappa upon entering a posh eatery earlier in the day, which …