• Actors Bill Murray and Harold Ramis star in the film 'Stripes' in 1981. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
    February 24, 2014   BY Victoria Fleischer 

    Harold Ramis, the Chicago actor best known for his roles in “Ghostbusters” and “Stripes,” died of a rare autoimmune disease early Monday morning. Ramis was the head writer and performed for Second City’s television series. He got his big break after writing “National Lampoons: Animal House” and proceeded to write and direct “Groundhog Day,” “Caddyshack” and “Analyze This.” Continue reading

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    February 12, 2014   BY Ellen Rolfes 

    Before there was Saturday Night Live, there was “Your Show of Shows,” and Sid Caesar was its featured star. With writers such as Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, and Carl Reiner, Caesar had the best material to entertain American television audiences every Saturday evening. Continue reading

  • Dumb Starbucks
    February 10, 2014   BY Colleen Shalby 

    A coffee shop using the Starbucks logo and has managed to stay open in Los Angeles for three days before getting shut down.
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    December 1, 2013   BY Zachary Green 

    Credit: Paramount Pictures If you’re in Bismarck or Dickinson, North Dakota, you may have tuned into local CBS affiliate, KXNews, last night for the local goings-on in the central and western regions of the state.

  • December 1, 2013   BY Zachary Green 

    Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy, second from left, co-anchored the news with KXNews’ Amber Schatz, second from right. Meteorologist Jared Piepenburg, right, and sports anchor Jon Schaeffer, left, rounded out the newscast. Photo from KXNews video Viewers in western North … Continue reading

  • November 25, 2013  

    The new web series "Alpha House" puts a comedic spin on politics in the era of tea party conservatism with a story about four Republican lawmakers who work and live together on Capitol Hill. Jeffrey Brown talks to "Doonesbury" cartoonist Garry Trudeau, the creator behind Amazon’s first original streaming series. Continue reading

  • April 12, 2013  

    Pioneering comic Jonathan Winters brought his own brand of wild, improvisational stand-up to television in the 1950s, and continued to perform for nearly five decades. Winters died Thursday at the age of 87. Jeffrey Brown remembers the comedian with a look back at his career and an interview excerpt with Jim Lehrer from 1999. Continue reading

  • July 27, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    The short third installment of Yoram Bauman’s vlog from China is well worth the watching, highlighting the tension between the “official” China and what’s really going on there. Communist Party founder Mao AND $300,000 Porsches? Yoram asks. “Do hen hao!” … Continue reading

  • July 18, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here are a few queries: We received a flurry of worried responses to our Lincoln Electric story from … Continue reading

  • July 15, 2011   BY Paul Solman  

    Stand-up economist Yoram Bauman has now made it to China and filed the second of his vlogs for us from Beijing. We found his comparison of China to Ecuador fascinating. For those who crave a heavier dose of Yoram’s wit, … Continue reading