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Jay Leno in 2019. Credit: US mission to the European Union (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/>CC0</a>)
Jay Leno in 2019. Credit: US mission to the European Union (CC0)
Michael Clarke Duncan once asked Jay Leno about a rumor that he never got speeding tickets. Jay Leno confirmed the rumor, and explained: "I don't have tinted windows!"
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Photo portrait of George Burns. Credit: NBC/photographer-Elmer W. Holloway (Public domain)
Photo portrait of George Burns. Credit: NBC/photographer-Elmer W. Holloway (Public domain)
Comedian Jack Benny was the victim of several of George Burns's classic pranks.   "One night Jack was leaving for London," Merv Griffin later recalled. "He was going to play a big engagement at the Palladium and he asked George Burns to fly over and see it. And George said, 'I'm not going all the way to England to see it!' ...  "George Burns got a ticket, flew to London, sat in the front row. Jack Benny came out and did his show and at the end of the show, George Burns got up, went to the airport, and flew back to l..A. And Jack Benny went around London for three days saying, 'I saw him in the front row. I know he was ...
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Television personality Joy Behar of "The View" attends the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards on March 13, 2010 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Credit: Nick Step (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0">CC BY 2.0</a>)

Television personality Joy Behar of "The View" attends the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards on March 13, 2010 at the ...(more)

Joy Behar: "One time I had one [a vibrator] in a bag.. I was single, I was lonely. I put a mustache on it. It reminded me of my ex-husband I guess. So it's in my bag, and the guy [security guard] picks me up on the other side and he says, 'Miss Behar your bag is vibrating.' So I said, 'Oh, that must be the wind up toy I bought for my nephew...'"
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John Mulaney at PaleyFest 2014. Credit: Dominick D (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/CC BY-SA 2.0">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)
John Mulaney at PaleyFest 2014. Credit: Dominick D (CC BY-SA 2.0)
While riding a New York subway train one day, comedian John Mulaney saw an unusual man board his car. He was wearing a tin foil crown and carrying a clarinet.  He goes I'm an alien I'm an alien from outer space and then he [starts playing, badly] and everyone on the train goes, 'OMFG, is this happening?' It went on for a while, and then he lowered it and said, 'If you give me money, I'll stop.'" 
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Harvey Weinstein in Paris at the César Awards ceremony. Credit: Georges Biard (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)
Harvey Weinstein in Paris at the César Awards ceremony. Credit: Georges Biard (CC BY-SA 3.0)
During the production of The Brothers Grimm (2005), someone suggested casting actress Samantha Morton over Lena Headey for the role of Angelika. Miramax producer Harvey Weinstein was not amused. "Samantha Morton!" he exclaimed. "You must be kidding me! You think Matt or Heath would want to f*ck that?" [Headey got the role, but in a funny coincidence, the name of her stunt double was... Samantha Martin!]
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Français : Morgan Freeman au festival de Deauville. Credit: Georges Biard (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>)
Français : Morgan Freeman au festival de Deauville. Credit: Georges Biard (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Morgan Freeman: "In the spring of 1967 [after countless rejections], I was ready to start driving a cab, go work in somebody's office, anything... [I thought] 'Yes, I got talent, so do half a million other people right here on this block.' I would've quit many times. There was always somebody else who'd just say, 'You can do it, come on!'"
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Power Speak: Engage, Inspire, and Stimulate Your Audience, by Dorothy Leeds
Power Speak: Engage, Inspire, and Stimulate Your Audience, by Dorothy Leeds
"Every title should make a point," say Dorothy Leeds in her book Power Speak, "and a little humor can make your audience anticipate the speech to come. You don't need to be matter-of-fact or dull when you can title a speech for telephone salespeople, 'Why Am I Still on Hold?' or a speech on public speaking, 'If I'm the Speaker, Why Is the Audience Snoring?' One of my favorite titles was for a speech on tax deductions. The accountant who presented the information called his speech, 'Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Charitable Deductions, but Were Too Cheap to Ask.'" 
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Frederick of Saxony, surnamed the Sage, rendered his claim to this title doubtful, by his attention to the descent of his family. A celebrated genealogist had told him, that a copy of his pedigree was preserved in Noah's ark. To substantiate this account, the prince neglected all affairs of state, to the great regret of his ministers, who remonstrated with him on the absurdity, but all to no purpose. At length his cook, who was his favorite buffoon, desired an audience of him, when he told the emperor, that this curiosity to know his origin was neither useful nor honorable. "At present," said the jester, " I look upon you as subordinate only to the Deity; but if you search ...
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Brad Pitt at the premiere of "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood" - Photo by Glenn Francis of www.PacificProDigital.com. Credit: Toglenn (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>)

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In July 2004 Brad Pitt bought Jennifer Aniston a $5 million gift: The 165ft Kalizma, which Richard Burton gave Elizabeth Taylor in 1967, seven years before their first divorce. With space for ten (plus a crew of eight) the yacht features an antique-furnished dining room, four-poster beds and artworks by Picasso, Monet and Van Gogh. "It belonged to Hollywood's golden couple," a friend remarked. "History is repeating itself. Brad wants Jennifer to know how much he thinks of her." Indeed. Six months later, Brad had confessed his feelings for Angelina Jolie and Jen was in the process of filing for divorce.
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Hairdresser for Classy Cutz turned U.K. Big Brother contestant Helen Adams once gave props to magician Paul Daniels: "Yeah, you know Jack Daniels..." she said. "He does all the magic stuff!"