It's the first time the association hasn't hired a comedian in 16 years.
- The 2018 WHCA ended in controversy after comedian Michelle Wolf made jokes some considered to be offensive.
- The WHCA apologized for Wolf's jokes, though some journalists and many comedians backed the comedian and decried arguments in favor of limiting the types of speech permitted at the event.
- Ron Chernow, who penned a bestselling biography of Alexander Hamilton, will speak at next year's dinner.
Comedy, A.I.-style. Our roving reporter, Evan Fleischer, went into The Laughing Room and here's what happened
- I tried to make a piece of Artificial Intelligence laugh.
- The A.I. was powered by a library of transcripts by stand-up comedians.
- It has been hypothesized that social laughter releases an opioid that helps solidify long-term human relationships.
All the prayers in the world to the Flying Spaghetti Monster probably won't help.
- The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has been denied the rights of a religion in Germany.
- Church members were seeking permission to erect public signage.
- Are views of opposition expressed as satire less valid than the ideas they oppose?
This parody documentary skewers both the skeptic and the superstitious, and accurately shows what issues skeptics face.
- A video from QED 2018 has made the rounds on the internet, poking fun at skeptics and the credulous alike.
- It features a nearly perfect impression of Sir David Attenborough, jabs at peddlers of pseudoscience, and sharp British humor.
- The clip reminds us that while it can be difficult to be a skeptic in a superstitious world we must take a moment to laugh at these difficulties.
Really puts the whole "don't give up until you're dead" thing to shame.
- It's been said that "You can be a king or a street sweeper, but everybody dances with the grim reaper."
- These ten folks made huge advances in their field... but never lived long enough to see the fruits of their labors.
- Can you think of someone alive today who might make the list in the future?
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