Jane Lynch and John Leguizamo joined a lineup that included Jimmy Kimmel and Kristin Chenoweth to honor Ellen DeGeneres with the nation's top humor prize in Washington, D.C., The Associated Press reports.
The Kennedy Center awarded DeGeneres the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Monday night. The show will be broadcast Oct. 30 on PBS stations.
Star entertainers will deliver tribute performances to salute DeGeneres, 54. The lineup includes Jason Mraz, John Krasinski and Sean Hayes.
When she first heard she was receiving the same honor that Bill Cosby, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell won in recent years, DeGeneres joked, "It really makes me wonder ... why didn't I get this sooner?"
DeGeneres began her career as a comedy club emcee in her native New Orleans. In 1986 after she performed on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show," he invited her over to his desk chat. She was the first female comedian to receive that invitation from Carson.
Turning to acting, DeGeneres landed sitcoms on Fox and ABC, eventually starring in "Ellen" from 1994-98. She broke new ground and a taboo in 1997 when she came out publicly as a lesbian and her TV persona then became the first lead character on prime-time TV to reveal she was gay. A record 46 million viewers watched the episode.
DeGeneres came back with a CBS sitcom, movie roles and even a stint as an "American Idol" judge. Forbes magazine has ranked her as the 47th most powerful woman in the world and estimated her earnings at $53 million last year.
Her hit talk show that debuted in 2003 is now in its 10th season. Among other achievements, that's where she eventually persuaded President Barack Obama to dance.
The prize honors comedians in Mark Twain's tradition of satire and social commentary. Past winners include Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin and Whoopi Goldberg.
The kids of the United States have spoken and President Barack Obama has been elected the winner of Nickelodeon's 2012 Kids Pick the President "Kids' Vote," the network reports. Since it began in 1988, kids have correctly picked the winner (in advance of the national election) five out of the past six times. More than half a million votes were cast in the network's online poll as part of Nickelodeon's Kids Pick the President initiative to build young citizens' awareness of, and involvement in, the election process.
President Obama received 65 percent of the vote and former Gov. Mitt Romney received 35 percent. In order to more closely replicate the actual election, and to ensure the results were more authentic, this year the voting was limited to one vote per electronic device. Kids were able to cast their votes online Oct. 15-22.
Looks like Barry Manilow is making it again - on Broadway, the AP reports.
The Grammy Award-winning singer of such songs as "Mandy," "I Write the Songs" and "Looks Like We Made It," will start a 17-show stand on Jan. 18 at the St. James Theatre.
Manilow, who grew up in New York, has graced a Broadway stage before, in the winter of 1976 and the spring of 1989. His new show, called "Manilow on Broadway," has tickets ranging in price from $50 to $350.
The 69-year-old crooner, whose most famous song may be "Copacabana (At the Copa)," had 25 consecutive Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1975-83.
Flavor Flav intends to fight criminal charges and seek reconciliation with his longtime fiancee after an argument led to his arrest last week, the entertainer's lawyer said Monday, the AP reports.
The 53-year-old former rap, hip-hop and reality TV star, whose legal name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., didn't appear in person during a hearing before Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa.
Drayton's attorney Tony Abbatangelo said his client plans to plead not guilty to allegations that he pushed his girlfriend of eight years to the floor and wielded two knives as he chased and threatened the woman's 17-year-old son during an argument Wednesday at their home in Las Vegas.
Drayton is charged with felony assault and misdemeanor domestic battery. He could face up to six years in prison if convicted of the assault charge and six months in jail on the domestic battery charge.
Drayton told the arresting officer he scuffled with Elizabeth Trujillo, 39, and her son but denied chasing or threatening the teen, the report states.
Drayton's public persona includes wearing an oversized clock on his chest. He was a member of the rap group Public Enemy in the 1980s and '90s, and later starred in reality TV series.
He has a criminal history that includes a month in jail for assaulting his then-girlfriend in 1991, and three months in prison for shooting at a neighbor in New York in 1993.
The judge set a Nov. 20 date for an evidence hearing.
E.T. the extra-terrestrial is making appearances around the world, the AP reports.
Madame Tussauds was slated to unveil wax likenesses of the otherworldly star of Steven Spielberg's 1982 film "E.T. - the Extra-Terrestrial" at six of its international locations Monday.
The wax figures were crafted at Merlin Studios in London and will be on view at Madame Tussauds museums in Los Angeles, Sydney, Tokyo, London, Berlin and Amsterdam.
The exhibit features the iconic scene from the film where a blanket-wrapped E.T. rides in the makeshift basket of little Elliot's BMX bicycle.
"E.T. - the Extra-Terrestrial" recently marked its 30th anniversary.