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Actress Ann B. Davis (left) and her Identical Twin Sister Harriet in a 1960 Publicity Photo

Actress Ann B. Davis (left) and her Identical Twin Sister Harriet in a 1960 Publicity Photo

Actress Ann B. Davis (left) and her identical twin sister Harriet in a 1960 publicity photo promoting the NBC series "The Bob Cummings Show."

June 03, 2014 12:00 am
Peggy Potempa, Mother of Times Columnist Philip Potempa, with Comedienne Phyllis Diller in October 1994 in Indianapolis

Peggy Potempa, Mother of Times Columnist Philip Potempa, with Comedienne Phyllis Diller in October 1994 in Indianapolis

Peggy Potempa, mother of Times Columnist Philip Potempa, is shown backstage swapping recipes with comedienne Phyllis Diller in October 1994 at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre in Indianapolis.

May 14, 2014 12:00 am
Jimmy Fallon Welcomed to "The Tonight Show" Hosting Duties in New York City by Joan Rivers

Jimmy Fallon Welcomed to "The Tonight Show" Hosting Duties in New York City by Joan Rivers

Jimmy Fallon greets Joan Rivers, right, during his NBC "The Tonight Show" debut on Monday, Feb. 17 in New York.  Rivers appeared on the show after 49 years earlier to the day, the veteran comedian had made her first appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in that very studio,…

February 19, 2014 12:00 am
Times Columnist Philip Potempa with Comedienne Marcia Wallace in October 1999

Times Columnist Philip Potempa with Comedienne Marcia Wallace in October 1999

Times Columnist Philip Potempa with actress Marcia Wallace in October 1999 in Joliet, Ill.

October 31, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: 'Bob Newhart' actress Marcia Wallace, 70,  gone too soon

OFFBEAT: 'Bob Newhart' actress Marcia Wallace, 70, gone too soon

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

October 31, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Comedienne Margaret Cho

Comedienne Margaret Cho

Funny Margaret Cho is performing one stand-up comedy show on Saturday at Chicago Theatre for her new "Mother" national tour.

October 16, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Margaret Cho in Chicago Saturday with 'Mother' comedy tour

OFFBEAT: Margaret Cho in Chicago Saturday with 'Mother' comedy tour

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

October 16, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: 'SNL' alum's new stage show is perfectly Dunn

OFFBEAT: 'SNL' alum's new stage show is perfectly Dunn

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 03, 2013 12:00 am
One on One: Funny Nora Dunn returns to Chicago roots with new solo stage show

One on One: Funny Nora Dunn returns to Chicago roots with new solo stage show

During the two-year odyssey for Nora Dunn to create and fine-tune her new one-woman show "Mythical Proportions," the funny lady of NBC "Saturday Night Live" fame did her share of learning and self-discovery.

August 30, 2013 12:00 am
Comedienne Sandra Bernhard with Steven Foster of Chicago at City Winery Chicago in January 2013

Comedienne Sandra Bernhard with Steven Foster of Chicago at City Winery Chicago in January 2013

Comedienne Sandra Bernhard signed autographs and greeted fans, like Steven Foster of Chicago, following her January performance at City Winery in Chicago, which promises guests an up-close and intimate experience with the artists who perform on stage.

July 29, 2013 12:00 am
Comedienne Martha Raye entertains servicemen of the U.S. Army 12th Air Force in 1943

Comedienne Martha Raye entertains servicemen of the U.S. Army 12th Air Force in 1943

Comedienne Martha Raye entertains servicemen of the U.S. Army 12th Air Force on a makeshift stage on the edge of the Sahara Desert in North Africa in 1943.

January 06, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Time to share early memories of WW II and Urschel Air Field

OFFBEAT: Time to share early memories of WW II and Urschel Air Field

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

January 06, 2013 12:00 am
Comedienne Sandra Bernhard

Comedienne Sandra Bernhard

Sandra Bernhard, shown at a theater in Los Angeles, is welcoming 2013 by bringing her new show "I Love Being Me, Don't You?" to Chicago this weekend.

January 04, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Comedienne Sandra Bernhard back in Chicago at new City Winery

OFFBEAT: Comedienne Sandra Bernhard back in Chicago at new City Winery

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

January 04, 2013 12:00 am
Flower Power: Funny Judy Tenuta back in Chicago for stage comedy run

Flower Power: Funny Judy Tenuta back in Chicago for stage comedy run

The self-proclaimed "Goddess of Love" and Chicago native comedienne Judy Tenuta says she is excited to return to her Windy City roots this weekend for a string of shows at Laugh Factory Chicago, 3175 N. Broadway, tonight through Sunday.

September 07, 2012 12:00 am
Phyllis Diller Garage Sale Tips

Phyllis Diller Garage Sale Tips

Comedienne Phyllis Diller loved the idea of garage sales as a way to "turn trash into cash."  

September 06, 2012 12:00 am
FROM the FARM: Phyllis Diller's kitchen craft lives on with cookbook connections

FROM the FARM: Phyllis Diller's kitchen craft lives on with cookbook connections

Despite her larger-than-life funny persona on stage, comedienne Phyllis Diller was also so much more the moment she stepped out of the performance spotlight.

August 22, 2012 12:00 am Photos

Photos

Autographed 1966 Publicity Photo of Comedienne Phyllis Diller

Autographed 1966 Publicity Photo of Comedienne Phyllis Diller

Comedienne Phyllis Diller autographed this original 1966 publicity photo for Times Columnist Philip Potempa during a 1993 interview.

August 22, 2012 12:00 am

OFFBEAT: Phyllis Diller, gone at 95, but lives on with her laughter

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 21, 2012 12:00 am
Lucille Ball in Warner Bros. 1974 Film "Mame"

Lucille Ball in Warner Bros. 1974 Film "Mame"

A large wall-size autographed photo of Lucille Ball from the 1974 Warner Bros. film "Mame" hangs in Gene & Georgetti Italian Steakhouse in Chicago, a gift from the comedienne's movie wrap-party held there.

June 13, 2012 12:00 am
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