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John Abercrombie, Jazz Guitarist, Dies At 72

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Jerry Lewis, pictured here in 2016, told Fresh Air that comics need a place where they can fail. "We had the [Borscht Belt] at the Catskill Mountains. We had Lakewood, N.J. We had vaudeville, burlesque. ... I mean, there were so many places for you to be bad. Today, kids don't have a hell of a chance." Rich Fury/Invision/AP hide caption

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Jerry Lewis On His Borscht Belt Childhood And The Lonely Work Of Comedy

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President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will skip the Kennedy Center Honors later this year. It will be the fourth time in 40 years of the event that the sitting president won't be attendance. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Remembering Broadway's Barbara Cook: 'My First Memories Are Of Singing'

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Okieriete Onaodowan had to learn both accordion and piano to play the role of Pierre in Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812. He ends his run on the show in mid-August. Chad Batka/Courtesy of Matt Ross PR hide caption

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There's No Easy Answer For Why 'The Great Comet' Is Closing

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Barbara Cook performs at the 120th anniversary of New York's Carnegie Hall in 2011. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images hide caption

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Barbara Cook, Tony Award-Winning Actress And Singer, Dies At 89

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Our Backstage Pass Takes Us To The Wings Of London's Globe Theatre

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Poetry Of Failure Comes To Life At Chicago's 'Baudelaire In A Box'

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Md. Teens' 'Step' Journey Unfolds Amid Aftermath Of Freddie Gray's Death

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Actor Ed Harris Says Sam Shepard Was 'Iconically American'

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Kevin Hart's New Online Comedy Service Joins Crowded Streaming Market

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Sasheer Zamata performs at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. Joseph Fuda/Just For Laughs hide caption

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Sasheer Zamata Uses Comedy To Address Intolerance

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Just For Laughs Comedy Festival Offers A Look At Up-And-Coming Talent

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