In celebration of comedy, A&E Network premiered three new documentaries exploring the lives and careers of comedy giants Chris Farley, Jeff Dunham and Jeff Foxworthy. Airing across Monday, May 27 and Tuesday, May 28, 2019, the specials delved deep into the careers and personal lives of these dynamic performers to give viewers an insider’s look at what it took for each to reach the top.
Defining Moments in Comedy
How Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph Became Hollywood's Ultimate Best Friends
The funny women have stuck by each other's sides since their days on 'SNL.'
The Final Days of John Belushi: What Led to His Sudden Death?
The 'Animal House' and 'Saturday Night Live' star was found dead at L.A.'s Chateau Marmont on March 5, 1982.
How Jeff Foxworthy's Upbringing Inspired His Comedy
Reflections of small-town Georgia sent the stand-up on his path to fame in the 1990s.
How Jeff Dunham Taught Himself Ventriloquism at 8 Years Old
After the comedian received his first ventriloquist's doll, he began to teach himself the skill of ventriloquism through dedicated study and practice.
Ellen DeGeneres' Girlfriend Was Killed in a Car Accident. The Tragedy Inspired DeGeneres' Career-Defining Stand-Up Routine
'Phone Call to God' put the comedienne on the map — and on Johnny Carson's famed couch.
A Stranger Gave a Struggling Carol Burnett $1,000 to Start Her Career
A random act of generosity gave the comedienne the push she needed to move to New York City to fulfill her acting dreams.
Tina Fey Used Her Real Life as Inspiration for the Unforgettable Characters in 'Mean Girls'
Cady Heron, Regina George, Glenn Coco and the other students from North Shore High were based on the 'SNL' alum's friends and family.
Lenny Bruce's Obscenity Trial Challenged First Amendment Rights and Paved the Way for Other Socially Conscious Comedians
Branded a "sick comic," the stand-up pushed boundaries with his foul-mouthed routines, which led to his 1964 arrest.
Inside Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal's Unbreakable Bond
The comedians became deep, personal friends thanks to making people laugh for the good of others.
Eddie Murphy Joined 'Saturday Night Live' as the Show Was Facing Cancellation. Then Ratings Began to Soar
The teenage comedian graced studio 8H for the first time in 1980 and ultimately saved the struggling sketch comedy show.
Robin Williams' Non-Stop Mind Brought Joy to Millions. But for Him, It Brought Endless Pain
The comedian's rapid-fire brain overtook his professional and personal life.
Bill Murray and Chevy Chase Had a Backstage Brawl at 'Saturday Night Live' and It Took Years for Them to Make Up
Bruised egos and resentment fueled a fight between the two comedic heavyweights and later, 'Caddyshack' costars.
How George Carlin’s ‘Seven Words’ Changed Legal History
The comedian’s routine led to a Supreme Court ruling and raised questions about censorship that remain unresolved.
How Joan Rivers Bounced Back After Late-Night Rejected Her and Her Husband's Suicide
At the peak of her fame, the fearless comedienne suffered a series of personal and professional losses. She didn’t let them stop her.
Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve's Devoted Friendship Began as Juilliard Roommates
Through laughter and tears, the comedian and 'Superman' star maintained a brotherly bond.
Richard Pryor Risked It All by Walking off Stage in 1967. Then His Star Rose
Required to perform safe and clean routines in front of primarily white audiences, the comedian had enough of club owners telling him what to do.
The Surprising Friendship Between Joan Rivers and Prince Charles
The comedienne and royal may appear to be unlikely pals, but the two shared a close relationship that endured until Rivers' death in 2014.
The Secret Message Behind Carol Burnett's Famous Ear Tug
The comedienne used the gesture as a way to silently communicate with her beloved grandmother.
Inside Joan Rivers and Johnny Carson's Epic Falling Out
The 'Tonight Show' host declared that the comedienne would be a star, but two decades later, the friends would stop speaking to each other forever.
The Complicated Friendship of Comedy Duo Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder
Although known for the rapport that fueled hit films like ‘Stir Crazy,’ the famed costars did not have the same level of chemistry off-screen.