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Shelley Berman, Comedian-Bard of Everyday Life, Dies at 92

U.S. News

Berman won gold records and appeared on top television shows as a pioneer of a new brand of comedy that could evoke laughter from such matters as air travel discomforts and small children who answer the telephone.


Shelley Berman Quotes: Remembering The Famed 'Sit-Down' Comic Through Popular Sayings

International Business Times

One of the most famed comedians of the 1950s and 60s, "sit-down" comic Shelley Berman, died Friday aged 92. His popular live record, "Inside Shelley Berman," released in 1959 became the first comedy album to go gold, reaching sales of 500,000 units, according to the Hollywood Reporter. It was also the first non-musical recording to win a Grammy Award. Unlike his contemporaries, Berman did his long monologues by sitting on a barstool, which earned him the name the "sit-down" comic. The ace comedian's signature act was to sit cross-legged on a bar stool, pretend as if he were on the telephone and conduct long one-sided conversations, improvising along the way.


Shelley Duvall: I need help

FOX News

Shelley Duvall, best-known for her role in "The Shinning," is now unrecognizable in a clip released to promote her upcoming appearance on "Dr. Duvall sat down with Dr. Phil McGraw for an interview, and she revealed she has been battling serious mental illness. The once-celebrated actress departed from the public eye in the early 2000s. She said she believes her "Popeye" co-star Robin Williams is not dead but rather he is "shape-shifting." Duvall said she has seen Williams since his 2014 death.


ESPN's Shelley Smith Having Tests After Scare at Warriors

U.S. News

Smith shared details with The Associated Press via text message and reported "I'm good" after the ordeal, which she said was being evaluated as a possible stroke. Fortunately, a Golden State team doctor was nearby and Smith was immediately moved to the training room to be attended to by the medical staff. She was then taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.


Indie singer-songwriter David Berman dead at 52

FOX News

Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines for August 8 are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. Singer-songwriter David Berman, who formed the 1990s indie band Silver Jews, died by suicide on Wednesday. Berman's record label, Drag City, announced the news on Twitter, writing, "We couldn't be more sorry to tell you this. David Berman passed away earlier today.