Bill Cosby To Receive Johnny Carson Award At 2014 'American Comedy Awards'
"The American Comedy Awards", which will air Thursday, May 8 at 9:00 p.m. EST on NBC will honor comedian Bill Cosby with the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence at the 2014.
This award is intended to honor "An individual who, over the course of their lifetime, has made an extraordinary contribution to comedy."
“This is where I started: NBC and Johnny Carson,” said Bill Cosby in a press release about "The American Comedy Awards."
Cosby, now 76 years old, released a new 90-minute comedy special, "Far From Finished," at the end of last year.
"Bill Cosby is an iconic figure at the forefront of the American comedy landscape," said Paul Telegdy, NBC President of Alternative and Late Night Programming, in a release. "His work in television, film, stand-up comedy and literature has shaped the national sense of humor and has had an enduring impact on comedians and fans of all ages. We are delighted to honor him with the Johnny Carson Award during NBC's inaugural broadcast of the 'American Comedy Awards.'"
Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter Dead at 76
(CNN) -- Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the middleweight boxing contender who spent 19 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of a triple murder, has died in Toronto, according to Win Wahrer, the director of client services for the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted.
Carter, 76, died of complications from prostate cancer, Wahrer said.
"I always remember spending hours and hours with Rubin talking about the wrongful convictions," she told CNN. "He was a great mentor and teacher. I felt very fortunate to have those times with him. ... He lived a very full life."
Carter spent 19 years in prison for a triple killing in New Jersey before a federal judge ruled in 1985 that he and John Artis, who was with Carter on the night of the shootings, did not receive fair trials and released them.
Artis was with Carter when he died early Sunday morning, Wahrer said, adding that Carter had lived in Toronto since his release from prison.
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