A lot happened in comedy news in 2017- a lot of the news was bad with some hard hitting deaths, and some disturbing career deaths but as always there were also new accomplishments, firsts, and exciting rebirths. Once again, we put together a timeline to highlight the big news stories about those in the comedy world for the year. Here’s our tribute to 2017, a big year for comedy with tears, shouts, fights, and of course, laughs. Raise a glass, and get ready to see what 2018 brings. Scroll down below the graphic to see a text only version of the timeline.
January 3, 2017 – Tom Segura defeats Bert Kreischer in their #WhoIsFat weight loss competition by 6 lbs
January 4, 2017 – Canadian comedian K. Trevor Wilson makes his American late night television stand up debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live
January 5, 2017 – The Daily Beast outs “millennial” comedian Dan Nainan as actually being 55 years old instead of 35 as he claimed
January 8, 2017 – Jimmy Fallon heavily criticized on Twitter for his performance hosting the Golden Globes awards
January 17, 2017 – It’s announced that Jerry Seinfeld signs a multi-faceted deal with Netflix worth a reported $100 million.
January 19, 2017 – Billy Wayne Davis makes his national late night television stand up debut on Conan
January 21, 2017 – The smash hit “Oh, Hello” starring Nick Kroll and John Mulaney ends its Broadway run with David Letterman as its final special guest
January 21, 2017 – Aziz Ansari makes his hosting debut on Saturday Night Live
January 21, 2017 – The Instagram account Stavvybaby belonging to Stavros Halkias disappears from social media because of semi-nude photos of Stavros with fellow comedian Matteo Lane despite the page earning accolades for promoting a positive body image
January 23, 2017 – SNL writer Katie Rich is suspended for tweeting a joke about Barron Trump on Inauguration Day
January 25, 2017 – The world loses comedy and television icon Mary Tyler Moore at age 80
January 25, 2017 – Candice Thompson makes her national television stand up comedy debut on the Tonight Show
January 26, 2017 – A mural on an outside wall of Ben’s Chili Bowl which included a portrait of Bill Cosby is painted over in Washington, D.C.
January 27, 2017 – Boston holds first annual What a Joke festival in response to Trump’s innauguration.
January 28, 2017 – Kal Penn turns a racist tweet directed his way into a fundraising effort for Syrian refugees that’s raised over $850,000 to date
February 3, 2017 – Crowds show up to protest Gavin McInness appearance at New York University.
February 4, 2017 – Melissa McCarthy debuts an “instant classic” to rave reviews with her impression of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live
February 5, 2017 – Melissa McCarthy scores the #1 spot on the USA Today Ad Meter for her Kia Super Bowl commercial
February 6, 2017 – The world’s oldest comedian Irwin Corey dies at the age of 102
February 9, 2017 – The Late Show with Stephen Colbert begins its run at #1 by edging out The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon in the ratings
February 10, 2017 – The comedy team of John Early and Kate Berlant make their national debut performance on the Tonight Show
February 10, 2017 – Fireworks fly when Jim Jefferies tells Trump supporter Piers Morgan to “fuck off” on Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO
February 11, 2017 – Alec Baldwin makes Saturday Night Live history with a record 17th time hosting
February 12, 2017 – Patton Oswalt wins his first Grammy when “Talking For Clapping” wins Best Comedy Album
February 13, 2017 – Host Nick Cannon abruptly quits “America’s Got Talent” after NBC threatens his job over a joke in his special, “Stand Up, Don’t Shoot”
February 14, 2017 – The legendary Friars Club in New York is raided by feds over the questionable finances of its charitable foundation
February 23, 2017 – Comedian and radio & television host Alan Colmes dies at age 66
February 25, 2017 – Nick Kroll & John Mulaney host the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards
February 25, 2017 – President Trump announces he won’t attend the Presidential lampooning event, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner
February 26, 2017 – Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 89th Academy Awards ceremony at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles
March 1, 2017 – Conan O’Brien offers a comedy olive branch to Mexico with his special, produced entirely outside the U.S., “Conan Without Borders: Made in Mexico”
March 1, 2017 – The Battle of the Trumps begins as Alec Baldwin calls Anthony Atamanuik as “a guy who’s on the Internet” on JKL while discussing if a Trump impersonator should take the President’s place at the WHCD. Alec Baldwin and James Adomian fight on twitter after Baldwin insults “internet Trump impersonators”alluding to Anthony Atamanuik.
March 1, 2017 – It’s announced Bobby Moynihan has signed to star in a CBS sitcom signaling the end of his 9 year SNL run
March 2, 2017 – Pete Davidson Admits to having a drug problem and spending time in rehab.
March 5, 2017 – After two years of retirement, David Letterman steps out of his low profile life to give an in-depth interview with Vulture where he talks about comedy being a defense against President Trump
March 6, 2017 – Dave Chappelle surprises other residents when he shows up at the Yellow Springs, Ohio town council meeting to advocate more progressive police policies
March 8, 2017 – Noam Dworman announces he will open a location of the Comedy Cellar in Vegas.
March 10, 2017 – Anthony DeVito makes his network television debut on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert
March 12, 2017 – Artie Lange is arrested in the parking garage at his Hoboken condo complex on charges of drug possession
March 14, 2017 – It’s reported that trolls were trying to sabotage Amy Schumer’s Netflix hour, “The Leather Special” by posting bad reviews
March 16, 2017 – Saturday Night Live announces that for the first time, the show will be seen live across all of America’s time zones
March 20, 2017 – Adam Carolla marks his 50th appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live
March 21, 2017 – Chuck Barris, creator of The Gong Show and former CIA operative (?), dies at age 87
March 21, 2017 – Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Funny or Die site closes its New York offices
March 21, 2017 – Kevin James announces he will do his first comedy special in 16 years.
March 22, 2017 – The Carmichael Show makes the news by taking on the N-word head-on using it 6 times in one episode. Jerrod Carmichael calls the word “childish”
March 22, 2017 – The Comedy Jam, the TV version of The Goddamn Comedy Jam, the brainchild of Josh Adam Meyers premieres on Comedy Central
March 24, 2017 – Adam Sandler signs on to do four more comedy films for Netflix, extending his original four picture deal with the streamer from 2014
March 24, 2017 – Joe Zimmerman makes his Tonight Show stand up comedy debut
March 31, 2017 – The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tops The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon in the 1st quarter ratings of 2017
April 3, 2017 – Comedy Central announces that Anthony Atamanuik will star as President Trump in the new “The President Show” parody talk series
April 5, 2017 – The podcast “Keeping Joe” with Sam Morril, Joe Machi and Phil Hanley launches on Riotcast
April 6, 2017 – The world loses one of the greatest comedians of all time, Don Rickles, at age 90
April 6, 2017 – On the same day that we lose a lifetime legend, we lost a breaking young comedian, Lashonda Lester, Austin’s funniest dies.
April 10, 2017 – Ian Abramson makes his late night television debut on Conan while wearing a doggie shock collar
April 12, 2017 – A plagiarism controversy ensues between Tig Notaro and Louis CK who appeared in an SNL birthday clown short which could easily be compared to Tig’s earlier work
April 12, 2017 – Charlie Murphy dies at age of 57.
April 20, 2017 – World premiere of Neil Berkeley’s documentary “Gilbert” featuring Gilbert Gottfried at the Tribeca Film Festival
April 21, 2017 – Brad Wenzel makes his national television stand up debut on Conan
April 29, 2017 – Hasan Minhaj hosts the White House Correspondents’ Dinner without President Trump in attendance
April 30, 2017 – Gong Show Revival debuts with a strange new host.
May 1, 2017 – Jim Gaffigan announces on Facebook that his wife and partner Jeannie Gaffigan had survived emergency brain surgery
May 2, 2017 – Maria Bamford’s latest special, “Old Baby” premieres on Netflix
May 4, 2017 – Sarah Tollemache has her network television debut on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show
May 5, 2017 – Pete Lee receives a standing ovation from the audience after making his Tonight Show debut
May 6, 2017 – Chris Gethard’s off-Broadway hit, “Chris Gethard: Career Suicide” premieres on HBO
May 9, 2017 – Norm MacDonald’s Netflix special, Hitler’s Dog, Gossip and Trickery premieres.
May 11, 2017 – Networks announce cancellations of Dr. Ken, Two Broke Girls, Son of Zorn, Making History, The Great Indoors.
May 11, 2017 – Mark Normand makes his Tonight Show debut and on May 12, his first hour special, “Don’t Be Yourself” premieres on Comedy Central presented by Amy Schumer.
May 12, 2017 – A federal judge rules that a case involving Conan O’Brien and internet joke theft can go to trial
May 15, 2017 – Vladimir Caamaño makes his national television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live
May 16, 2017 – Tracy Morgan’s first Hour Special since his accident titled “Staying Alive” premieres on Netflix.
May 17, 2017 – In a NY Times piece, Jimmy Fallon opens up on how criticism about his fluff interview with Donald Trump was a setback that devastated him
May 18, 2017 – The first annual Crapshoot Comedy Festival has its inaugural three day run in Las Vegas, Nevada featuring headliner Dave Attell
May 17, 2017 – Conan O’Brien announces that he’s signed a deal with TBS for another 4 years
May 20, 2017 – The final SNL for cast members Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata
May 21, 2017 – Twitter explodes in outrage over an SNL sketch about a “child molesting robot” featuring host Dwayne Johnson
May 23, 2017 – Hasan Minhaj premieres his one-man show/hour special “Homecoming King” on Netflix.
May 24, 2017 – Netflix announces a major-get after signing Ellen DeGeneres to do a comedy special. Her first in 15 years
May 24, 2017 – Mike Vecchione makes his Tonight Show stand up comedy debut
May 25, 2017 – HBO announces that T.J. Miller will not be returning to “Silicon Valley” when the show returns for a 5th season
May 25, 2017 – America observes its third annual Red Nose Day to help children’s charities
May 30, 2017 – Kathy Griffin apologizes after social media explodes in anger over her photo shoot featuring a severed head made to look like President Trump
May 30, 2017 – Sarah Silverman’s newest hour, “A Speck of Dust” debuts on Netflix.
June 2, 2017 – Comedy Central joins the comedy festival business with one of their own. The first ever Colossal Clusterfest opens and runs through June 4th in San Francisco
June 3, 2017 – J.B. Smoove takes the stage at Philadelphia’s Roots Picnic Music Festival and announces the premiere date for the long awaited new season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
June 3, 2017 – Comedy Central replaces Ari Shaffir with Roy Wood Jr. on This is Not Happening
June 4, 2017 – Showtime premieres its drama about comedy in 1970s, “I’m Dying Up Here”
June 5, 2017 – The trial of Bill Cosby begins as he faces charges of sexual assault against former Temple University employee Andrea Constand
June 6, 2017 – The Jim Jefferies Show premieres on Comedy Central
June 13, 2017 – Nick Kroll and John Mulaney’s Broadway smash “Oh, Hello” debuts on Netflix
June 15, 2017 – Bill Dana known for his character José Jiménez dies at age 92
June 17, 2017 – The judge in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case declares a mistrial after the jury could not come to a unanimous decision
June 17, 2017 – HBO premieres T.J. Miller’s “The Meticulously Rediculous.”
June 20, 2017 – ‘Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up for the First Time’ premieres on Netflix.
June 23, 2017 – The sleeper hit “The Big Sick” from Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon opens in select theaters
June 23, 2017 – The 2nd annual Skankfest opens in Long Island City, NY
June 27, 2017 – The Roast of Rich Vos at the Village Underground becomes the comedy social event of the year.
June 27, 2017 – Chris D’Elia premiers his newest hour, ‘Man on Fire’ on Netflix.
June 30, 2017 – Jerrod Carmichael announces that his sitcom “The Carmichael Show” has been cancelled after 3 seasons
July 6, 2017 – SiriusXM terminates Gregg “Opie” Hughes host of “The Opie Radio Show”
July 6, 2017 – Patton Oswalt announces his engagement to Meredith Salenger
July 7, 2017 – Artie Lange survives emergency surgery after collapsing following a Chicago gig
July 11, 2017 – Anthony Cumia is permanently banned from Twitter after he engages in tweet war with A.V. Club journalist Katie Rife
July 12, 2017 – Michael Kosta joins the Daily Show with Trevor Noah as a correspondent
July 15, 2017 – Portland comedy mainstay, Harvey’s Comedy Club, closes its doors after 25 years
July 18, 2017 – Ari Shaffir’s double comedy special, “Double Negative” premieres on Netflix
July 18, 2017 – Kevin Hart trends at #1 on Twitter after Radar Online runs a story about Hart cheating on his pregnant wife. Hart responds with a meme laughing off the accusations calling them “BS”
July 19, 2017 – The fabulous Matteo Lane makes his Late Show with Stephen Colbert debut on CBS
July 20, 2017 – Tammy Pescatelli live tweets from in the sky as the plane she was flying in blew an engine on takeoff
July 24, 2017 – PalmStar Media acquires iconic comedy company National Lampoon and all its assets for $12 million
July 25, 2017 – “Joe Mande’s Award Winning Comedy Special” premieres on Netflix.
August 1, 2017 – Maz Jobrani’s hour special, titled “Immigrant” makes its Netflix debut.
August 3, 2017 – The Chris Gethard Show premieres live on truTV
August 3, 2017 – The 26th annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival opens in Jamestown, NY featuring shows from Lisa Lampanelli, Kevin James, Robert Klein and Matteo Lane
August 3, 2017 – In a conversation with Kelly Carlin at the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, W. Kamau Bell challenges his audience to “cape up” and use all their privilege for good in the world
August 3, 2017 – Norman Lear announces he will not attend the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony recognizing his career as well as others as long as President Trump would be there
August 4, 2017 – Comedy game show @midnight ends its run on Comedy Central after 600 episodes
August 4, 2017 – Bob the Drag Queen and Matteo Lane team up to debut the new online super hero comic series “Kickass Drag Queen” on Instagram
August 5, 2017 – George Lopez “The Wall” airs on HBO.
August 5, 2017 – An epic night of comedy happens during Dave Chappelle’s month long residency at Radio City Music Hall as he is joined by Chris Rock and Jeff Ross along with surprise guests Amy Schumer and Kevin Hart all in one show
August 8, 2017 – David Letterman returns to the entertainment world and signs with Netflix to do a series of six interview shows
August 8, 2017 – Gossip source Page Six reports on a verbal altercation between Anthony Cumia and Jon Stewart at the Comedy Cellar. Club owner Noam Dworman doesn’t appreciate Cellar business appearing in the New York Post and on Cumia’s Compound Media
August 9, 2017 – NBC announces its comedy streaming service Seeso will shut down later in 2017
August 10, 2017 – SNL premieres “Weekend Update: Summer Edition” in prime time with hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che
August 10, 2017 – Barry Crimmins announces his marriage to __________
August 11, 2017 – Preview of Carlin Archvies opens in Jamestown New York at the National Comedy Center
August 11, 2017 – National Comedy Tour gives tour of new center to media outlets.
August 15, 2017 – Out of nowhere, the Toronto Film Festival announces the premiere of a new movie, “I Love You Daddy,” written, directed and starring Louis CK which he produced in secret
August 15, 2017 – Charles Gould makes his national television debut performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live
August 15, 2017 – Rojo Perez makes his late night TV debut on Conan
August 18, 2017 – Tiffany Haddish’s debut comedy special, “She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood” premieres on Showtime
August 19, 2017 – Comedy and civil rights icon Dick Gregory who influenced so many comedy careers, passes away at age 84
August 20, 2017 – We lose comedy great Jerry Lewis at the age of 91
August 21, 2017 – Anthony Cumia announces Artie Lange as his new co-host on his Compound Media show
August 22, 2017- Lynn Koplitz premieres her first hour special, “Hormonal Beast” on Netflix.
August 23, 2017 – Tig Notaro tells the Daily Beast that Louis CK needs to handle rumors about his sexual-misconduct
August 26, 2017 – The “No Fascists In Our City! Free Speech Comedy Show” at Comedy Bar in Toronto is cancelled after the club is vandalized
August 29, 2017 – Ryan Hamilton’s “Happy Face” makes its Netflix debut.
August 30, 2017 – Christine Meehan-Berg & Aaron Berg grow their comedy family by one with the birth of daughter Piper
September 1, 2017 – Legendary comedian and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” regular Shelley Berman dies at the age of 92
September 5, 2017 – Dulcé Sloan is announced as the newest correspondent on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah
September 5, 2017 – Mark Maron’s latest hour, “Too Real” debuts on Netflix.
September 6, 2017 – Martin Urbano makes his national television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live
September 7, 2017 – Tina Fey announces her plans to bring her musical version of “Mean Girls” to Broadway in April, 2018
September 9, 2017 – Jim Carrey confuses and delights with a rambling red carpet interview at New York City’s Fashion Week
September 10, 2017 – Saturday Night Live wins big at the 69th Annual Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards with Melissa McCarthy and Dave Chappelle winning for their SNL work
September 12, 2017 – Dina Hashem becomes the first female comedian to earn a title shot at the RoastMasters championship
September 12, 2017 – Comedy Dynamics enters the film distribution business by winning the rights to the doc “Poop Talk” at TIFF
September 15, 2017 – The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival opens in Brooklyn for the last time after a ten year run
September 15, 2017 – Comedy Central extends Daily Show host Trevor Noah’s contract through 2022
September 16, 2017 – Kevin Hart apologizes to his wife and kids on Instagram for his indiscretions and reveals he was the victim of an extortion plot
September 17, 2017 – Stephen Colbert hosts the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards. Comedy winners include “Veep”, “SNL”, Donald Glover and Julia Louis-Dreyfus
September 17 2017 – The greatest comedic mind in pro wrestling, Bobby Heenan passes away
September 17, 2017 – The second season of the dark comedy, “Vice Principals” premieres on HBO
September 18, 2017 – Jen Kirkman tells the Village Voice that Louis CK has never exposed himself to her
September 19, 2017 – The innovative special, “Jerry Before Seinfeld” which documents Jerry Seinfeld going back to the beginning of his career at the Comic Strip is released on Netflix
September 19, 2017 – Jordan Peele tops The Root 100’s list of the most influential African Americans. Tiffany Haddish and Donald Glover also appear in The Root 100
September 19, 2017 – Budd Friedman releases his book, “The Improv: An Oral History of the Comedy Club that Revolutionized Stand-Up” chronicling the 50 year history of his legendary club
September 20, 2017 – The Stand NYC celebrates its 5th anniversary in the New York comedy business
September 21, 2017 – JFL42 opens in Toronto and is headlined by shows from Bill Burr, Tom Segura, John Mulaney and Tim & Eric
September 21, 2017 – Comedy Central launches a global podcasting network featuring The Jim Jefferies Show and other podcasts from the Daily Show
September 23, 2017 – Robert Kelly is named the winner of the Boston Comedy Festival competition and Barry Crimmins wins the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award
September 24, 2017 – Radio’s Super Agent, Bob Eatman passes away
September 25, 2017 – The Opposition with Jordan Klepper premieres in the coveted 11:30pm Comedy Central nightly time slot
September 25, 2017 – SNL’s Pete Davidson opens up about his serious mental health issues on the WTF podcast with Marc Maron
September 26, 2017 – Chris Redd, Heidi Gardner and Luke Null are announced as the newest cast members on SNL, along with a slew of new writers
September 27, 2017 – Big Jay Oakerson makes his first appearance on “Conan” doing panel after revealing his act is too dirty to get past the TBS censors
September 27, 2017 – Madonna takes the stage at The Comedy Cellar
September 28, 2017 – Julia Louis-Dreyfus announces her breast cancer diagnosis on Twitter
September 28, 2017 – Gavin Matts is named SiriusXM’s Top Comic, winning the title of Canada’s funniest comedian and a $25,000 cash prize
September 30, 2017 – Saturday Night Live opens its 43rd season with host Ryan Gosling
October 3, 2017 – On the season premiere of PBS’ “Finding Your Roots”, Larry David and Senator Bernie Sanders find out that they are related
October 5, 2017 – The Rogue Island Comedy Festival promoted by comedian Doug Key, opens in Rhode Island
October 6, 2017 – The brand new West Side Comedy Club opens in New York City
October 6, 2017 – Comedy favorite Ralphie May dies at the age of 45 after he suffers cardiac arrest
October 7, 2017 – In a public relations nightmare, McDonald’s fails to have enough Szechuan Sauce made famous by the cartoon “Rick & Morty”, for customers, causing riots in some locations
October 10, 2017 – In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations, Rob Schneider releases a video saying he was also a sexual harassment victim by a film director
October 10, 2017 – Christina Pazsitsky’s first hour special, “Christina P: Mother Inferior” makes its Netflix debut.
October 11, 2017 – Rachel Feinstein makes her Tonight Show stand up comedy debut
October 16, 2017 – John Dunsworth who portrayed the alcoholic trailer park supervisor Jim Lahey on the comedy series “Trailer Park Boys”, passes away at age 71
October 17, 2017 – Netflix premieres Patton Oswalt’s latest special, “Annihilation”
October 19, 2017 – Gilbert Rozon, founder and President of the Just For Laughs Festival. steps down amid sexual misconduct allegations
October 24, 2017 – “Ricky Gervais is Deadly Sirius” premieres on SiriusXM
October 26, 2017 – Bill Burr and Al Madrigal and their All Things Comedy podcast network opens their own comedy festival in Phoenix with headlining acts Doug Stanhope, Jen Kirkman, Ari Shaffir, and Bert Kreischer
October 31, 2017 – Judah Friedlander releases the innovative black & white special, “Judah Friedlander: America is the Greatest Country in the United States,” on Netflix
October 31, 2017 – Andy Dick fired from film, “Raising Buchanan” for sexual harassment claims
November 5, 2017 – Kevin Hart finishes the New York City Marathon (his first) in a time of 4 hours, 5 minutes and six seconds
November 7, 2017 – The New York Comedy Festival opens and features headlining shows from Brian Regan, Bill Maher, Tom Segura, Jim Norton, Ron White, The Tenderloins and others
November 8, 2017 – Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Harvey make the Top 10 of Forbe’s Highest Paid Talk Show Hosts list
November 9, 2017 – The New York City premiere of Louis CK’s movie, “I Love You, Daddy” is cancelled at the last minute in light of a bombshell NY Times article detailing his sexual misconduct
November 10, 2017 – After losing film and special deals, managers and publicists, Louis CK releases a statement admitting to sexual misconduct with female comedians and co-workers
November 11, 2017 – Ron Bennington debuts his hour special, “Crowd Source” at The Stand NYC as part of the New York Comedy Festival
November 11, 2017 – David Angelo is named New York’s Funniest at the Carolines’ competition as part of the New York Comedy Festival
November 14, 2017 – The Bennington Show on SiriusXM record their biggest and best Thanksgiving show to date at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square
November 15, 2017 – Bridget Everett announced as the winner of the first ever Breakthrough Award at the upcoming 2018 Athena Film Festival
November 16, 2017 – Media personality Leeann Tweeden reveals Senator Al Franken groped and forcibly kissed her during a USO tour in 2006, leading to series of allegations against Franken
November 19, 2017 – Jeffrey Tambor leaves the Amazon hit show, “Transparent” over sexual misconduct scandals
November 19, 2017 – PBS announces that after his sexual harassment charges, Al Franken will be edited out of the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize ceremony honoring David Letterman broadcast
November 21, 2017 – Wendy Williams claims she was once groped by a comedian. Fans research the claims and suspect it’s Gilbert Gottfried
November 28, 2017 – Dave Chappelle, Jim Gaffigan, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman and Kevin Hart are all nominated for Best Comedy Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards
November 30, 2017 – TV’s “Gomer Pyle”, beloved performer Jim Nabors dies in Hawaii at the age of 87
November 30, 2017 – Comedy and music producer Russell Simmons announces he is leaving all his business enterprises following sexual assault accusations being made against him
December 2, 2017 – Michelle Wolf’s debut comedy special, “Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady” debuts on HBO
December 5, 2017 – It’s reported that Jamie Foxx returned to the stand up stage for the first time in 15 years.
December 7, 2017 – Al Franken resigns his senate seat.
December 12, 2017 – Michael Che and Colin Jost promoted to co-head writers on SNL. Che becomes the first black head writer in the history of SNL.
December 14, 2017 – HBO Announces Curb will return for a 10th season.
December 18, 2017 – Jaboukie Young White Makes His Tonight Show Debut
December 19, 2017 – T.J. Miller accused of sexually assaulting a woman while in college at George Washington University. Miller and his wife vigorously deny the allegations.