Karl Lake was originally staffed in the sets department ... but gained fame as the awesome robot dancing guy after he made everyone laugh with his smooth moves on the classic, "Chapelle's Show.' Guess what he looks like now!
Stand-up comedian Brody Stevens was found dead Friday after an apparent suicide at his home in Los Angeles.
Law enforcement sources confirm to TMZ ... Brody was found hanging in his home Friday afternoon, shortly after 1 PM.
Brody -- who co-created his own Comedy Central series, "Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!" with his friend Zach Galifianakis -- had struggled with mental health issues in the past. He was hospitalized in 2011 after suffering a bipolar episode.
He was a mainstay at huge comedy events like the Montreal and Vancouver Comedy Festivals -- and just 2 days ago he was at the Festival of Friendship in Burbank.
Later that night he did a set -- which appears to have been his last -- at the famed Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip.
Brody also had several roles in movies, such as "The Hangover" and "The Hangover II."
He was also an avid baseball fan. He pitched in college at Arizona State University until he suffered an elbow injury.
Reps for Brody tell us, "Brody was an inspiring voice who was a friend to many in the comedy community. He pushed creative boundaries and his passion for his work and his love of baseball were contagious. He was beloved by many and will be greatly missed."
We had a lot of fun run-ins with Brody over the years -- he always turned it on for our camera guys.
However, the last time we saw him, in 2018, we had a serious conversation with him about Kanye West and mental health.
Brody was 48.
12:33 PM PT -- Law enforcement sources confirm that Klepper was part of a group of 9 people who, just after 10 AM, interrupted a Board of Regents meeting with chanting. When asked to leave, the participants locked arms and refused.
They were all arrested and charged with criminal trespass.
11:54 AM PT -- A rep for Klepper confirms he was arrested while shooting a segment for his show. The rep says it's expected Jordan will be released tonight.
Comedian and former 'Daily Show' correspondent Jordan Klepper just got busted by cops in Atlanta during a protest to support undocumented students.
Klepper and several others disrupted a Board of Regents meeting at the state capitol. We're told Klepper and the others refused to leave the gathering ... so cops stepped in. Someone on scene tells us the comedian was shooting his documentary series, "Klepper," when the incident went down.
As for the protest ... we're told it was against a policy barring undocumented students from enrolling or working on campus.
A video taken from the protest shows Klepper and others locking hands as cops place demonstrators in handcuffs.
Jordan is the former host of Comedy Central's satirical late-night show, 'The Opposition,' which was canceled last summer after its first season. He's also appeared on almost 200 episodes of Comedy Central's 'Daily Show.'
We've reached out to a rep for Klepper ... so far, no word back.
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The comic hopped onstage at the WeHo Improv Monday night with his friend and "Chappelle's Show" costar, Donnell Rawlings. Dave revealed Kelly and his crew approached him in Chicago -- during a Common concert -- and made it clear they were, umm ... pissed about his "Piss on You" skit.
Dave says things never got physical, but he says Kelly grilled him about the skit and asked how he could possibly have done such a thing.
The irony of that question was not lost on Dave, who had the most awesome and hilarious response. Check out the video ... classic story.
Chappelle also addressed some of the criticism he's faced in the wake of Lifetime's "Surviving R. Kelly" docuseries -- saying he wants comedians to call out things that are wrong with the world, period.
Trevor Noah added an incredible piece of property to his portfolio ... because we've learned he recently dropped a boatload of cash on a baller bachelor pad.
Our real estate sources confirm Trevor plunked down over $20 MILLION for a jaw-dropping estate in Bel-Air ... and the 'Daily Show' host quietly purchased the contemporary mansion through a blind trust.
Trevor's new digs, first reported by Yolanda's Little Black Book, are pretty insane. The two-level pad is a whopping 10,044 square feet, and it's surrounded by glass walls and wraparound terraces, giving Trevor some breathtaking views of L.A.
The 1.31-acre property sits on a hillside lot in western Bel-Air, on a quiet cul-de-sac ... but there's nothing quiet about Trevor's place. The master suite is massive -- we're talking 2,200 feet -- and we haven't even mentioned the home theater, infinity pool and the 500-gallon saltwater aquarium!!!
As if that's not enough for Trevor to entertain his guests ... there are 3 other bedrooms with unobstructed views, and one is an "ultra private VIP suite" with private entrance.
Mauricio Umansky and James Harris of The Agency listed the property -- and Jonah Wilson of Hilton & Hyland repped Trevor.
Jon Stewart came to the rescue of two stray goats found roaming the subway tracks of New York City this week by giving them a home at his animal rescue operation ... no joke!
The former 'Daily Show' host posted a video of himself Monday helping load up the sidetracked livestock, which were spotted by a train operator along the N line in Brooklyn. Cops were called and officers were able to safely tranquilize the animals to remove them.
No word on where exactly these two billy goats gruff came from -- or where the third one might be -- but Stewart stepped in to offer them a place to stay -- his Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY, which he owns with his wife. He also saved a runaway cow a couple years back.
Jon's sanctuary says the two goats are both boys ... and they've named them Billy and Willy. Salute, Jon, for keeping these kids safe from subway trolls. Tolls too, actually.
It all went down at The Fonda Theater in L.A. -- where the stars declared comedic war on each other for the Comedy Central show ... and neither one pulled any punches.
Some of the highlights ...
Blake attacks Jeff's weight:
"The only way you could get inside of a gym is if you literally f**ked a guy named Jim."
Jeff attacks Blake's new team, the Detroit Pistons:
"Blake, good luck in Detroit ... you know what, I think you're just white enough not to get shot by the cops. But, be careful because you're now the worst shooter in the most violent city in America."
Blake attacks Jeff's hair:
"Jeff ... you're such a bald piece of sh*t. It honestly looks like we both got f**ked over by the Clippers."
Jeff attacks Blake's breakup with Kendall Jenner:
"You wanna get personal? I'll get personal. Blake, everyone knows you recently dated Kendall Jenner. But, what they don't know is, I heard she broke up with you because she caught you staring at her dad's tits ... And, just like the Clippers, Kendall eventually traded you for another basketball player. The season hasn't even started yet, and your ex is already leading you in rebounds."
Everyone knows how seriously Rodman has taken his relationship with the North Korean dictator over the years -- but, when Dennis took the stage, he targeted Bruce with a bomb joke.
"Bruce, you keep making these f*cking bombs. Well, guess what ... so does Kim Jong-un. But at least Kim is smart enough not to release his."
It wasn't the only time Rodman referenced his dealings with North Korea -- he also told Martha Stewart the next time she gets locked up, he can help secure her release.
The actress made a surprise appearance at her ex-husband's "Comedy Central Roast" -- which aired Sunday night -- and joked Bruce was one of the disgraced studio mogul's victims.
The setup started with Demi giving Bruce props for doing an Indie movie, "Pulp Fiction," which happened to be produced by Weinstein. Then came the punch line ... which drew laughs, but also shock from others onstage -- Kevin Pollak winced and Cybill Shepherd's jaw literally dropped.
Harvey, of course, faces life in prison following 3 sexual assault charges in NYC.
Chris Hardwick's been scrubbed from the Nerdist website he founded after accusations of emotional and sexual abuse by his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, seem to clearly implicate him.
Legendary Entertainment removed all references to Hardwick on the site Friday and says he no longer has any affiliation with the company since his contract expired in 2017.
This comes on the heels of an explosive essay by Dykstra -- who dated Hardwick from 2012 to 2014 -- in which she reveals she was forced to have sex with and follow strict rules made by a man 20 years older than her with whom she was in a relationship.
She does not name Hardwick, but says this man went from being a "podcaster to a powerhouse CEO of his own company." Hardwick is almost 20 years older than Dykstra and is the founder of Nerdist Industries ... and the timeline laid out in her essay also matched up with her relationship with him.
Dykstra alleges the man she dated didn't allow her to go out at night without him, didn't allow her to have male friends and told her she couldn't drink because he was sober. She says, "I would try to sleep in as late as possible so my days were shorter. I stopped listening to music entirely. I ceased to be. I was an ex-person."
In her essay, Dykstra also claims she was regularly pressured into sex against her will for fear of upsetting or losing the man, and after she finally left him ... her career was railroaded by him and she was blacklisted at age 25.
Hardwick has yet to respond, but when we talked to him in October about the Harvey Weinstein scandal ... he told us women should go to the internet and speak up, saying "social media's really empowered people to not be victims anymore."
We got Tracy Monday arriving to the 'Daily Show' set in NYC, where he was scheduled to appear as one of Trevor Noah's guests. He also happened to show up hours after the news broke that his TBS comedy, "The Last O.G.," had gotten picked up for a second season.
Call us crazy, but it sounds like Tracy knew his character, Tray, was coming back -- 'cause he was blasting LL's 2004 single, "Headsprung," out of his Rolls-Royce, which is nothing short of a party anthem. He also had on the biggest damn chain in the world.
Granted ... 2004 ain't all that old when you're talking 'O.G.' -- especially for an LL track -- but we'll cut the dude a break. Good news is good news, right?
Dane Cook is still gettin' it ... canoodling with his hot, 19-year-old girlfriend on the shores of Hawaii.
The 45-year-old actor/comic revealed last month he was dating Kelsi Taylor. She's in show biz too ... trying to make it big as a singer and an actress.
They've been together for awhile ... it's their second trip to Hawaii. They made the trek last July.
This time around they vacationed with 3 friends on the island of Maui ... arriving in a private jet.
BTW ... Dane's never been hitched before and has no kids. He does, however, have a dog, Chopper, so we're guessing Kelsi must love dogs.
Dave Chappelle is taking heat for some comments he made on his new Netflix special -- that actor Anthony Rapp was not really harmed by Kevin Spacey's conduct because he "grew up to be gay anyway" -- but some big comedians are squarely in Chappelle's corner.
Chappelle cracked the jokes during his special, The Bird Revolution, referring to Rapp's claim that Spacey tried to grope and seduce him at a party when he was just 14. Chappelle quips, "And not to victim-blame, but it seems like the kid of situation that a gay 14-year-old kid would get himself into."
We got a trio of comedians who say it's all fair game. Norm MacDonald praises Chappelle as the greatest comedian on earth. Donnell Rawlings says don't expect any apologies from Dave. And Adam Devine says going after "royalty" is off limits.
Hannibal Buress had to be physically pushed into a police car when he was arrested after a heated confrontation with cops.
This video show the famous comedian after he was cuffed at around 2 AM Sunday, challenging Miami cops to justify the detention, repeatedly asking them to explain what probable cause they had.
Buress refused to get in the police car and after a standoff that lasted several minutes he was pushed inside the patrol unit.
Cops told him he was arrested for trespassing but a jail official told TMZ the arrest was for "disorderly intoxication."
Buress was released at around 6 AM after posting a $500 bond.
Marlon and Busta hit up the official reopening of LIV in Miami Sunday night where they celebrated Jeezy's birthday. Wilmer Valderrama and Teyana Taylor were also there, but the REAL action happened outside.
Marlon and Busta, for some reason, decided to put on a show with insults flying back and forth. It's pretty hilarious, and if we had to pick a winner -- hand Marlon the belt.
C'mon, he worked ... "You look like black Shrek" into his rhyme.
We got The Roastmaster General himself in NYC, and you can tell he has some serious mixed feelings about having had Ann on the dais -- after she came on "TMZ Live" and accused producers of editing her to make seem like she bombed.
But Jeff does say he'd have her back for another roast, but only for one specific person.