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Celebrating Gilda

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If life was fairer, today we'd be celebrating Gilda Radner's birthday. Sadly, the utterly hilarious comedian died in 1989 of ovarian cancer. Radner gained fame on Saturday Night Live, and while many of her best-known moments—dancing with Steve Martin, for example—aren't available online, here is a smattering of Radner's brilliance. Happy Birthday, Gilda.

Roseanne Roseannadanna

Radner based this brash character on Rose Ann Scamardella, a former NYC anchorwoman.

Let's Talk Dirty to the Animals

From her 1979 special "Gilda Radner - Live From New York," this racy song clearly delighted audiences. Language is NSFW—and for kids' ears.

Emily Litella

In the late 1970s, this character, an elderly woman, appeared regularly on SNL's Weekend Update segment.

Baba Wawa

Gilda's famous Barbara Walter's impression didn't sit too well with the famous news anchor at first.

The National Lampoon Radio Hour

Gilda joined Bill Murray on this Christmas episode of the comedy radio show.

The Muppet Show

Gilda worked with Muppets in 1978 in a cleaned-up version of her sometimes-racy acts.

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Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek!
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Today, everyone's favorite game show host turns 76 years old. Let's celebrate!

ON SESAME STREET

In 2006, Trebek played “Special of the Day” with Telly.

ON CARD SHARKS

In 1980, the tables were turned, and Trebek found himself the contestant on this episode of Card Sharks. The “tell me about yourself” portion of the program doesn’t go so smoothly, but he’s pretty good at the game itself.

THROWING PEOPLE IN THE POOL

In this sketch for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Trebek throws a waiter in a pool. The takeaway is clear: Don’t phrase things in the form of a question when you’re talking to the Jeopardy! host.

TREBEK ON NASA

And how the agency’s work with other companies helps all of us, not just astronauts.

HOSTING WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Happy April Fool's Day 1997! (Pat Sajak hosted Jeopardy that night.)

ALEX, AUTOTUNED

MC TREBEK IN THE HIZZOUSE

That was the actual name of the category.

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDN'T GET ANY WEIRDER...

Behold “Sexiest Potpourri Ever.”

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

You didn’t think we’d leave without posting one of these, did you?

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Covers of "Me and Bobby McGee"
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On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. The singer-songwriter was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul." Here, we remember Joplin with covers of her only number-one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee." Joplin's version of the song, originally written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, topped the charts after her death, making the song the second posthumous number-one single in U.S. chart history.

Johnny Cash

Pink

Willie Nelson

Dolly Parton

James Last

Jerry Lee Lewis

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