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The comedian Brian Regan, pictured here in his Netflix special Nunchucks and Flamethrowers, has earned a reputation as a comic's comic. Jeffery Garland/Netflix hide caption

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Conan O'Brien in 2016. He is being sued by a writer who accuses him of stealing jokes. O'Brien says the idea of stealing someone else's comedy makes him physically ill. Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images hide caption

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Don Rickles was jokingly known as "The Sultan of Insult." The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Comedian Don Rickles, Merciless 'Merchant Of Venom,' Dies At 90

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John Oliver speaks at Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs" in New York in 2015. Charles Sykes/AP hide caption

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John Oliver On Facts, Donald Trump And The Supreme Court For Dogs

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Comedian Irwin Corey was known for his long-running act as "The World's Foremost Authority." He is pictured here in the 1970s. Corey died at the age of 102. ABC/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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The World's Foremost Authority Has Died: Prof. Irwin Corey Was 102

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Corey Ryan Forrester, Drew Morgan and Trae Crowder write and perform together. They wrote a book called The Liberal Redneck Manifesto, which challenges what readers might expect from Southern comedy. Robin Marchant/Getty Images hide caption

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'Liberal Rednecks' Are Killing Southern Stereotypes With Comedy

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Stephen Agyei (left) and Roy Wood Jr. talk about what it takes to make it in comedy. Jeffrey Nicholson/Courtesy of Stephen Agyei; Mindy Tucker/Courtesy of Roy Wood Jr. hide caption

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To Make It In Comedy You Have To Bet On Yourself

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Aparna Nancherla says that making jokes about depression and anxiety injects "a little dose of hope." Shaughn & John hide caption

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Comedian Aparna Nancherla Makes Light Of The Heavy Stuff

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