Laughing Matters

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make a Hit Sitcom

Believe it or not, The Dick Van Dyke Show was originally a flop. Originally called Head of the Family when the pilot first aired, and starring Carl Reiner in the principal role, it was an unpleasant surprise to everyone when its ratings tanked. The thirteen Head of the Family episodes Reiner wrote eventually burned a hole in his agent’s filing cabinet, and the project was resuscitated. But when Reiner demurred at the notion of returning to his character, he was met with a bit of harsh (and sage) wisdom.

Take a Stand

Stand Up Planet showcases life in some of the toughest places on Earth – in parts of India and South Africa – through the lens and experiences of stand-up comics. Is comedy the great connector? Stand Up Planet calls on all of us to stand up – to watch, learn and take action to end global poverty.


…to tell Congress you support U.S. foreign aid to end global poverty. Did you know that the United States spends less than 1 percent of its annual budget to end global poverty? By signing this pledge, you’re inviting us to stay touch and let you know the important moments to tell Congress what you think. (Oxfam America)



…to the organizations you’ve just seen in Stand Up Planet who are working on the ground every day in India and South Africa to change lives, one by one.



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