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Laffy Taffy® Selects its First Chief Laugh Officer




Laffy Taffy lovers have a new reason to laugh.

Last night, Laffy Taffy named Richard Bowen its first-ever Chief Laugh Officer, awarding him a cash prize of $10,000 and the opportunity to collaborate with the brand on creating iconic jokes listed on every wrapper. To search for a winner, Laffy Taffy partnered with entrepretainer and artist Nick Cannon to host a night at the world-famous Laugh Factory and honor the brand’s long-standing heritage in comedy.

Nick Cannon before the Laffy Taffy comedy show at the world-famous Laugh Factory on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for Laffy Taffy/AP Images)

Serving as one of its largest brand initiatives in its nearly 50-year history, Laffy Taffy looked to fans to search for its Chief Laugh Officer and asked for a video of their best stand-up comedy and three original jokes to be submitted through the Laffy Taffy portal After reviewing nearly 100 submissions from across the country, Laffy Taffy and fans selected Richard Bowen, Joanna Goslin and Talib Babb as the three finalists. All were flown with their guests to Los Angeles to perform center stage with other comedians at the world famous Hollywood Laugh Factory to compete for the title.

Cannon shared his experience working on this venture.

“The competition was packed with talent, from the finalists to all other comedians that performed on stage. I really loved seeing Laffy Taffy bring everyone together not only for a good night of comedy but also to support these comedians and their craft. I had a great time partnering with Laffy Taffy for this campaign. Selecting their first Chief Laugh Officer on the Laugh Factory stage is just another example of how they encourage the fun in their fans.”

Richard Bowen of Burlington, Vermont submitted the following Laffy Taffy jokes as part of his winning entry:

Did you hear about the spider cow? It had 8 calves.
What do you call a flooded movie theater? A dive-in.
Why did the psychic turn down a piece of candy? She had a bad filling.

Juan Pablo Herrera, Marketing Associate at Laffy Taffy, echoed Cannon’s statements.

“We’re so happy to name Richard our first-ever Chief Laugh Officer. Laffy Taffy has always been a brand that focuses on laughter and comedy, so we were thrilled to partner with Nick Cannon and all the comedians to celebrate comedy with a fresh approach.”

Joanna Goslin, from left, Talib Babb, Darren Carter, Preacher Lawson, Nick Cannon, Richard Bowen, Shang, Paige Weldon, Stasia Patwell, JC Currais and Camilla Cleese celebrate the Chief Laugh Officer at the Laugh Factory on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for Laffy Taffy/AP Images)

Comedians including Shang, Stasia Patwell, Camilla Cleese, JC Currais, Darren Carter and Paige Weldon, as well as comedian and finalist on the 12th season of America’s Got Talent, Preacher Lawson, joined Laffy Taffy and Nick Cannon to perform for the audience and to celebrate the winner.


What do you think of Bowen’s jokes? Are you a Laffy Taffy fan? Tell us in the comments!


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Superman Soars to New Heights with Commemorative Collectible




One of the most recognizable mainstays of American pop culture, DC Comic’s Superman, will be commemorated with a range of limited edition pure silver collectibles to celebrate his 80th-anniversary milestone.

Making his debut in 1938, Superman became an instant hit and has been thrilling fans with his adventures and extraordinary powers ever since. Known to many as “The Man of Steel,” he has become a universal icon. Superman is the people’s hero, fighting the never-ending battle for truth and justice.

The first DC Comics Super Hero Pure Silver Miniature has just been released to celebrate Superman’s 80th Anniversary, along with a Silver Coin Note collection. The collectibles are produced by Auckland based company New Zealand Mint in partnership with Warner Bros Consumer Products on behalf of DC Entertainment.

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Designed by 3D master sculptor Alejandro Pereira Ezcurra, with a limited worldwide production of only 1,000 casts, the miniature of Superman has a guaranteed minimum 150g pure silver and is finished with an antique silver polish. The miniature is approx. 10cm tall and the silver purity, DC Comic copyright, and unique production number are detailed on the base.

The Silver Coin Note collection comes in an album that includes six 5g pure silver coin notes featuring amazing images of iconic Superman comic book covers through the ages. The album is Superman-themed with every page specifically designed to complement each comic book cover, detailing Superman’s evolution through the years from 1939 to 2017.

(New Zealand Mint)

Each silver coin note design is brought to life through a combination of engraving and colour printing. The obverse of the coin notes features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and they are legal tender in Niue. Details of the notes’ authenticity are printed on the reverse of the album’s protective cover.

Simon Harding, Chief Executive of NZ Mint, expressed the company’s excitement to partner with the Man of Steel in a press release.

“Empire magazine named him the greatest comic book hero of all time, he has sold millions of comics and become a household name. Such is his popularity it is no wonder he is now considered one of the world’s most popular Super Heroes and we are thrilled to bring this monumental anniversary collection to fans.”

The new Miniature and Album collectibles can be purchased here.

Are you a DC or Marvel fan? What do you think of this new collection? Let us know in the comments!

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame Announces New Inductees





The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) has announced this year’s inductees to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame showcases some of the greatest science fiction and fantasy creators and artifacts in history, such as Luke Skywalker’s severed hand from The Empire Strikes Back and the Right Hand of Doom from Hellboy.

Scroll down to read more about this year’s inductees.

The Legend of Zelda


The Legend of Zelda is an adventure video game series known for its exploration-based gameplay, mind-bending puzzles, memorable characters, and beautiful fantasy setting. Often cited as one of the first “open world” video games, the franchise includes 19 installments and has sold more than 80 million units.

Each game in the series tells an important part of the history of Hyrule, a mythical land created by the goddesses Din, Nayru, and Farore. Before leaving their new world, the goddesses left behind an object made of three golden triangles known as the TriforceTM. The Triforce grants its owner special powers that echo the goddesses’ three virtues: power, wisdom, and courage.

Many games in the series focus on the Triforce and the characters who possess the individual pieces: the courageous hero Link, the wise princess Zelda, and the powerful dark lord Ganondorf.

Created by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka in 1986, The Legend of Zelda game was inspired by Miyamoto’s childhood in the Japanese countryside. The series has won dozens of awards and has been spun off into comic books, novels, and an animated television series.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Combining vampire hunting with teen drama, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a quintessential example of turn-of-the-century genre television.

The show follows reluctant hero Buffy Summers as she fulfills her mystical calling as a vampire slayer and demon hunter. Along the way, she gathers a group of memorable friends referred to as the “Scooby Gang,” including best friends Willow and Xander, who appear in nearly every episode. Buffy used the popular “monster of the week” storytelling style as a framework to tell deeper metaphorical stories about the struggles of daily teen life. The series debuted in 1997 and ran for seven seasons.

In 2007, creator Joss Whedon continued Buffy’s story where the TV show left off in a series of comic books for Dark Horse Comics. Known as the “Buffyverse” by fans, Buffy’s expanded fictional universe includes the successful television spin-off Angel (1999-2004) as well as numerous tie-in books, comics, and games.

Stan Lee

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One of the most influential comic book writers of all time, Stan Lee is responsible for the creation of numerous Marvel Comics characters including Spider-Man, Black Panther, and the X-Men.

Born Stanley Martin Lieber, Lee began working as an assistant at Timely Comics when he was just seventeen and became the editor soon after, writing every style of comic from romance and westerns to horror. In 1961, while considering switching careers, Lee decided to take his wife’s advice and write a comics story to please himself. The story, about four people given superpowers after being exposed to cosmic rays, was called The Fantastic Four, and it began an era of unparalleled success for the newly renamed Marvel Comics. Lee’s creations captured fans’ imaginations through a combination of relatable characters and the idea of a shared universe inhabited by all of Marvel’s characters.

Lee’s characters and storylines have appeared across all types of media including animated series, video games, television shows, and the long-standing Marvel Cinematic Universe. A self-proclaimed frustrated actor, Lee has made a cameo in every Marvel film to date.

J.K. Rowling

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J. K. Rowling is a British novelist best known for the beloved Harry Potter series about a young boy who discovers he is a wizard.

Raised in Gloucestershire, England, Joanne Rowling attended Exeter University before working as a researcher for Amnesty International. She first had the idea for Harry Potter on a delayed train headed to London’s King’s Cross station.

Over the next five years, Rowling mapped out the seven-book series on a massive number of handwritten notes. The first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was released in the U.K. in 1997 and in America in 1998 under the title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The series was turned into a successful film franchise, with eight films released between 2001 and 2011.

In addition to the Harry Potter series, Rowling has published six works related to her wizarding universe including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2001) and The Tales of Beedle Bard (2008). She has received five honorary degrees from various institutions including the University of Edinburgh and Harvard University, and has won numerous awards including the Hugo Award and the National Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year.

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This year’s inductees join the ranks of other pop culture icons including Star Trek, director Guillermo Del Toro, composer John Williams, Dungeons & Dragons, and The X-Files. Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Paul G. Allen opened the 140,000 sq. ft. museum in 2000. Current exhibits include the world premiere of the Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes and Indie Game Revolution.

What do you think of this year’s inductees? Which exhibit would you be most excited to see? Tell us in the comments!

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