ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- Billy Crystal wanted to break the ice right away.
"I would love to say, women are funny," Crystal said before accepting the American Film Institute's Star Award during the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival this weekend.
His quip was in reference to comments made last year by festival honoree Jerry Lewis, who said he didn't like female comedians.
"A woman doing comedy doesn't offend me but sets me back a bit," Lewis said at the time. "I think of her as a producing machine that brings babies in the world."
Lewis later issued a statement offering his "humble apology" for his comments.
Actress-comedian Janeane Garofalo, who hosted the "All-Star Winter Comedy Pageant" at the seventh annual festival, said women now are on equal footing with men in stand-up comedy and are better off than women in the movies, where "there's such a hard line against aging and looks."
Lewinsky will do documentary
NEW YORK (AP) -- Just as the details of Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky begin to fade into history, the former White House intern has agreed to make an HBO documentary about the investigation into the scandal and its impact on the nation.
Lewinsky told The New York Times that the passage of time has provided her with new perspective that would go beyond what she had revealed in her biography, "Monica's Story."
"The book, that captured that time for me," she said. "The last couple of years have been such a time of intense growth and perspective for me. I want to do something that really reflects the way I feel now."
Sheila Nevins, head of HBO's documentary unit, said she believed there were still issues worth exploration, particularly "why this very minor event became one of such enormous magnitude."
Neither HBO nor Lewinsky would discuss how she would be paid for her participation.
Tritt remembers Earnhardt
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- A year ago, a NASCAR fan gave country singer Travis Tritt a black Sam Bass guitar with Dale Earnhardt's likeness on the front.
Tritt added it to his collection, but didn't intend to play it.
Last week, he decided to begin each performance of his tour by strapping on the guitar and singing a song in memory of Earnhardt, who was killed in a crash at the Daytona 500.
He reworked the lyrics to his opening number, "Put Some Drive in Your Country." The final line: "I miss Dale Earnhardt; I wish he was still alive."
"Dale's death was extremely disturbing to me and my family," Tritt said after a performance last week. "I met Dale years ago when he called me to tell me that my song 'I'm Going to Be Someone' was a huge inspiration to both him and his son.I felt that using the special guitar was a wonderful way to honor the memory of my friend."
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