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LAUGH RIOT

Your April 18 Comedians cover story (#375) was an excellent overview and enjoyable summary of the funniest people ever. However, you deserve an eye poke, a nose pull, a dope slap, and a tooth extraction (without anesthetic, naturally) for leaving out the Three Stooges in your Humor Hall of Fame! To include the Marx Brothers without the Howard brothers (Moe, Curly, and Shemp, of course; and don’t forget Larry Fine) was ”soitenly” a knuckleheaded blunder. MICHAEL MAZZATENTA Mesa, Ariz.

How could you have overlooked …Carl Reiner? CHRIS ILCIN Chicago

…the entire cast of SCTV? DAVID WEEMS Austin, Tex.

…Fozzie Bear? BOB GRAHAM RJGra@aol.com The Colony, Tex.

What an oversight! How could you have forgotten bad girl Mae West in ”The Hysterical Society”? The sultry queen of innuendo was one of the few female comedy stars who actually wrote her own material. Let’s hear it for the lady who gave us the line ”It’s not the men in my life, but the life in my men.” LISE DIANE BROER Los Angeles

Two things: (1) How could you leave John Candy out of ”The EW Humor Hall of Fame,” and (2) how many more pictures do you have of Rosie O’Donnell looking like she just sat on a tack? PAUL W. MAJORS San Jose, Calif.

A humor Hall of Fame without Chuck Jones and the other Warner Bros. cartoon directors? Dethpicable! You claim to list the funniest people, but you’ve done a disservice to comedy by including only performers and hyphenates. MARK S. MERITT msmeritt@mindless.com New York City

I was shocked and saddened to see that the ensemble ”acting” on Melrose Place was not among your 50 Funniest. Then my wife informed me the show was not a comedy. Go figure. DOUG KELSEY Mason, Ohio

OUTFOXED

In the Encore section you mention ”a one-legged man who ran across Canada” as if it were some freak show. That one-legged man was Terry Fox. He had lost his leg to cancer and was running across the country to raise money for research. Unfortunately, cancer claimed his life before he could reach his goal. He became a Canadian hero, and every year the Terry Fox Run is held in cities around the world, raising millions of dollars. DEAN GARNER Bramalea, Ontario

CORRECTIONS: A complete version of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita was previously issued by Books on Tape (Books).