Cosby honored with Mark Twain humor prize

Someone had to hold Bill Cosby back to keep him from crawling over a balcony and joining fellow comedians on stage as the stars lined up to pay tribute to his life's work.

When the lights went out for the start of the 12th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Cosby filled the dark silence Monday night. "Hellooo?" he called out at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. And again, he had his audience laughing.

Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld saluted their fellow funny man with the nation's top comedy prize, along with two co-stars from "The Cosby Show," Phylicia Rashad and Malcolm-Jamal Warner .

Springsteen cancels KC concert after death

Bruce Springsteen canceled a performance in Kansas City after his cousin and road crew member died.

The death of 36-year-old Lenny Sullivan was announced in a statement on Springsteen's Web site.

Sullivan was found dead at Kansas City's Intercontinental Hotel hours before Springsteen and the E Street Band were to take the stage Monday night. Kansas City police spokesman Capt. Rich Lockhart said officers were investigating the death, although he said it was not suspicious.

The Sprint Center arena said tickets would be refunded.

Haggis at odds with Scientology

"Crash" director Paul Haggis has severed his ties with the Church of Scientology, in part because of what he alleged as the organization's stance against gay marriage.

Haggis wrote a letter addressed to Tommy Davis, the head of Scientology's Celebrity Centre. In it, Haggis said he was disappointed by the church's tacit denial of gay rights in the debate over California's gay marriage ban.

The 56-year-old Haggis, who won an Oscar in 2005 for co-writing "Crash," said he was quitting the church after 35 years.

"I could not, in good conscience, be a member of an organization where gay-bashing was tolerated," Haggis wrote.

Davis strenuously disagreed with Haggis' claim that the Church of Scientology is in any way anti-gay.

Another year older

Today's birthdays: Musician-songwriter Charlie Daniels , 73... actor Dennis Franz , 65... actress Annie Potts , 57... Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates , 54... "Tonight Show" sidekick Andy Richter , 43... actress Julia Roberts , 42... country singer Brad Paisley , 37... actor Joaquin Phoenix , 35... singer Justin Guarini , 31.