By Tammy Minn

Comedy is subjective. What’s funny to one person might not tickle the funny bone of another. But since the early days of television, comedy shows in one form or another have been among the most popular programs that viewers flock to. The classic, of course, is CBS’s “I Love Lucy,” which originally aired from 1951 to 1956, but took on a life of its own in syndication. Seen in just about every country in the world, the show is now aired on the Hallmark Channel and 66 years after its first air date, still draws a large fan base.

Over the years various forms of comedies have appeared on TV, but the situation comedy, or sitcom as it’s commonly called, is perhaps the most popular. These shows feature regular characters in a prescribed setting or settings that take them into humorous situations. Psychologists say these shows are popular because the characters reflect us—the audience—busy, imperfect, doing our best, but often falling short, and surrounded by a cast of characters that range from loyal and well-meaning to neurotic and absurd.

We’ve scoured the list of recent award shows and have come up with five actresses who consistently hit the comedy mark, plus an extra handful to create an even Top 10.

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By Jeanne Boyer

Race fans can celebrate the 20th anniversary of Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 race weekend March 24-26.  “This year is going to be extra special. Come out and share your passion for the sport and reunite with your racing family,” says Dave Allen, president of Auto Club Speedway. “It’s not only the fast cars and roar of the engines, but it’s a full weekend of live music, celebrity sightings and activities for all ages.”

Plenty of refreshments will be consumed as well, with fans typically downing 18,537 sodas, 8,795 hot dogs, and 4,138 hamburgers, according to the speedway. Drivers Cuisine Cantina has entrees inspired by NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, and Danica Patrick. Lighter fare includes vegan and vegetarian choices. Richter’s, named for Les Richter, who oversaw the track’s development, features upscale food and beverages for VIP guests.

With a race ticket, fans have access to 20th anniversary celebrations in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone including driver appearances, live entertainment, autograph sessions, Lefty’s Fun Zone, and motocross exhibits. A pre-race pit pass offers fans the ability to walk along pit road to see race cars, watch pit crews, hang out at autograph alley, and on Sunday see driver introductions. A pre-race pit pass is good for all weekend and must be accompanied by an admission ticket for each day fans would like to attend.

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Charmaine J. Rodriguez is a Rancho Cucamonga fashion designer who says her motto is “Live life with passion and stay glamorous!”

She’s appeared on NBC’s “Fashion Star” and at various fashion weeks, and now has her own line, Charmaine Joie Couture. Creations include cocktail frocks, evening dresses and wedding gowns.

Rodriguez says she enjoys dressing all types of women and creates styles that provide demure coverage with modest necklines and hemlines, as well as more daring designs. Her dramatic gowns have appeared at award shows and at black-tie charity galas. She also designs entire ensembles for bridal parties. She says she works individually with each client to create a dress that accentuates her best features and makes her feel elegant and confident.

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