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Vic Damone is the headliner at the Scopus Awards ceremony honoring Larry King. Damone joins Art Buchwald and Angie Dickinson on the celebrity roster.

Barbara and Marvin Davis and Ted Turner are honorary chairs of the Jan. 29 event at the BevHilton.

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The Laugh Factory is offering free nights of respite from the ravages of the earthquake from now until the end of the month. A broken vase, photo of a home in disarray, a shattered picture frame or other temblor-traumatized item will be good for a night of Comic Comfort. Participating comedians include Jack Cohen, Mark Curry, Charlie Fleischer, Wendy Leibman, George Lopez, John Mendoza, Rick Overton, Frazer Smith, Jimmy Walker and John Witherspoon.

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CBS has ordered “Magicians’ Favorite Magicians,” an hour special organized by the Academy of Magical Arts, to tape Jan. 31 at TV City for airing this year. Armand Grant and Milt Larsen will produce the spec, with Harry Anderson of CBS’ “Dave’s World” as host.

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PBS’ “Reading Rainbow” has been licensed to South Africa’s public broadcasting channel, which will begin airing the 26 episodes in July. The children’s series is being underwritten by the Kellogg Co.

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The 22-member cast of “Short Cuts” will receive a special achievement award for “outstanding artistry by an ensemble cast” Saturday evening at the Golden Globes. Director Robert Altman and Frank Barhydt are nominated for motion picture screenplay.

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