Dan Gross: Slack sees logo looting

Top, Slack's Hoagies logo, and bottom, the eerily similar one that appears on "Cougar Town."
Top, Slack's Hoagies logo, and bottom, the eerily similar one that appears on "Cougar Town."
Posted: May 25, 2011

DENNIS SLACK was shocked to see his Slack's Hoagie Shack logo used on ABC's "Cougar Town" April 27, with the name changed to Mel's Hoagie Hut.

Slack tells us he hopes to avoid a lawsuit but has been talking with ABC's legal department about reparations. He would like the show to continue to use his logo but with the actual name of his sandwich shop. It first opened at 2499 Aramingo Ave., in Port Richmond, and now has 12 other franchise locations in the area and as far away as Atlanta.

Slack is upset because the infringed logo will continue to be seen, online and on DVD. He believes that someone who works on the show is familiar with his logo and used it to represent Mel's Hoagie Hut. Slack thought it was odd, as do we, that the Courteney Cox show, set in Florida, used the term hoagie, which is exclusive to this area. "I was trying to avert a lawsuit because I thought what I was asking should have been obvious and easy enough to do," Slack told us Monday. Slack says that had ABC asked permission to use his logo, he would have said "Of course, but with our name," and been happy to receive the prime-time exposure.

An ABC spokeswoman did not return requests for comment.

Funny business

* "Parks and Recreation" star Amy Poehler made a surprise appearance in "Broad City," the underground web series starring Radnor native comedian Abbi Jacobson and partner Ilana Glazer. It's a day-in-the-life series about the women, their friendship and their adventures.

Episodes are online at BroadCity

TheShow.com.

* In other comedy news, local comedians Mike Rainey and Joe Mayo have started a group called Comedians for a Cause and will stage free comedy fundraisers for anyone in financial need due to medical reasons or tragic circumstances. Mayo says the pair can arrange clean or raunchy acts depending on the beneficiary's request. For info, or to book a fundraiser call 267-318-7693 or email

ComediansForACause @gmail.com.

Kidd Chris heads to ATL

Former 94 WYSP host Kidd Chris announced on yesterday's Howard Stern show on SiriusXM that he starts this week on Atlanta's Project 96.1 FM.

Dobbs doc screening

Musician/filmmaker George Manney's "Meet Me on South Street: The Story of J.C. Dobbs" screens June 23 at the Franklin Institute, as part of the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. Manney's film covers the long-running rock club and its importance to the local music scene from the 1970s until 1996. You can see a trailer for the film on YouTube. Since Dobbs closed, the space, at 304 South St., has reopened a few times as a music venue, first as the Pontiac Grille and now as the Legendary Dobbs, featuring live music again.

* On June 2, Boston's roots rock meets

punk act Infrastructure (featuring Lower Merion High grad Micah Nemiroff on drums) plays Dobbs. Infrastructure is touring to support its debut EP, "Welcome to the Small Time," which you can hear at infrastructuremusic.com.

Playboy model is DJ

Playboy model DJ KayJay spins Friday night at 360 inside Parx Casino in Bensalem, beginning at 11:30 p.m.

Get your hunt on

The University City Scavenger Hunt runs today through June 5, and those who participate through the Scavenger Hunt with Friends mobile app can win a pair of tickets to the July 7 Kid Cudi concert at the Mann Center. For info, visit AsburyMobile.com.

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