June 3, 2011
Clarice Taylor, 93, the actress and comedian best known for playing grandmothers on The Cosby Show and Sesame Street , died Monday at her Englewood, N.J., home. During a five-decade career, she performed on radio and TV, in film and on stage, including in the original Broadway cast of the musical The Wiz . Her films included the 1971 Clint Eastwood thriller Play Misty for Me . Both Ms. Taylor and Earle Hyman, who played her husband on The Cosby Show , received Emmy nominations in 1986 for their roles as Anna and Russell Huxtable, parents of Bill Cosby's character and grandparents of the Huxtable youngsters.
August 22, 2013 |
JULIUS R. FLEMING was a talented young man, good at drawing, but his main attraction to his friends and family was that he was a born comedian. "He could keep you laughing," said his uncle John Fleming, a driver for the Daily News. "He had a special way of making you laugh. " Julius, a cook at the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at Broad Street and Girard Avenue, and a former employee of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, was shot to death Aug. 6 outside his home on Agate Street near Westmoreland, Port Richmond.
January 8, 2015 |
Endangered Center City diner Little Pete's has won a Hollywood ally - comedian John Hodgman of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart , whose appeal to save the greasy spoon made its way to the ears of City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson on Tuesday. The satirist, with one million Twitter followers, penned an ode of outrage about a hotel project that threatens to replace the 38-year-old restaurant, which he called his "favorite scrapple counter in the world. " In a blog post Monday, Hodgman name-checked Johnson for his proposed zoning-change ordinance, which would allow a Hudson Hotel to be built at 17th and Chancellor Streets.
August 9, 2012 |
PAUL F. TOMPKINS doesn't like performing in comedy clubs, which should make his job tough considering that he's a comedian. His reasons are pragmatic. "Comedy clubs aren't really in the comedy business," Tompkins said from his home in Los Angeles. "They're in the bar-and-restaurant business. " He wants to put on a show; they want to sell overpriced, watered-down drinks and chicken wings. How can he form a connection with his audience if they have got a waitress asking if they want another lager before the end of the set?
April 20, 2015 |
Last week on Conan O'Brien's TBS talk show, comedian Amy Schumer declared that 2015 was the year of the ass, a declaration that will make sense if you watch the premiere of the third season of her brilliant comedy-sketch show. But it might be more accurate to say that this is the year of Amy Schumer. Those who didn't watch the first two seasons of Inside Amy Schumer - and don't worry if you didn't, Schumer's work is all over YouTube - missed out on an irreverent comedian who, like the best of those who work blue, is so much more than a dirty mouth (and a dirty mind)
January 5, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Chris Paul and comedian Tom Papa. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Actress Tina Fey; the Barr Brothers perform. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Michelle Williams; Josh Lucas; Chris Cornell performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - Actor Tracy Morgan; Tune-Yards performs.
June 15, 2011 |
SO ONE CLEAR day a little over a year ago, Walter Clay, a Philly firefighter and West Philly homeowner, was washing his car in front of his neatly kept rowhome. A couple tentatively approached. "You want me to help you wash your car?" the man said. It took a few minutes for the shock of recognition to take hold. "Oh, my God!" Clay said. "David Brenner! Man, what are you doing here?" "I used to live here," the 75-year-old comedian said, smiling. "I heard you grew up in this 'hood.
February 28, 2013 |
TRENTON - It may have been his toughest crowd yet. In a decidedly humorless proceeding Tuesday, New Jersey's Supreme Court heard arguments over whether a municipal judge can keep his other paying gig - as an actor and stand-up comic. Vince A. Sicari's attorneys argued that the longtime comedian, who performs as Vince August, has always kept his identity as a South Hackensack Municipal Court judge separate, and "there is never mention in either profession of the other. " Sicari, 43, is appealing a 2008 state ethics committee ruling that he could not continue working as a paid entertainer while working part-time as a judge overseeing traffic-ticket cases and disorderly-persons offenses.
August 9, 2011 |
IT'S DIAPER DUTY for NBC10's Deanna Durante and husband Tim Swan , computer-operations manager at Penn, who welcomed their first child, daughter Maya Elizabeth Swan , Sunday morning. She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Mom and baby are well. Stinson plays for free Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson , more recently a member of Guns N' Roses , is doing a free in-store show at 4 p.m. Sunday at Main Street Music (4444 Main) in Manayunk. Stinson's new CD, "One Man Mutiny," was recorded in the area, including a song "It's a Drag," at musician/filmmaker George Manney 's studio Geo Sound.
February 1, 2013 |
JIM JEFFERIES likes Philadelphia: "I think the cheesesteak's an overrated food, but it's a cracking place. " The Australian comedian, whose new series, "Legit" (10:30 p.m. Thursdays, FX) launched Jan. 17, will play the Trocadero for the third time on Saturday. Speaking Tuesday from Los Angeles, where he's been fighting a bad cold - he insists he'll be better by the time he arrives for the sold-out show - he quickly backpedaled on the sandwich slur. His objection, he said, wasn't to the cheesesteak but to any town's taking "ownership of putting cheese and meat together.