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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.
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August 22, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
NEWS
January 8, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2012 | By Molly Eichel and Daily News Staff Writer
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?
NEWS
April 20, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2011 | By Larry Platt, Daily News Editor
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.
NEWS
February 28, 2013 | By Samantha Henry, Associated Press
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2011 | By Dan Gross
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.
NEWS
February 1, 2013 | BY ELLEN GRAY, Daily News Television Critic graye@phillynews.com, 215-854-5950
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.
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July 23, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TELEVISION CRITIC
It's hard to beat a political convention for comedy. Even professional comedians have struggled this week to keep up with the Republicans in Cleveland, who gave us Melania Trump feeding Michelle Obama lines to a cheering crowd, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie rounding up angry villagers for jury duty and Dr. Ben Carson playing Six Degrees of Satan with Hillary Clinton. Carson, apparently unaware that conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch owns a network that just gave a second season to, yes, Lucifer , proved almost beyond the reach of parody.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2016 | By Nick Cristiano, Staff Writer
Are you ready for this country? "My goal was to make the best country album of the year and make it completely unplayable. So I achieved my goal," Wheeler Walker Jr. says. "It's a pretty dumb goal. " Speaking from a van headed to New Orleans from Dallas, the singer, who plays the Foundry at the Fillmore Saturday, is discussing his deeply country - and outrageously filthy - debut album, Redneck S - . The album gets no radio play. You can't buy it at Walmart, and you won't see Walker on TV - nearly all the song titles are unprintable here.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
Brian Regan is a road warrior, a stand-up comedian who has built a dedicated fan base by touring rather than starring in a sitcom or movie. He likes performing live so much, his latest stand-up special, Brian Regan: Live From Radio City Music Hall , was shown in real time on Comedy Central last year. Listen to his stand-up, and his appeal is readily apparent. He's funny, self-deprecating, and enormously clever, taking observational humor in different directions. We talked with Regan in advance of his Saturday show at the Merriam Theater.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2016 | By Ed Condran, For The Inquirer
Veteran stand-up Dave Attell, 51, claims he is close to retiring. "I'm way too old to keep doing this," he said. "The travel sucks, and I'm out of touch. I just saw a bunch of kids with selfie sticks, and I make fun of them. I don't even know how to use them. I'm pretty ancient. " By stand-up standards, Attell, who will perform Friday at Bethlehem's Musikfest Cafe, is fairly young. Don Rickles, who is approaching 90, is on tour. George Carlin once said comedy was something a comedian could do until he died.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dan Soder finally feels like a comic, which is probably a good thing because that's how he has made his living for more than a decade. Soder is a stand-up, the cohost of The Bonfire on SiriusXM's Comedy Central Radio with Philadelphia's own Big Jay Oakerson, and a frequent guest on the Opie with Jim Norton show. In January, he'll go dramatic for Showtime's Billions starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis, playing a minion of Lewis' hedge-funder. ("It makes sense why they had a comedian do it - I take a lot of abuse," Soder said.)
NEWS
October 29, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
ANYBODY CAN MAKE funny faces, but to do it and get paid for it is an art. It was an art mastered by Joe Talbot, who made audiences laugh with his comic antics at some of the best-known venues in the Philadelphia area and South Jersey for four decades. And after a stroke interrupted his professional career, Joe continued to perform for smaller audiences, at retirement homes and parties. The seniors loved him. He didn't want to quit; getting laughs was the tonic that made Joe's life worth living.
NEWS
October 6, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com
A PHILLY COMEDIAN who booked gigs for other comics and also sold spicy pickles was stabbed in the neck during a robbery Saturday night in Frankford, a law-enforcement source said. Steven Slutsky, 64, who appears onstage as "Steve the Pickle Man," was listed in good condition last night at Hahnemann University Hospital. The source said that Slutsky was in his car on Aramingo Avenue near Bermuda Street about 10:50 p.m. when two men approached him. One man reached into the vehicle and took the car keys.
NEWS
August 2, 2015 | Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of Jon Stewart's great assets as a TV interviewer is his ability to play dumb. That may seem counterintuitive for a guy who has gotten to talk to a sitting president on numerous occasions, not to mention various other political figures of note. That doesn't mean he throws softballs or refuses to challenge those he interviews. To the contrary, he has avoided the former and is quite good at the latter. When answers from interviewees became too high-minded, or too combative Stewart cuts in with the perfect quip about how he was lesser than the interviewee.
NEWS
July 22, 2015
IT WAS A couple of decades ago, maybe more, at the Improv in L.A., back when it was still smoke-filled. Philadelphia's the Legendary Wid had just finished his set, recalls Steve Young, who was standing backstage next to the next comic to go on, Robin Williams. "How do I follow that? " Williams wondered aloud. Williams "meant it in a positive way. Wid was the best prop comedian ever, maybe still is," says Young, a comedian and one-time owner of Philly's Comedy Works. Williams broke through to stardom.
NEWS
April 20, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
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)
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