September 25, 2015 |
WALNUT STREET Theatre's production of "High Society" is stuffed to the gills with some of the finest work from 20th-century pop-music giant Cole Porter . But it's a Porter song that isn't in the score whose lyrics best sum up the production. It's the one that waxes "it's de-lightful, it's de-licious, it's de-lovely. " And those praises scratch only the surface of this thoroughly entertaining program that proves, with all due respect to other area companies that deal in the format, that the folks at the 'Nut represent the gold standard of regional musical theater.
September 16, 2015 |
Girl power reigned Sunday at the third-annual Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival at Susquehanna Bank Center. It's a tradition. Sarah Silverman and Whitney Cummings stole last year's show. Bridget Everett and Amy Schumer, who are - not surprisingly - close pals, stole it this time around. Opener Nikki Glaser had her moments, particularly when talking about her sex life. MC Big Jay Oakerson, Philly-born and -raised, talked sex, sex, and more sex - nothing new, but he was a charismatic natural host.
August 31, 2015 |
Mary Martello and Johnnie Hobbs Jr. are veterans of the Philadelphia theater scene, yet they've never had a chance to work together before. But thanks to 1812 Productions, Philadelphia's premier comedy company, the two stalwarts of the city's stages come together this week for The Shoplifters . Martello plays Alma, a klepto who sees stealing as her Robin Hood-like duty. Corporations have everything, she has nothing, so she deserves to take what they have. Hobbs is Otto, a security guard who has one more day on the job, and the last thing he needs is to deal with the sticky-fingered Alma.
August 24, 2015 |
Lincoln Financial Field doesn't usually sell out for a guy so short. Next Sunday, 53,000 people will head to Chip Kelly's house to see Kevin Hart - the diminutive comedian, standing tall at a reported 5 feet, 4 inches, who was born and raised in North Philadelphia - become the first comedian to headline, and sell out, an NFL stadium. (Not just any NFL stadium, but the stadium of his hometown team. "Here's the good thing about being an Eagles fan: It can only get better," Hart said by phone.
August 10, 2015 |
Ten years ago last week, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia served notice it was going to be a very funny show about very terrible people. The audience was not yet large when the show established that premise, in the first episode, "The Gang Gets Racist," which premiered on Aug. 4, 2005, on FX. Last year, however, with a two-season renewal, It's Always Sunny became the longest-running live-action comedy on cable. It's tied for second of all time with My Three Sons . ( Sunny 's 11th season will premiere next year on FX's sister channel, FXX.)
July 19, 2015 |
Trainwreck Amy Schumer stars in (and wrote) this deft Judd Apatow-directed comedy, about a commitment- phobic magazine writer who unexpectedly tumbles for a sports-medicine doc (Bill Hader) she's been assigned to profile. A showcase for Schumer's cutting brand of comedy, the film smoothly switches tracks from raunchy copulatory one-liners to compulsory rom-com schmaltz to emotionally raw business about commitment, family, self-image, and self-destructiveness. The stellar supporting cast includes Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton, Colin Quinn, and, yes, NBA superstar LeBron James, who practically steals the movie.
July 14, 2015 |
GEORGE Bernard Shaw once wrote, in "Pygmalion": "What you are to do without me I cannot imagine. " I think I speak for Jenice Armstrong and myself when I say that that's about how we feel right now. Next month's annual Daily News ' Candidates' Comedy Night will be Stu Bykofsky 's last. That's right, folks. The dog man living in a cat's world is hanging up his hat as host of the much-beloved night of comedy featuring jokes told by those seeking public office in November - and (we hope)
July 10, 2015 |
By Judd Apatow Random House. 489 pp. $27 Reviewed by Hillary Rea When Judd Apatow was a teenager in the early 1980s, he was a comedy nerd before comedy nerds existed. Now, as a 47-year-old writer, director, and producer, Apatow breeds comedy nerds. One could say he is their leader. With every project released, from the cult TV classic Freaks and Geeks to the film 40-Year-Old Virgin to the HBO series Girls , he reinvents what comedy means to popular culture.
June 27, 2015 |
There are many ways to consume Jason Schwartzman's new movie, The Overnight , opening Friday at the Ritz Five. Watching it in a public place where others can happen by - say, an office right before you are set to interview star Schwartzman - is not the best way to experience the surprisingly sweet sex romp about considerably more than sex. "I know that feeling," Schwartzman said. "I was on an airplane, and I was in between two people. The woman on my left was really old. I was watching some movie, and it had a crazy sex scene.