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May 5, 2016
Brian Regan 7 & 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. $47.50-62.50. 215-893-1999 or kimmelcenter.org.
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June 22, 2001 | By DAVID BLEILER and DAVID GORGOS For the Daily News
IN DAVID MAMET'S vastly entertaining comedy "State and Main" (VHS: priced for rental; DVD: $24.99), new to video this week, a Hollywood film crew arrives at a small Vermont town and proceeds to turn everyone's life upside-down. William H. Macy is splendid as the cool-headed director trying to maintain control of curious onlookers, self-centered stars, ego-bruised writers and acts of God. The end result? Lots of laughs, an acerbic peek inside the moviemaking process, and, finally, a finished film.
NEWS
September 14, 2007
I WANT TO start off by saying that I'm not a Bush basher - he is in fact my 43rd favorite president! I find it ironic that while he is filling coffins today, he's thinking about filling his coffers tomorrow. There should be a law passed, if you voted for W in 2000 and 2004 - and STILL think he is doing a "heck of a job" - you lose your right to vote in 2008. Tom Martin, Haddonfield, N.J.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2011
THEATER Fresh off a defining performance as Feste in Pig Iron Theatre's spectacular "Twelfth Night," Scott Greer heads to the reliably hilarious 1812 Productions, which kicks off its season with "Mistakes Were Made. " In a role originated last year by the wonderfully wacky Michael Shannon, Greer is Felix Artifex, an off-Broadway producer who is simultaneously trying to mount his first Broadway show (an epic about the French Revolution), reconcile with his estranged wife and avoid charges of foreign sheep-trafficking.
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August 28, 2009 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Always happy to see Andy Griffith, whether as the charismatic demagogue in A Face in the Crowd, the wise county sheriff Andy Taylor in his self-titled TV show, or the crusty septuagenarian in Waitress . So I was looking forward to his role as the grieving widower in the intergenerational comedy Play the Game , in which a grandson (Paul Campbell) teaches Gramps (Griffith) how to score with "chicks. " Alas, the conceit of a double-dating Grandson and Gramps does not produce a great many laughs in this cringeworthy film costarring Doris Roberts and Marla Sokoloff as the comely Granny and Granddaughter in their sights.
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June 27, 2006 | By CYNTHIA LITTLETON The Hollywood Reporter Daily News TV critic Ellen Gray has the day off
Peter Liguori has a message for the town's comedy writers: Think January. The Fox entertainment president and his development staff are in the thick of an unusually aggressive summer hunt for new comedy projects that can be whipped up in time to take advantage of the golden launch platform offered when "American Idol" returns for a sixth edition in January. The network has 10 blind script deals in place and has been actively seeking pitches for new projects, Liguori said. "We have the best time slot on television to launch a show," he said.
NEWS
June 1, 2015
IT'S ALWAYS funny in Philadelphia - and especially so this August when king of comedy Jerry Seinfeld and fresh prince Kevin Hart both perform locally. Seinfeld is at the intimate Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City for two nights, with 2,400 high rollers in attendance per night. Tickets start at $95 (list) and soar into the stratosphere ($700-plus) at reseller sites. White-hot Hart plays the Linc - as in, the football stadium. He's the first comic ever to headline an NFL venue, this one with a 68,000-seat capacity.
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October 30, 1998 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
"Life Is Beautiful" is a genre of one. It is a comedy about the Holocaust - a subject usually approached with the utmost delicacy by filmmakers, mindful of the danger of trivializing or diminishing events that best speak for themselves. Even in today's anything-goes movie climate - when a movie like "Happiness" can deliver a dispassionate portrait of a child molester - when the industry operates without apparent discretion, exploitation of the Holocaust looms as the last inviolable taboo.
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December 25, 1992 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Hollywood would consider Mike Leigh's method of making a movie to be utter madness. But no one can quarrel with results as winning and invigorating as Life Is Sweet. Leigh is an innovator whose system calls for casting a movie before it is written. He gathers his actors and discusses a character in general terms. Then, over months of rehearsals and wrangling, each performer develops his or her part - right down to a detailed life history of the character. Leigh then sits and writes a script.
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September 20, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TELEVISION CRITIC
Move over, Frasier . Game of Thrones now rules the Emmys. With its win Sunday night for outstanding drama, the sprawling HBO fantasy drama collected its 38th Emmy, surpassing the former NBC comedy's 37 for a primetime series. That wasn't all for HBO. For the second year in a row, Veep won for outstanding comedy. The evening started the way awards shows do these days, with a heavily produced cold open. Host Jimmy Kimmel traveled by white Bronco and by dragon, in a limo driven by a former presidential candidate, and even with CBS Late Late Show host James Corden, who abandoned him after a brief stint of "Carpool Karaoke.
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September 19, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, STAFF WRITER
From Amy Schumer to Tracy Morgan to Steve Martin and Martin Short, there's a whole host of famous faces coming to Philadelphia to make us bust a gut. The biggest names are at places like the Wells Fargo Center (Schumer, Sept. 24) and the Academy of Music (Lewis Black, Nov. 5), but why not sample someone new at Helium or Punch Line? Good Evening with Chip Chantry (Sept. 21, Helium Comedy Club). In his set, the Philly teacher-turned-stand-up hosts his own talk show, but, as he puts it, "at a much more reasonable hour.
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September 10, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
High Maintenance is about a weed-delivery guy, but it's really about so much more than a weed-delivery guy. It's about how we interact with each other and how we live our lives. Created by Ben Sinclair (who also plays said weed-delivery guy) and Katja Blichfeld, High Maintenance started out as a web series, but will make the transition to HBO, where new episodes start next Friday. But HBO subscribers can catch up on the 19 webisodes - generally about 10 minutes long - before new episodes are telecast.
NEWS
August 31, 2016 | By Dan Geringer, Staff Writer
Tim Miller's unusual transition from a gung-ho football coach for 20 years to a gung-ho comedy hypnotist was painless - no sweat, no worries, he says. That's because the 46-year-old Limerick resident was an optimist long before he was a hypnotist. A strong man with a strong man's confidence in his booming voice, an ironclad handshake, and a self-deprecating grin, he charms strangers braving their first comedy hypnosis as adroitly as he inspired his overmatched football players to endure another losing season.
NEWS
August 28, 2016
Veteran actor Marvin Kaplan, 89, perhaps best known for his recurring role on the long-running sitcom Alice , died Friday in Burbank, Calif., where he resided, said John Gallogly, executive director of Theatre West, with which Mr. Kaplan was associated. Besides his portrayal on Alice of Henry, a telephone linesman and frequent patron of Mel's Diner, Mr. Kaplan voiced the character Choo-Choo in the 1960s cartoon series Top Cat . More recently, he made several appearances on the Ted Danson comedy Becker . Other credits include the 1963 film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World " and the 1965 Blake Edwards comedy The Great Race . The New York native also was a regular on the sitcom Meet Millie , which first aired on radio and was also seen on television from 1952 to 1955.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2016
One of the best comedies of the last few years is also, ironically, one of the most dramatic. Calling FXX's You're the Worst a rom-com feels reductive, but at it's heart, that's really what it is. And that's not a bad thing. It just happens to be pricklier, more cynical, and deeper than When Harry Met Sally . . . . The third season premieres at 10 p.m. Wednesday, but lucky for you, the first two seasons are now on Hulu. Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) are not relationship people, which makes it particularly difficult for them when they fall in love.
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August 23, 2016 | By Nick Vadala, Staff Writer
If Philadelphia experiences a small uptick in population in spring next year, celebrity lovebirds Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman won't be surprised. They'll just rest easy knowing that their "Summer of 69: No Apostrophe" tour worked as intended. "Nine months from now, I hope you'll send us pictures of all the show babies," Mullally, of Will & Grace fame, told a house packed with couples at the Merriam Theater on Saturday. Offerman, known best as Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation , meanwhile, told the audience that they should "walk out of this theater ready to make love.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Wilmore to go. Noah next? Comedy Central is pulling the plug on Larry Wilmore 's The Nightly Show , which replaced Stephen Colbert 's The Colbert Report in January 2015. The finale will run Thursday. Wilmore has been unable to retain the viewership Colbert built up, reports USA Today. "I'm . . . saddened and surprised we won't be covering this crazy election," Wilmore said. There are renewed whispers that Trevor Noah , who replaced Jon Stewart on The Daily Show , may also be in danger due to low ratings.
NEWS
August 2, 2016 | By Hugh Hunter, For The Inquirer
Actors in Elizabethan theater companies always kept multiple roles in their heads, because these troupes performed multiple plays within a short period of time. Actors learned their lines in advance, rehearsed for a few days, and let it fly. The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival recreates that hurried excitement in their current production of Love's Labour's Lost . Rehearsing for just a few days without the aid of a director, the actors stage an electrifying show that is a cross between Shakespeare and the improvisational comedy of Chicago's Second City.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2016 | Molly Eichel
They don't make celebrities like Rachel Bloom anymore. She's more than a triple threat: Not only does she star in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend , the musical black comedy she cocreated with The Devil Wears Prada writer Aline Brosh McKenna, she also sings, dances, and writes the two or three songs that appear in each episode. Not enough people watched the show's first season on the CW, so thank the streaming gods its first season is on Netflix. The premise can feel off-putting on its surface: Rebecca (Bloom)
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