September 20, 2016 |
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.
September 19, 2016 |
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.
September 10, 2016 |
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.
August 31, 2016 |
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.
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.
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.
August 23, 2016 |
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.
August 17, 2016 |
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.
August 2, 2016 |
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.
July 9, 2016 |
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)