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)
July 8, 2016 |
W hen Philadelphia's Jilline Ringle died in 2005 from cancer, local theater lost a grand, bawdy presence, a towering (6-foot-2) figure who referred to herself as "a red-headed Amazon from hell, whom all men desire. " At local theater companies 1812 Productions and the Arden Theatre, Ringle wrote shows ( Mondo Mangia ), cowrote them ( Always a Lady , with Jen Childs), and had shows written for her (the Michael Ogborn musicals Box Office of the Damned and Café Puttanesca )
June 13, 2016 |
Summer means the big names in comedy head to the Shore to entertain at the casinos. But there are also quite a few laughs to be had in Philly, from hometown hero Big Jay Oakerson, who in August will headline a four-night stand at Helium in Center City, to Punch Line Philly, the new Fishtown comedy club that opens July 8 with Last Comic Standing 's Russell Peters, who stays through the 10th. Ron White (June 17, Caesars) Tater Salad brings his down-home humor to Atlantic City.
June 8, 2016 |
The setting was serious. A Drexel University dean and a colleague were brainstorming in 2010 on how to raise money for needy undergraduates. "How about if I do stand-up?" offered the dean, Gloria Ferraro Donnelly. The colleague laughed. The then-68-year-old dean of Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions as the next Rosie O'Donnell? Really? "Wait a minute, I'm serious," Donnelly insisted. "I believe that a lot of people will pay big money to see a dean make a fool of themselves.
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.
May 5, 2016
GRACE AND FRANKIE Friday, Netflix Jane Fonda doesn't think she's funny. Fans of Grace and Frankie , which returns Friday for a second season on Netflix, might disagree. So might anyone who saw Fonda winning laughs from reporters at the Television Critics Association's January meetings, in what many comedians consider a tough room. "She's so wrong," says Grace and Frankie's cocreator, Broomall's Marta Kauffman, who's maybe better known for creating, with Bala's David Crane, a comedy called Friends . "I think at first she was very insecure about it," Kauffman said.
May 1, 2016 |
Ferrell won't play Reagan Will Ferrell on Friday said he would not star as Ronald Reagan in a forthcoming satire that portrays the 40th president leading the country while suffering from dementia. Reagan died of Alzheimer's in 2004. The film is about an intern who helps Reagan by convincing him he's playing the leader of the free world in a movie. The Alzheimer's Association said using "dementia as a comedic device is offensive. " Reagan's daughter Patti Davis posted an open letter to Ferrell.
April 29, 2016 |
OH, LIBERAL Hollywood, there you go again. Will Ferrell, who's become a star playing a variety of lunkheads, is sure to anger a portion of the population having signed on to play President Ronald Reagan in the simply titled movie comedy "Reagan. " Variety reports that the fictional script by Mike Rosolio was on the infamous Hollywood Black List of the best unproduced scripts. It deals with Reagan's second term when he begins to suffer from dementia. An intern must then convince the leader of the free world that he's an actor playing a president.
April 25, 2016
Comedian W. Kamau Bell had long wondered - from a safe distance - about the Ku Klux Klan, but it took his new CNN show, United Shades of America, which premieres at 10 p.m. Sunday, to get him invited to a cross-burning. Bell, who's based in Berkeley, Calif., lived in Philadelphia as a student - he dropped out of Penn in his sophomore year - and he was back in town this month to promote his series-opening KKK episode. He spoke with Ellen Gray about the Klan and about a couple of other forthcoming episodes: one about policing that was filmed in Philadelphia and Camden, and one about rehabilitation at San Quentin.
March 31, 2016 |
By his own admission, Jim Norton has a hard time meeting folks who share his interests. But when those interests include illicit massage parlors, urolagnia, and transgender prostitutes, maybe some difficulty is to be expected. "It's very common to not have the same interests as Jim Norton," the stand-up comedian said during recent phone interview. "A lot of people don't have the same interests as me. " They do, however, seem to like watching him do stand-up. Norton, a New Jersey native, started as a comic in 1990 and quickly became known for his politically incorrect humor.