August 16, 1991 |
At the heart of Topper Carew's debut feature Talkin' Dirty After Dark is . . . the genitals. No need to add that in this sex comedy, sex is the main course and humor barely a garnish. With its lively ensemble cast, episodic structure and workplace setting, Talkin' Dirty After Dark has all the ingredients that made Car Wash so much fun. Alas, it lacks the chef to blend them. Though it takes place in a comedy club in Watts, the unapologetically raunchy Talkin' Dirty After Dark is singularly unfunny.
January 13, 1989 |
The laughs will be free tonight, celebrating the opening of yet another comedy club. It's the Bensalem branch of Philadelphia's Comedy Works at TJ Constantines, Route 13 at Woodhaven Road. Steve Young, who owns the Comedy Works, said the club would feature many of the comics who appear regularly in Center City. Headlining tonight's show will be Ben Kurland, who recently appeared in an ABC-TV comedy special and who will appear on The Pat Sajak Show Jan. 26. Also appearing are Nick Carmen and Buddy Fitzpatrick.
March 5, 1987 |
A comedy club promising "special attention" to women and minority comedians, Maria Merlino's Laff-a-Rama, opens next Wednesday night at Jerry Blavat's Memories West in Pennsauken. The club will operate only on Wednesdays for the present, said Merlino, a regular performer at the Comedy Factory Outlet. "As a woman, I know how hard it is for women, and minorities, too, to get started in comedy," she said. "That's why I will make a special effort to book women and minorities, talented people who often have a hard time getting booked at other comedy clubs.
April 19, 1996 |
Cold is funny - or so says the guy who sweats like Arnold Ziffel in a steam bath. Comedian Larry Miller, the perspiration-prone performer who recently headlined at Catch a Rising Star on South Street, works best in a room that's as warm as a meat locker. "But when Larry says, 'Cold is funny,' I think what he's also talking about is that, to keep the audiences alert, you keep the room colder," Catch a Rising Star owner Eric Blumenfeld said in his slightly nippy comedy club.
November 8, 1991 |
There's a new jazz-comedy nightspot coming to Locust Street. Live on Locust is scheduled to open Tuesday at 1524 Locust, where Frog and, most recently, Jasmine used to be. Upon entering, you can walk down a few steps to a cozy jazz club or up a few steps to the restaurant and bar. The comedy club, scheduled to open on the first weekend in December, will be on the second floor. No cover or minimum are planned for the jazz club, and the admission for the comedy club has yet to be fixed.
July 12, 1990 |
The old man rose from the dinner table last night, smiling sheepishly, and took his place on the tiny, floodlighted stage. Dessert plates were pushed aside, chairs turned, cigarettes lighted. The murmur of conversation softened, then stopped. "We will ask you to be brief in your questions," the moderator announced. "Because our guest must leave on time. He has to go home quite a long way. " Indeed he did. Walter Sisulu, grand old lion of the African National Congress, second only to Nelson Mandela in the group's active leadership, had a 45-minute drive ahead of him from this swank supper club in the posh suburbs of northern Johannesburg to his red-brick home in the black township of Soweto.
January 16, 2001 |
Eddie Griffin reminds you of that guy who hangs on the corner when the weather's hot - the clown who hoots at the honeys, tells the freshest jokes, and does a mean James Brown or Michael Jackson. He practically was that guy. "Man, I used to be a street dancer back in the day," says Griffin, costar of the new movie Double Take with Orlando Jones. "I was with this group called Soul Patrol. But once I started doing comedy, that was it, baby. I went to Hollywood. " The former stand-up, a regular presence on TV and in movies for seven years, hasn't thrown away his dancing shoes.
October 16, 1995 |
Did you ever hear the one about the two Puerto Rican guys who wanted to start a comedy club in Camden? They got a standing-room-only crowd. That's no punch line, and no joke. It's an inner-city version of Field of Dreams: If you stage it, they will come. And it's being played out every other Saturday night in the back room of the Off-Duty Lounge, a friendly Camden bar at Fifth and Mickle Streets where regulars are treated like family. On comedy nights, the line stretches out onto the street, the tables are packed, and chairs are squeezed into corners.
August 18, 1990 |
The most interesting experiment on television this summer is an effort to combine stand-up comedy and situation comedy in a new program format that could be called standcom. A good example is Laugh!s, premiering at 10:05 tonight on the Showtime cable network. NBC was the first to inject stand-up into a sitcom, on July 5, 1989, with The Seinfeld Chronicles, later called simply Seinfeld. More recently, on Aug. 10, CBS presented Nothing Upstairs, a one-hour pilot for a possible late-night series.
November 6, 1988 |
Four years ago, Joe Donato's business was stuck in neutral. The bar he had owned for the previous five years, Mitchell's Tavern in Palmyra, was doing no better than it had in the past and he decided it was time for a change. "The club business was changing, with the local bands decreasing in popularity. We felt comedy is a form of entertainment that hasn't been brought to the suburbs," Donato said. Four Novembers ago, Mitchell's Tavern became Mitchell's Tavern and Comedy Club.