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August 16, 1991 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
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.
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January 13, 1989 | By John Corr, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 5, 1987 | By STUART D. BYKOFSKY, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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April 19, 1996 | by Mark de la Vina, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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November 8, 1991 | By John Corr, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 12, 1990 | By Rick Lyman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 16, 2001 | By Rashod D. Ollison, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 16, 1995 | By Monica Rhor, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
August 18, 1990 | By Lee Winfrey, Inquirer TV Writer
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.
NEWS
November 6, 1988 | By Neal Thompson, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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July 5, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
Dave Chappelle never just phones it in. The comic is always improvising, said his new friend Graham Dugoni. Fans lucky to score Chappelle tickets for shows Tuesday and Wednesday at the new Punch Line Philly comedy club in Fishtown will be required to do the same, living in the moment by going "phone-free" and concentrating "Yondr" on the talent. For this, all praise and maybe a few curses are due to a Dugoni invention of the same name, Yondr, which Chappelle now uses to protect his routine from getting posted online.
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May 19, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
THIS KIND of behavior could get a guy killed in New Jersey. NBC News reports that Claudio Bevilacqua , a paramedic who was called to aid James Gandolfini after The Sopranos' star suffered a fatal heart attack in 2013, went on trial Monday in Rome for allegedly snatching the $3,000 Rolex Submariner off the actor's cold, dead wrist. Talk about cold. He could be Tony Soprano's mother. However, it is possible that the watch vanished before the actor collapsed. Possibly from his hotel room.
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April 21, 2016 | By Chuck Darrow, For the Daily News
John Oliver. Amy Schumer. Chris Rock. These were just some of the prominent names floated in winter 2015 after the announcement that Jon Stewart was retiring as host of Comedy Central's satirical news program The Daily Show . But it wasn't a comedy A-lister who ultimately got the gig. Instead, Trevor Noah, a relatively unknown stand-up comic from South Africa, assumed the daunting task of filling Stewart's seemingly unfillable shoes....
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February 3, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
After Mad About You ended its run in 1999, Paul Reiser went from playing Affable Sitcom Guy to Affable Stay-at-Home Dad. But recently, and without much planning, he's experiencing a late-career resurgence. Movie and TV parts started coming his way: In Whiplash , he played the emasculated father of Miles Teller's manic musician. In Amazon's 1980s-set Red Oaks , he's the prickly Wall Street shark with a soft spot for the adrift hero. The series was recently picked up for a second season.
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March 4, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
The name Margaret Cho instantly brings to mind hot-button political activism and outrageous first-person humor, things you'll find in equal measure during her shows at Helium Comedy Club on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Whether as comedian, actress or author, Cho covers racism, feminism, abuse, LGBT empowerment, sexual liberation, corporate interference, bullying, and more. Her current stage show is titled "There's No 'I' in Team, but there is a 'Cho' in Psycho". She also has had a late-night talk show, All About Sex , which recently completed its first six-episode season on TLC, and documentaries such as Adventures in Comedy . Cho, 42, is still as passionate about stand-up comedy as she was when she first gained national attention in the early '90s for her frank takes on being young, bold, and Korean American.
NEWS
September 13, 2013 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comedian Steve Hofstetter spends more time on college campuses than most professors do. "I've always been the comic where people say, 'I've never heard of you but my kids love you,' " says Hofstetter, who appears Friday night in a show for La Salle University students. "My act is questioning the status quo. I think that resonates with college kids. Once you graduate, you have to worry about a mortgage and kids and money. It's easier to be an idealist when you're young. " Being the original writer for the popular website CollegeHumor.com also raised his campus cachet.
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December 15, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Philly.com Staff Writer
Sunday at 9, in the time slot that usually features Once Upon a Time , Disney's ABC will feature one of the few Bachelor or Bachelorette romances that has turned out like a fairy tale. The bride, Ashley Hebert, was a University of Pennsylvania dental student during her gig as Bachelorette No. 7 last year. She currently is a first-year resident in pediatric dentistry at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. The groom was guy who got the final rose that summer - J.P. Rosenbaum, a New York City construction manager.
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July 17, 2012 | By CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer
WHAT'S so funny about Cape May? For starters, there's the summer series of the all-star comedy company Catch a Rising Star at the Cape May Convention Hall that kicks off Tuesday with a performance by Robert Klein. According to Suzy Vengo, owner of the famed comedy-club chain, the stand-up series fills a hole on the Cape May entertainment scene. "The closest comedy club is in Wildwood," she reasoned, adding that "you can reach so many more people in one night" at a venue the size of the newly rebuilt convention hall than you can at a typical comedy club.
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December 28, 2011 | By Anthony Campisi, Inquirer Staff Writer
So an ex-senator walks into a comedy club . . . That's not the setup to a joke - it's what happened Tuesday night when Arlen Specter took the stage at the Helium Comedy Club's open-mike night in Center City. "I've been in comedy now for 30 years," the former senator explained. Taking a try at stand-up was a natural step after spending so many years in the "sit-down comedy" of Congress - and, Specter noted, it was considerably less expensive. While some of his jokes are unprintable in a family newspaper - don't ask about the paraplegic who wanted to date the battered woman - Specter spent much of his three minutes on stage ribbing prominent local and national politicians.
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