February 3, 2016 |
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.
July 22, 2015
IT WAS A couple of decades ago, maybe more, at the Improv in L.A., back when it was still smoke-filled. Philadelphia's the Legendary Wid had just finished his set, recalls Steve Young, who was standing backstage next to the next comic to go on, Robin Williams. "How do I follow that? " Williams wondered aloud. Williams "meant it in a positive way. Wid was the best prop comedian ever, maybe still is," says Young, a comedian and one-time owner of Philly's Comedy Works. Williams broke through to stardom.
February 22, 2013 |
Stop me if you've heard this one: Philly is finally fully funny. There's Helium Comedy Club, where top national acts fill the room alongside such notable local stand-ups as Chip Chantry, Juliet Hope Wayne, and Doogie Horner. Spaces from PhilaMOCA to the Trocadero host comedy affairs of varying scale. We've got valued sketch troupes, improv crews and collectives with regular gigs - Comedy Sportz, Secret Pants, Philly Improv Theatre, Sideshow Presents, and the N Crowd - and more open mikes for them than you can throw a stick at, if throwing a stick is your idea of fun. "So many locals are working to make improv, stand-up, and sketch accessible," says Alison Zeidman of WitOut.net, a two-year-old info-packed comedy zine created by Luke Giordano and Aaron Hertzog.
April 19, 2012 |
Comedy Central has a killers' row of new stand-up specials Saturday night with Daniel Tosh followed by Patton Oswalt and topped off with Paul F. Tompkins. How's it feel to be batting cleanup in that lineup, Paul? "I'm not sure how ratings work," says Tompkins, laughing. "I don't know if I'm headlining or sweeping up. " You can be pretty sure the comedian won't get lost in the shuffle. He's staked his life on it. Growing up as the second youngest in a raucous family of six in Mount Airy, Tompkins learned early that being funny was an ideal way to get noticed.
August 21, 2009 |
Joy Young Little, 59, of Bensalem, a comedy-club owner, died of pancreatic cancer Wednesday at St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown Township. From 1980 to the early 1990s, Mrs. Little and her brother, Steve Young, operated the Comedy Works on Chestnut Street in Old City in Philadelphia. The club attracted the biggest names in the business, Young said, including Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy, and Ray Romano. Young, who also did stand-up comedy at the club, said: "I was the face of the comedy club, Joy was the backbone.
April 17, 2009 |
It's surprising to write the words comedy and InterAct Theatre in the same sentence, but there they are: InterAct's Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes by Yussef El Guindi, at the Adrienne, is funny. And not in the "reductive and mean-spirited" way satire is funny, but laugh-out-loud funny. Which is not to say it isn't about a serious subject - this is InterAct, after all. Even more surprising, Seth Rozin, who specializes in Serious Subjects, has directed. The serious subject at hand is racial stereotyping in popular entertainment, more specifically, Middle Eastern actors who are cast as Muslim villains, and the tough choices actors sometimes have to make between their principles and the allure of lots and lots of money.
January 21, 2007 |
It seems as if Brian McKim and Traci Skene have been a part of comedy - and comedy a part of them - for, well, forever. The Audubon couple - they have been married for 18 years - met at a comedy club in Philadelphia. They started their careers in the 1980s as separate stand-up acts in area comedy clubs. No matter where they travel - and they have both performed in all 50 states - they usually appear on the same bill. They have written comedy together for radio and television, and together they founded and run a blogazine, www.sheckymagazine.
September 28, 2003 |
Jim Burke was nervous. He's relatively new to this stand-up comedy business, and he saw that the audience was mostly women at the church group's monthly meeting. "Some of these jokes are geared to a male audience," said the resident of LeisureTowne, the adult community in Southampton, Burlington County. "I don't know how it's going to go over with these gals. " There were maybe a half-dozen men in an audience of about 60. So, he started off with the broom joke: The female broom goes up to the male broom and says, "I got news for you, we're going to have a whisk broom.
May 7, 2002 |
Judy Toll, 44, of Sherman Oaks, Calif., a stand-up comedian and a writer for television sitcoms including Sex and the City, died Thursday of complications from melanoma at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. Before moving to the West Coast in the mid 1980s, she was a frequent performer at Comedy Works in Philadelphia. Steve Young, a comedy writer, former owner of Comedy Works, and a longtime friend, said: "Most entertainers are extremely competitive. Judy was talented and very funny, and she had an ability to make every comic around her feel funny, too. "So many people thought they were her best friend," he said, "because this was the way she made you feel.
February 7, 1994 |
He bounds onto the stage of the Comedy Cabaret in a black suit and a splashy tie. "I'm your next comedian," says Andy Scarpati. It's a rather brief introduction for the man who runs the club and who has assembled the largest chain of comedy clubs in the Philadelphia area. But titles hold little weight with the voracious audience sipping Dock Street beer and grazing on popcorn above the Middle East Restaurant on Chestnut Street. Nighttime is showtime, and this is Scarpati's show.