August 31, 2015 |
Mary Martello and Johnnie Hobbs Jr. are veterans of the Philadelphia theater scene, yet they've never had a chance to work together before. But thanks to 1812 Productions, Philadelphia's premier comedy company, the two stalwarts of the city's stages come together this week for The Shoplifters . Martello plays Alma, a klepto who sees stealing as her Robin Hood-like duty. Corporations have everything, she has nothing, so she deserves to take what they have. Hobbs is Otto, a security guard who has one more day on the job, and the last thing he needs is to deal with the sticky-fingered Alma.
August 24, 2015 |
Lincoln Financial Field doesn't usually sell out for a guy so short. Next Sunday, 53,000 people will head to Chip Kelly's house to see Kevin Hart - the diminutive comedian, standing tall at a reported 5 feet, 4 inches, who was born and raised in North Philadelphia - become the first comedian to headline, and sell out, an NFL stadium. (Not just any NFL stadium, but the stadium of his hometown team. "Here's the good thing about being an Eagles fan: It can only get better," Hart said by phone.
August 10, 2015 |
Ten years ago last week, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia served notice it was going to be a very funny show about very terrible people. The audience was not yet large when the show established that premise, in the first episode, "The Gang Gets Racist," which premiered on Aug. 4, 2005, on FX. Last year, however, with a two-season renewal, It's Always Sunny became the longest-running live-action comedy on cable. It's tied for second of all time with My Three Sons . ( Sunny 's 11th season will premiere next year on FX's sister channel, FXX.)
July 19, 2015 |
Trainwreck Amy Schumer stars in (and wrote) this deft Judd Apatow-directed comedy, about a commitment- phobic magazine writer who unexpectedly tumbles for a sports-medicine doc (Bill Hader) she's been assigned to profile. A showcase for Schumer's cutting brand of comedy, the film smoothly switches tracks from raunchy copulatory one-liners to compulsory rom-com schmaltz to emotionally raw business about commitment, family, self-image, and self-destructiveness. The stellar supporting cast includes Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton, Colin Quinn, and, yes, NBA superstar LeBron James, who practically steals the movie.
July 14, 2015 |
GEORGE Bernard Shaw once wrote, in "Pygmalion": "What you are to do without me I cannot imagine. " I think I speak for Jenice Armstrong and myself when I say that that's about how we feel right now. Next month's annual Daily News ' Candidates' Comedy Night will be Stu Bykofsky 's last. That's right, folks. The dog man living in a cat's world is hanging up his hat as host of the much-beloved night of comedy featuring jokes told by those seeking public office in November - and (we hope)
July 10, 2015 |
By Judd Apatow Random House. 489 pp. $27 Reviewed by Hillary Rea When Judd Apatow was a teenager in the early 1980s, he was a comedy nerd before comedy nerds existed. Now, as a 47-year-old writer, director, and producer, Apatow breeds comedy nerds. One could say he is their leader. With every project released, from the cult TV classic Freaks and Geeks to the film 40-Year-Old Virgin to the HBO series Girls , he reinvents what comedy means to popular culture.
June 27, 2015 |
There are many ways to consume Jason Schwartzman's new movie, The Overnight , opening Friday at the Ritz Five. Watching it in a public place where others can happen by - say, an office right before you are set to interview star Schwartzman - is not the best way to experience the surprisingly sweet sex romp about considerably more than sex. "I know that feeling," Schwartzman said. "I was on an airplane, and I was in between two people. The woman on my left was really old. I was watching some movie, and it had a crazy sex scene.
June 26, 2015
IT'S PROBABLY safe to assume that most folks who take up improvisational comedy do so with the intent of making audiences laugh. John Hanson had other ideas. By day, you can find Hanson in the Camden waterfront headquarters of the Delaware River Port Authority, where he serves as the CEO of the entity that oversees such crucial regional assets as the ports on both sides of the Delaware, the PATCO Hi-Speed Line and the Ben Franklin , Betsy Ross and Walt Whitman bridges.
June 24, 2015 |
One new show this week rages at the machine, the other savages the period drama. A robot in rage Elliot (Rami Malek), the painfully shy, socially awkward tech-head at the center of USA Network's Mr. Robot is an angry young man. A thought-provoking, exciting, in-your-face hacker drama, Mr. Robot premieres at 10 p.m. Wednesday. "Why am I angry?" he says incredulously to his therapist, Krista Gordon ( ER 's Gloria Reuben). "Maybe because we all thought of Steve Jobs as a great man even though he made billions off the back of children.
June 19, 2015 |
IF WE CONFUSE "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" with other movies famously adapted from young-adult cancer novels, the fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves. This is a hearse of a different color, and if that sounds like the sort of awful pun you'd expect from a geeky adolescent, be advised you'll find more just like it in "Me and Earl," cleverly adapted by Jesse Andrews from his cheeky YA book. Two of the title characters are high school boys who make impish movie shorts that riff on the film classics they watch during lunch so that they don't have to hang out with other kids.