January 29, 2016 |
If you ask Cameron Esposito, seeing your face on a movie screen isn't nearly as thrilling as seeing your name. The Chicago-born, L.A.-based stand-up comic known for her amicably in-your-face style, personal anecdotes, and swooping "side-mullet" has recently started to diversify. She just got back from the Sundance Film Festival, where two films by young directors - J.D. Dillard's Sleight and Kerem Sanga's First Girl I Loved - featured her in supporting roles. "Because of my stand-up stuff, and how much of my career involves promoting yourself as a brand, I see my face a lot," she said in a recent interview while on the ride home from LAX. "But one thing I haven't seen a bunch is my name on a single title card.
January 22, 2016 |
Jerry Lewis, Jim Carrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Adam Sandler, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Kristen Wiig - all comedians who changed their careers with a dramatic turn. As old-time agent Milt "Junior" Karp (Kenny Morris) explains in Bruce Graham's latest, Funnyman , now at the Arden Theatre, "No one takes a comic seriously until they do something serious. " So it is with Chick Sherman (Carl N. Wallnau), who, as a child vaudevillian, was forced by his parents to smoke cigars and dress like a dwarf so they could avoid child-endangerment charges (see: Buster Keaton)
January 10, 2016 |
Bruce Graham's Funnyman opens at the Arden Theatre on Thursday. The lead character, aging vaudeville slapstick comic Chick Sherman, speaks for Graham - Philly's most Philadelphia playwright - when he says, "Nobody takes comics seriously until they do something serious. " Much of Graham's theatrical output engages people, places, and events from his past. North of the Boulevard is a blue-collar affair set in the Darby auto garage his cousin owns. His first play, Burkie (now 35 years old)
January 6, 2016 |
Can Kamala Khan help save the world - or at least help make it more peaceful and understanding? Don't laugh. As fear of Islamic extremists has risen in the United States following recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., the first Muslim character in mainstream superhero comics to carry her own title is growing in popularity. Ms. Marvel , the character's alter ego, has been a consistently best-selling title in an increasingly crowded marketplace still dominated by decades-old characters.
December 30, 2015 |
Just in time for 2016, fans of community, coffee, and comic books will have a new place to visit. Although Philadelphia has a rich tradition of quality comic-book shops - and could brag that Showcase Comics on South Street was the largest black-owned comic shop in the United States for quite some time - Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse will be the first black female-owned comic book shop to open its doors on the East Coast. This "geeky" hybrid hopes to contribute to the burgeoning Kensington section of Philadelphia.
December 29, 2015 |
Like every kid who's ever wanted to be an astronaut, or an NBA forward, or president, Terry LaBan had a childhood dream that was a long shot: He wanted to become a syndicated cartoonist. "That was my childhood fantasy," said LaBan, cocreator for 15 years with his wife, Patty, of Edge City , a comic about a suburban Jewish American family. "And I got to do it. But I got to do it when everybody stopped paying attention. " On Saturday, Edge City , which The Inquirer had carried since its beginning, will cease to exist.
December 23, 2015 |
After fans have waited for years - some die-hards would say decades - for the cultural phenomenon that is "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," what can one do to sate the appetite for new adventures, which seems as vast and infinite as space itself? One answer: Check out the plethora of comic book adventures coming out every month from Marvel. Star Wars comic books and novels have always been popular, but now that they are being published by Marvel and have the full marketing muscle of Disney behind them, they are dominating comic book shops just as the movies have dominated theaters.
December 8, 2015 |
David Tischman [who once authored the "Poster Child" feature for the Daily News ] has had a long career in writing comics that spans both work at Vertigo and IDW, but his latest venture is his most personal, ambitious yet - and available only on the web! "Heroine Chic" (art by Hong Kong-based Audrey Mok) is set in a New York populated by superheroes. However, rather than focusing primarily on heroic battles between superpowered characters, Tischman's creation follows the life of fashion designer Zoe Porter, after she lands a job with famous and renowned costume designer Dyna Cuff.
October 31, 2015 |
It's not yet the Fifth of November, but Arden Theatre Company still remembers England's Gunpowder Plot, via Bill Cain's 2009 drama Equivocation . Cain, a Jesuit priest, explores the entanglements among Shakespeare - here tagged with an alternate spelling of his name, Shagspeare - King James I, Sir Robert Cecil, and the nature of playwriting, among other topics crammed into a play of Shakespearean proportions. Of course, there's only one Shakespeare (or is there? Cain also winks at that question a few times)
October 30, 2015 |
Whenever a celebrity publicly disses the obnoxious and pampered lives fellow Chosen Ones live, an angel gets its wings. That's what TempTatt would like to believe, anyway, especially when we learned of an upcoming documentary about our new favorite bold-namer, Brit bad boy Russell Brand . Brand, you may recall, is the ex-hubster of hit-making machine Katy Perry . And while the public may think the existence the couple led was a dream,...