December 22, 2015 |
Richard Lewis' neurotic bits aren't just a persona. The comic, who once cracked that he was raised by wolves, is hilariously unbalanced. Before performing Friday and Saturday at Helium, he asked that I not review his show. No performer has ever made such a request of me - but who else is like the idiosyncratic Lewis? However, the quirky humorist changed his tune and said that he couldn't stop me. And he had nothing to worry about during Saturday night's late show, the last of four sold-out shows at Helium.
September 25, 2015 |
Foley's back WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley refused to cancel tonight's gig at Helium Comedy Club (2031 Sansom St.) just because the pope is coming to town. Foley's one-man show promises to unleash his trademark blend of wit and wisdom that his fans have come to expect. "I'm just going to throw my hands up and accept this won't be a sellout crowd," Foley said. "It'll be an intimate gathering. "The best stories always come from the strangest gigs. " Welcome back, Madonna drummer Although Madonna 's drummer has been energizing audiences for more than two decades, Brian Frasier-Moore hasn't forgotten his North Philly roots.
March 4, 2015 |
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.
February 6, 2014 |
Philadelphia's 6ABC ZooBalloon had to say an early goodbye Tuesday after suffering irreparable damage in the snowstorm the day before. Philadelphia Zoo officials, on the recommendation of the balloon's manufacturer, Lindstrand Hot Air Balloons Ltd. in England, performed a controlled release of its 220,000 cubic feet of helium. An estimated five to 10 tons of snow - about the equivalent of five hippos - had fallen on the balloon. The ZooBalloon, was owned by the zoo and sponsored by 6ABC, flew guests up to 400 feet in the air in the spring and summer for a view of the zoo's grounds, Fairmount Park, and Center City.
October 5, 2013 |
Who says congressional Republicans and Democrats can't work together in harmony with President Obama? Forget about the little stuff like running the federal government. Congress passed and Obama signed on Wednesday the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013. The world is safe for balloons, if not democracy. Air Products & Chemicals Inc. of Allentown applauded the cooperation, with Walter Nelson, director of helium sourcing, saying in a company statement, "We are just pleased that the legislation's passing prevented a difficult supply situation from getting any worse.
June 7, 2013 |
NEW YORK - On a radio show they hosted called "The Pursuit of Happiness," John Littig and Lynne Rosen urged listeners to embrace spontaneity. "So much about life is about impulse," Littig said on a broadcast this year on an FM station in New York, WBAI. "It's about doing it right now. " A shocking decision the couple made together appeared more methodical: Police say they killed themselves side by side as part of a suicide pact. Autopsies found that both Littig, 47, and Rosen, 45, died from asphyxiation after inhaling helium, a spokeswoman for medical examiner's office said yesterday.
October 20, 2012 |
LAKEHURST -- At 178 feet long and 56 feet high, the massive airship dwarfed members of the ground crew Thursday as they strained to hold on to tethering lines like so many Lilliputians trying to control Gulliver. Inside the gondola of the Navy's MZ-3A, pilots Mark Kynett and Larry Chambers made the final checks, and then - with two powerful engines roaring at their back - aimed the blimp at a sharp angle into the sky and took off from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The ship's flight near historic Hangar 1 at the Naval Air Engineering Station conjured up images of Germany's ill-fated Hindenburg and its fiery destruction there 75 years earlier.
September 1, 2012 |
A helium shortage is nothing to take lightly. Nothing funny, either, in how some are talking about their livelihoods, whether it's keeping those party balloons flying or those MRI magnets cooled. "We take balloons seriously because it is our business," said Karen Williamson, saleswoman for the American Balloon Factory, a wholesale operation in Overland Park, Kan. "It's been happening for two or three years, but in pockets. "Now Kansas City has a helium drought," she said. "It is difficult to find helium, and when you find it, you find that the price has increased incredibly.
November 25, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Delighted crowds gathered Thursday for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on the streets of Manhattan under brilliant sunshine. Millions more viewed the live broadcast of the annual holiday production on television. A jetpack-wearing monkey and a freakish creation from filmmaker Tim Burton were two of the big new balloons that made their inaugural appearances. Paul Frank's Julius and Burton's B. joined more than a dozen other giant balloons, including fan favorites like Snoopy and Spider-Man.
August 15, 2011
Industrial gas supplier Air Products & Chemicals Inc., of Allentown, said it will raise prices for liquid and bulk helium gases in North America by 15 percent as of Sept. 1. The increase is the result of several factors including strong demand helium and supply reductions, the company said. "It is expected that demand will exceed supply for the next two to three years, thus creating ongoing shortages in the market," Air Products said in a statement. - Reid Kanaley