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January 9, 2004
AMILD-MANNERED Comcast ad spoofing the TV show "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" is insulting to gays and lesbians according to Rita Addessa, executive director of the Pennsylvania Gay and Lesbian Task Force. She said, "Clearly, the message is that gay men are effeminate and care only about fashion . . . This is simply not reflective of the community. It is a tired old stereotype. " Unfortunately, knee-jerk complaints like Addessa's tend to reinforce the tired old stereotype that activist lesbians have no sense of humor.
NEWS
May 3, 2010 | By Patricia Mans FOR THE INQUIRER
Bobby is a friendly 16-year-old with a great sense of humor. He is a pleasant young man who usually keeps to himself. However, though he can be an introvert at times, he works well with others and enjoys socializing with his friends. Bobby is skilled at using computers and playing basketball and football. Other favorite pastimes include watching television, singing and dancing. Enrolled in the 10th grade, Bobby likes going to school, where he receives individual attention in a classroom with a small number of students.
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August 8, 2005 | By Patricia Mans FOR THE INQUIRER
Competitive and athletic, Docquez, 14, dreams of becoming a professional athlete one day. Baseball is his favorite sport, though he is also a talented basketball player. Known as Doc to his friends, Docquez has a great sense of humor. He loves listening to music and enjoys singing along with the artist. He also enjoys playing video games and working on the computer. Docquez takes part in a residential therapeutic program to help him cope with behavioral challenges and to focus his attention more effectively.
NEWS
March 26, 2000 | By Kathleen J. Padova
E-mail is changing the way we disseminate jokes and funny stories. In this regard, it has replaced the faxes and telephones of just a few years ago. But are we - thanks to the new-found ease of forwarding the latest jokes all over the planet - losing touch with our inner funny bone? The Internet and e-mail have led to the almost instantaneous spread of information. With very little effort I can reach out to my sister, cousins, long-distance friends - and my coworkers 10 feet down the hall.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
He might be the most droll songwriter in indie-pop, and on songs like "Waiting for Kirsten" from last year's EP An Argument With Myself or "I Want a Pair of Cowboy Boots" from his new album I Know What Love Isn't , the Swedish singer can be a veritable laugh riot. But don't get the idea that Jens Lekman is not a serious man. "I like telling stories with a sense of humor," says Lekman, who will play a show with his band at Union Transfer on Thursday night. "But humor can also distance you from the subject you're writing about.
LIVING
April 1, 1994 | By Paddy Noyes, FOR THE INQUIRER
As Julius kneels on the rug holding a small car, he's asked where the starting line is. "Over there," he says, pointing. The competing cars are lined up and the race is about to begin. Then Julius shows his sense of humor by sitting on the other cars so his will be the one to win. He beams when there's laughter, as he loves positive attention. Julius, 4 1/2, is doing well in preschool classes. "He has mild developmental delays," his worker says. "He's functioning on about a 3-year- old level.
NEWS
March 29, 1992 | By Kay Raftery, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
Roz Warren loves to check her mailbox. And who could blame her? Tucked among the usual bills and junk mail might be found a knee-slapper or two. Every day, cartoons, essays and stories are sent to her from women across the country - and a few from around the world - in the hopes they might be included in one of the anthologies of women's humor that Warren has edited. Her first book, Women's Glib, a collection of feminist cartoons, essays and poems, was published in 1991. Its sequel, Women's Glibber, will be out in the fall, and her newest book, Kitty Libber, cartoons about cats by women, were to be available by today.
NEWS
September 22, 1992 | by Kathleen Shea, Daily News Television Critic
Advance publicity surrounding the season premiere of "Murphy Brown" having fallen just short of "who shot J.R. " hyper-hype, the impending arrival of last night's show brought on physical sensations akin to morning sickness. Like Frank Fontana told the country's most famous fictional unwed mother in the second half-hour, we were thinking, "Murph! It's Dan Quayle! Forget about it!" Of course Diane English and company didn't. Given the unprecedented weirdness of the vice president of the United States making a sitcom character a campaign issue, they couldn't.
NEWS
May 6, 1988 | By Douglas J. Keating, Inquirer Staff Writer
It takes a while to get used to what is going on in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, the current production of the South Jersey Regional Theater. Here are the parents of a girl so severely handicapped that she's almost in a vegetative state, and they're making jokes about it. Soon, however, it becomes obvious that it is by laughing that they manage to cope - laughing not so much at their daughter, Jo, whom they call Joe Egg, but at the cruel misfortune...
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NEWS
December 5, 2014
DESPITE incessant commercials and 24/7 seasonal-music radio programming, not everyone buys into the December Holiday Industrial Complex. More of your family, friends and neighbors than you might expect find this time of year annoying, if not insufferable - or downright depressing. And this weekend, there's a show just for them. Tonight and Saturday, the Rrazz Room, in New Hope, is presenting "Oy Vey In A Manger. " It's a musical comedy by the self-styled "dragapella" troupe, the Kinsey Sicks, and it is definitely not intended to create warm-and-fuzzy holiday feelings.
NEWS
October 17, 2014
MORE THAN four decades later, Frank Ferrante can still remember the day he discovered Groucho Marx . Not surprising, because it led to his creating a successful show business niche for himself. "My first encounter was a Marx Brothers film, 'A Day at the Races,' when I was 9 years old. I never laughed that hard. These guys thrilled me, particularly Groucho," recalled Ferrante, 51, who Sunday afternoon brings his internationally acclaimed one-man show, "An Evening with Groucho," to Glenside's Keswick Theatre.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2014 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
In Communicating Doors , Alan Ayckbourn has written an almost director-proof play. At least I would have argued that before seeing the Liam Castellan-helmed production currently at the Hedgerow Theatre. We'll start with the brilliantly constructed plot, a Hitchcock-influenced comic thriller with a time-travel twist. In 2034, dominatrix Poopay (Kyra Baker) goes on call to the luxury hotel room of the wealthy Reese (Shaun Yates). Instead of sex, he wants her to witness his confession to a lifetime of business-related crimes and killings.
SPORTS
August 11, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DURING SPRING training, Roy Halladay regularly reported to work at Bright House Field hours before the sun rose each morning. The dedication to his craft continued into the season. He was meticulous in his routine. Almost every minute of his day was accounted for and had a purpose. Step in his direction when he was making his way from a bullpen session to the weight room and you'd see the steely look of a guy you really didn't care to interrupt. But then one day in Clearwater, a video-game commercial featuring the pitcher and a Carlos Ruiz pillow began airing regularly.
NEWS
June 23, 2014 | By Rachel Zamzow, Inquirer Staff Writer
Facing a double mastectomy and hysterectomy, Eva Moon eased the anxiety with a limerick: I've just had a genetic test And I'm feeling a little depressed It's not just because I'll have menopause But I wasn't quite done with my breasts Humor isn't touted much in clinical trials or in FDA approvals, but when it comes to cancer, laughter is good medicine, according to Moon. A 58-year-old performing artist from Redmond, Wash., with fiery red hair and a sultry voice, Moon spoke at the Eighth Annual Joining FORCEs Conference in Philadelphia last week.
NEWS
June 6, 2014 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
With humor and words of admiration, philanthropist Lewis Katz was remembered Wednesday at his beloved Temple University for his loyalty, wide-ranging generosity and devotion to his family. During a more than 2 1/2-hour memorial service at Temple's Peformance Arts Center, mourners laughed, applauded and wiped away tears at reminisces of Katz - funny, moving, sad. The message over and over again was to keep Katz's memory and work alive. "You will never be a distant memory," his daughter Melissa Silver vowed.
NEWS
April 27, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
'Good girl, bad girl," explained mezzo-soprano Susan Graham when she arrived on the Perelman Theater stage for the second half of her recital. At first, her hair was up and the gown was an off-white dress. Second half, hair was down, the gown off-black and slinky. In effect, Graham's rescheduled recital on Thursday, presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, had many of the add-ons that many recitals lack - glamour, humor, repertoire that was high art (and not so high), plus playful audience dialogue.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Upper Darby's Todd Rundgren has forever been, as the title of his 1973 masterpiece says, A Wizard, a True Star . As one of few artists you could comfortably call a genius, the genre-jumbling multi-instrumentalist/producer/multimedia jockey has been an innovator of warm psychedelia, contagious cosmopolitan pop, blue-eyed soul, and existentialist prog-rock - sometimes all on one album. His career, while not always platinum-plated, has won a devoted following, judging from the sold-out Sellersville Theater Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Southern Gothic playwriting in Philadelphia theater has no better friend or practitioner than Jacqueline Goldfinger. Since her arrival in 2008, the Tallahassee, Fla., native - who came here when her cellular biologist husband Larry got a job at Temple University - has displayed a knack for blackly comic eccentricity, decay, and alienation the wretched likes of which haven't been seen since William Faulkner. In the dark genre, her plays' flippant humor, the genuine laugh lines, are a treat.
NEWS
December 20, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Often heard though seldom seen, Wolfgang Rihm is considered Germany's greatest contemporary composer. But he lives such a circumscribed existence he's in danger of becoming an enigma. By no means is he a J.D. Salinger-level enigma, but you won't find him coaching the world's great orchestras in the best way to play his complex works - though often they'd welcome the advice. And don't bother asking him to come to the United States for the high-profile performance of Astralis - written in 2001 and one of his most circulated works - on Friday by the Crossing choir at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill, which will be repeated Sunday at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Getting him to leave his hometown of Karlsruhe takes some persuading; there and in his tiny Berlin apartment, he writes one uncompromising work after another for the likes of violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and conductor Riccardo Chailly.
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