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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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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.
NEWS
December 9, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillips Simkin, 69, a Philadelphia artist who created installations using his humor and off-the-wall artistic vision, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, of congestive heart failure at his home. In his artist's statement, Mr. Simkin wrote that he regarded his art activities as pseudo-enterprises "often laced with a dose of sardonic wit and humor, parody and puns. " He hewed to that vision. He was most renowned for casting and copyrighting the crack in the Liberty Bell at Independence National Historical Park, which he did after receiving permission from the National Park Service.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Back in 2011, the country-noir electronic music artist known as Daughn Gibson, who headlines Johnny Brenda's on Friday in support of his album, Me Moan , was playing drums in the heavy rock band Pearls & Brass and finishing up work on a history degree at Temple University. "I was living in South Philly and was messing around, using a computer to make songs and sounds," says the 33-year-old Nazareth, Pa., native, talking on the phone as he drives between tour stops in Portland, Ore., and San Francisco.
NEWS
May 24, 2013
THERE ARE MANY kinds of desperation, as many as the stars above and the souls beneath them. The death of a child, the disintegration of a marriage, homes lost to floodwaters and whirlwinds, all of these things can drive you to - and beyond - the point of suicide. And yet, there are sources of strength as varied as the sorrow. For one man, that source was found in unwritten words, tapped out on prison walls and shared with his captured brothers in Vietnam. Major Gen. John Borling, a 6 1/2-year "guest" at the infamous Hanoi Hilton is, like Joyce Kilmer and Wilfred Own, a soldier-poet.
SPORTS
March 29, 2013 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
LOS ANGELES - The day starts out light for the La Salle Explorers as coach John Giannini knows the value of rest, especially at this time of the season. The team isn't required to be anywhere until a 10 a.m. breakfast in the basement of their hotel. While a lot of food does get consumed, the session primarily consists of laughter. Tyrone Garland, owner of the now-famous Southwest Philly Floater, cracks everyone up with some witty - and secretive - one-liners. His main audience is Ramon Galloway, who stands up to laugh loudly after a Garland quip.
NEWS
March 22, 2013 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
To succeed, every story needs to find its readers. Unfortunately, "the biggest problem with being a writer is that all your readers are human beings. " If that sort of barb-laced quip appeals, keep reading. Theresa Rebeck's smart, sharp Seminar , presented by Philadelphia Theatre Company at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, shows four aspiring novelists enrolled in the private weekly workshops of rock-star literary editor Leonard (Rufus Collins). During these sessions, Leonard tears through their manuscripts with overt insults, undisguised flirting, and vague compliments.
NEWS
March 12, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
YOU HAD TO STEP pretty quickly to keep up with Charlene Rubin Menkin. She set a brisk pace despite having limited use of her limbs from a childhood bout with polio. But whether being helped along with a cane or, later, with a motorized scooter, Charlene wasn't about to restrict herself in any way. She taught high school, traveled extensively and was the life of any party. "When she would come into any room, people just flocked to her," said her daughter-in-law, Darlynne Menkin.
NEWS
March 8, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
YOU HAD TO STEP pretty quickly to keep up with Charlene Rubin Menkin. She set a brisk pace despite having limited use of her limbs from a childhood bout with polio. But whether being helped along with a cane or, later, with a motorized scooter, Charlene wasn't about to restrict herself in any way. She taught high school, traveled extensively and was the life of any party. "When she would come into any room, people just flocked to her," said her daughter-in-law, Darlynne Menkin.
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