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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.
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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.
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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
May 1, 2015
WHEN HE WAS playing football at Lower Merion High School, Joe Chovanes didn't dream he would grow up to be a woman. It's hard to wrap your mind around it, but the Joe of long ago, now Julie, says she was a woman all along. If this sounds like Bruce Jenner, but without the fame and national adoration, it is. Transgender has transitioned into our national consciousness. Like Jenner, Chovanes was kind of a jock and had a way with the ladies. Unlike Jenner, Chovanes became an attorney and married his college sweetheart.
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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.
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May 23, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When Aaron Dontez Yates, the speed rapper/producer known as Tech N9ne, created the Strange Music label in 1999, he must have known his life's vocation. Tech N9ne's sound consistently has been odd yet alluring - quick, industrialized hip-hop with incendiary, socially conscious, sci-fantasy lyrics that would make Harlan Ellison green with Martian envy. And Yates' rapid, chopping style makes Tech N9ne a dog whose bark might just be as bad as its bite. Tech N9ne played the Trocadero on Wednesday night, with future-forward electro-rappers such as MURS and Chris Webby along for the ride.
NEWS
May 15, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
With a new exhibition opening Saturday, the Barnes Foundation is entering a shadowy, self-referential, postmodern world it has never ventured into before. Certainly not during the lifetime of founder Albert C. Barnes, nor at any time since his death in 1951. "Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, Fred Wilson: The Order of Things," running through Aug. 3, consists of three commissioned installations inspired by the famously idiosyncratic Barnes and the manner in which he displayed his art; "ensembles" he called his wall and gallery arrangements, and he stipulated they could never be rearranged.
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May 1, 2015
WHEN HE WAS playing football at Lower Merion High School, Joe Chovanes didn't dream he would grow up to be a woman. It's hard to wrap your mind around it, but the Joe of long ago, now Julie, says she was a woman all along. If this sounds like Bruce Jenner, but without the fame and national adoration, it is. Transgender has transitioned into our national consciousness. Like Jenner, Chovanes was kind of a jock and had a way with the ladies. Unlike Jenner, Chovanes became an attorney and married his college sweetheart.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2015 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Why has Chris Tucker, big-screen comic foil, been crisscrossing the country doing stand-up shows? This is a guy who at the height of his popularity, when the Rush Hour movies made him for a time the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, never worked a day more than he had to. As he explained at the Tower Theater on Friday night, he owes a towering sum in back taxes. He joked that IRS agents were backstage as he performed, tallying the box office and eating chicken. His tax troubles are both the impetus and the foundation of his act. He complained about TMZ reporting his debt as more than $14 million.
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.
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