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October 2, 1987 | By HOWARD SCHNEIDER, Daily News Staff Writer
As jokes go it was a dumb one, even for City Councilman Thacher Longstreth, a connoisseur of cornball humor and practical pranks, and a target of jokes aimed at tall people, Quakers and argyle socks. Still, Longstreth's offhand wisecrack about a "Puerto Rican fireman" to Republican mayoral candidate Frank L. Rizzo, reported in Sunday's Inquirer Magazine, was elevated yesterday to a full-fledged feud over taste and race relations in the mayoral campaign. In a letter to Longstreth, City Councilman Angel Ortiz lambasted the "cruel" remark, and said it echoed the ethnic insensitivity that would flourish if Rizzo defeats Mayor Goode in November.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 1993 | By Clifford A. Ridley, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
Ah, children. How often they fail to meet our expectations, yet we love 'em just the same. "You throws the dice," says Walter Gold, the paterfamilias in Jonathan Tolins' new comedy-drama at the Booth Theatre, "and you takes your chances. " But what if you didn't have to take your chances? What if, through prenatal genetic testing, you could identify your kids' predispositions in utero? What if, for instance, you could predict with near-certainty that your son-to-be will grow up (gasp!
NEWS
March 5, 1990 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Staff Writer
His and Hers, the smarmy little sitcom premiering tonight on CBS (Channel 10 at 10:30), stars Martin Mull and Stephanie Faracy. He and she should keep it to themselves. Tonight's riotous theme is getting pregnant. Marty and Steph, newly married marriage counselors, have been trying for six months to no avail. The jokes come from the sperm-count genre: "Your little guys aren't swimming," says the cutie-pie Faracy to Mull. "They're just sort of paddling in place. " Help me, my ribs are aching.
NEWS
February 17, 2013 | By Laura Mills, Associated Press
CHELYABINSK, Russia - As a small army of people worked to replace acres of windows shattered by the enormous explosion from a meteor, many joked Saturday about what had happened in this troubled pocket of Russia. One of the most popular jests: Residents of the meteor were terrified to see Chelyabinsk approaching. The fireball that streaked into the sky over this tough industrial city about sunrise Friday was undeniably traumatic. Nearly 1,200 people were reported injured by the shock wave from the explosion, estimated to be as strong as 20 Hiroshima atomic bombs.
NEWS
September 3, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
Heeeere's Johnny, up to his tort in a $5 million lawsuit by a Long Island dentist who doesn't think the dentist jokes told by the talk show king are funny. Johnny Carson hit a nerve, says Melville, N.Y., dentist Michael Mendelson in papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court yesterday, when he told viewers of his April 18, 1986, show: "Imagine dentists going out of business. I haven't been so happy about a group disbanding since the Gestapo. " Mendelson fired off a letter to Carson demanding a "smirk-free public apology.
NEWS
May 10, 1999 | by Ann McFeatters
When it seems as if the world is too exhausting to keep up with or too frightening, as it has been lately, it's time to turn to a favorite source of chuckles - our national politicians. It's no longer Washington's little secret, but those late-night TV talk-show hosts wield enormous power. And they wield it relentlessly, night after night. All political consultants tell their bosses here that too long a stretch as the butt of jokes by a Conan O'Brien or a Jay Leno (it used to be called the Johnny Carson rule of politics)
NEWS
October 28, 2011 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
University of Pennsylvania orthopedic surgeon John D. Kelly IV says the monthly humor column he writes for a medical trade magazine was due, so he "threw some jokes together" about fat patients. "You should worry about performing surgery on the supersized," Kelly riffed in that August piece, if "there is a comma in your patient's body weight. " Or if a patient "wears his wristwatch on his finger," needs "a blood pressure cuff the size of Montana," or "has more chins than a Chinese phone book.
NEWS
April 11, 1991 | By Clifford A. Ridley, Inquirer Theater Critic
In I Hate Hamlet, which opened April 8 at the Walter Kerr Theater, the jokes racket across the footlights like automatic-weapons fire - good jokes and bad jokes, old jokes and new jokes, New York jokes and California jokes, sex jokes and no-sex jokes, theater jokes and - well, more theater jokes. Many more theater jokes. Will the show play in Peoria? Shoot, it's so inbred that it could barely play the East Side. Still, Paul Rudnick's new comedy is fun while the jokes hold out, which is roughly one act. The cast is agreeable, the premise amusing.
NEWS
May 13, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
Before Jerry Seinfeld brings his standup to Broadway this summer, he'll fine-tune the act with an out-of-town stint - way out of town. According to sources familiar with the comic's plan, he'll perform in such locations as Iceland and London as a warmup to his limited Broadway run. The show, titled "I'm Telling You for the Last Time," is scheduled to hit New York for a four- or five-day run in August, culminating with an Aug. 9 live telecast...
NEWS
September 28, 2001 | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Jokes aimed at President Bush, a regular feature on NBC's Saturday Night Live, will be sidelined for this weekend's season opener, executive producer Lorne Michaels says. "We won't do anything that attempts to undermine President Bush's authority or that is in any way disrespectful," Michaels said Wednesday. "We'll try to reflect what the country is thinking and feeling at that moment on the night of Sept. 29," Michaels said. "I think New Yorkers have been resilient, generous and tough through all of this.
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August 8, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jon Stewart, who redefined political satire and energized a generation of activists during his 16 years, 2,676 episodes, and 20 Emmy awards as host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, ended his tenure Thursday. He had help from a slew of visiting friends and former colleagues, including Samantha Bee, Lewis Black, Steve Carell, Mo Rocca, Rob Corddry, and Olivia Munn. "This show isn't ending. We merely are taking a pause in the conversation," Stewart, 52, said at the end of the night.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
C ONAN O'BRIEN was sued last week for allegedly stealing jokes from Twitter. Robert Kaseberg claims that Conan, TBS, Time Warner and others swiped four jokes. As Entertainment Weekly reported, Kaseberg said that the jokes were posted to his blog and Twitter account, and that versions of the jokes were later told by Conan on his show. Conan sidekick, Andy Richter , tweeted dismissiveness toward the suit, saying that the topics in question were in the news and fodder for comedy writers.
NEWS
June 29, 2015 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
When you think of safety mishaps at hospitals, what likely comes to mind is patients who got surgery on the wrong leg or were exposed to deadly bacteria. Those are problems that have received widespread attention from safety experts. A recent report by the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority highlights another potential danger in hospitals: food. Snicker all you like about the quality of hospital food. That's not what the report was about. It looked at mistakes involving patients with special dietary needs who got the wrong food.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
IN AN INDUSTRY that preaches the importance of social media over ratings or ad sales to demonstrate star power, one would think that Comedy Central, in making the most important hire in its history, would somehow remember to check its hire's Twitter feed. Whether you think new "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah is an anti-Semite, a misogynist, a self-hating biracial man, a mocker of fat women or just painfully unfunny, based on a series of tweets pulled from his Twitter account, it's difficult to think that Comedy Central seriously vetted the South African comedian.
SPORTS
March 13, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
JOHN DALY has taken a swing at the PGA Tour's drug-testing policy. Daly, on his radio show, "Hit It Hard With John Daly" on Sirius/XM, said the Tour notifies players before they will be tested, given them time to clean up their act. "It's not random; it's a big a joke," Daly said. "This whole drug testing is a joke. " Daly said he expects to be tested before this week's Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla. "I know when I'm getting drug tested," he said.
SPORTS
February 25, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THINKING OF running in, or attending, the annual Pyongyang marathon in North Korea in April? Think again. Travel restrictions that were implemented in October will not, as expected, be lifted in time for the event, which means only locals will be able to attend or run in the race. Supreme leader Kim Jong Un is reportedly afraid foreigners will spread Ebola, which he believes is a biological weapon developed by the United States. You can't make this stuff up. But Andrea Lee, the co-founder and CEO of Uri Tours in Palisades, N.J., told the Associated Press that 200 runners had signed up with her company.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
NEW YORK - John Oliver began his HBO show last spring without much of a plan. And as "Last Week Tonight" returns at 11 p.m. Sunday, he's sticking with it. "I wouldn't really credit us with much thought or strategy," Oliver said of his satirical news show, which quickly won attention for its deep dives into topics as diverse - and unexpectedly entertaining - as net neutrality, the Miss America pageant and FIFA, the governing body for...
NEWS
January 11, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Is Tina Fey a deadly weapon? Is it too early to mine the Bill Cosby rape scandal for jokes? Nope, say Golden Globe co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler . Asked by Access Hollywood if they'd broach Cosby at Sunday's awards gala, Fey immediately said, "Oh, heck, yes!" Celebs need not fear the two gals. "We don't want anyone attending to be scared to be there because of us," said Fey, who may be as beloved in Philly as Cosby once was. "In the grand scheme of the world, it couldn't be less important.
SPORTS
November 27, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Riley Cooper said he was "joking" when he commented Monday that Jeremy Maclin's contract situation was playing a role in his playing time, but Maclin did not find it funny. "That was not a very smart thing for Coop to say," said Maclin, who is on a one-year deal and recently split with his agent. Asked Tuesday if it was true that he was reluctant to exit for a substitute because of his contract, Maclin said it was not. Cooper's playing time has decreased from 91 percent of the offensive snaps during the first six games to 76 percent since then.
SPORTS
November 26, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
HARD TO SAY what Chaucer or Shakespeare would make of Riley Cooper. Both of those fellows are credited with observing, centuries ago, that sometimes when we make a joke, we're speaking the truth - or at least saying something we believe, while trying to take the sting out of our words by cloaking them in humor. (Neither Chaucer nor Shakespeare is believed to have been familiar with the term "passive-aggressive. ") On Monday, Cooper was talking to reporters about the wide-receiving rotation.
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