July 22, 2015 |
THE JOKE was on outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter, but he didn't find it a bit funny. Blatter, who resigned as the soccer organization's leader last month amid a corruption scandal, had called a news conference yesterday to announce that an election for his successor would be held in February. Before he could begin, however, British comedian Simon Brodkin walked up to Blatter and placed a large pile of funny money on the table. We know it was fake money because if it had been real, Blatter would have pocketed it. In a video that has gone viral, Brodkin introduced himself as a delegate from North Korea and said the money was a bribe to secure the 2026 World Cup. Blatter called for security and, as two men approached, Brodkin threw another stack of "bills" into the air creating a hilarious scene in which "money" rained down on Blatter.
July 21, 2015 |
BRETT FAVRE was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame Saturday night. While giving his speech, Favre recalled a time when then-Packers assistant Andy Reid had a problem with another staffer during a game. "So Andy gets his cord caught and he looks back, and it's this heavy-set guy who's standing on his cord," Favre said. "And Andy says to him, 'Hey! Get off the cord, you fat ass!' "This is one of our guys, now. He looks at Andy and says, 'Who are you calling a fat ass?' " The best part is that Reid, who was in attendance, laughed as hard as everyone else.
June 26, 2015
IT'S PROBABLY safe to assume that most folks who take up improvisational comedy do so with the intent of making audiences laugh. John Hanson had other ideas. By day, you can find Hanson in the Camden waterfront headquarters of the Delaware River Port Authority, where he serves as the CEO of the entity that oversees such crucial regional assets as the ports on both sides of the Delaware, the PATCO Hi-Speed Line and the Ben Franklin , Betsy Ross and Walt Whitman bridges.
June 22, 2015 |
After the Republicans lost the 2012 presidential election with a hard-line policy on immigration and a multimillionaire investment banker as their nominee, party leaders concluded in an "autopsy" that survival required, among other things, winning over Latino voters and erasing the perception they are the party of the rich. They did not reckon on Donald Trump. The reality TV star and real estate developer boasted about his wealth and insulted Mexican migrants as he announced last week he was entering the 2016 GOP race for president.
May 26, 2015 |
Attention, musical-theater lovers: Whatever you hold dear about the genre, hold it even closer before you see Act II Playhouse's Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits . But even then it won't matter, as this hilarious send-up will leave you - willingly or not - laughing at everything ridiculous and overwrought about the Great White Way. Since 1982, Gerard Alessandrini has cranked out more than a dozen versions of his Off-Broadway Greatest Hits...
May 15, 2015 |
There will be no shortage of laughs this summer in Atlantic City casinos, along with other nonmusical attractions. As always, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa leads the chuckle chase with a diverse slate of funny people, from Jerry Seinfeld and Howie Mandel to George Lopez, part-time Media resident Wanda Sykes, and Margaret Cho. Elsewhere in town, the offerings include Bill Maher at Caesars, Chris Tucker (Trump Taj Mahal), Dom Irrera and WIP overnight host Big Daddy Graham (Tropicana)
April 7, 2015 |
* NURSE JACKIE. 9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. JACKIE Peyton's life is spinning out of control, and there's nothing funny about that to Edie Falco, the woman who plays Showtime's drug-addicted "Nurse Jackie. " "My experience with addiction, people I love, that I've worried about and stuff," is that it goes the way it's gone for Jackie, said Falco, in an interview in January to talk about the show's final season, which begins Sunday with her character in jail. "I mean, how many times have I said, or have I heard people say, 'Isn't it enough?
March 4, 2015 |
Too many theatergoers, artists and critics operate under the idea that theater should provide social commentary, challenge orthodoxy, or motivate political change, with audience enjoyment a secondary (at best) concern. Paul Slade Smith's hysterical, albeit mindless, Unnecessary Farce exploded this mistaken belief one recent evening at Ambler's Act II Playhouse, as the audience roared throughout the 100-minute, two-act international hit. Smith has written a doozy of a door-slamming, mistaken-identity plot-shuffler.
February 3, 2015 |
Alil Vardar's The Divorcees Club proves one thing: The French are no more sophisticated than we are. Sure, they can boast the literary brilliance of novelist Michel Houellebecq and the biting satire of Charlie Hebdo magazine, but their biggest theatrical hit of the last two decades hasn't been the intellectually loaded dramas of Yasmina Reza ( Art , God of Carnage ), but Vardar's mindless 2003 comedy. The raunchy, riotous, Americanized U.S. premiere at Penn's Landing Playhouse shows why. The Divorcees Club starts with a too-familiar situation: Bethany (Aileen Goldberg)
January 9, 2015 |
Is Babylon , Oscar-winner Danny Boyle's new comedy on SundanceTV, supposed to be Monty Python -funny or is it a savage Brechtian dialectic? It's not funny or serious enough to be either. The half-hour series, which premieres at 10 p.m. Thursday, stars the superbly accomplished Brit Marling, 31, as Liz Garvey, an American public relations pro hired to clean up the image of London's Metropolitan Police. As we see in rapidly edited clips, over-eager officers are shooting unarmed men and beating up teens (and journalists)