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NEWS
July 8, 2004
YOU CAN always expect a good laugh from Milton Street, the mayor's brother - the latest being trying to use another firm's ramp to launch his own tour boat. I guess Milton forgot that fair competition means using your own equipment. One laugh after another, but one person who is not laughing is Mayor Street. Frank Conforti Philadelphia
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 1987 | By STUART D. BYKOFSKY, Daily News Staff Writer
Some people laugh at religion. Others laugh religiously. Freelance cantor Charles Smolover finds that his religious work helps his improvisational comedy - and vice versa. As a cantor, whose primary responsiblity is to conduct a congregation in prayer, "you have to project an air of confidence and of peace. There's a little bit of performance involved in that," he said. "In improvisation, you have to establish a presence in front of an audience. " Smolover, 29, has been the cantor for a small congregation in the western Pennsylvania town of Indiana for seven years.
NEWS
December 31, 2010
YO, Iggle fans, keep celebrating "In-season, Meadowlands Miracles" while N.Y. Giant fans continue to celebrate Super Bowls. See you guys in the playoffs! J.R. Shiek Washington Crossing
NEWS
November 5, 2004
HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. HA. Brian Lockrey Collegevile
NEWS
September 6, 1996 | by Renee Lucas Wayne, Daily News Staff Writer
We can't claim a bayou or a delta, but there will be blues aplenty this weekend - seasoned with a dash of rock 'n' roll - when the Southern Comfort Rocks the Blues 1996 Tour hits the Great Plaza stage on SATURDAY from 1 to 10 p.m. The legendary Taj Mahal, along with guitar man Keb' Mo', the Phantom Blues Band, the subdudes, G. Love and Special Sauce, and Gingham Shmuz headline this day-long event. In addition, local blues brothers will perform, and the usual (and unusual) vendors of food and novelty items will be on hand.
SPORTS
April 19, 2012
THE GRITTY TABLOID that has served Philadelphia so well over the past 87 years was placed in the lap of Penguins center Sidney Crosby on Wednesday morning. Crosby, 24, said he had not seen Wednesday's Daily News - which featured him dressed as the Cowardly Lion with the headline "The Cowardly Penguin: Time to Finish Off Sniveling Sidney. " Crosby picked up the paper and laughed. "That's probably one of the nicer things they've said about me here," Crosby said.
SPORTS
May 13, 1986 | By BILL CONLIN, Daily News Sports Writer
Mike Schmidt says not to bother asking him how his left rib cage feels anymore. "The answer will be the same for at least the next six weeks," he said last night. "It hurts. I've got to steel myself for a jolt of pain when I sneeze, cough or laugh. I won't be doing much laughing and I hope I don't catch a cold. The only way for this kind of injury to heal is for me to not play for a couple of months and this team is not in a position for me to do that. Hopefully, one day I'll be out there and say, 'Hey, I can't hardly feel it today.
NEWS
March 26, 1996 | BY MUBARAK S. DAHIR
The movie "The Birdcage" is a hysterical, occasionally moving, adaptation of the French film, La Cage aux Folles, in which a gay man's son comes home from college to announce he is engaged to the daughter of an ultra- conservative senator who would make Pat Buchanan look warm and fuzzy. When the future in-laws plan a visit, the son asks his father to get rid of a few obvious gay artifacts around the house - including Dad's swishy lover, who has been like a mother to the boy. In this hilarious film, Robin Williams (as Armand, the gay father)
NEWS
February 15, 2010 | By Patricia Mans FOR THE INQUIRER
James is a fun-loving 14-year-old with a bright smile that draws people to him. He is known for his great sense of humor and delights in making others laugh. Although he may appear to be shy when first meeting you, he soon warms up and is talkative once he becomes comfortable with you. This teenager has many interests, including karate, football, basketball, baseball, video games and biking. When not engaged in athletic pursuits, he enjoys writing in his journal and listening to rap music.
SPORTS
September 4, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith, back home yesterday after a scary injury the night before in Chicago, was able to joke about it after tests found no serious damage. Smith was injured Monday night with less than four minutes to go in a 22-6 loss to the Chicago Bears when he dived over the line of scrimmage as a decoy and landed on his helmet and shoulder pads. "I did it to myself, no one else did it to me," Smith said with a laugh after tests proved negative for brain or spine damage.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2014 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
How does the Kardashians' excluding Bruce Jenner from their product lines relate to the Constitution's commerce clause? Why are lifetime-appointed Supreme Court justices like DJs at a strip club? In what way do Bruce Springsteen concerts resemble the short shrift given to the workingman by Congress? Colin Quinn's Unconstitutiona l has the answers. His smart, hilarious romp through U.S. history, presented by Philadelphia Theatre Company at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, takes an absurdist approach to the divisive intolerance for differing opinions that separates red states from blue, immigration-reformists from the closed-borders crowd, and gun-control types from NRA partisans.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bob Newhart will be remembered centuries hence as one of the greatest straight men in American comedy. The soft-spoken stand-up comic and actor who has the deadliest deadpan in the biz and the driest of humors was singularly brilliant in his first major sitcom, The Bob Newhart Show , which ran for five seasons on CBS from 1972 to 1978. In a great character choice, Newhart plays a therapist, Dr. Bob Hartley. Consistently calm in the midst of chaos, Bob listens in each episode to the strange and hilarious problems of a slew of series regulars who bare their souls to him. Florida Friebus has gone down in TV history for playing one of Bob's patients, Lillian Bakerman, an elderly woman who spends her therapy sessions knitting.
NEWS
June 3, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON & MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writers morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
HE MOVED FREELY in the worlds of business, government, education and journalism, and those who knew him in all those worlds mourned Lewis Katz yesterday. His philanthropic activities were nearly the stuff of legend, including a $25 million gift last year to his alma mater Temple University, which will name its medical school after him. It was just a few weeks ago that Katz spoke at Temple's commencement ceremony. The speech was, according to Temple board of trustees chairman Patrick J. O'Connor, "among the most inspiring ever given.
NEWS
May 16, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
IN "CHEF," we learn that revenge is a dish best served never. The lesson comes courtesy of a trendy chef named Carl Casper (Jon Favreau, directing himself and some pals) whose hip restaurant has reached a stodgy phase. A scathing review (from Oliver Platt) causes a fuming Carl to roast the critic in person, an unhinged confrontation that goes viral, costing Carl his job. "Chef" then converts to a road movie - Carl takes his neglected son (Emjay Anthony) on the road in a revamped food truck, falling in love again with cooking and with his neglected son. All of this happens at the urging of his gorgeous and helpful ex-wife (Sofia Vergara)
NEWS
May 9, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
YEARS from now, anthropologists tracking the development of Rogen Man may point to "Neighbors" as the moment he began to walk fully upright. Seth Rogen has been his generation's icon of knuckle-dragging bachelorhood - imparting Falstaffian advice in "The 40 Year Old Virgin," fecklessly dating teens and smoking pot in "Pineapple Express," making tentative steps toward reform and domesticity in "Knocked Up," reverting to Hollywood hedonist in "This...
NEWS
April 18, 2014
IF THE "Daily Show," "The Colbert Report" and late-night gabfest monologues still don't quench your thirst for political and pop culture satire, you're in luck. Thursday, the jolly jokesters at 1812 Productions will raise the curtain on their latest edition of "That Is the Week That Is. " The plucked-from-the-headlines comedy revue runs through June 1 at Center City's Plays and Players Theatre. For the uninitiated, the 7-year-old "TITWTI" is inspired by the early-1960s TV show, "That Was the Week That Was," the granddaddy of everything from the "Weekend Update" segment on "Saturday Night Live" to current programs hosted by the likes of Jon Stewart and Bill Maher . "It's a political satire show based on current events," explained Don Montrey , the show's writer.
NEWS
April 4, 2014
LET'S FACE it: To this point, 2014 hasn't exactly been what you'd call a laugh riot here in the old Del Val. Unless, of course, you have the kind of twisted sense of humor that would find hilarity in the horrendous weather, 76ers' losing streak and the latest political and police scandals we've endured since New Year's. So, it is with gratitude and a sense of relief that I can point you to a pair of ensemble-propelled chuckle-fests currently playing in the region. These two shows are not necessarily for the same audience.
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* TURN. 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC. * SILICON VALLEY. 10 p.m. Sunday, HBO. * VEEP. 10:30 p.m. Sunday, HBO.   AMC, fresh off another record-breaking season finale of "The Walking Dead" and a week away from the Season 7 launch of "Mad Men," splits the considerable difference between zombies and '60s admen on Sunday with "Turn," a historical drama about a group of men and women who spied for George Washington during the Revolutionary War....
NEWS
March 27, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IT WAS THE laugh that defined Jason Pennypacker. It embodied the essence and spirit of a man whose zest for life defied all constraints. It was a laugh that told the world that everything was right and fine, and that it was always sunny in Philadelphia. Frank Dougherty, former Daily News writer who was Jason's landlord for a time, employed his well-honed flair for description when he said Jason's laugh was like "naval guns booming across the water. " Actually, it was Frank's garden that took the brunt of that exuberance.
SPORTS
March 18, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - You've seen Phil Martelli get angry, edgy, streetwise, sarcastic, proud. You've seen him happy. This was different. As soon as his St. Joseph's Hawks won the Atlantic 10 tournament on Sunday, Martelli's chin started to quiver. He looked behind his team's bench, where his wife had already broken down in tears. "I was trying to hold off," Martelli said later. "When I saw her and how emotional she was, I broke. " Did Judy Martelli often get full-on emotional like that after the big ones?
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