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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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NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 22, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 2015 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
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...
SPORTS
May 15, 2015 | By Chuck Darrow, Daily News Staff Writer
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
* 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?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2015 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2015 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
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)
NEWS
January 9, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2014 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
The first thing I'll say about Adrienne Truscott's Asking for It is that it's smart. Her one-woman stand-up presented by Simpatico Theatre Project asks hard, sometimes humorous questions about the use of rape jokes in comedy and deals with them in a sly, sophisticated manner. I'll start with her shtick - and no, I'm not referring to Truscott's performing most of her 75-minute show naked from the waist down. During the show, the New York-based choreographer-turned-comedian wears a big blond wig, oversize bra, and midwaist jean jacket.
NEWS
October 3, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
WITH ALL the bad news coming from Atlantic City, there isn't much to laugh at down there these days, right? But the truth is, AC is a pretty hilarious place. In fact, Atlantic City could call itself the funniest burg on the East Coast. Not that this is anything new. After all, AC is where an aspiring comic-juggler named W.C. Fields honed his craft at the turn of the 20th century. It's where acts like Bud Abbott (an AyCee native) and Lou Costello , and the Three Stooges were regular headliners in their heyday.
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