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ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2012 | By Steve Klinge, For The Inquirer
'It's kind of like Laugh-In with the Polyphonic Spree as the soundtrack. " That's how Tim DeLaughter describes the Polyphonic Spree's Holiday Extravaganza, which comes to the Trocadero Friday night. But while Laugh-In of '60s TV possessed a skewed adult sensibility, the Polyphonic Spree aims for all ages, with animals, science demonstrations, cartoons, and other diversions. "It's a family environment, for ages 1 to 92," DeLaughter says from a truck stop in Nevada, where the band is en route to a gig in Chicago.
SPORTS
November 20, 2012 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
LANDOVER, Md. - Somewhere, Juan Castillo is laughing right now. And if he isn't, he damn well should be. The defense that Castillo was deemed unfit to lead last month has been an absolute joke since Andy Reid's mid-October panic move. And I'm not laying this on Castillo's replacement, Todd Bowles. I'm laying it on a group of defensive players that aren't nearly as good as they think they are. "It's frustrating," safety Kurt Coleman said after Sunday's embarrassing, 31-6 loss to the Redskins in which rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III threw four touchdown passes and just one incompletion in 15 attempts.
NEWS
November 19, 2012 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
After seeing Montgomery Theater's production of Sean Grennan's Making God Laugh , I think biblical standards of humor have declined a bit since Job's time. Grennan's play spans 30 years, beginning at Thanksgiving 1980 and progressing through Christmas 1990, New Year's Y2K, and Easter circa 2010. On each of these holidays, a trio of siblings learn the painful lesson that you can't go home again. The audience, watching the characters' lives move from youthful promise to adult discontent, gets beaten over the head with Grennan's continual insistence on his theme: If you want to make God laugh, create plans, so he can delight in frustrating them.
SPORTS
November 15, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CONTRARY to what analyst Troy Aikman said during the broadcast of Sunday's Cowboys-Eagles game, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin did not shy away from contact when an incomplete pass sailed past Maclin and Dallas safety Gerald Sensabaugh, Maclin said Wednesday. "I think it's funny, personally," said Maclin, who responded "LOL" on Twitter to a blog post piecing the Aikman observation together with the play on which Maclin was flipped, injuring his back, and another play from Sunday, to assert a pattern of avoiding contact by Maclin.
NEWS
November 5, 2012 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Jabril is an adorable 8-year-old with an endearing personality and a brilliant smile that draw people to him. He has a great sense of humor and delights in making you laugh. Jabril's favorite activities include playing a variety of sports and board games. His teachers say that Jabril does very well in his classes and takes pride in doing his homework. He likes learning new things and especially enjoys arts and crafts and other projects involving art. Jabril gets along well with his teachers and classmates.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2012 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
'W e'll just be wine-with-dinner people," is how Charlie and Kate Hannah, the Los Angeles couple played by Aaron Paul and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Smashed , agree to recalibrate their drinking habits, their lives. The problem is that drinking has become their lives. For Kate, a teacher in public school, it's especially bad: She loses her temper with a store clerk who won't sell her beer after hours, then loses control of her bladder on the bodega floor. And when, reeling from a mighty hangover, she pukes in front of her first graders, one of the more precocious kids asks if she is pregnant.
NEWS
September 28, 2012 | BY ROGER MOORE, MCT News Service
WELCOME TO the "Hotel Transylvania," where you can check out any time you like, but you will never laugh. With apologies to The Eagles, "almost never. " Sony Animation got into the Adam Sandler business this time out. The "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" folks must never have seen "Eight Crazy Nights," Sandler's first effort at turning his "gift" for funny voices into a cartoon. It's a good-looking, laugh-starved farce that puts Dracula (Sandler) in charge of a hotel for monsters - "Human-free since 1895" - and makes him an overprotective single father with a teenage daughter (Selena Gomez)
NEWS
September 14, 2012 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer
"SLEEPWALK WITH ME" puts a laudably offbeat new spin on the familiar story of the slacker guy with the commitment problem. It's adapted from a popular stage play by comedian Mike Birbiglia, a work that describes his matriculation as a standup comic and his disintegrating relationship with his lovely, tolerant girlfriend (Lauren Ambrose). His career and his relationship are more than casually linked - Birbiglia struggles to find his voice onstage until he starts to make candid jokes about his troubled relationship.
NEWS
September 14, 2012 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer
COMEDIANS have an easier time making an audience laugh, concedes Ross Bennett, when the listeners have already downed their two-drink minimum. But when a jokester is playing for a crowd that's largely reformed alcoholics and former drug addicts - a relatively new "subset" audience for live comedy being courted by the booking agency Recoverycomedy.com - "you've got to really be good," said Bennett. "You can't just get away with dropping the f-bomb. In fact, since it's often a family crowd you're facing, you have to work totally clean, as well as sober.
REAL_ESTATE
August 27, 2012 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
The first thing a visitor might notice at the Abo house, set on a quiet, dignified street in Cherry Hill, is its second outdoor mailbox. Shaped like an airplane, it sits suspended on a pole above the other box and says simply "Air Mail. " Nearby, a small "Beer Garden" sign points to bottles planted upside-down in a cluster of shrubs. And then, there's the notice that reads: "In 1897, absolutely nothing happened at this location. " Very soon it becomes very clear that Jane and Marty Abo's home is not your run-of-the-mill suburban retreat.
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