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December 24, 2015
By Sally Friedman The tree is up in the lobby. This year, it's a sturdy little specimen, complete with glittering golden ornaments on its upper branches. As I wheel her past it - and she strains to see it clearly - I know she longs once again for the gift of speech. She yearns for the simple pleasure of saying to someone, "Oh look! How lovely!" But the stroke has left my old neighbor without voice, without movement, and on her worst days, I sense, without hope in the year of her 87th Christmas.
NEWS
November 14, 1998 | By Leonard Pitts Jr
I'm laughing at a guy in a death camp. Dirty, bedraggled little fellow, laboring under inhumane eyes. I'm laughing. And amazed that I am. His name is Guido. He's the central character of a movie called Life Is Beautiful, a European import starring Italian comic Roberto Benigni. Guido is a likable, if mischievous, rascal who suffers misadventures, finds love, makes a life. Then he's hauled off to a concentration camp, along with his small son. Because, you see, it's the early 1940s and Guido is a Jew. Worried more for his son's innocence than his own fate, the desperately inventive Guido shelters the boy with an elaborate ruse.
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
When Mel Brooks introduces one of movies - as he will when he screens Blazing Saddles at the Academy of Music on Saturday, May 21 - he insists on staying for the whole show. Why? He likes to hear people laugh. The event at the Academy of Music will start with Brooks introducing the 1974 comedy western, followed by a screening of the film, and then a lively conversation afterward with Brooks about his life and the movie. Brooks talked about why he wants to watch people watch Blazing Saddles , growing up in Brooklyn, and hanging out with Carl Reiner.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2011
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine. " - Proverbs 17:22 DO THE SLUMPING economy, skyrocketing gas prices and record unemployment have you saying things like, "Hey, pinch me, wake me up, or at least tell me this is all some sick April Fool's joke, huh?" We're all facing so many challenges these days, but one of the best ways to cope and even improve our health and well-being doesn't cost a thing. Just laugh. Skeptical, are you? Well, in recent years plenty of scientific evidence has confirmed that laugher decreases stress, reduces pain and strengthens your immune system, among other wonders.
LIVING
October 7, 1996 | By William R. Macklin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The children of Israel were laughing, and Avner Ziv wanted to know why. It was the start of the Yom Kippur War, 1973, and as elsewhere in Israel, the kibbutz schools were being shelled. As the bombs rained, Ziv, a psychologist specializing in stress and anxiety, was asked to study Israeli schoolchildren and find some way to help ease their tensions. "While we were looking at the data, we discovered something we couldn't understand," says Ziv, 65, a researcher and professor of psychology at Tel Aviv University.
NEWS
December 18, 1997 | By LEONARD PITTS
Tell me if you think this is funny. It happened three years ago. A Nigeria-born woman comes before an American judge, asking that she and her two daughters not be sent back to Africa. The woman is desperate to spare her girls an ordeal she herself suffered as a child. In Nigeria, as in some other nations of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, there is a custom of female circumcision. I'll bet that while you can think of a great many words to describe that practice, funny doesn't make the list.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 1995 | By Douglas J. Keating, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
Neil Simon has never had trouble making an audience laugh, but in the touring production of Laughter on the 23rd Floor that opened last night at the Merriam Theatre you can be absolutely sure there will be laughter in the theater. That's because the actors themselves will be laughing. "It's something you never do in a comedy - having someone say something funny on stage and have the other actors laugh at it," Simon said. "But in this case I specifically told the director that the people on stage should laugh.
NEWS
July 24, 2012 | By Morgan Zalot, Daily News Staff Writer
(Chillin' Wit' is a regular feature of the Daily News spotlighting a name in the news away from the job. Contact Morgan Zalot at 215-854-5928 or zalotm@phillynews.com. Follow her on Twitter @morganzalot and read her blog, PhillyConfidential.com.) Adé Fuqua's wife, Holremin, excitedly grabs his hand and presses it to her round belly. He hasn't yet felt the kicking of the newlyweds' first child, a baby boy they're expecting in December. "I never get to experience this," Fuqua says, as his wife moves his hand around her belly.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2011
* LAST MAN STANDING. 8 tonight, 6ABC. SOMETIMES MY body betrays me. I'm not oversharing here, I promise. I'm talking about the laughter that bubbled up two or three times while I watched the pilot for Tim Allen's new sitcom, "Last Man Standing," which premieres tonight in two back-to-back episodes on ABC. Two or three laughs might not seem like a lot, but when they're in reaction to something my conscious brain insists isn't funny,...
NEWS
June 30, 2011
Here's the White House Press Office's transcript, unedited: Hyatt at the Bellevue Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 5:25 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Philly! (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you, Philadelphia! (Applause.) It is good to be back -- (applause) -- good to be back in the great state of Pennsylvania. (Applause.) Congratulations, Phillies fans. (Applause.) That is quite a rotation. There are a couple of people I want to acknowledge. First of all, you just heard from somebody who I consider just a dear, dear friend.
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July 12, 2016 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
Few farces achieve the status of high art, and Marc Camoletti's Boeing-Boeing is not one of them. But the Hedgerow Theatre's actor-driven production shrugs off any high-minded concerns in pursuit of two-hours of nearly non-stop laughter. In the 1960s, American architect Bernard (Andrew Parcell) lives in Paris, where he juggles relationships with three airline stewardesses. His mild-mannered lothario manages this difficult feat not through charisma but rather by keeping close track of the airline flight schedules and making himself available accordingly.
NEWS
May 30, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
Holly Thi Werth was never without words. At weddings, at funerals, at family dinners and raucous parties, she would walk into a room, assess the situation, and say something that cut right to the crux of things. She gave speeches at memorials that made everyone cry and laugh in the same breath. She gave toasts that prompted acquaintances to ask whether she was a stand-up comedian. She made jokes that had half the room gasping in shock, the other half gasping with laughter. Earlier this month, in hospice care, at the end of a long battle with cervical cancer, she found words when no one else could.
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
When Mel Brooks introduces one of movies - as he will when he screens Blazing Saddles at the Academy of Music on Saturday, May 21 - he insists on staying for the whole show. Why? He likes to hear people laugh. The event at the Academy of Music will start with Brooks introducing the 1974 comedy western, followed by a screening of the film, and then a lively conversation afterward with Brooks about his life and the movie. Brooks talked about why he wants to watch people watch Blazing Saddles , growing up in Brooklyn, and hanging out with Carl Reiner.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, Music Critic
Christian Tetzlaff is much loved in our town, and his presence Friday night was much missed. But another way of looking at it is that the German violinist, in canceling his recital to be home for the birth of his sixth child, left an opening for something more significant. Benjamin Beilman, who replaced him for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society recital at the Perelman, is hardly unknown here, having schooled at the Curtis Institute and benefited from the sturdy career guidance of Astral Artists.
NEWS
December 24, 2015
By Sally Friedman The tree is up in the lobby. This year, it's a sturdy little specimen, complete with glittering golden ornaments on its upper branches. As I wheel her past it - and she strains to see it clearly - I know she longs once again for the gift of speech. She yearns for the simple pleasure of saying to someone, "Oh look! How lovely!" But the stroke has left my old neighbor without voice, without movement, and on her worst days, I sense, without hope in the year of her 87th Christmas.
NEWS
January 13, 2015 | BY JOE CLARK, For the Daily News
IT'S A PICTURE of a group of guys who at one time reported on just about every robbery, rape, murder, major fire and accident fatality in the city. They were the police reporters for the city's three major newspapers. It was taken 54 years ago when they moved from Room 619 in City Hall to the new Police Administration Building (a/k/a "the Roundhouse"). And although the press room was on the Roundhouse's second floor, it was still known as 619. The engraved plaque on the door says so. Ten men are in the picture.
NEWS
June 23, 2014 | By Paul Jablow, For The Inquirer
Geno Merli figures it's about 10 or 15 minutes into the conventional medical school lecture when the cellphones and iPads come out and the texting and Web-surfing start. "They're doing something else while they're listening," says Merli, an internist and codirector of the Vascular Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. It's not that different at medical conventions, he says, which was why the people who run the annual American College of Physicians (ACP) meeting came to Merli and fellow lecturer Howard Weitz seven years ago and said, almost pleadingly, "Be innovative.
NEWS
March 23, 2014 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
I could easily dismiss Laughter on the 23rd Floor as harmless nostalgia. Neil Simon's 1993 play takes place in 1953, when he and "the finest writing staff in the history of TV" produced the weekly sketches for Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows . Simon's semiautobiographical piece, now at Bristol Riverside Theatre, disguises or blends the main players: He renames himself Lucas Brickman (Jason Silverman), Caesar becomes Max Prince (David Edwards), and Mel Brooks turns up as Ira Stone (Ben Lloyd)
NEWS
October 21, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Did he say, "Get your gun"? Or did he say, "Protect your guns"? In a video posted Thursday by Talking Points Memo, Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles, a Republican vying for Democratic State Sen. Jim Whelan's seat in the Second Legislative District, can be heard telling attendees at a meeting of the gun rights group New Jersey Second Amendment Society that "when somebody who's been elected for 30 years, and he comes knocking on your door and...
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2013 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
Of the clown, Nietzsche remarked, "He alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter. " He would have spoken similarly of magicians had he seen the raucous, deeply revelatory Elephant Room , which is inaugurating the FringeArts building on Columbus Avenue. At first glance, Elephant Room plays like a trio of middle-aged, washed-up magic-makers performing in their basement "secret society" in Paterson, N.J. With their long hair, porn-star moustaches, and lounge-lizard attire, and strumming and kicking to '80s power ballads, it would be all too easy to dismiss Dennis Diamond, Louie Magic, and Daryl Hannah (Geoff Sobelle, Steve Cuiffo and Trey Lyford)
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