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  • Santa Claus vs. The Martians 3.0
    Inspired Lunacy makes CDP's Santa vs. Martians giddy delight
    For the sake of transparency, and speaking as an admitted Santa Claus vs. The Martians groupie, I have trouble finding the best words to describe this latest (and undeniably best) incarnation of what become a Dallas Christmas Theatre Classic....
  • Fibber McGee & Molly
    Old-time radio, 17 December: Less can be enough at 79 Wistful Vista
    “With the need to ‘write funny’ no longer present because the episodes were pre-recorded in a studio,” Clair Schulzwill write inFibber McGee & Molly On the Air (1935-1959), “too many of the fifteen-minuteFibber...
  • Comedian Michael Harrison
    Comedian Michael Harrison helps you laugh your winter blues away
    Comedian Michael Harrison is looking forward to spending time in Montreal this January, despite the frosty climate. First off, he loves the city’s crowds. “Montreal audiences are awesome! 'Comedy Works' and 'Yuk Yuks...
  • Top Five
    Chris Rock is Back in Comedic Form with 'Top Five', Co-starring Rosario Dawson
    Chris Rock was a staple on many people's TVs back in the day. It almost seemed like he was everywhere, his career taking off, his comedy making millions laugh, and then poof, disappears. Or at least lays low for years without much of dip into...
  • The Second City & Goodman Theatre deliver comic cheer with Twist Your Dickens
    The Second City & Goodman Theatre deliver comic cheer with Twist Your Dickens
    Former writers of The Colbert Report Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort have put quills to ink to produce the cutting comedy Twist Your Dickens, Or Scrooge You—the first sketch comedy/improv/musical collaboration between Chicago’s Second City...
  • Gaze upon a career in ‘Top Five’
    Gaze upon a career in ‘Top Five’
    1. Talib Kweli2. Tupac3. Dead Prez4. Rakim5. Public Enemyand my sixth would be DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.Chris Rock makes a movie that does what it should. It lingers. Rock writes, directs and stars in “Top Five” as a comedian...
  • Stephen Colbert
    'The Colbert Report' announces guests for final shows
    With only four episodes remaining of “The Colbert Report,” Comedy Centralhas announced the guests for the last shows on Dec. 11. "Our last week of shows are going to be really special, just like every other week," said...
  • Top Five
    Movie review: 'Top Five' a laborious labor of love from Chris Rock
    Comedian Chris Rock has written, directed, produced and stars in Top Five (opening today). The film is packed full of several talented comedians, nearly a who's who in comedy today. All signs then, point to this being a really funny film....
  • Horrible Bosses 2
    Yes, Bosses are still Horrible!
    Horrible Bosses 2: Rated “R” (1 hour, 48 minutes)Starring: Jason Bateman,Jason Sudeikis,Charlie Day, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer AnistonDirected by: Sean AndersFor those of you who feel that sequels can never live up to the original, man do...
  • Christmas Journey 3
    Quick Christmas skits
    Time seems to be at a premium during these short December days. If you are still looking for a Christmas skit for an upcoming performance or service, consider one of these freebies from Fools for Christ. Both are available as free digital...
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic honored by Billboard
    'Weird Al' 'Mandatory Fun' album named top comedy album of 2014
    “Weird Al” Yankovic's 2014 album “Mandatory Fun” was named the Top Comedy Album of the year in Billboard magazine's year-end charts, the magazine announced Dec. 8. The album bested Jim Gaffigan's “Obsessed...
  • Fibber McGee & Molly with Johnson's Wax
    9 December: The aftermath from Pearl continues . . .
    The aftermath of Pearl Harbour continues apace. Not just around official America but around old-time radio, aboard which one of the earliest counter-volleys to America's being yanked at last into World War II comes from and aboard NBC.The...
  • Flynt Saves Christmas
    Surrender to mirth at PST's Flynt Saves Christmas
    Santa Claus has been kidnapped by a conspiracy of imperialist villains, led by the notorious Johan Jacob Jingleheimer-Schmidt (da.da-da-da-da-da-da). It is up to urbane, sophisticated Super Spy Hardy Flint (ala James Bond) to rescue Santy and make...
  • To be funny or not to be funny
    Tears and Laughter: La Bohème in SF, History of Comedy (abridged) in Marin
    As the weeks wind down toward the holidays, I’m glad I’ve been able to have some cultural endeavors amid the shopping and, you know, work. Last week, I left two different performances with two very different expressions on my face.The...
  • A Million Ways to Die in the West
    Get on little doggy: Movie review ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West’
    It figures that the only Seth MacFarlane film I paid to see in the theater would bomb. It is also interesting as to why that would be the case. Despite not liking Family Guy or MacFarlane as a host on the Academy Awards, to my surprise I found Ted...