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She’s Pretty Funny…for a Woman

She’s Pretty Funny…for a Woman
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She’s Pretty Funny…for a Woman: The Changing Face of Ladies and Laughter (Official text below) The year 2015 has been a big one for women in comedy. Amy Schumer’s smash hit  Trainwreck upended the traditional rules of the rom-com. Former Daily Show correspondent, Samantha Bee’s been building excitement for her own late night show on TBS, while Unbreakable Kimmy […]

Completely Hollywood (Abridged)

Completely Hollywood (Abridged)

For gentlemen who’ve partaken in such productions as Return to the Forbidden Planet, which is based on The Tempest and billed as “Shakespeare’s forgotten rock and roll masterpiece,” and The Real Inspector Hound, a one-act play by Tom Stoppard, perhaps it is no surprise to find them as a trio performing The Bible: The Complete […]

Opera Kadabra

Opera Kadabra

It’s part stand-up comedy, part magic show, and part operatic oldies but goodies. The video we watched had baritone Patrick Bell of Opera Kadabra singing “Largo al factotum” from Barber of Seville by Rossini…as he escapes from a straight jacket. As an assistant tied him into the straight jacket, Bell chatted, made jokes, then he […]

The B**** Is Back

The B**** Is Back

When someone graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Caltech, we don’t expect to see them discussing the down and dirty of menopause onstage or uttering the f-word on live radio. But while science still plays a part in her life, it is merely one element of the many, many elements that make […]

Modernists & Supreme Rulers: It’s Complicated

Modernists & Supreme Rulers: It’s Complicated

Brian Ederling of the wonderful California Shakespeare Ensemble that has performed a stripped-down Twelfth Night , The Big Bad Wolf, and Shakespeare’s Lovers 2.0 at Descanso Gardens and a Frankenstein-style re-assembling of the Bard’s greatest bad guys in Villains, is now, also, Executive Director at Lineage Performing Arts Center. He’s kindly informed us of several […]

TUGGER the Ship & Kevin Bertazzon

TUGGER the Ship & Kevin Bertazzon

About a year ago, I was asked if I might be willing to help build a spaceship. Since I spend my days looking at a screen and typing at a keyboard, I was a bit hesitant, especially as the weekends spent in the garage with my dad building a Bugatti (a VW kit car), which eventually […]

It’s Groucho & Cirque at the Pasadena Playhouse

It’s Groucho & Cirque at the Pasadena Playhouse

“Frank doesn’t just do Groucho…he is Groucho.” — Miriam Marx Allen, Groucho Marx’s daughter “Frank is the only actor aside from Groucho who delivered my lines the way they were intended to be.” — Morrie Ryskind, co-author of the Marx Brothers’ hits Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers, and A Night at the Opera Frank Ferrante will perform his […]

Clint Eastwood & Chair in La Cañada

Clint Eastwood & Chair in La Cañada

Just when the jokes about Clint Eastwood and the empty chair started to be replaced by jokes about Bill Clinton’s verbosity, many of us who travel the 2 Freeway in the La Cañada/Glendale area are taking in a visual version of the joke every day. A few days ago, morning commuters used to seeing the […]

Capitol Steps; or, How to Laugh (Louder) at the Government

Capitol Steps; or, How to Laugh (Louder) at the Government

For the 19th year in a row, this troupe of former Congressional staffers will bring to Caltech its patented mix of political parody and scathing satire. Leaving no lobby unturned, the Steps make light of left, right, and center. I actually bought one of their CDs once, by accident. I was eleven. The jokes weren’t […]

No Laughing Matter

No Laughing Matter

It is a glorious spring day, it is 8 a.m., and I have a horrible cold. I should be in bed, or sitting on my patio broiling my germs in the hot sun. Instead, I am sucking cough drops in a darkened room with brick walls, a black ceiling and a faint smell of old […]

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