Saturday, July 26, 2014 Tammuz 28, 5774
Hilarity as a healer? It couldn't hurt!
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You bring the marshmallows; Brad Trackman will bring the roast. A comedy camp for kids? Take my teens -- please! But that's exactly what Trackman -- a national headlining comedian with many cable and late-night TV appearances to his case of credits -- is attempting to do: Taking teens whose big battles may be with acne and awkwardness, and changing...
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What about sex? Sex is good. You betcha, and no better time than the present. But what if that's not what was actually said, and what was really asked was "how about dinner at 6? Six is good." That's some big matzah ball hanging out there, "Seinfeld." But for Marlee Matlin, "sex/six" was comedy at its most organic, if not...
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In the almost comically contentious Minnesota election between Norm Coleman and Al Franken for a seat in the U.S. Senate, is it any wonder that the joker won? Grayer and filled with gravitas now, Franken spun an intellectual-style comedy out of his Jewish Minnesota roots, where, as he told the Jewish Exponent's On the Scene while still a writer/performer for...
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The prospect, however remote, that Pennsylvania might eliminate grants to arts and cultural organizations has unnerved some Jewish groups already battling the fiscal currents and struggling to stay afloat. The Pennsylvania State Senate included in its budget proposal a plan to eliminate funding for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. The council, part of Gov. Ed Rendell's office, provides grants...
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David Brenner starts his 'Leave 'em Laughing' tour in a town he never really left behind
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In his newly staged world series of stand-up, David Brenner has opened with a home run. "What more can a Philly guy do than start my tour right here, right at home?" says the comedian/author whose own West Side story recalls his days as a gang member in West Philly and whose South Philly roots had him rooting for rock...
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