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Mike Birbiglia

by John Rodat March 27, 2014

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  I associate Mike Birbiglia with a number of other popular stand ups I know best from the Internet but of whom I first became aware in the alt-comedy boom of the ’90s: comedians like Louis ...

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Funny Man

by B.A. Nilsson March 12, 2014

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  We were given a look at a typical day for Christopher Durang in his 1987 video biography, a short, Showtime-commissioned film directed by Jerry Zaks and featuring cameos by Sigourney Weaver and Julie Hagerty, and ...

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Rodney Carrington

by The Staff February 20, 2014

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    “Rude, crude and in the mood.” That’s how an Iowa newspaper admiringly headlined a short review of a recent show by comedian and country crooner Rodney Carrington. Carrington, who has starred in his own ABC sitcom, ...

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SleepFrog

by The Staff November 27, 2013

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  Aside from the snow in the air, multiple productions of The Nutcracker on local stages and aggressive TV commercials for Black Friday, how can you tell the holidays are nigh? It’s time for the Ghent Playhouse’s ...

Ghent Playhouse

The Ladies of Laughter

by The Staff October 10, 2013

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  The Ladies of Laughter is one of those clever package shows that will offer a variety of successful comics working hard to make you laugh. The first Lady of Laughter is Comedy Central regular Chris Rich, ...

Proctors

Better Late

by The Staff September 5, 2013

  Few in showbiz had a quicker wit than the late TV and film writer-producer Larry Gelbart. He wrote for Sid Caesar and collaborated with Woody Allen. His film comedies ranged from The Wrong Box to ...

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Nothing’s Shocking

by Laura Leon August 15, 2013

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  When drug dealer David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) gets mugged and his bankroll snatched, he has to scramble to find a way to avoid revenge by his boss (Ed Helms), a guy so well-off and twisted ...

Much Ado About Nothing

by The Staff August 7, 2013

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  Barrington Stage Company’s Julianne Boyd directs this production of one of the Bard’s best-loved comedies. How “best-loved” is it? Aside from the near-constant theatrical productions, there have been two splashy big-screen versions of Much Ado ...

Barrington Stage Company

Make ’Em Laugh Film Festival

by The Staff August 7, 2013

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  Chatham’s summer arts fest at PS21 offers dance, theater, cabaret and all sorts of wonderful live entertainment. This week, however, they’ve been serving up a killer comedy film festival—and it’s free. There are plenty of quality ...

PS21

Keith Anthony

by The Staff August 7, 2013

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  Keith Anthony is a very funny—and very experienced—stand-up comedian, and he’s coming to the Comedy Works this weekend. He started with the Groundlings in Los Angeles, and has been around long enough to have shared ...

Comedy Works Albany

Female Trouble

by Laura Leon July 3, 2013

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  The cop buddy film is legend, if not always legendary, but it has provided more than its share of enjoyable onscreen moments. I still remember the sheer joy that was Eddie Murphy running roughshod over ...

Towheads

by The Staff June 26, 2013

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  Shannon Plumb, an artist and experimental filmmaker, had been making three-minute comedy shorts for years before she and her husband, filmmaker Derek Cianfrance, had children. And then everything changed. As Plumb remembered in Filmmaker magazine, “When ...

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Love’s Labour’s Lost

by The Staff June 20, 2013

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  This early Shakespearian comedy begins with three male royals swearing off the company of women for a year so that they can pursue academic study. This, of course, falls apart immediately (and comically) when they ...

Shakespeare & Company

Heroes

by The Staff June 13, 2013

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  Shakespeare & Company’s latest production, Heroes, opens with a preview performance tonight (Thursday). The award-winning Heroes is “the irreverent and poignant story of three World War I veterans confined to a retirement home in their ...

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Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody

by The Staff May 1, 2013

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  After a decade or so of the biggest publishing phenomenon revolving around teenage wizards, it’s only fair that an adult-oriented trilogy—ahem, sex, ahem, BDSM—should take the pop-literary world by storm. And it was only a ...

The Egg

Lewis Black

by The Staff March 20, 2013

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  We’d tell you that Lewis Black is pissed off, but you already know that. In fact, it’s the whole point to his epic disquisitions on what’s wrong with politics, society . . . everything. Black’s latest ...

Palace Theatre

Mike Epps

by The Staff February 28, 2013

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  From his Def Comedy Jam days through his Showtime special to a gig hosting the BET Hip Hop Awards, Mike Epps has always known how to make people laugh. Epps is also widely recognized for ...

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The Gender Defenders

by The Staff February 14, 2013

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  Let’s face it: Not everyone can get free for the big Valentine’s date on a Thursday night. Saturday, however, is perfect; and, as it just so happens, the Palace is hosting the Gender Defenders comedy ...

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5th Annual New Year’s Eve Comedy Blast

by The Staff December 27, 2012

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  Comedy seems to be durable New Year’s entertainment in the Capital Region. In addition to shows at a number of the usual venues, the Palace Theatre is hosting its 5th Annual New Year’s Eve Comedy ...

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Man Out of Time

by B.A. Nilsson November 20, 2012

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  The six-DVD set that Shout! Factory released last year was as wonderful a bounty of Ernie Kovacs material as you could desire, righting the wrong inflicted by an earlier collection that chopped his shows to ...

Bill Cosby

by The Staff November 8, 2012

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  There’s a great scene in the documentary about Jerry Seinfeld’s post-sitcom life, Comedian, which shows the comic in a daze while driving back from a visit with Bill Cosby. Caught in his own mid-career crisis, ...

Palace Theatre

The Second City

by The Staff October 11, 2012

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  Are you enjoying the election season yet? The Second City, Chicago’s legendary sketch/improv-comedy institution, is concerned that your mental well-being is being challenged by pollsters, spin doctors, pusillanimous pundits and dissembling and/or somnambulant politicians. And they’re ...

Palace Theatre

An Odd Couple

by Rick Marshall September 7, 2012

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  Filmmaker Jake Schreier’s Robot & Frank is set in the “near future,” but with the exception of a few fancy cars, some spiffy video-chatting technology, and the aforementioned robot, it’s a science-fiction story that does ...

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Twelfth Night

by The Staff August 30, 2012

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  Viola loves Orsino; Orsino loves Olivia; Olivia loves Viola, who, we should probably mention, is disguised as a man. There’s also a villain, and a missing twin brother, lurking about somewhere. Yes, we’re in the weird ...

Albany Civic Theater

Brace Yourself

by The Staff August 8, 2012

  If you’re going to create a comedy of catastrophe, there’s no reason to hold back. In David Epstein’s comedy Brace Yourself, which is having its world premiere this week on the Berkshire Theatre Group’s main ...

Berkshire Theatre Group Fitzpatrick Main Stage