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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2012
Baltimore comedian Mike E. Winfield just scored a gig hosting a new weekly show on Fuse. Winfield, an actor with a most-voluptuous Afro who last year had a recurring role on "The Office," will be the face of "Off Beat," a show that will highlight the week's funniest music-related videos. It premiers at 10 p.m. Sept. 14. There are 12 episodes of the show planned, which should take Winfield's primetime run through November. Winfield, who now lives in Sacramento, made his television debut on "Late Show with David Letterman" in 2010.
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Susan Reimer | September 5, 2014
Comedian Joan Rivers once talked about how she came of age in the mid 1960s with Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Woody Allen and George Carlin in comedy clubs in Greenwich Village, where Johnny Carson's people would troll for new talent. She recalled that she was the last of the group to make it to "The Tonight Show," the last of the pack "allowed" to break through. "When I started out, a pretty girl did not go into comedy," she said. "I never was one of the guys, I was never asked to go hang out. "Looking back, I think it was because I was a woman, I was the very last one of the group they put on the Carson show.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 10, 1996
George Burns, the beloved cigar-puffing comedian whose career spanned vaudeville, radio, movies and television, died yesterday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif.Mr. Burns, 100, was the foremost comic "straight man" of his time in a partnership with his late wife, the scatterbrained Gracie Allen. He began a new solo career in show business when he was nearly 80.When he was well into his 90s, Mr. Burns announced with his customary brio that he had arranged to celebrate his 100th birthday, on Jan. 20, 1996, with an engagement at the London Palladium.
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August 17, 2014
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April 26, 1997
Comedian Pat Paulsen, who made a career out of his tongue-in-cheek presidential races, tickling audiences with his slogan "We Cannot Stand Pat," has died. He was 69 and had been battling cancer.Mr. Paulsen died of complications from pneumonia and kidney failure Thursday in Mexico, where he was undergoing treatment for colon and brain cancer, Beverly Hills publicist Glenn Schwartz said yesterday in Los Angeles. Doctors had said the cancer was inoperable, but Mr. Paulsen had been undergoing alternative treatment.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Evening Sun Staff | November 11, 1991
THE STATE OF COMEDY today is not such a laughing matter to comedian Mario Joyner.Oh sure, with the explosion of comedy clubs and stand-up showcases on cable television, there are lots of opportunities for comedians to work, and that's always good.But Joyner, who is a comedy scientist of sorts, taken as much with the process and structure of joke-telling as with the actual performance, thinks there are too many comedians who aren't devoted to the field of comedy for the long haul.Rather, they use stand-up as a springboard to launch themselves into television and the movies.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | March 12, 2008
I probably won't make the four-hour drive to see comedian Billy Crystal make his exhibition debut for the New York Yankees tomorrow in Tampa, but I'll definitely check the box score to see whether he goes deep against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Crystal isn't the first celebrity to suit up with a major league team in the spring, but he might be the oldest. Thursday is the day before his 60th birthday. I'd be in favor of something similar taking place at Fort Lauderdale Stadium, but I'm afraid if a big star showed up at Orioles camp, Andy MacPhail would try to trade him for five prospects.
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By From Staff Reports | October 14, 1994
One might say stand-up comedian Jeff Charlebois is a contradiction in terms. The reason? He delivers his jokes sitting down -- from a wheelchair.Mr. Charlebois, who was paralyzed in a car accident when he was 16, said he aims to make his audiences more at ease with the disabled and to help them realize that "people in wheelchairs do have a sense of humor and are just like everybody else."He entertained a lunchtime gathering of students and faculty members at Carroll Community College this week.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | November 1, 2002
Comedian is alternately breezy and prickly - a likable, brainy documentary with a neat retractable edge. Director Christian Charles chronicles Jerry Seinfeld's struggle to build a whole new comedy routine and uses it to encompass the plight of all stand-ups facing an open mike, a bare stage and a packed club. The comic's version of the writer's blank page lies somewhere between his ego and the audience, and inspiration can wilt at any point in-between. Subtle changes in the Zeitgeist and in audience awareness may affect whether a riff on, say, "think tanks" will soar; after all, listeners at some clubs may be far more familiar with drunk tanks.
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By GREGORY KANE | September 19, 1998
HUMOR: 1. the quality that makes something seem funny, amusing or ludicrous; comicality. 2. the ability to perceive, appreciate, or express what is funny, amusing or ludicrous. 3. the expression of this in speech, writing or action."That definition is from Webster's New World Dictionary. A reiteration of the definition of humor is necessary for those folks who need to get reacquainted with it. Take, for example, those humorless souls whose sphincters were tightened when black comedian Chris Rock appeared in whiteface on the cover of the August issue of Vanity Fair magazine.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has set his rotation for the upcoming Tampa Bay series. Well, kind of. The way it looks now, left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will start Monday, Miguel Gonzalez, currently on the disabled list with an oblique strain, will start Tuesday and rookie Kevin Gausman will pitch the rubber game Wednesday against the Rays. But these are the Orioles, so changes could easily occur between now and the middle of the week. It's possible Gonzalez, who can be activated from the DL as early as Sunday, is needed in the bullpen.
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June 9, 2014
The horrific traffic crash last Saturday at 1 a.m. on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed one person and left comedian Tracy Morgan in critical condition at a hospital near Trenton calls attention to the danger of tired truck drivers. Investigators suspect the driver of a Walmart tractor-trailer had dozed off when he slammed into the back of the comedian's limousine bus which was returning to New York from a show in Dover, Del. The exact circumstances are not entirely clear, and police have stressed that the incident remains under investigation.
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By Abe Novick | January 22, 2014
First it was the Greek neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party that gave us a Bizarro swastika with its derivative logo. Now comes the inverted, spastic "quenelle" salute, a sort of reverse Heil Hitler, performed by pointing one arm toward the ground, palm down and touching that arm's shoulder with the opposite hand. The gesture was made popular by Dieudonné M'bala M'bala, a French comedian known for his anti-Semitic stand up routines. The quenelle is spreading over the Internet like an underground Twerk, with fans of the comedian who developed it posting images online of themselves doing the move in front of synagogues and Holocaust memorial sites.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
A new arrangement between Rocky Gap Casino Resort and a national comedy club chain promises to start bringing "nationally-recognized comedians" to Western Maryland every other week. The casino announced Wednesday that it will be home to the newest Bonkerz Comedy Club, which was established in 1984 and has 20 locations nationwide. The comedy chain has "a great reputation for booking top-level talent that has made an impression with national television audiences including Larry The Cable Guy, Carrot Top, Darrell Hammond, and Billy Gardell," said Scott Just, Rocky Gap's general manager, in a statement.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2013
The Ravens arrived at the Under Armour Performance Center on Saturday morning with the expectation that they would have to pull on their pads for another afternoon practice in the sun. But midway through a team meeting before the scheduled practice, coach John Harbaugh showed the players a couple of videos of comedian Tracy Morgan to lighten the mood. As the players watched the clips on the large projection screen in the team auditorium, the former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star suddenly walked into the room.
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By Dustin Levy, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2013
Tracy Morgan has never been known to hold back. The stand-up comic has drawn criticism for his untamed brand of comedy, but Morgan believes oversensitivity is becoming a problem in the comedy industry. "Stand-up has been around forever, you know," he said, describing critics as "people being preachy and trying to dictate what you can and cannot say - and I think that's crap. " Morgan is bringing his act, and his outlook, this weekend to Magooby's Joke House. "I just want [audiences]
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | March 6, 1998
Edward "Bowlegs" Bova, who tap danced and did stand-up comedy in Block nightclubs for 20 years, then became a truck driver so he could raise his grandson, died of a heart attack Tuesday at Lemko House, a senior citizens residence in Fells Point. He was 77.Show business came naturally to Mr. Bova, who was the grandson of a baggy-pants, burlesque comedian.His father, Gus Bova, the first "Bowlegs," was not in show business but was a member of a quartet that sang nightly under a hissing gas lamp at Baltimore and Holliday streets.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 10, 2004
NEW YORK -- Alan King, the stand-up comedian who parlayed a Borscht Belt sense of humor, a tummler's cheek and a big appetite for the limelight into a thoroughgoing show business career that lasted more than half a century, died yesterday morning at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. He was 76, and lived in King's Point, N.Y. The cause was lung cancer, said his wife of 57 years, Jeanette. King was an unabashed exemplar of Jewish comedy whose sensibility, delivery -- and accent -- never migrated far from their Brooklyn roots.
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By Dustin Levy, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2013
Four days a week, Aisha Tyler works as co-host of "The Talk" on CBS Daytime. Every other week, she steps up to the microphone to voice the character of Lana Kane in the animated show "Archer. " And on the weekends, she hops on a plane to perform her stand-up show (she's at the Baltimore Comedy Factory this weekend), or perhaps make an appearance at a Comic-Con. Somewhere in there, she also finds time for her podcast," Girl on Guy," and to host the new version of "Whose Line is it Anyway?"
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