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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2013
Two security guards were stabbed in a scuffle with patrons at the Baltimore Comedy Factory at Power Plant Live on Sunday night. Comedian Aries Spears, known for his work on MADtv, was winding down his stand-up set at around 8:45 p.m. when a scuffle broke out with a group of patrons who disputed their bill, according to witnesses, police and Michael Lovegrove, the head of security for the Comedy Factory. Police said Monday that Kenneth Bernard Corporal, 21, of Baltimore, had been charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree assault in connection with the stabbing.
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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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ENTERTAINMENT
By Lisa Wiseman and Lisa Wiseman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 10, 2002
DO YOU need a good laugh? We mean a big laugh. Not a mild chuckle or a little tee-hee, but a full-out, gut-busting, knee-slapping, side-splitting, tears-in-your-eyes, complete-loss-of-all-bodily-functions laugh. If that's what you really need, then check out the new Improv Comedy Club that opened its doors at the Power Plant Live! in Baltimore just two weeks ago. It joins four other comedy clubs in the Baltimore area and a sister club in Washington. What sets the Improv apart from the other clubs in town is the level of talent of the comics.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2013
Two security guards were stabbed in a scuffle with patrons at the Baltimore Comedy Factory at Power Plant Live on Sunday night. Comedian Aries Spears, known for his work on MADtv, was winding down his stand-up set at around 8:45 p.m. when a scuffle broke out with a group of patrons who disputed their bill, according to witnesses, police and Michael Lovegrove, the head of security for the Comedy Factory. Police said Monday that Kenneth Bernard Corporal, 21, of Baltimore, had been charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree assault in connection with the stabbing.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | November 28, 2001
Howard Dart Dixon Sr., who brought nationally recognized entertainers to his family's Comedy Club on Baltimore's Pennsylvania Avenue, died of emphysema Friday at Northwest Hospital Center. He was 77 and lived in Randallstown. In 1952, Mr. Dixon took over management of the nightspot in the 1400 block of Pennsylvania Ave. - then one of the city's most popular cabarets. The club, which featured a bandstand behind the bar, was founded shortly after the repeal of Prohibition by his father, Isaiah "Ike" Dixon Sr., who died in 1952.
FEATURES
By Jody Leader and Jody Leader,Los Angeles Daily News | June 27, 1991
LOS ANGELES -- Two comedy mavens will open new clubs in Los Angeles this week -- even though the recent comedy climate has been no laughing matter.After four years of planning, Richard Fields, Catch a Rising Star founder and chief executive officer, will open a comedy-variety club tomorrow in Universal City. He has signed a joint partnership deal with Universal Studios.Fields opened his first club in New York 20 years ago and has several clubs around the country. He also maintains a management agency for comedians.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Peter Krause, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2010
The joke was on Magooby's when the comedy club had to push back its grand opening last week. Instead, the club will break in its new Timonium digs Friday with a show featuring Mickey Cucchiella, Marc Unger, Sonny Fuller and Rain Pryor. The delay was caused by "an issue with power," which is now fixed, according to founder and co-owner Andrew Unger. The new space has theater-style seating for 400, higher ceilings and is closer to the Beltway. The club was formerly nestled in the basement of the Bowman restaurant.
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By Jill Rosen and Jill Rosen,SUN STAFF | August 30, 2005
Laughter stopped abruptly at the Baltimore Improv comedy club this weekend, when owners closed the downtown venue without warning after an evening show. Though comedians were booked through the end of the year, Improv officials said rowdy conditions at Power Plant Live!, the popular city party spot the comedy club has called home since 2001, made it impossible to continue doing business there. Improv spokeswoman Melinda Drysen said yesterday that some Improv customers complained of having to walk through young and drunk revelers to get to shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Brad Schleicher and Brad Schleicher,Sun reporter | September 13, 2007
Who needs to travel downtown to enjoy a good stand-up comedy show? Why not head to the suburbs? That's Andrew Unger's mentality. Unger, in partnership with the Bowman Restaurant, will celebrate the grand opening of Magooby's Joke House in Parkville tomorrow and Saturday, featuring stand-up performances from 98 Rock's Mickey Cucchiella. Unger, who co-hosts the sports comedy radio show The Fighting Ungers with his stand-up comedian brother, Marc, says that operating a comedy club in the suburbs has its obvious advantages: "In our location, guests won't have to pay a lot for parking or have to deal with city traffic."
ENTERTAINMENT
By SAM SESSA and SAM SESSA,SUN REPORTER | July 20, 2006
One afternoon last week, Entertainment Director Ed Cavanagh walked through rows of empty tables and chairs in Rascals, Power Plant Live's new comedy club. He paused briefly to straighten the furniture, then took a moment to think about the space's future. "It's going to be a fun room," Cavanagh said. "When this is packed, it's going to be a solid room." Rascals, which opened last month in the Improv's former space, throws its official grand opening shows this weekend. Comedian and TV actor Bill Burr performs tomorrow and Saturday nights.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2011
Golden West Cafe has a handful of good shows this week, but the highlight is easily Joe Lally and Zomes on Saturday. While Fugazi has been on an indefinite hiatus for over eight years now, Lally, the band's founding bassist, has released three solo albums; the latest, "Why Should I Get Used to It," was released in April. Elsewhere this week: Wham City Comedy, Height with Friends, and the Smokers Club tour, starring Method Man and Curren$y.  On Monday , Manchester Orchestra, an indie rock five-piece, perform at the 9:30 club, 815 V St. N.W., Washington.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2011
Louis C.K., the stand-up comic, as if he needs an introduction, performed Friday at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Contributor Lexie Mountain reviews the show. Louis CK walked out onstage for his second set at the Meyerhoff amazingly enough, at about a half-hour past door time, and just started talking. No opener, no introduction, no whatever: in his words, “I just wanted to start.” A shock rippled through the crowd, as if the person everyone expected to ride in on an elephant like a pasha had instead used the side door and said, 'What's Up.' He was wearing his usual uniform: black t-shirt, jeans, New Balance running shoes, and appeared healthier and more lively than "Louie," the sitcom on FX that he writes, produces, edits and stars in. He seemed to revel in the element of surprise, and this buoyed the entire evening: a real feeling of spontaneity.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2011
Power Plant Live! will get two new entertainment tenants in March, with country-themed bar PBR Baltimore and the Baltimore Comedy Factory planning to open over the next two weekends, The Cordish Cos. said Monday. PBR, which stands for Professional Bull Riders, will open Friday in 10,000 square feet on the second level of the Cordish-developed entertainment district and include an outdoor deck, two large-scale bars and a large dance floor. PBR also operates bars in Las Vegas and Kansas City, Mo. The comedy club will open March 11 in the former Improv Comedy Club space.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2011
More than 81 hours after it began, the stand-up comedy marathon at Magooby's Joke House ended late Thursday night after setting a new world record for longest continuous stand-up comedy show. "It's time for sleep now," an exhausted but clearly elated Andrew Unger, the owner of Magooby's, said after the record was broken during an appearance by 98-Rock's Mickey Cucchiella. "I am very, very proud of what you all accomplished," he added to a standing ovation from the packed house.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2011
Just how long can a good laugh go on? How about 81 hours? "Yeah, I have a tendency to do things a little differently," explains a perfectly sober and serious Andrew Unger, owner of the Magooby's Joke House comedy club in Timonium. "I wanted to do something that was a bit quirky and a little different. " Looks like he's succeeded. Beginning at 2:30 p.m. Monday, some 80 local and East Coast comics — starting with Unger's elder brother, Marc, and ending with 98 Rock's Mickey Cucchiella — will take turns keeping the laughs coming for 81 straight hours.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Peter Krause, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2010
The joke was on Magooby's when the comedy club had to push back its grand opening last week. Instead, the club will break in its new Timonium digs Friday with a show featuring Mickey Cucchiella, Marc Unger, Sonny Fuller and Rain Pryor. The delay was caused by "an issue with power," which is now fixed, according to founder and co-owner Andrew Unger. The new space has theater-style seating for 400, higher ceilings and is closer to the Beltway. The club was formerly nestled in the basement of the Bowman restaurant.
NEWS
By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,Staff Writer | February 26, 1993
Ruby Glover remembers the clubs along Pennsylvania Avenue in the 1940s as the launching pads for her career. Many black entertainers came to "the Avenue," and as a girl she watched the stars and learned."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2011
Just how long can a good laugh go on? How about 81 hours? "Yeah, I have a tendency to do things a little differently," explains a perfectly sober and serious Andrew Unger, owner of the Magooby's Joke House comedy club in Timonium. "I wanted to do something that was a bit quirky and a little different. " Looks like he's succeeded. Beginning at 2:30 p.m. Monday, some 80 local and East Coast comics — starting with Unger's elder brother, Marc, and ending with 98 Rock's Mickey Cucchiella — will take turns keeping the laughs coming for 81 straight hours.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,sam.sessa@baltsun.com | April 9, 2009
Actress and comedian Aisha Tyler has set several records - some serious and others silly - in her budding career. First, the notable: Tyler was the first black female host of the celebrity-gossip TV show Talk Soup and played the first recurring black female character on the smash-hit sitcom Friends. Now, the wacky: Tyler, an avid gamer, was both the first female and the first black American to earn a spot on the exclusive seven-member Halo Council, a group of video game fanatics. And she jokingly contends that for years, she was the only black female snowboarder in the history of the sport.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Brad Schleicher and Brad Schleicher,Sun reporter | September 13, 2007
Who needs to travel downtown to enjoy a good stand-up comedy show? Why not head to the suburbs? That's Andrew Unger's mentality. Unger, in partnership with the Bowman Restaurant, will celebrate the grand opening of Magooby's Joke House in Parkville tomorrow and Saturday, featuring stand-up performances from 98 Rock's Mickey Cucchiella. Unger, who co-hosts the sports comedy radio show The Fighting Ungers with his stand-up comedian brother, Marc, says that operating a comedy club in the suburbs has its obvious advantages: "In our location, guests won't have to pay a lot for parking or have to deal with city traffic."
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