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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2014
By now you probably know that comedian Sid Caesar died today at the age of 91. But judging by the paper-thin pieces I have been seeing on the web this afternoon, I am guessing many readers might not understand how seminal he was to the history of television and sketch comedy. Caesar deserves some cultural context and honor for the fearless and pioneering figure he was. Live television burned him up within a decade, leaving behind a guy addicted to amphetamines, downers and alcohol.
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NEWS
February 11, 2014
I really wish I was in the speed camera consulting business in Baltimore right now, as I could make a killing ( "City takes step toward new speed camera program Feb. 5). Why is this whole speed camera debacle turning into such a surreal comedy? One answer might be that there is such a total disconnect from city government and the people they serve. This seems so evident by all the arrogant proclamations issued by those defending the speed camera program. It is not so much a defense as a "you don't need to know, period.
NEWS
By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
In its opening last weekend at Bowie Playhouse, 2nd Star's production of Ray Cooney's "Funny Money" had audiences in stitches - as this farcical show has done since its 1994 London premiere. Cooney has written 22 plays over the past 50 years, perfecting a formula that usually includes a middle-class businessman falling into an improbable situation surrounded by characters who become entangled in increasingly confusing events - often involving a series of mistaken identities. Many of these hallmarks are present in "Funny Money," in which accountant Henry Perkins picks up the wrong briefcase on the train and discovers a huge amount of money inside instead of his gloves and scarf.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
Don't let it be forgot, At Toby's is a spot, For happy ever-laughter-ing, That is known as "Spamalot. " OK, that's spun outrageously from "Camelot" lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, but the current production of "Spamalot" at Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia tends to place one in the mood for a bit of irreverence. Monty Python's parody of King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table - on a quest for the Holy Grail - was originally a 1975 movie, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," which became a musical with book and lyrics by Eric Idle, who also composed the music with John du Prez.
NEWS
February 2, 2014
Baltimore's mayor hides a report highly critical of the city's red-light and speed camera program, claiming that the vendor, whom she hired yet again, was somehow incompetent ( "Mayor says audit firm was 'not sufficiently qualified,'" Jan. 29). Now the city police commissioner is criticizing the media for reporting the basic facts about homicides in the city! This is all too rich. City Hall has become a treasure trove of comedy. Stephan G. Fugate - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
Last year, Comedy Central delivered one of TV's most successful midseason series with "Inside Amy Schumer," starring Towson University grad and standup comedian Amy Schumer. Wednesday night, the channel introduces another new series starring a Baltimore-area college grad, and it looks like Comedy Central has another winner. "Broad City" is created by and stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer as best friends trying to navigate lousy jobs, incredibly awkward situations and continually dashed hopes in New York City.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
The six guys who make up the Baltimore-based comedy troupe Color Me Funny have a pretty simple goal in life. They never want to hear the following crack ever again: "The best and worst compliment you can get is that you're the funniest person In Baltimore. " "Yeah, I've heard that before," says Joe Greenway, who along with his five buds is striving to make such put-downs obsolete. "But what we're doing proves that Baltimore can be a thriving comedy scene. " And just how are they trying to prove that?
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Derek Waters, creator and host of Comedy Central's "Drunk History," says his "dream for any city" is to find stories that are "true" and that make viewers wonder: "Why weren't we taught that in school?" The Lutherville native is back in Baltimore this week filming for Season 2 of the cable series that was watched by more than a million viewers a week last year in its rookie run. Thursday night, he was at Mother's Federal Hill Grille filming part of the episode that will be devoted to Baltimore stories.
FEATURES
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
Brace yourself for a big swig of history, Baltimore. The Comedy Central show "Drunk History," which features spifflicated storytellers recounting great moments in our nation's past, will be filming at Mother's Federal Hill Grille on Thursday night. Lutherville native Derek Waters will be returning to his hometown to film this episode of the show, which was an online sensation before being picked up by Comedy Central in 2012. The show, which starts its second season this year, features famous actors reenacting history as told by the inebriated narrators.
BUSINESS
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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