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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?
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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.
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.
NEWS
By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | December 3, 2013
It was bitter cold inside a 240-seat theater in St. Mary's Episcopal Outreach Center, where members of the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory rehearsed "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" on Sunday, Dec. 1. As it turned out, the boiler was on the blink. "We are heat-free today," said Kelly Dowling, 36, of Westminster, managing director of the theater troupe. "But as they say, the show must go on. " For the Shakespeare Factory, as for its namesake, the play's the thing - but it certainly isn't a typical play.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
Towson University grad Amy Schumer will be returning to her alma mater for a concert on March 6, Comedy Central announced Monday. Tickets for the "Inside Amy Schumer's Back Door" tour go on sale Friday. Schumer, who debuted in one the hottest new comedy series of the year, launches her stand-up comedy tour in January in New York. In addition to Towson Unversity on March 6, she will also play Washington's DAR Constitution Hall on March 8. The second season of her "Inside Amy Schumer" series starts April 1 on Comedy Central.
NEWS
By Patti Restivo | November 22, 2013
Laurel Mill Playhouse is proving just how many stage lives belong to Bones Maurer, the black cat who debuted recently in "Bell, Book, and Candle. " This time around, the four-legged thespian serves as the central plot device in the Playhouse's current showing of Irish playwright Martin McDonagh's "The Lieutenant of Inishmore. " A dark comedy that mocks political violence and was first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in London 2001, "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" earned a Tony Award nomination for best play on Broadway in 2006.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
OK, this Midweek Madness selection is ever so slightly politically incorrect, by 2013 standards. So sue me. This skit from the classic 1960s comedy album "When You're in Love, the Whole World is Jewish" features a young Valerie Harper and some great colleagues. So enjoy it, already. And have a nice hot glass of tea.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
John Oliver, who was so impressive as guest host of "The Daily Show," is leaving Comedy Central for HBO where he will have his own weekly comedy series, the premium channel announced Thursday. The show, which is scheduled to debut in 2014, will offer a satirical look at the week's events and air on Sunday nights -- the biggest night for HBO. "We weren't otherwise searching for another weekly talk show, but when we saw John Oliver handling host duties on 'The Daily Show,' we knew that his singular perspective and distinct voice belonged on HBO," Michael Lombardo, president of programming at HBO, said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
Comedy Central Wednesday renewed three series including "Drunk History" from Lutherville's Derek Waters, a creator and executive producer of the show. The other two are "Key & Peele" and "Brickleberry. " The pickup will give the former a fourth season, while the latter will go into its third. This was the first season for "Drunk History," which in addition to Waters is executive produced by Jeremy Konner, along with Gary Sanchez Productions' Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy and Owen Burke.
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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