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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2010
Sipping bottles of Budweisers around the bar, the patrons at Howard's Pub on Holabird Avenue are willing to share the jokes they've heard about the community they call home. Forget Dundalk, Hon. Don't you know it's Dumb-dalk ? What do you call a pretty girl in Dundalk? Lost. The quips draw groans from regulars, who poke fun at themselves because everyone else does. They know how they're viewed: Dundalk — home of the uneducated, the rude, the crass, yes, the rednecks of Baltimore.
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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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ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | June 27, 2011
A couple weeks back, Obama impersonator Reggie Brown was given the boot from a Republican conference after he apparently offended organizers by using racial humor.  On HBO this weekend, liberal comedian Bill Maher contended that Brown's act was halted only after he started to mock the members of the GOP (and organizers were fine with jokes about Democrats).  Maher invited Brown on his show to finish his act -- and he took on Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Mitt Romney and Chris Christie.
SPORTS
By Jon Meoli and Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones caused a bit of a stir Thursday during the pregame Social Media Night event at Camden Yards by behaving in a way that wasn't particularly sociable. The star outfielder irked some fans in attendance with short responses during the question-and-answer session, and he earned especially negative attention for saying his favorite place in Baltimore was the airport so he could fly home. After the game, Jones said he was joking, adding that he likes the airport because it's where he picks up his friends and family who come to visit and support him. “I guess my shtick wasn't appreciated at the time,” Jones said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | June 17, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. Articles  • The end of anatomy jokes, for now : Weiner resigns. ( ABC )  • At least he won't have to file for unemployment:  Larry Flynt offers Weiner a job and a raise. ( Huffington Post )  • The all-knowing, all-seeing Donald weighs in:  Trump diagnoses Weiner as 'suicidal.' ( Mediaite )
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By Rameez Abbas | April 16, 2012
A few months ago, I was having lunch with a friend. When her dramatically inclined 6-year-old son wrapped a scarf around his head, she offhandedly commented, "Careful, or we'll have to put you through a metal detector. " Weeks after that, I was lucky enough to join one of the Navy's tours of its aircraft carriers - I got to go on the new USS George H. W. Bush - and a well-intentioned colleague said he was surprised they let me on board, given my Pakistani roots. (The Navy itself had no qualms about my place of birth.)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | April 30, 2011
Tonight was the moment political geeks from around the country wait for all year: The White House Correspondents Dinner, where political humor rules the evening.  There were two speakers at the event in Washington: President Barack Obama and Saturday Night Live comedian Seth Meyers. Each spent a significant amount of time making fun of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who did not seem pleased to be the butt of jokes.  Trump sat in his chair humorless throughout much of the night, looking sternly ahead as Obama and Meyers cracked on him.  Here's a quick summation of the best jokes of the night, followed by video of Obama's talk.  Obama's best material:  • On his birth certificate: The president entered with Hulk Hogan's theme music playing the line "I am a real American" as the television screens showed his birth certificate.
BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2011
Andy York recently bought a T-shirt that captures how he feels about his city. The design includes various implements of violence that include brass knuckles, a switchblade, a noose and a brick in the shape of a heart. "It all comes down to self-deprecating humor," said York, a Pigtown resident who plans to wear the tee to live music events or festivals. "I would be really upset if someone from Pittsburgh was wearing a shirt like that. " Elected officials and tourism industry leaders have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars developing slogans to emphasize Baltimore's finer points.
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By ANDREI CODRESCU | April 12, 1993
New Orleans -- The editor of a Romanian humor magazine, Ioan Morar, came to visit me around Mardi Gras. I asked him what happened to all the jokes that people used to tell before the fall of communism.It seemed to me that there were no new political jokes, a worrisome development that indicated some deep spiritual malaise. Before 1989 people used to live on jokes. There wasn't anything else.At the joke contest back then, there were three prizes: third prize, $100, second prize, $50, first prize, ten years at hard labor.
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By Ian Johnson and Ian Johnson,Special to The Sun | December 2, 1990
BERLIN -- A new breed of joke has sprung up in Germany: the East German or "Ossi" joke. A child of German unity, the jokes are the rage of the smug west but resented in the east, where people maintain that they really don't try to correct misspellings on a word processor with correction fluid.Most of the jokes have a common thread: The eastern German is the helpless pre-modern man confronted with high-tech machines and a fast-paced lifestyle. They want to be good Germans but just can't seem to tell the difference between a washing machine and a television.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith admits that he's unsure how the joint practices with the San Francisco 49ers, which will take play from Saturday to Monday at the Under Armour Performance Center, will work out. But he's knows what he could do to make them a little more intense. “I might wear my Super Bowl ring out to practice,” Smith joked. “Hopefully, Coach [John] Harbaugh's brother isn't mad at me for that call or non-call, whatever you want to call it.” Smith, of course, is referring to the Ravens' 34-31 victory over the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2014
Herbert "Hunky" Matz, a Baltimore lawyer known for his warmth and wit, died Wednesday in his sleep. He turned 100 years old in January. Relatives say his upbeat demeanor won him friends and admirers and surely contributed to his longevity. They say he was proud to be a Baltimore man, having been born and raised near Patterson Park along with nine siblings. He graduated from Baltimore City College, where he was captain of the basketball team and later inducted into the Hall of Fame and invited to be graduation speaker.
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April 3, 2014
I read the article on the front page of Maryland Business section about the planned CineBistro at the Rotunda ( "Moviegoing adds luxury," April 1). Imagine the traffic on 41st Street that a seven-screen multiplex would bring! The dinner and a movie concept? The sounds of dishes clinking, forks stabbing, the melange of fragrances from the "chef inspired" menu assaulting the moviegoer's senses - and cocktails, a great idea for keeping the chit chat down during a screening. Leather chairs and swing away tables?
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By Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
Loyola University Maryland and Notre Dame of Maryland University students prepare for a violent and drunken clash after Loyola's president declared the college would annex Notre Dame. University of Maryland, College Park President Wallace Loh is carted off in handcuffs after being caught selling student and faculty Social Security numbers. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County plans to build a new enclosed escalator to carry students up a large hill that will feature "free hot-and-cold beverage service.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2014
Rumors that a shooting would occur at Gen. John Stricker Middle School on Friday spread quickly over social media the night before, resulting in a message being sent to Baltimore County Superintendent Dallas Dance via Twitter. Dance, who has 10,000 Twitter followers, was sent a tweet at 9:31 p.m. saying, "Do something about this. " The message included a screen shot of another tweet that said, "Apparently there is a planned shooting supposed to happen at Stricker tomorrow. " Dance said he saw the tweet three minutes later and called administrators in charge of school safety.
SPORTS
By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2013
Michael Phelps continued his global mystery tour this week with a trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil, to film his newest Subway commercial with soccer legend Pele. The mystery, of course, is whether Phelps will swim for more gold medals when Brazil hosts the 2016 Olympics. Phelps coyly evaded the speculation again in Sao Paulo, where he joked to a French news agency that his potential comeback is "the million-dollar question. " Phelps sent a strong signal that he's considering a comeback when he rejoined the international drug testing pool , meaning he could compete in 2014 if he chooses.
NEWS
By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | December 26, 1990
EASTERN SAUDI ARABIA -- Without the leggy ladies to back him up, comedian Bob Hope spent Christmas entertaining the troops with a trunk full of jokes that took swipes at Saddam Hussein but not the Saudis."
FEATURES
By Rob Hiaasen and Rob Hiaasen,Sun Staff Writer | June 25, 1994
Do you know what the L.A. Rams and the Los Angeles Police Department have in common?Neither are very effective against the run.That's one of the kinder and cleaner ones.If you haven't heard, O. J. Simpson jokes have already been making the office, home, phone and computer rounds. If you haven't heard, murder charges were filed June 17 against football Hall-of-Famer Simpson in the deaths of his ex-wife and a male friend. The jailed, 46-year-old Simpson has denied any involvement in the slayings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
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By Allison Brickell and The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
If Baltimore fans find it odd that the NFL has programmed a free concert in Baltimore while the Super Bowl champion Ravens play their season opener halfway across the country, performer Keith Urban finds his circumstances a little unusual, too. “We've never played on a barge before,” the country star said at a news conference Thursday, joking that the band would start doing entire barge tours next. Urban is to play a free concert on a floating stage in the Inner Harbor Thursday to kick off the start of the NFL season.
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By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
Consider the soft-shell crab sandwich. What is its rightful place among the other cherished, official Maryland state symbols like lacrosse, Smith Island Cake and walking? Is it, as Sen. Ron Young believes, "a joke?"  Or, is it, as Sen. President Thomas V. Mike Miller believes, both unique to Maryland and "divine?"  Hearings were held Thursday on whether to establish the dish as the official state sandwich. Before they began, sandwich advocates distributed the multi-layer confection that was designated as the state cake in 2008.
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