By Phil Perrier | January 31, 2003
LOS ANGELES - One night around 1995, I did a stand-up show for a small but appreciative crowd at a Holiday Inn in Montgomery, Ala. Any comic knows that one really good laugher can make a show like this, inspire other people around them to laugh, carry you through the rough spots. This was one of those nights. Toward the back of the room, just beyond where I could see, there was a woman with a rich, booming laugh, one of those unrestrained "I don't give a darn" laughs. It was oddly familiar.
By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,sun reporter | July 18, 2007
The first time Pamela Leak stood before an audience, she wore a gray wig and mismatched clothes, her flabby midriff was exposed and a piece of toilet paper trailed from her pants. "I had stacked the crowd with my friends and told them to laugh at everything I said and did," Leak recalls. "The show started, and I came running out on the stage. I came out and said, `I'm sorry, ya'll, for running out here, but I was in the bathroom and some old man was trying to look up my dress.' "People were laughing, and then I knew I could make people laugh.
By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | March 3, 1998
Howard County police Sgt. Lawrence Freer, a 21-year veteran who used humor to get suspects to confess and to bridge the divide between officers and juveniles, died Sunday of a heart attack. The North Laurel resident was 47.Freer also was head coach of the Bowie State University baseball team, whose season-opening game at home tomorrow against Shenandoah University of Winchester, Va., has been postponed indefinitely.Yesterday, friends and family remembered a man dedicated to police work, who fulfilled his dream of helping others.
By Richard O'Mara and Richard O'Mara,London Bureau | November 26, 1992
London -- Baby D flew into London yesterday and almost walked into a custard pie.Lucky for her the bobbies were on hand at Heathrow to protect her from the dozen or so fellow clowns, all ill-disposed to her, waiting perhaps to welcome her with a belt with a rubber chicken.There was no violence, though one policeman got tickled with a feather duster. Somebody displayed a soda siphon.Gerry Cottle, the impresario who hired the American clown, received a squirt of water from one of the disgruntled buffoons, all there to take umbrage at the interloper.
November 26, 2012
Everyone knows that these speed cameras have nothing to do with safety and everything to do with generating revenue ("Fast money," Nov. 18). Where are all of the millions of dollars that these cameras are generating actually going? Some of these so-called "safety" cameras are located on major roads. Roads that are not in the immediate vicinity of a school or school crossing where school children or any pedestrian, for that matter, ever walks or crosses! I have to laugh every time I drive past a speed camera.
By Wesley Case | October 11, 2011
There was one blowout fight between Sam Herring and William Cashion during their stay in Elizabeth City, N.C., this past spring. Herring, the guts-on-his-sleeve singer of Future Islands, and bassist Cashion were at Thumpers Downtown Bar & Grill with keyboardist/programmer Gerrit Welmers and producer Chester Endersby Gwazda after a long day of recording. Little did Herring know, Cashion and Gwazda were feeding him drinks with plans to later do "drunk takes," in which Herring would record vocals inebriated.
By Carl Hoover and Carl Hoover,COX NEWS SERVICE | September 22, 1996
So, which is more therapeutic for the Therapy Sisters, writing their wry, witty songs or performing them for listeners?Maurine McLean laughs at the question, then quickly replies the latter. "It's fun to watch people get the jokes," she said in a recent interview from her home in Austin, Texas.The music of Austin's Therapy Sisters has been medicine to the ears of their audiences for about a decade, setting comic lyrics to folk, rock, pop and country beats -- or, as they define it, "Nouveau Urban Psycho Swing Folk."
By Carol Kleiman and Carol Kleiman,Chicago Tribune | May 6, 1991
Don't laugh, but women are being encouraged to display a sense of humor in -- of all places -- the office.It may tickle your funny bone to know that magazine articles, books and even workshops by "humor consultants" are seriously encouraging women to add a hearty laugh to their daily routines, incorporating it into other work and family responsibilities.If you're comedic enough, the laugh experts say, you will be accepted as "one of the boys," experience less stress and have a rapid climb up the corporate ladder.
By Leonard Pitts Jr | March 11, 2007
For some reason, that picture sticks in my head. The one of Britney Spears attacking a car with an umbrella. Go ahead and laugh if you want. I won't blame you. Still, the picture - it was all over the news last week - stops me. There she is, this pop princess, newly bald, dressed unglamorously in shorts and sweatshirt, rearing back with an umbrella, ready to give that car what it has coming. Supposedly, the vehicle belongs to a photographer who had been tailing her. In that photo, there is something of the spoiled child lashing out. Something of the little girl, broken.
By Mary Maushard | May 26, 1992
Congratulations, working parentsThis is it -- The Week of the Working Parent. The Maryland Committee for Children, a statewide advocacy group for families, has designated today through Friday as a time for working parents to get a little recognition -- especially from their employers.Children in many day care centers and nursery schools around the state will be making name tags and signs for their moms and dads to wear and take to work, to show just how many parents are in the work force.
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