July 8, 2007
Humorist Dave Barry will be the featured entertainer at the Howard County Chamber of Commerce's annual Signature Event on Oct. 5. The event, which recognizes successful businesses and business people, is one of the largest for the 800-member chamber. It is to begin at 6 p.m. at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City and is sponsored by Turf Valley and M&T Bank. Barry was a syndicated columnist for 25 years, appearing in more than 500 newspapers around the world. He won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1988 and has written 25 books.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
December 28, 2003
Ravens' J. Lewis is true professional He doesn't dance, he doesn't pose, he doesn't point to his chest or to the fans or to the sky. He doesn't spike the ball, throw it into the stands or try to dunk it over the crossbar. He doesn't salute, autograph the ball, call anyone on a cell phone or do any of the other stupid things so many of the NFL players do. He just runs the ball like no one else, catches an occasional pass, blocks when required and merely drops the ball after scoring a touchdown.
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.