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By Luke Broadwater | April 30, 2011
Donald Trump unveiled a new strategy recently in a speech in Las Vegas. He's abandoned birtherism and is now embracing profanity-laced stand-up comedy.  During his speech to a Vegas crowd that laughed uproariously at his jokes (or political positions? It's hard to tell when he's being serious) Trump decided that he'd pump up the crowd by dropping some "F Bombs" in the mix.   Some examples:  • "We build a school; we build a road. They blow up the school; they blow up the road.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2013
Comedy Central renewed its freshman hit "Inside Amy Schumer," the channel announced Tuesday. The weekly series, starring standup comic and Towson University theater graduate Amy Schumer, debuted as one of Comedy Central's highest rated shows -- particularly with young men, the demographic TV has the hardest time reaching. • Read my interview with Schumer from earlier this month: Amy Schumer talks about her journey from Towson to TV and concert stardom Here's the release: NEW YORK, May 28, 2013 - Viewers have been inside the mind of comedian Amy Schumer and they love what they see and so does COMEDY CENTRAL, which has renewed the new hit series “Inside Amy Schumer” for a second season, it was announced today by Kent Alterman, President, Content Development and Original Programming, COMEDY CENTRAL.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Theater Critic | December 31, 1993
"I keep drifting back into pioneer days, where everyone knows who they are -- survivors. That's it. There's no other choice. Live or die. Life was so much easier then."-- from "Hitch Up the Mules"T.P. Mulrooney is a survivor. In the competitive field of stand-up comedy, this clean-cut comic with ink black hair has been laying them in the aisles for 14 years.And, like the American forebears he salutes in his one-man show, "Hitch Up the Mules," at Slapstix Comedy Club, Mulrooney is a pioneer -- a lone comedian in the wilderness, trying to bridge the frontier separating stand-up comedy from theater.
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January 14, 2013
Our neighborhood is beginning its annual, seasonal, new year morphing, with a handful of businesses closing and a slate of new businesses opening. The keyword in 2013 appears to be pizza, with three new pizza joints either already open (Birroteca) or scheduled to open (Arthouse and Paulie Gee's Hampden). I'll let the dust settle before highlighting a lot of what's going on and instead I'll begin this column with a parable, or, more accurately, an anecdotal warning.  It was a typical Friday morning when I gathered up my emptied recycling bins, brought them inside, put them back in their usual locations and got about the business of my day. But as the day progressed, every so often I'd catch of whiff of something unpleasant.
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,Sun Reporter | December 10, 2006
Justin Schlegel can rattle off the date of his first open-mike comedy night like it's his birthday. "June 10, 2004." It was a Thursday. Schlegel had just quit a job in radio when he walked into Frazier's on the Avenue in Hampden for a few consolation rounds and realized it was comedy night. Schlegel had aspired to be a comedian for some time. At Frazier's, he grabbed the mike and took the first step toward a career in comedy. A sloppy step, he later recalled, but a step nevertheless. "It was really rough," Schlegel said, now a sales associate.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Staff writer | April 23, 1993
Warning: Do not expect a stage version of "In Living Color" at tonight's "In Living Comedy" show at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, says comedian David Alan Grier.But do expect a level of stand-up comedy "that's definitely for people over 18" -- and thus more daring than the racy Fox Network comedy series, says Mr. Grier, who comprises half the bill of tonight's single performance. Also appearing is Dallas-born comic Jamie Foxx, with whom Mr. Grier co-stars on "In Living Color.""People should know it's not an evening of 'In Living Color,' it's stand-up comedy," said Mr. Grier in a telephone interview earlier this week.
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,Sun Staff Writer | August 18, 1995
Richard Jeni's sitcom, "Platypus Man," may have been canceled along with every other UPN show except "Star Trek: Voyager," but the comedian's animal spirit hasn't evolved."
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | March 19, 1993
DEARBORN, Mich. -- The first glimpse of comedian Chris Rock in his suite in Dearborn's Ritz-Carlton is not a pretty one. Dressed in an oversized shirt, baggy jeans and combat boots, he's a skeletal figure doubled over as though he's in pain.Considering the breakfast sitting on his coffee table, it could be something he ate. But a look at the television reveals the reason for his pained expression.He's watching black entertainers stooping in ways he deems tasteless in order to get a laugh.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer | March 5, 1992
If laughter really is the best medicine, the best kind of cultural medicine transcends differences rather than accentuates them.That seems the fairest reaction to "Def Comedy Jam," a new eight-week series arriving on the HBO cable network tomorrow at midnight.What? Another stand-up comedy show? Yes, but this one's segregated.Put together by Russell Simmons, the creator of the Def Jam rap music label, the half-hour show purports to bring to TV for the first time a collection of "raw and raunchy" comics who play the black comedy/rap club circuit.
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January 14, 2013
Our neighborhood is beginning its annual, seasonal, new year morphing, with a handful of businesses closing and a slate of new businesses opening. The keyword in 2013 appears to be pizza, with three new pizza joints either already open (Birroteca) or scheduled to open (Arthouse and Paulie Gee's Hampden). I'll let the dust settle before highlighting a lot of what's going on and instead I'll begin this column with a parable, or, more accurately, an anecdotal warning.  It was a typical Friday morning when I gathered up my emptied recycling bins, brought them inside, put them back in their usual locations and got about the business of my day. But as the day progressed, every so often I'd catch of whiff of something unpleasant.
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August 10, 2012
Jim Ellis Book Club Join a group of readers who enjoy discussing great books with other book lovers Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. For reservations and more information, call 410-313-7213. 'Local Color 2012' Artists Gallery's annual "Local Color" show featuring works of artists from Howard and surrounding counties runs through Friday, Aug. 31, at 10227 Wincopin Circle, American City Building. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays.
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By Luke Broadwater | April 30, 2011
Donald Trump unveiled a new strategy recently in a speech in Las Vegas. He's abandoned birtherism and is now embracing profanity-laced stand-up comedy.  During his speech to a Vegas crowd that laughed uproariously at his jokes (or political positions? It's hard to tell when he's being serious) Trump decided that he'd pump up the crowd by dropping some "F Bombs" in the mix.   Some examples:  • "We build a school; we build a road. They blow up the school; they blow up the road.
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By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2010
When comedian Demetri Martin lived in New York, he liked to talk with his friends and fellow comedians about the idea of a body of work. Surveying the national comedy scene, Martin would see comics who were hugely popular, but he didn't think were all that funny, as well as hilarious comics toiling in obscurity. Martin felt the right way to put things in perspective wasn't to judge them based on success alone but all the work they'd done in their lifetime. "It always seemed that if you thought about the body of work, that was the best way to stay on track," Martin said.
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,Sun Reporter | December 10, 2006
Justin Schlegel can rattle off the date of his first open-mike comedy night like it's his birthday. "June 10, 2004." It was a Thursday. Schlegel had just quit a job in radio when he walked into Frazier's on the Avenue in Hampden for a few consolation rounds and realized it was comedy night. Schlegel had aspired to be a comedian for some time. At Frazier's, he grabbed the mike and took the first step toward a career in comedy. A sloppy step, he later recalled, but a step nevertheless. "It was really rough," Schlegel said, now a sales associate.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | September 15, 1995
Robert Klein sounds like an athlete making a comeback."I had to ask myself, 'Can I do this?' " he relates in a recent telephone interview. "The answer is yes. The show's come back. . . . They're going to see me pretty sharp."The comedian/actor is talking about performing stand-up comedy again after a hiatus of a few years. On Sunday, he'll present "A Night of Laughter" at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium, a benefit for the Sheppard Pratt Care for Kids Fund.The show represents an on-the-road tryout of material Mr. Klein is planning for an "HBO Comedy Hour" special, to be taped next month at Haverford College in Pennsylvania for a December telecast.
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,Sun Staff Writer | August 18, 1995
Richard Jeni's sitcom, "Platypus Man," may have been canceled along with every other UPN show except "Star Trek: Voyager," but the comedian's animal spirit hasn't evolved."
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By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2010
When comedian Demetri Martin lived in New York, he liked to talk with his friends and fellow comedians about the idea of a body of work. Surveying the national comedy scene, Martin would see comics who were hugely popular, but he didn't think were all that funny, as well as hilarious comics toiling in obscurity. Martin felt the right way to put things in perspective wasn't to judge them based on success alone but all the work they'd done in their lifetime. "It always seemed that if you thought about the body of work, that was the best way to stay on track," Martin said.
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By David Kronke and David Kronke,Special to The Sun | May 27, 1995
Hermosa Beach, Calif. -- The idea of Kato Kaelin doing a stand-up comedy routine is funnier than his actually doing it.America's Houseguest, a less-than-conclusive witness in the O. J. Simpson trial, will open for veteran comic Louie Anderson in June in Las Vegas. He recently tested some of his material before a live audience for only the fourth time in his life. In the process, his Comedy and Magic Club appearance became the most bizarre collision between real life and pop culture since Bill Clinton wailed away on saxophone on "The Arsenio Hall Show."
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