Day: December 19, 2018

Colin Quinn’s “Red State Blue State” to debut off-Broadway at Minetta Lane in January 2019

After months of tinkering and working on his new one-man show at the Comedy Cellar’s Fat Black Pussycat lounge, Colin Quinn is ready to take “Red State Blue State” on an off-Broadway run. The strictly limited engagement kicks off Jan. 5, 2019, at Minetta Lane Theatre (where Quinn has launched previous runs). Shows Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Eight weeks only, ’til March 3. “The satirical sage from Brooklyn returns with Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State, where he lays bare the absurdities, hypocrisies and calamities on both...

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R.I.P. Penny Marshall

Comedic actress and director Penny Marshall has died. Marshall was 75. She died peacefully Monday night in her Hollywood Hills home, from complications due to diabetes. You might not have guessed the kid sister of Garry Marshall would grow up to be an icon. But just as the lyrics to her hit ABC sitcom Laverne & Shirley boasted, “We’re gonna make our dreams come true, and we’ll do it our way.” Born Carole Penny Marshall in the Bronx on Oct. 15, 1943, the daughter of a tap dance teacher and a film director, little Penny was destined for show...

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R.I.P. David Shepherd, improv legend who co-founded The Compass Players

David Shepherd, who co-founded the Compass Players in Chicago with Paul Sills in 1955, thereby giving birth to a revolution in improvisation and comedy which led to The Second City and much of everything we know and love today about sketch comedy in America, has died. Shepherd was 94. Born Oct. 17, 1924, in New York City, Shepherd studied English at Harvard, got his master’s degree in theater history from Columbia and headed toward Chicago with a disgust in current theatrical trends and looking to start something new. And so he did. “I almost went to Cleveland to start...

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R.I.P. Coolaide

The comedian Coolaide, a Detroit native who performed on BET’s ComicView and Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes? and was touring with Lil Duval, died earlier this month after living with cancer for the past five years. As Coolaide himself said in a recent video message before he died: “Take advantage of being alive. Do it, people. Love hard. Forgive people. And don’t take nothing for granted. You die once. But you live every day.” “Rest well good brother,” radio host Charlamagne Tha God posted on Facebook. “We should all take your advice while we still have life left.”  View this post...

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Review: Ellen DeGeneres, “Relatable” on Netflix

Of all of the comedy comeback specials in 2018, Ellen DeGeneres delivers the most fascinating and funniest take. In case you’re keeping track, the other stand-up comedians who returned to the stage after a long break (10 years or more) with new hours for Netflix this year included Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and Adam Sandler. They’re all still delightfully funny, thank goodness. But DeGeneres did something completely different from those three funny fellas. She not only went back to some of her earliest jokes to revisit them in newer light, but also faced up and fessed up to her...

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