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Out Of The Mouths Of Babes -- A Sisterhood Jazz Quartet

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 07.18.2016 | Women
Randee Mia Berman

Fast forward about 3,000 years to Israel Horovitz' play Out of the Mouths of Babes. In this striking Cherry Lane Theatre production (www.cherrylanetheatre.org), the Babes are adults. Out of their mouths comes wit..with claws. Picture four sassy, savvy, snarky babes -- all ex-wives and lovers of the same beloved Professor -- clumped together in one Paris apartment for his funeral.

Podcast Reviews: How Did This Get Made? & Wooden Overcoats

Marc Hershon | Posted 06.03.2016 | Entertainment
Marc Hershon

While the How Did This Get Made? podcast, co-hosted by Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas, always provides a series of delightful g...

Springtime for Authoritarians

Alan Briskin | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics
Alan Briskin

What is important to know, albeit disturbing, is that the authoritarian disposition is a psychological potential in each of us. In fact, the research on authoritarianism clearly suggests that under high conditions of threat, the majority of us will act in ways that "mirror the behavior and opinions of authoritarians..."

Garry Shandling Needs a Proper Send-Off

David Juskow | Posted 03.29.2016 | Entertainment
David Juskow

On March 24, 2016, Garry Shandling died suddenly of a heart attack. The day of his passing, not many television news feeds had mentioned anything substantial about this comic legend. Unfortunately, other world news had overshadowed the death of a true comic genius.

Bill Pullman Honored at the New York Stage and Film Gala: It's Good to Be King

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.22.2015 | Arts
Regina Weinreich

And theater, too. Most memorable for me was seeing him in Edward Albee's Sylvia, or The Goat, in which he has to tell his wife that he is in love with another, eh, female, that is, eh, another species -- eh, a goat.

Ann Randolph: Life Lessons Onstage

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 11.10.2015 | San Francisco
Fran Moreland Johns

Does she know something we all should know? It's not your dream career trajectory: Living (and working) in a locked facility for chronically mentally...

King Charles III: Dynasty Across the Pond

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.04.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

New to Broadway at The Music Box, the Olivier Award winning King Charles III is simply the play to see this season. Conceived by playwright Mike Bartl...

There's Something Fishy About Asher Blinkoff's Voice Work in Hotel Transylvania 2

Jim Hill | Posted 09.09.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

And why did Tartakovsky opt to cast Asher as the voice of Dennis, Dracula's half-human, half-vampire grandson? Basically because Blinkoff -- unlike so many child actors working in Hollywood today -- still actually sounded like an authentic six-and-a-half, almost seven-year-old boy.

The Campus Un-American Activities Committee

Francis Levy | Posted 07.17.2016 | Books
Francis Levy

Triggering is the word that's used by today's thought police who are intent on protecting a series of rather fragile sensibilities, at the expense of free expression. What is fueling all this sensitivity?

Bill Plympton, the Anti-Disney Goes Cheatin'

Brandon Judell | Posted 06.13.2015 | Arts
Brandon Judell

Bill Plympton is not a genius, or so he insists, although none of his thousands of fans would be shocked if a MacArthur "Genius Grant" came his way.

'SNL's' Skit Did More to Defeat ISIS Than Any Bombing Campaign. Satire Destroys Extremist Ideology.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 05.02.2015 | Media
H. A. Goodman

Terrorist ideology can't be "killed" like a person. It must be diluted and weakened through means other than physical force. Before an ISIS terrorist kills innocent human beings, he's brainwashed into doing so by extremist propaganda.

The 20 Greatest Movie Songs Robbed of Oscar Nominations

Xaque Gruber | Posted 04.24.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Fifty years ago, Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger, arguably the greatest James Bond theme of all, and one of the most explosive musical compositions in the history of cinema missed winning the Academy Award for Best Song -- in fact, it missed a nomination altogether.

"Enter Laughing: The Musical" is Old-fashioned Fun!

Jay Weston | Posted 04.18.2015 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

They were serving dollops of the new Kolikof caviar along with bagels with-cream cheese-and-lox in the lobby of The Wallis at the opening of "ENTER LAUGHING: THE MUSICAL".... a wonderful musical entertainment which is set in the Bronx, New York in the Thirties.

Scholars in the Trenches: WWII Battle of the Bulge 70th Anniversary December 16, 1944-January 25, 1945

Lonna Saunders | Posted 03.31.2015 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

As 70th anniversary remembrances wind down, the Battle of the Bulge, also known as the Ardennes Campaign, remains the U.S. Army's bloodiest, longest, largest land battle.

Kim Jong-un, Movie Critic Extraordinaire?

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

One conclusion directly related to cyber vulnerabilities is learning from how the monetary, banking and financial systems adapted over the decades to fend off crooks and scamsters. A second conclusion is that "ready, fire, aim" is not always a good response to every crisis.

Why Mel Brooks and Bill Moyers Will Always Idolize Norman Lear

Neal Koch | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Neal Koch

Last Tuesday, Republicans wrested control of the U.S. Senate. Prelude to a 2016 White House smackdown? Bad news for the Left? Maybe. But this coming Tuesday, Veteran's Day, liberal ninja Norman Lear will be celebrated for a lifetime of battling for liberty.

How Obama, Pelosi, Reid and Mel Brooks Can Win

Richard Brodsky | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

There are not enough adjectives to adequately describe the failures of Democratic campaigns across the nation -- but let's try a few.

Why I Love Female Barbers -- Salute to Heidi!

Jay Weston | Posted 12.08.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Many years ago, when I was in the Far East during the Korean War, I spent some time in Japan... and first encountered female barbers. It was a revelation.

Mel Brooks Gives Hollywood the Finger

Sybil Adelman Sage | Posted 11.11.2014 | Comedy
Sybil Adelman Sage

Mel Brooks did what so many have wanted to: he gave Hollywood the finger.

Mel Brooks Honored at Academy for 'Young Frankenstein'

Jay Weston | Posted 11.10.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Last night at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences (AMPAS, of which I am a member), Mel Brooks was honored with a celebratory screening of his iconic film, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Naturally, I was there cheering him on. You see, I have known Mel Brooks most of my life.

That Time Mel Brooks Hosted Joan Rivers' Show In Drag

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 09.09.2014 | Comedy

"She was very brave. She was always courageous." On Monday night's "Conan," Mel Brooks took some time to remember the late Joan Rivers and her come...

3 Easy Ways To Laugh More Every Day

Cathy Chester | Posted 09.21.2014 | Fifty
Cathy Chester

To every comedian who has ever given us hours of fun and laughter, I say a sincere thank you. You have given us a great gift, one that may add years to our lives.

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Mel Brooks

uproxx.com | Posted 06.30.2014 | Comedy

Mel Brooks is a national treasure, right up there with Yellowstone and the Statue of Liberty, only much funnier and more Jewish. Today is Brooks’ 88...

Week in Film: Maleficent, Million Ways to Die and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.30.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'm not going to apologize for laughing my ass off at Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West.

My Conversation with Mel Brooks

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.15.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

In a highly successful career of acting, directing and producing, Mel Brooks is part of an elite group of those who have earned a Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Oscar.