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Groucho Marx

"The Grandfather Playground Society"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 11.14.2016 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima To steal a line from Groucho Marx, who is dead and can't sue me, I would never belong to any club that would have me as a member. Bu...

All Political Parties Die Of Swallowing Their Own Lies

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 10.24.2016 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

A collection of depressing quotes about government.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 8: Macon, Georgia, The Road Leads Back To You

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 07.03.2016 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

On the Future of Wagnerism, Part 8: Macon, Georgia, The Road Leads Back to You Steve Mass, the Mudd Club, Wagner and Me by Lawrence D. Mass "O Wag...

A Watchout for the Rabbit Hole

David Sable | Posted 04.25.2016 | Business
David Sable

We often seem to be confused. We make the events; we share the events; we enjoy the events, but only if we are in the moment. It's not our smartphones or apps that make them great -- it's the collective us who make them real and exciting and worth sharing.

Angie Tribeca,, Groucho Marx, Women, Men and the Slapstick Gene

David Hinckley | Posted 01.15.2017 | Entertainment
David Hinckley

When the topic is the new TBS comedy Angie Tribeca, there are two differences between me and my wife. I like it. She doesn't.

Happy 60th Birthday, Whoopi Goldberg! Our Favorite Quotes From The Actress

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 11.14.2016 | Entertainment
Jeryl Brunner

On November 13th, Whoopi Goldberg turned 60. The actress, producer and The View co-host got her first Oscar nomination when she made her film debut in The Color Purple. And she's one of those rare people to have won the Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy, Daytime Emmy, Grammy and a Tony.

A Rhyming Farewell Ode to Letterman

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 05.20.2016 | Entertainment
Randee Mia Berman

He's the toast of the talk show scene: Guests from Clooney to Joaquin; From Regis to Drew And Jack Hanna's zoo; Dave's better than shots of caffeine!

If Groucho Were Alive Today, He'd Probably Be Working at Seattle's Teatro ZinZanni

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 02.27.2015 | Entertainment
L. Steven Sieden

I couldn't help but feel a certain urge to "run away with the circus." In speaking with friends, I was surprised that my reaction was not uncommon. There is something in most adults that sees this highly skilled form of play as appealing.

Birthers, Then and Now

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

The most virulent haters of President Obama have long been called "Birthers." A major historical anniversary we observe this month suggests that the name is far more appropriate than has been realized.

Groucho Marx Returns to Seattle, Frank Ferrante Brings His Amazing One-Man Show to ACT

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 10.12.2014 | Entertainment
L. Steven Sieden

I have been a big Marx Brothers fan since I first watched Groucho working his magic on TV's "You Bet Your Life." I always wanted to meet the man himself, but unlike Frank Ferrante, I never got the opportunity.

"How to Babysit a Grandma"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 09.22.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima Over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house we go. My granddaughter, Chloe, doesn't have to take such a circuitous r...

Mix Breeds Get Their Day (or at Least a Few Hours)

Ken White | Posted 05.10.2014 | San Francisco
Ken White

Among the many great Groucho Marx quotes: "I don't want to belong to any club that would accept me as a member." It may be a stretch, but that quote c...

Four Things You Might Not Want to Know About the Conflict in Ukraine

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has set off paroxysms of frustration, anger and incredulity in the West, not least in Washington. Some policymakers and pundits are struggling with ways to constructively address the problems raised by Russian action, others struggle to ensure that somehow President Obama is blamed for these events, and many are trying to figure out the complexity, context and background of these events. Understanding the conflict in Crimea, and the best way forward for the US, requires holding several, conflicting, and often unappealing, ideas in one's head at the same time. These are four of the most important of these ideas.

Marx Madness Descends on Rancho Mirage

Michael Sigman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

There's more news about the landmark anniversary of the first U.S. stage performance by a group whose genius and significance is impossible to exagger...

The Solid Nonpareil

Lewis Lapham | Posted 02.18.2014 | Media
Lewis Lapham

All humor is situational, but the forms of it that survive the traveling in time speak to the fundamental truth of the human predicament, which is that men die from time to time and worms do eat them. The jokes dependent upon a specific historical setting don't have much of a shelf life.

You Bet Your Life!

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Some people simply can't resist the chance to make a bet or the challenge to meet one. Whether that bet involves traveling around the world in 80 days or transforming a poor Cockney flower girl into a woman of poise who could charm the Queen of England, no prize is as delicious as the satisfaction of planning one's triumph.

For Spring, the 10 Best Road Movies Ever

John Farr | Posted 05.31.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Going all the way back to Homer's Odyssey, some of our finest stories take place on voyages or quests of some kind, where our hero (or heroine) not only experiences new sights and adventures, but also some transformation in thinking, circumstance, or attitude as a result. The road movie is the cinematic equivalent.

Groucho Gave Secretary High Marx: Author Steve Stoliar Recalls His Days as Groucho Marx's Secretary

Steve Karras | Posted 04.07.2013 | Comedy
Steve Karras

Stoliar's storied tenure as Groucho Marx's secretary is tempered with highs and lows, bookended by the psychotic Erin Fleming -- Groucho's young and mercurial life manager and companion who hitched her wagon to the star in his declining years.

Standup Guys: The Book!

Melanie Chartoff | Posted 02.16.2013 | Home
Melanie Chartoff

"There probably was no one more combative than Larry David, nor courageous. He bombed more than anyone, because of the nature of his material, which was way offbeat, borderline insane."

Mighty Movie Podcast: Dick Cavett on Duck Soup

Dan Persons | Posted 01.09.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

The late '60s had its share of momentous events: Nixon attaining the presidency; the manned moon landing; and most important of all, Dick Cavett interviewing the 78-year-old, and still blisteringly funny, Groucho Marx on his late-night TV show.

Libya, Oh Libya: A Little Foreign Policy Ditty for Debate Number Three

Bill Santiago | Posted 12.22.2012 | Comedy
Bill Santiago

Lybia oh Lybia, what happened in Lybia At the American embassy? Who'd have thought we were abhorred so? In Benghazi, even more so

Romney, Marx and the GOP Brand

Bennet Kelley | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

What do you call using millions in unregulated campaign funds to sell the American people dog food by telling them it's something else? That is precisely what happened in Denver, as Gov. Romney rebranded his entire platform.

PHOTO: That Time Groucho Marx Ate Marijuana For A Month

Posted 10.08.2012 | Comedy

Letters Of Note will shortly be published in book form, but until then, enjoy this adorable letter from Groucho Marx to US Troops in Suriname, wherein...

Groucho Marx's Apology Letter To Woody Allen From 1967

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 09.19.2012 | Comedy

Without Groucho Marx, there would have been no Woody Allen. Groucho (and the rest of the Marx Brothers) pioneered the modern New York Jewish brand of ...

Why Stare at the Floor in an Elevator When You Can Have a Conversation?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 09.16.2012 | Travel
Maureen Anderson

Career consultants are fond of suggesting you be careful what you say and do because people are always watching. Are you giving them a good show?