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A Rhyming Farewell Ode to Letterman

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 05.20.2015 | 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 | Books
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?

Why I Loved My Ultra-Religious Wedding

Judy Batalion | Posted 07.03.2012 | Weddings
Judy Batalion

My big fat Orthodox Sephardi wedding taught me that there are things in Jewish tradition and law about femininity, gender and sexuality that are relevant, resonant and hugely interesting to me.

Why Aren't Men More Outraged by the Oral Contraceptives Debate?

John Blumenthal | Posted 05.09.2012 | Fifty
John Blumenthal

So here's the question, guys: Why is this considered a "women's issue"?

What Do Groucho Marx and Jerry Sandusky Now Have in Common?

Mark W. Schleisner | Posted 01.15.2012 | Sports
Mark W. Schleisner

At least Groucho Marx was only acting in a movie when he made the "lying eyes" quote. What is Sandusky's reasoning for using the same defense? I personally have no idea, but I'd give anything to have his brain studied in the name of science.

'How Now Waxed Brow'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 11.20.2011 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

Before undergoing this increasingly common masculine procedure, which women get all the time, I had, indeed, only one eyebrow.

The New GOP: Anti-Kids, Anti-Jobs, Anti-Business... And Anti-Republican

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.09.2011 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Republicans from Taft to Bush have done the right thing for their country. But today's Republicans are a nihilistic pack who would turn against everything their predecessors believed in, in the name of selfishness and greed.

Satirist Paul Krassner Turning 80, Going Strong

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.04.2011 | Media
Michael Sigman

There's irony in the fact that Paul Krassner sees "increasing insanity" in our current politics and culture. The 1960s activist whom the FBI once tagg...