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'If a Tweet Falls in the Forest...' Life Without Applause-Signs, Laugh-Tracks and Likes

Kevin Walsh | Posted 12.17.2014 | Good News
Kevin Walsh

It's often not so much what happens in our lives -- as what we figure ought to happen. If no one likes this post, did it fail?

Marx Brothers Make Merry in TV Collection

Tom Teicholz | Posted 10.22.2014 | Arts
Tom Teicholz

The Shout! Factory release of "The Marx Brothers TV Collection," an omnibus of the Brothers Marx's post-film career TV appearances, is occasion enough to celebrate once more the irrepressible talents of Groucho, Chico and Harpo Marx.

"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...

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...

Astoria Characters: The Comic Who Counts Laughs

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 04.06.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Sooyah, who calls herself Christine when she's not holding a microphone, longs for the day when she can kiss her day job good-bye. She wants to be as funny -- and as famous -- as Seinfeld.

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.

Pain and Gain Belongs to Michael Bay

Carole Mallory | Posted 06.22.2013 | Entertainment
Carole Mallory

Though Pain and Gain will leave you feeling a bit spent, you will have deposited your emotions in a worthwhile experience.

Oscar's Musical Hypocrisy -- Why Awards Show's Emphasis Is Misplaced

Dan Mirvish | Posted 04.27.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Mirvish

It's very nice that Oscars made a special tribute to movie musicals. The only problem is that not a single one of the musicals honored (Chicago, Dreamgirls, Les Miz) was ever eligible for Oscar's own category of "Best Original Musical."

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.

The College Man's Film Guide

Jon Eig | Posted 07.29.2012 | College
Jon Eig

As we prepare to send my son off to school, it hit me suddenly that he just hasn't seen enough culturally significant movies to chat about with his future college classmates. So as a public service for other parents who, like me, have been negligent, here's a brief filmography.

The Marx Brothers Guide to Fatherhood

David Kersh | Posted 05.26.2012 | Parents
David Kersh

If books based on chic French parenting styles are fetching the big bucks these days, why not make a go at it with a fatherhood book inspired by the timeless wisdom of the Marx Brothers?

Harpo Marx and Roger Federer: An Awesome Match-Up

David Kersh | Posted 04.28.2012 | Home
David Kersh

Like Federer's kinetic beauty there is comedic beauty, and Harpo is at the front, leading the way.

Don't Go Away Mad, Just Go Away: The Supreme Court Closes Up Shop

David Coleman | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
David Coleman

Closing down for the summer is not the Roberts Court's only disappearing act. During this past term, a disturbing trend emerged of withdrawing the courts from their historic and institutional role in providing justice for ordinary Americans.

Chekhov Alive and Well in Hollywood: Two One-Acts at the Tres Stage Theatre

Michael Russnow | Posted 08.01.2011 | Los Angeles
Michael Russnow

Classical theatre may not be your thing, but this is an evening that most would find accessible and to their liking. And as an added bonus it's cheap, with tickets just ten dollars.

Just say 'No' to a Three Stooges Movie

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'm mystified by the seemingly constant frenzy online about whether or not the Farrelly brothers' longstanding urge to make a Three Stooges movie will ever get off the ground. It's toxic-remake mania taken to an extreme.

S.J. Perelman, Humorist, Cardiology a Specialty

Stephen J. Gertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Stephen J. Gertz

So, you wake up at 12:20 AM in a sweat, dizzy, pressure in your chest. You've been here before, twenty-one years ago, when you were thirty-eight: you ...

Welcoming The New Year: Your Weekend To-Do List

Huffington Post | Nicole Larson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

You may have finalized your plans for New Year's Eve already--and if you haven't, may we suggest a few of our favorite NYE events around town--but hav...

10 Tips on Loafing Creatively

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

I loaf and invite my soul, I lean and loaf at my ease observing a spear of summer grass. --Walt Whitman, "Song of Myself" Five years ago, I blew a ch...

They'll Take Manhattan: Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore's cyber-comedy "You've Got Hate Mail" opens lengthy run at NYC's Triad Theatre

Holly Cara Price | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Holly Cara Price

Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the 1979 movie, was ground breaking for many reasons. It was, for instance, the first movie created from the popular St...

Comedy, Then and Now: Laughing With the Legends of Stand-Up From the 1800's to 2010

Steve North | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Steve North

How did those who started on the stage of vaudeville halls transition into the world of radio and TV, and how are today's comics dealing with the seismic transformation wrought by digital media?

Marx Brothers' Home On Upper East Side To Become Landmark

dnainfo.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

UPPER EAST SIDE -- Groucho Marx once quipped that he wouldn't want to be a part of any club that would accept him as a member. If that's the case, th...

Barack Obama, Green Day and the New Marxism: An Interview With Graham Nash

Mr. Fish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mr. Fish

2010-03-26-Nashnew.jpg When you have a conversation with somebody as dynamic as Nash, it's easy to ping-pong wildly off topic, which we did.

Rain Man's Kim Peek And Super Human Feats Of Reading: 2009's Most Amazing Story

blog.seattlepi.com | Stephen J. Gertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Kim Peek, the savant who was the inspiration for Barry Levinson's original screenplay and film, Rain Man, died last week at age fifty-eight. The New ...

Beating Around the Bush

Jerry Zezima | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jerry Zezima

My green thumb is really a fungus. That's why, under my tender care, the lawn looks like it was manicured with a flamethrower.

Obama: What He Said and What We're Getting

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

President Obama appears to be running scared -- scared of the Republican minority in Congress, scared of faith-based groups, scared of boldness.