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Kathleen Madigan Speaks Out

On Politics, Men and the Business of Being Funny By Jason Webber Kathleen Madigan is kind of a pain to interview … because she’s so damn funny and interesting. It’s tough to take notes and move through your list of questions when you’re too busy laughing at her no-nonsense analysis of this insane asylum called […]

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Still Pauly After All These Years

Pauly Shore Delivers Wiezel-free — But Still Funny — Comedy to Dayton By Jason Webber It was Southern California. It was the late ‘80s. And to those of us in a certain demographic who were there — the “Yo! MTV Raps” — watching, T&C Surf Design-wearing, suburban kids who were being spoiled by our Yuppie […]

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Arise, Sir Cedric

Cedric the Entertainer on Spike Lee, Prince … and trying not to embarrass the President by Jason Webber After you talk to Cedric the Entertainer, you just wanna hug the guy. What you see onstage is what you get when you’re just chatting with him—he’s laid-back, jovial, friendly, and very, very funny. The Artist Formerly […]

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Bachelor’s Pad

Jason Webber and Hugh Grant in

Jason, Actually Bumbling and stumbling in my first year in Dayton By Jason Webber So there I am sitting on the sofa in the traditional post-Thanksgiving food coma with my ex-girlfriend’s new husband when it occurs to me — my life is rather odd — and not just because I’m good buddies with my ex’s […]

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Getting older, getting wiser? A pirate looks at 36 … By Jason Webber And now I shall tell ye the accursed tale of how I inadvertently damned myself with a permanently lazy eye from playing pirates with my third-grade classmates, and what in Davy Jones’ Locker this has to do with my upcoming 36th birthday. […]

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The More The Scarier: Why Halloween friggin’ rocks By Jason Webber Keep your Independence Day, your Thanksgiving, and especially your Christmas (humbug!). Of the 365 days that make up the Gregorian calendar, there’s only one holiday that really matters — Halloween. As I type this, I have a jack-o-lantern-worthy smile and some killer pumpkin stencils […]

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Ye olde haunted Dayton

Taking a historical walking tour with Dayton’s scariest man By Jason Webber You wouldn’t think it when looking at the guy, but Leon Bey is the scariest man in Dayton. The guy knows so much about Dayton’s sordid, bloody past it’s terrifying. That’s what makes the Ghosts, Cemeteries and Murders historical walk such a ghoulishly […]

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Roger (Ebert) & Me How Roger Ebert’s “Life Itself” has inspired me By Jason Webber You must remember this — a kiss is still a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh, but a memoir is never just a memoir. Especially when it’s written by Roger Ebert. I tore through Ebert’s just released, 417-page (index […]

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Spin it: You’re Welcome, 9/20/11

Unleash the Nightbeast The new sophomore album from Dayton rapper/jokester/all-around nice guy Nick Testa — aka the Nightbeast — is titled You’re Welcome. And it’s definitely enough to make even the most jaded hip-hop fan exclaim “Thank you!”
Testa’s long-awaited follow-up to his nerdcore rap classic-in-the-making Inside Jokes For Outside Folks is a joyously nutty good […]

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Front Row: Dirty Little Secrets

Dirty Little Secrets: Sensual Fascination Show J-Alans, September 17 If Chuck Barris had hosted The Gong Show while tripping on laced acid, the fabled variety show may have resembled something like A Dirty Little Secret, the ongoing series of debauched vaudeville performances that will certainly make your mother blush (unless she’s freaky). Conceived and orchestrated […]

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News of the weird 11/25

By Chuck Shepherd Weird patriotism November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, starkly unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ […]

The Docket 11/25

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove This week, Docket editor Charles Grove […]

Advice Goddess: 11/25

By Amy Alkon Scoot force My husband’s been saving for a motorcycle, and I was excited about riding on the […]

HO, HO, HOmetown holiday celebration

Santa Claus is coming to Troy By Janell R. Ward Photo: Don’t miss the finale of the Troy Hometown Holiday parade, […]

News of the weird: 11/18

With Chuck Shepherd The other world series In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team […]

Advice Goddess 11/18/14

Along came polygraph by Amy Alkon   I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights […]