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Who wants to be smarter than a 5th grader?

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Diving head first into the Dayton trivia scene   Trivia Host: “The answer is Ursa Minor.” Husband: “Aw, nuts.” Trivia Host: “Which of course is also known as the Little Dipper.” Husband: “Oh! Nice!” Me: “Told ya so.” There were several told-ya-sos on the night our Dayton City Paper team trouped out to the Buffalo […]

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What a character!

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John Witherspoon at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: John Witherspoon performs Friday, Jan. 22, and Saturday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 and 10 p.m. at Dayton Funny Bone For 40 years, John Witherspoon has been stealing the show with his memorable roles in blockbuster movies, music videos and TV shows. From Willie Jones […]

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2015: Sex

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 The world is your oyster By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: “We are committed to supporting the development of safe and effective treatments for female sexual dysfunction.” – Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Raise your hand if you’re excited and maybe also a little confused about the state […]

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Will the real Santa please stand up?

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A day in the life of Mr. Claus By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin     THE BEGINNINGS It’s not every sunny October afternoon you get to sit down with Santa Claus; that sort of thing is usually reserved for the frenzied days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. But this lucky writer got to meet and chat with […]

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He comes to you from the future

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John Heffron at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: John Heffron will perform Dec. 10-13 at Dayton Funny Bone John Heffron has been telling jokes for more than 20 years, his first gig being emcee at Main Street Comedy Showcase on the University of Michigan campus. A Detroit native, Heffron later spent years […]

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The comedy man cometh

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Bert Kreischer at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Bert Kreischer will perform Nov. 6-8 at Dayton Funny Bone Remember at the end of “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (1978) how they do a little freeze-frame on each character to let you know where they ended up? And you see the one for John […]

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Comedy’s real deal

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Mike Epps at the Schuster Center By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Comedian Mike Epps will perform at the Schuster Center on Oct. 24 Mike Epps’ career reaches back to the early ‘90s, when he started as a stand-up comic. On the big screen, he’s played memorable roles such as Day-Day in the “Friday” films and […]

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Stewed, screwed & tatooed

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Discovering Dayton’s not-so-sub tattoo culture By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Truth & Triumph Artist Joe Brenner sterilizes an area to be inked; Photo: Bill Franz Dayton’s got ink, and it’s not afraid to show it. “Even in big cities, if you’re at the beach and you have a lot of tattoos, people look at you weird,” […]

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The rant king returns

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Lewis Black in Concert: A Benefit to The Human Race (Theatre Company) By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Comedian Lewis Black will perform at the Victoria Theatre on Oct. 11 as a benefit for the Human Race Theatre Company “It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.” I don’t know that Philip K. […]

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Gnawing through the straps will be totally worth it

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Emo Philips at Wiley’s Comedy Club By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Comedian Emo Philips will perform at Wiley’s Comedy Club Sept. 24-26; photo: Guy Viau Emo Philips has performed more than 6,000 times since the beginning of his comedy career in 1976 in Chicago. During that time, he has produced award-winning comedy albums including E=MO2, […]

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Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]

Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]