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A (lazy) eye for comedy


Shaun Latham returns to Dayton with mean, hilarious punch By Gary Spencer Photo: Shaun Latham recruits more Daytonians to #TeamLazyEye at Wiley’s Oct. 14 and 15photo: Heather Ennis, Earth by Ennis Photography Stand-up comedians are a dime a dozen, and most of them don’t do much to stand out or differentiate themselves from the pack. […]

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From The D to the DYT

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Mike Stanley lets loose at Wiley’s By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Mike Stanley holds nothing back at Wiley’s June 24 and 25; photo courtesy of Mike Stanley Have you ever been watching standup and thought, “What’s holding this comedian back?” Surely they must hold opinions on some of the bigger issues taking place in the […]

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Fooler house


Special Engagement with Dave Coulier at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin This is far from Dave Coulier’s first visit to the Gem City. In fact, as a hockey-playing kid in Detroit, he used to travel with his home team down I-75 to play the Dayton Gems. “That was a big trip for us,” […]

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My size comedy


Brad Williams cracks Funny Bone By Don Hurst Early fans of Brad Williams know him from his guest spots on “Mind of Mencia” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” where he has performed as the captain of an all dwarf basketball team and scared the hell out of people as a live Chucky doll. He’s come a […]

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One star headline


Greg Warren at Funny Bone By Don Hurst Listeners to the Bob and Tom Show and the Sirius comedy channels already know Greg Warren. His down to earth mix of frustration and self-deprecation is a daily fixture on the radio. He has appeared on Late Night with Seth Myers, The Late Late Show, Last Comic […]

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Him of many faces

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Tommy Davidson makes impressions at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Remember the T-1000 from “Terminator 2” and how it was made up of that mimetic alloy that allowed it to instantly transform into whomever it wanted? Tommy Davidson must be made of similar stuff, considering how completely he disappears into impressions, from Sylvester […]

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Just a guy


Bill Engvall at the Schuster Center By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Bill Engvall has been trying to convince us he’s “just a guy” since he began his professional career in comedy some 30-odd years ago. He has that easy quality, the warmth that radiates from genuine people. He loves his wife. He’s proud of his daughter […]

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Getting her done


LARRY THE CABLE GUY WITH JEFF FOXWORTHY AT THE TAFT THEATRE By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin You know Larry the Cable Guy, the jovial, sleeveless sensation, widely recognized for hollering his supportive catchphrase “Git-r-done!” For this you likely also know Mater, the loveable tow truck sidekick from Cars, the third installment of which is currently in […]

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Funny with a purpose


Suzanne Westenhoefer brings bold comedy to Antioch By Lauren Adams Laughter is truly the best medicine, and as any good doctor will tell you, there is an inherent responsibility in the way that medicine is dispensed. At its best, comedy not only entertains—it inspires, educates and exposes some difficult truths about society. It’s something we […]

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The right to offend

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Rodney Carrington’s “Here Comes the Truth” at Victoria By Don Hurst Photo: Rodney Carrington performs on Feb. 19 at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Laura Goldstein “You have offended about everyone on the planet. When people leave your show they have to go home and scrub their whole skin down with a wire brush and go […]

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Cross my heart and hope to Dye


Jeff Dye at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin You know that one friend you have who’s always good for a story? It doesn’t even have to be about anything extraordinary, they just have a really engaging way of telling you about daily minutia. If you’re lucky, that friend is something like Jeff Dye, […]

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What a character!


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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Economical comedy


Costaki Economopoulos comes to Wiley’s By Rusty Pate Photo: Costaki Economopoulos performs Jan. 14-16 at Wiley’s Comedy Joint, In many ways, standup comedy is the ultimate art form. Painting, music and filmmaking all have their virtues, but no other means of self expression allows the artist the freedom that comes with standing on stage, in […]

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He comes to you from the future

PASADENA, CA - JULY 20:  Comedian John Heffron poses during his portrait session at The Ice House Comedy Club on July 20, 2015 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage) *** Local Caption *** John Heffron

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


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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The St. Vincent de Paul relief mission continues


  Gateway Shelter for Women and Families on W. Apple St is ready to help 24-hours a day.  By Tim […]

Mulling the merits of Merit Grill


Wide variety compromised by some puzzling choices The Merit Grill’s Carne Asada substituted sirloin for skirt steak, but the salsa, […]

Bread Baking Demystified

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The secrets to a delicious loaf of bread are in the details The process of properly kneading bread dough includes […]

It’s happening in Troy


Jazz vocalist Vanessa Rubin Music at The Troy-Hayner Center The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is welcoming the arrival of spring with […]

A tradition of storytelling

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Shannon McNally at Newport’s Southgate House Revival Singer-songwriter Shannon McNally By Dave Gil de Rubio Songwriting has always had a […]