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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

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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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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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Sharp tongued

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“Girl Code” confidante Jessimae Peluso at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Jessimae Peluso will perform July 9-11 at Dayton Funny Bone Jessimae Peluso possesses the kind of unbridled honesty that makes you acutely aware of how ridiculous the world can be. The quick-witted Syracuse, New York, native made a name for herself […]

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The last laugh

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Funny Women of Comedy Show at Wiley’s By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The Funny Women of Comedy Show featuring comedian Kim Coles will take place May 2 at Wiley’s Comedy Joint At some point or another, we all need a release, an escape from the troubles of this life. And what better way to do […]

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Packing a punch(line)

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The Nobodies of Comedy tour at Victoria Theatre By Erin Callahan Photo: Comedian Liz Miele will perform as part of the “Nobodies of Comedy” tour at the Victoria Theatre on April 10; photo: Mills Entertainment “The best comics you’ve never heard of” are coming to Dayton. On April 10, the “Nobodies of Comedy” tour will […]

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Comedy and curriculum

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Leighann Lord at Antioch School Gala By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Comedian Leighann Lord will perform at Antioch School’s Annual Auction Gala & Comedy show, March 7 Is it me, or is a lot of the conversation I hear from my teacher friends these days centered around standardized testing? They sound beleaguered by the hand-tying […]

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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 […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]