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Harness. Energy. Block. Bad.

Kevin Nealon to perform at Funnybone By J.T. Ryder Beginning his professional career by appearing on the Johnny Carson Show in 1984 was probably the most ambitious way to start a profession. Shortly thereafter, Kevin Nealon was picked up by Saturday Night Live where he remained a fixture as the longest-running cast member in the […]

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Sizzling bacon

Vincent Holiday brings improv to Dayton By J.T. Ryder A nightmare for any comedian would be to stand in front of a waiting audience, completely awash in the piercing glare of the unflinching spotlights, without a single shred of material prepared as the audience shouts at you in a cacophony of catcalls. A nightmare for […]

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Polished rubies in a city of rough gems

The Rubi Girls present a benefit for ARC Ohio By J.T. Ryder Since mankind adopted gender specific clothing, through Shakespearian time and into modern times, the entertainment world has had a titillating fascination with jocks in frocks. Even within the realm of drag queens and divas, there are countless layers and visions of drag, from […]

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Greg Hahn’s Great … Now Take Your Top Off

Greg Hahn Destroys The Funny Bone’s Stage… Again By J.T. Ryder Talking to Greg Hahn is like talking to an auctioneer suffering from ADHD and coming off a three-day crack binge. I actually had to slow down the tape at times just to be able to transcribe the interview. Onstage or off, Greg Hahn is […]

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A Theme For Humor

Having a cocktail with Larry Miller By J.T. Ryder Life is the one constant of our planet and life is the deep well that comedian, writer and actor Larry Miller draws from. It is life’s glimpses into a larger truth that has made Miller’s comedy much more than fanciful routines and commonplace bits. Miller, who […]

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His Mama made him wear this

Roy Wood Jr.: The Real Side Of Comedy By J.T. Ryder Hailing from Birmingham, Ala., Roy Wood Jr.’s style of comedy has made its mark, having a universality that is so unique in the world of comedy. Wood has been on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” BET’s “Comic View” as well as […]

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The Theater of the Strange

Comedian Dow Thomas Reminisces About The Dayton Comedy Scene By J.T. Ryder It’s very rare for someone to be able to meet any of the people that were instrumental in warping the needle on their moral compass. For example, in the future, the odds are astronomically against my kids ever meeting up with Snooki, the […]

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The Long And Short of It

A Conversation With Comedian Brad Williams By J.T. Ryder Born with Achondroplasia (a form of dwarfism), Brad Williams’ life has been filled with an acute awareness of the human condition and the differences that can separate us as individuals or bring us together in celebration of those differences. Instead of focusing on the negative aspect […]

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Paraprosdokian Pathways

The Comic Genius Of Emo Phillips By J.T. Ryder With a wide-eyed, childlike stare, Emo Philips draws the audience down a winding garden path, the listener hanging on every word, softly spoken in an innocently wavering falsetto sing-song voice. Suddenly you find yourself in an Alice In wonderland world where nothing is as it truly […]

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Second City At Victoria

Victoria Hosts Famed Comedy Troupe’s Fair & Unbalanced Tour. By J.T. Ryder A partial list of Second City’s alumni reads like a who’s who of comedic stardom: Alan Arkin, Harold Ramis, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, John Candy, Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Chris Farley, Jane Lynch, Mike Myers, Jack McBrayer, Tina Fey, […]

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One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]

On craft and craftsmanship

In the studio with Landon Crowell By Eva Buttacavoli Photo: Landon Crowell, Inertia in Light of a Likely Disaster, 2011. Wood, […]

Modern masters, talking turkeys and the king himself

Your summer roadmap to art in Cincinnati By Susan Byrnes Photo: Trenton Doyle Hancock, “Hot Coals in Soul,” 2010. Acrylic and […]