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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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A welcome distraction

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Dan Grueter at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Dan Grueter will perform at Dayton Funnybone Dec. 18-21 Comedian Dan Grueter wants to offer you a reprieve from your daily toils. He’s taken his homegrown brand of comedy on the likes of the Late Late Show and The Bob & Tom Show, where […]

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Funny is in his blood

Comedian Portraits And Performances At The Ice House Comedy Club

Charlie Murphy at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Charlie Murphy will perform at Dayton Funny Bone Nov. 28-Nov. 30 For the past 12 years, Charlie Murphy has been using his standup comedy to kindle our happiness. During a unique transition from service in the Navy to working security for his younger brother, […]

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Boyish girl, interrupted

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Tig Notaro at Taft Theatre By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Comedian Tig Notaro will perform at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati on Oct. 24; photo: Ruthie Wyatt Comedian, writer and actress Tig Notaro has a way about her that sets a room at ease. She makes all the hard work look uncomplicated, no matter the […]

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Personal and awkward

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Mike Birbiglia thanks God for jokes at Victoria By Gary Spencer Photo: Comedian Mike Birbiglia will perform at the Victoria Theatre on Sept. 12;   According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word “religious” has a few synonyms, two of which are the words “devotional” and “sacred.” Most comedians could be said to feel religious about their […]

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Not your typical Latina

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Aida Rodriguez at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Aida Rodriguez will perform July 24-27 at Dayton Funny Bone Aida Rodriguez has known she would be a comedian since she was a child. As a girl growing up in Miami, Fla., she listened to funnymen like Alvarez Guedes and Richard Pryor, often having to […]

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Heavy metal Cosby kid

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Jim Breuer brings the laughs to Dayton’s Funny Bone By Zach Rogers Photo: Jim Breuer will perform at Dayton Funny Bone on April 25 and 26; photo: Gregory Pallante Goat Boy. “Half Baked.” Metallica. All of these things could easily be used to describe comedian Jim Breuer, yet they’re all just one side of the famous […]

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We’re all in this together

Comedy Portrait Session With Paula Poundstone At The Ice House Comedy Club

Paula Poundstone to perform at Victoria Theatre  By: Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin   Photo: “I’m really happy to have John McCain pulling the curtain back on Internet addiction.” Paula Poundstone will perform at the Victoria Theatre on Oct. 11; photo: Michael Schwartz If I were a betting woman, I’d put money on odds that Paula Poundstone has […]

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History, asbestos and genitalia

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Christian Finnegan at Funny Bone By Benjamin Smith Photo: Comedian Christian Finnegan will perform at the Dayton Funny Bone May 23-26 If you are either (A) a pop culture enthusiast or (B) a blob that slumps on the couch all day eating Doritos and watching television while your self-respect shrivels up like an old man’s salami, […]

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The art of Finesse

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College football player, SNL alum, hit TV show: Finesse Mitchell at Funny Bone By Rusty Pate Photo: “All you’ve got to do is show up and make people happy … That’s a great job!” Finesse Mitchell will perform at the Dayton Funny Bone March 21-24 Rule number one when interviewing a standup comic: don’t try to […]

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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

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 […]