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Goes to the edge … and folds it neatly

Tim Bedore: Standing up against the animal conspiracy By J.T. Ryder Comedian Tim Bedore is a philosopher, a writer, a comedian; he is a man who once had the urge to kiss a wombat full on the lips. He has made numerous television appearances and his Vague But True weekly series can be heard on […]

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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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News of the weird: 09/16/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – A nerd’s rhapsody Nicholas Felton’s latest annual recap of his personal communications data is […]

Their exits and their entrances

Celebrating 20 years of Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Artistic director John Fleming addresses the audience during […]

In living color

Color: Impressions and Innovations at Glen Helen By Joyell Nevins Photo: Joe Barrish, “McLain Street View”; oil Our visual spectrum has […]

Advice Goddess

By Amy Alkon Whoa is me Last year, after I split up with my girlfriend, the law firm I worked […]

Law & Disorder

The last word, Not the last laugh by A.J. Wagner In 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun, in the case of Callins […]

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – They didn’t see this coming? (1) German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book […]