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Wednesday, 17 August 2016 11:36

Improv and the honesty of the moment

TJ Jagodowski to perform with Bar Harbor's ImprovAcadia

BAR HARBOR One of the most well-known, well-respected figures in the contemporary improv scene is coming to the area.

Published in Cover Story
Sunday, 14 August 2016 16:46

Streep's perfectly imperfect pitch

'Florence Foster Jenkins' a tale of indefatigable passion

Just what is it with Meryl Streep and singing these days?

Published in Movies
Friday, 12 August 2016 10:24

Wieners gone wild - 'Sausage Party'

R-rated animated comedy effectively offensive

I have no idea how 'Sausage Party' came to be released.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 11:05

Double vision with The Comedy of Errors'

Ten Bucks Theatre Company presents Shakespearean comedy

BREWER There's a whole lot of mistaken-identity mayhem going on in Brewer these days.

Published in Style

The past few years have seen the rise of a subgenre of comedic film, movies marked by the foul-mouthed, ludicrous and largely consequence-free antics of idiotic man-boys, overgrown children whose ability to function in any semblance of the real world strains the bounds of suspension of disbelief. They feature long, improv-driven riffs and plenty of raunchy moments.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 12:04

The Boss' fails to take charge

McCarthy's performance can't elevate sub-par script

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 13:43

Judgment Day jollity This Is the End'

Apocalyptic ensemble comedy proves surprisingly entertaining

I'm a firm believer in the humor potential inherent to actors playing themselves. There's something wonderfully anarchic about performers playing hyperstylized versions of themselves; it can really make for a phenomenal guest-starring turn.

But the idea of making an entire movie that way? Where every one of the main players is playing him or herself or at least, a version thereof? Could you really build a quality film on that sort of foundation? It seems unlikely, no?

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:29

Identity Thief' an identity crisis

McCarthy vehicle struggles to find fun

Since Melissa McCarthy broke out with her supporting role in 'Bridesmaids,' it seems like Hollywood has been trying to figure out what to do with her. Her television bona fides are set she's an Emmy winner for 'Mike and Molly' but movie stardom is a different animal. Pairing her with a talented foil to her brand of broad physicality someone like Jason Bateman and letting her loose probably seemed like a good idea. And maybe it was.

Unfortunately, the end result this time was 'Identity Thief,' a film struggling to understand its own identity.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 21:57

Another laugh riot lands in Brewer

Fourth annual Comedy Riot to feature four funnymen

BREWER It's that time of year again. The Comedy Riot is making its triumphant return to Brewer.

The fourth annual Comedy Riot is set to take place at Jeff's Catering in Brewer on Dec. 1 starting at 8 p.m. Tickets for this show, featuring four exceptional stand-up comedians, are available for $12 in advance or $15 at the door. The event will be emceed by educator and radio personality Rich Kimball, who has done his own fair share of comedy as a founding member of local improv collective The Focus Group.

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 12:41

The Nite Show' to tape two shows at Husson

Taping will take place on Nov. 28 at Husson University Student Center

BANGOR 'The Nite Show with Danny Cashman' will take its show on the road at the end of this month to Husson University in Bangor. The Maine-based late night talk show will tape two shows at the campus's student center, marking only the second time the show has gone on the road.

Published in Happenings
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