Salisbury Press

Monday, March 30, 2020

Grateful laughter: Tiffany Haddish celebrates ‘the little things’ in success

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Tiffany Haddish is having her moment.

Channel surf to any popular daytime or late-night talker and you are likely to see Haddish seated in the guest’s seat promoting her latest movie role, stand-up comedy tour, best-selling memoir (“The Last Black Unicorn”), streaming special or any number of upcoming projects she has in the pipeline.

From Wendy Williams’ purple couch to Jimmy Kimmel’s comfy chair, TV hosts pursue Haddish to be a guest on their shows.

Veteran driver: Kayla Blood takes wheel of Soldier of Fortune in PPL ‘Monster Jam’

Friday, February 21, 2020 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

The Chinese recognize the year 2020 on their calendar as the “Year of the Rat.”

In the United States, one could easily say the past several years have been the year of the woman. Female visibility is on an upward trajectory in areas once thought to be the sole province of men.

In literal upward movement, astronaut Christina Koch recently crushed the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman; descending to earth after 328 days aloft.

Maria Bamford has Rx for her standup comedy

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Maria Bamford’s comedy can be difficult to describe.

Imagine if all the voices in your head decided to put on a show while embodied in an adorably nervous human chihuahua and you might get a clue as to Bamford’s original comedic brand.

Maria Bamford returns to Musikfest Cafe, 7 p.m. Oct. 14, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

Bamford’s brew, a comedy stew, is part performance art, masterful vocal manipulation, physical comedy, cathartic confessional and stand-up that defies comparison.

Steven Wright a comedian for the social media age

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Steven Wright is a comedian for the social-media age.

One would be hard-pressed to find another individual so adept for an internet platform like Twitter where brevity is key and wit equals followers.

Steve Wright performs at 8 p.m. Sept. 7 to kick off the 2018-19 season of the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton,

Lucky, at least, for fans of keen observational humor, Wright has stayed on the path of the one-liner.

Kathleen Madigan: Her comedy laughs are outside the box

Friday, March 23, 2018 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

The comedy album was a staple at adult gatherings during the mid to latter 20th century.

Known informally as “party records,” these stand-up comedy recordings rivaled popular music as the background sound of choice at house parties.

Albums by the likes of Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, George Carlin and other popular stand-ups and comedy duos often featured bawdy riffs on controversial topics, as well as X-Rated or so-called “blue” material.

Blood is thicker than mud on ‘Monster Jam’ circuit

Saturday, February 24, 2018 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

James Brown proclaimed in his 1966 song that “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.”

Until recently, it had been considered a “man’s man’s man’s world” in motorsports.

Monster truck competition had long been a playground for men. While largely considered to be a family-friendly sport, the monster truck audiences were heavily composed of fathers, sons and male buddies.

Fast-forward to the present day and a new crop of female competitors and fans have put the guys on alert with “Monster Jam,” 7 p.m. Feb. 23; 1 and 7 p.m. Feb. 24, and 1 p.m. Feb. 25 at PPL Center, Allentown.

Funny ladies: That ‘Fabulous’ comedy series returns to Miller Symphony Hall

Friday, February 2, 2018 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Stand-up comedy is often a man’s world.

Although female comedians have had greater representation on stages during this latest comedy boom, males still comprise most successful working stand-ups.

The “Ladies of Laughter: Funny and Fabulous” aims to prove the naysayers wrong. The second installment of the series tour pays a visit to Miller Symphony Hall’s Rodale Community Room, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, in Allentown.

Bobby Collins: bi-partisan laughs return to Easton’s State Theatre

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Bobby Collins may be one of America’s favorite comedians. He’s performed his stand-up before the Clintons at the White House for Chelsea Clinton’s birthday in 1999 and appeared in front of guests at President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Winter White House, Palm Beach, Fla., in early 2017.

He’s played rooms in the deepest of red states as well as liberal enclaves in blue states and has proven that well-crafted observational humor results in bi-partisan laughs.

The mighty Quinn brings latest show to Bethlehem

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Colin Quinn is a quintessential New York comedian.

But he’s become much more than that.

Quinn’s latest one-man show, “One in Every Crowd,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6, Musikfest Cafe, SteelStacks, Bethlehem, is part of the cerebral comic’s first full-scale stand-up tour in more than years. Previously, Quinn’s shows had a central theme.