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Comedy: Mike Lukas

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Though he grew up Cleveland, comedian Mike Lukas considers Cincinnati to be his second hometown. Back in the late ‘80s, the now L.A.-based comic started his first “day job” at AT&T downtown. Lukas went on to work for in-house television productions at Universal Studios in Orlando, as well as Disneyworld. He wound up in L.A. after a brief stay in New York. “The Midwest sensibility and humor wasn’t appreciated,” he says. “‘You’re goofy, why aren’t you angrier?’ ” Lukas ended up in L.A., co-hosting a successful radio show with wife Gretchen Massey. Next stop … Cleveland? He performs at Go Bananas Thursday-Sunday.  

Cities of the Underworld: Season Two

A&E, 2008-09, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more really interesting buried places, Don Wildman is back sinking to new depths. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist). The 11 episodes of season two find Wildman returning to Germany, this time to explore Berlin’s hundreds of World War II bunkers. In New York, it’s secret societies, not unlike his trip to Boston in season one.  

Ken Jones Explores Lincoln

Local playwright wins nationwide search to pen play about Abraham Lincoln

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2009
“They wanted (those of) us who got to the finals to pitch how we would combine the Lincoln years in Indiana with his presidency, so those two would weave together.” Jones decided to start with Lincoln’s assassination and work backwards.  

Caprica

(Universal) 2009, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Maybe it’s because the fad hasn’t worn off, but prequels seem to be far less objectionable than sequels. It makes sense in that with a prequel you have to be somewhat loyal to an end point, whereas a sequel has to make up a bunch of new stuff that might or might not live up to the original. So is the situation the producers of Battlestar Galactica found themselves in when their series recently wrapped up. The notion of Carpica telling the back-story to BSG was formulated in the latter’s second season and came to fruition late last year.   

Comedy: Mike Epps

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 21, 2009
A class clown, Mike Epps entered a stand-up comedy competition in his teens and was so encouraged by the response that he decided to move to Atlanta to pursue his new found passion. He became so successful in Atlanta that a club owner there suggested the young Epps head on to New York City, which Epps did almost immediately. Since then he's moved to Los Angeles and been in movies like Next Friday. 8 p.m. Saturday at the Taft Theatre.  

Skins: Volume 2 (BBC Warner)

2009, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2009
This show was getting some notice even before one of its actors (Dev Patel) turned up as the star of Slumdog Millionaire.  

Comedy: Mark Eddie

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Steubenville, Ohio, native Mark Eddie started his stand-up career in Pittsburgh. He performed serious songs in coffeehouses on college campuses before parlaying his storytelling talent and musical ability into a comedy act. Today, guitar in hand, he entertains audiences with original and parody songs.  

Battlestar Galactica: Season 4.0

Universal, 2008, Not Rated

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Last winter’s writer’s strike reeked havoc across the television universe. And while that hastened the demise of the likes of Back to You, a lot of good scripted TV suffered.  

The Founding of America

A&E, 2009, Not Rated

0 Comments · Monday, March 9, 2009
This box set collects virtually every documentary and movie about the American Revolution shown by The History Channel over the past few years. Anchored by 'Founding Fathers' and 'Founding Brothers,' no historical stone is left unturned and no angle left unexamined.  

Comedy: John Rathbone

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 3, 2009
What’s new with comedian and Canton native John Rathbone? “Absolutely nothing has changed,” he states. “Except I ache more and I have less hair.” Actually, Rathbone does have some interesting news to report. “I just auditioned for Def Comedy Jam,” he says. “I headlined a show at a club and after my show they had an urban show. I asked to go on after that…and they thought I was crazy. But I’ve played a lot of urban shows before and I did real well, so they asked me to come back and audition for Def Jam.” To give you an idea of just how diverse his appeal is, two nights later he was performing essentially the same set for a church convention in Pittsburgh. He performs at the Funny Bone Thursday-Sunday.