Bill Burr is undoubtedly a comedian’s
comedian, that rare comic who other stand-ups will go out of their way
to see. However, Burr also has a sizeable and loyal fanbase that
relishes in his observations on everything from Hitler to fast food.
The Capitol Steps are on their way to
Cincinnati, and they’ll stop at nothing to get audience members laughing
as this grueling election year surges forward. The Steps are a group of Capitol Hill
staffers turned political satirists, and no party is safe from ridicule
when these performers take the stage.
Let’s give props to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company for bringing to the stage The Merchant of Venice,
one of Shakespeare’s most difficult plays. It’s officially categorized
as a comedy, and it contains humorous and romantic elements, including a
subplot about contesting for the hand of a wealthy heiress. But the
central story of a more dire contest between a moneylender and a
businessman is anything but amusing.
When selecting television bits to feature in this column, I’m
constantly trying to balance out all the funny programs I love with
dramas and other options. To me, comedy is like pizza — whether it’s
simple or sophisticated, cheesy or over-the-top, there’s something for
everyone and it’s usually pretty good.
When you base a musical on legendary cartoons, you better
be sure that the original material is referenced and that it delivers the same
level of humor. That means more in the way of faithfulness than originality,
but who cares when it’s The Addams Family?
The touring production of the recent Broadway show, currently onstage at the
Aronoff Center, delivers on humor, entertainment and a faithful recreation of
the oddball characters who revel in the dark side of life.
If you Google search “John McClellan,” you’ll find the late Democratic senator from Arkansas and the 19th-century chemist. So what is comedian, Akron native and onetime Cincinnatian John McClellan — who brought his "Punk Rock" stand-up tour to Northside's tiny music club/bar The Comet Aug. 13 — doing to distance himself from his fellow McClellans?
Todd Barry comes to town this week on the Spring Value Tour along with comedian Neil Hamburger, the bizarre alter ego of musician Greg Turkington. It’s a nice juxtaposition of styles, with Barry’s casual manner providing a stark counterpoint to Hamburger’s frenetic delivery.
One of the first to embrace so-called "observational" humor in the '70s, David Brenner's quick wit spawned a legion of like-minded comics. A fixture on TV ever since, he holds the record for the most talk show appearances in the history of that medium. "If I go over to the cashier (at a restaurant) and say, 'I've been on television talk shows more than any other entertainer in the history of television,' she would say 'That'll be $32.14,'" he says with a laugh. "That's what it comes down to."