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Review: The Divorcees Club

The Divorcees ClubToday my girlfriend and I went to go see The Divorcees Club at Penn’s Landing Playhouse. This production marks the U.S. premier of the incredibly successful French comedy Le Clan des Divorcees, which has been seen by over three million people since it debuted 10 years ago.

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Betas: A Killer New Comedy

BetasJust a couple days ago I discovered a new comedy created by Amazon Studios: Betas. Similar to the significantly less funny Alpha House, Betas is exclusive to Prime Instant Video. The good news is anyone can watch the first three episodes for free, so hop to it. This is an excellent show featuring quirky and endearing characters that have a wonderful chemistry together. And the clever jokes, sharp dialogue and well-paced character development will keep you coming back for more. Take my advice – watch all three episodes, then decide whether or not you like it. Each episode gets progressively better, so you should be in love with it by the end of episode three.

Below is the show’s trailer, and you can check out the free episodes here. Enjoy!

 

George Carlin – Fear of Germs

20121114-224514.jpgFive years ago, today, the smartest man I ever met died: George Carlin. No one has made me laugh harder or think more critically. He was a comedic genius and a modern-day philosopher that left an indelible mark on my life. I’ll always smile – and laugh – when I think of George.

The first comedy special of his I saw was You Are All Diseased. Below is a terrific clip from that show about society’s fear of germs. Enjoy!

Arrested Development Season 4 – The Final Countdown

Arrested DevelopmentThis Sunday, after being off the air for seven years, Arrested Development returns for a fourth season exclusively on Netflix. The 15 episodes total 8.5 hours of what’s sure to be comedic gold. To get you pumped for the new season, below you’ll find a trailer for Season 4 and a video compiling 200 of the best quotes from the show’s first three seasons. Enjoy!

George Carlin – The Ten Commandments

George-Carlin-Complaints-and-GrievancesGeorge Carlin may be dead, but his timeless body of work lives on. Here’s one of my favorite bits:

Louis CK: Turning 40

Here’s a funny clip of comedian Louis CK’s thoughts on turning 40.

John Lithgow: 3rd Rock From The Sun

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John Lithgow is one of my favorite actors, and I’m currently enjoying listening to the audiobook version of his autobiography, Drama: An Actor’s Education. Whether he was playing a serious Shakespearian role or a hilarious goof, Lithgow’s versatility as an actor garnered him numerous awards and fans over the years.

Below are two videos: One is a fan-made compilation of some of Lithgow’s best work on 3rd Rock from the Sun, and the other is an interview about the aforementioned autobiography.

Louis CK Honors George Carlin

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Louis CK is one of the best comedians around, so it’s no surprise that he was heavily influenced by the late, great George Carlin. Below is Louis CK’s touching thoughts on Carlin, which he shared during a tribute to the comedic legend in March 2010.

Supermarket Stories: Hair Piece Harry

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There’s an old man that comes into the supermarket on a regular basis, and his most distinguishing feature has been his awful-looking toupee. That is until today, when he came through my line wearing uncomfortably tight, hot pink jeans. It was disturbing. Unfortunately, Hair Piece Harry’s personality is just as bad as his “taste” in fashion. He has a grumpy demeanor and barely speaks. When he does utter a word, it’s usually nonsensical and barely audible. You’ve been warned: If you see an older man walking down the streets of Philadelphia with a toupee that would offend Donald Trump and jeans that are definitely not pretty in pink, head the other way.

George Carlin On Cats

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George Carlin’s third HBO special, Carlin at Carnegie, featured an excellent bit about cats. For anyone that’s interacted with these cute creatures on a regular basis, the following clip will make you nod in agreement as well as laugh out loud. Enjoy!

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