comedy

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:04 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

'The Changing Landscape Of TV Comedy'

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Why do we watch television comedies?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:12 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Sea Tea Improv and "Funny Times"

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Have you noticed that nothing is ever quite funny enough?

Last night I was reading a story in the New Yorker and glancing at the cartoons and kind of gasping at how not funny they were. Hey, this is the New Yorker! It's not like there's some place else for all the better cartoons to go.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:10 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Brian Dennehy & Samuel Beckett's Legacy

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Samuel Beckett's plays are the little black dress of modernist literature. They go with anything.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:32 am
Fri November 18, 2011

The Nose: Fall Guys, Women Comics & How Yoga Clothes Can't Shrug 'Atlas'

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What will big business head honchos learn from the fall of CL&P's Jeff Butler? Maybe they'll learn not to be the face of the company during a big disaster.

Somebody talked Butler into handling CL&P's press briefings personally, even though the company has a whole staff of mouthpieces on call to do just that.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:44 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

The First Annual Summer Humor Show!

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:52 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Unconventional Shakespeare

Chion Wolf

How influential is Shakespeare?

Bernard Levin writes:

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:22 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Summertime TV

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Back in the days of three, maybe four, networks, summer television was an odd wasteland, mostly re-runs with occasionally odd oases. Ray Stevens hosted a summer replacement series which offered the first full exposure to the dadaist comedy of a young unknown named Steve Martin. 

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:53 pm
Thu June 16, 2011

Colin Quinn

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In Colin Quinn Long Story Short, Quinn focuses his articulate brand of comedy on the demise of empires, including our own. More than standup comedy, Long Story Short is a hilarious blend of incisive observation, sharp commentary, and Colin’s channeling of the personalities of the past. From Socrates to Snooki, Quinn is at his satirical best, taking on the attitudes, appetites and bad habits that toppled the world’s most powerful nations. Colin Quinn Long Story Short proves that throughout human history, the joke has always been on us.

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The Faith Middleton Show
7:58 am
Sat June 4, 2011

Comedian Darrell Hammond

Zach Klein

Today, conversation  with three creative minds. Saturday Night Live cast member Darrell Hammond, who's won audiences over for years with his dead-on impersonations of various celebrities and political figures. And violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman talks about his life, teaching and performing. Plus, Kendall Cromstrom, Editor in Chief of Hamptons Cottages & Gardens. Cromstrom is a veteran editor holding key editorial posts at Elle, Decor, House Beautiful, In Style and Real Simple.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:56 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

The Nose: Men Behaving Badly & 'Too Soon' Comedy

Chion Wolf

Garrison Keillor has announced that he'll retire in 2013.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:20 pm
Wed March 9, 2011

Impressions & Impersonations

Chion Wolf

I'm not even sure the comedy sub-species "impressionist" really exists any more.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:10 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

"Hail, Hail Euphoria: The Marx Brothers in 'Duck Soup'"

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I started writing humor -- or trying, anyway, -- when my column launched in the Hartford Courant in 1982. 

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