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30 Jun 2017
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If you watched Mad TV in the early ’00s, you probably remember the guy who played George W. Bush and John Madden. You probably also remember he was on Fox NFL Sunday for a while. That guy is Frank Caliendo, and he’ll be bringing his standup show to Morongo Casino Resort Spa at 9 p.m., Friday, July 7. During a recent phone interview, Caliendo talked about his five seasons on Mad TV. “The opportunity to be on TV and do different characters with the impressions and different makeup was always great,” Caliendo said. “The disadvantage was going up against Saturday Night Live: They can be live and up to the minute. Ninety-nine percent of Mad TV was (made) two weeks in advance. It’s amazing to think how Saturday Night Live is able to put that show on. Some people got flustered with Mad TV, but Saturday Night Live was always…
13 Jun 2017
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On Friday night, June 9, Chris Rock’s “Total Blackout Tour” made a sold-out stop at Fantasy Springs—and his no-holds-barred, raunchy humor on various subjects was a hit. First, one important detail: The tour is called the “Total Blackout Tour” for a reason—and that blackout includes cell phones. The line to get into the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center on Friday night was lengthy, and attendees were told they had two options: They could take their cell phones back to their cars, or they could put them in a bag that would be locked until the end of the show. (At one point before the show started, I saw a couple who had broken through the bag provided for their cell phones—and they were being dealt with by law enforcement.) When Rock took the stage, he said, “Where the hell am I?” asking if he was in Palm Springs. He expressed…
25 May 2017
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The Wayans Brothers are an American institution, thanks to their various comedy TV shows and movies. The youngest of the Wayans Brothers in showbiz is Marlon, who appeared with his family members on the iconic early 1990s sketch show In Living Color. He’s also known for playing Loc Dog in the ’90s Wayans comedy film Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, and for more-serious roles in films such as G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Requiem for a Dream. Marlon Wayans will helm a new television series titled Marlon, which will premiere on NBC in August, and stars in the upcoming Netflix original film Naked. Ever-busy, he’s also doing stand-up comedy and will be appearing at Morongo Casino Resort Spa on Friday, June 2. During a recent phone interview with Wayans—which was interrupted by his mother calling him at one point—he…
30 Jun 2016
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Joshua Tree is known for eclectic festivals. The high-desert community hosts gatherings centering on everything from yoga to UFOs to music. Now Joshua Tree can add improv/comedy to that list. The Joshua Tree International Improv/Comedy Festival will take place Friday through Sunday, July 8-10, at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center. The performer list includes both local names and people from recognizable comedy institutions including Second City and Last Comic Standing. Jeanette Knight, the director of the festival, said that although the venue is new (to the event), the festival itself is not. “It’s the first one in Joshua Tree,” Knight said. “The first one was actually called the Coachella Valley Improv/Comedy Festival, and that was in 2014. There was a change in management at our (original) venue, the Indio Performing Arts Center (IPAC). They didn’t really support the idea or the festival, and the Hi-Desert Cultural Center found out that we…

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