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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…
23 Mar 2015
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The After Dark series at the Purple Room continues to showcase a type of talent not often found performing in Palm Springs—and such will be the case on April 10 and 11, when comedian Cash Levy will take the stage. Levy has recorded a special for Comedy Central, and performed on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson. During a recent phone interview, Levy discussed how he was drawn to stand-up comedy. “I think it starts the same way for a lot of guys: You start doing open-mic, coffee shops and any place with a microphone,” he said. “You work your way up to where people want to pay to see you. It’s a very tough process, because you know what to do to make your friends laugh—but it’s an entirely different story to make a room full of strangers laugh.” Levy said all the hard work is worth it…

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