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22 May 2019
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I asked Jo Anne Worley what the audience can expect from her shows at the Purple Room this Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25. “A lot of singing—mainly comedy singing,” she replied. “And what I like to do is take a song and do something unusual with it.” I asked for an example … and, boy, did she respond—by belting out, right into the phone, a few verses from her gluten-free song. Borrrrr-ing! It really is boring It’s kind of like snoring When you are gluten FREEEEE! Worley, 81, is a living legend. Her career spans six decades; her first credit on IMDb is The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, in 1960. She’s been in many movies and TV shows; she’s performed on Broadway and enjoyed a well-reviewed stint as Madame Morrible in the Los Angeles production of Wicked. However, Worley is best known for being a cast member…
22 Nov 2018
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When Penn and Teller first started performing in 1975, the duo was unlike anything else out there. In 2018 … well, there’s still not anything else out there like Penn and Teller. The comedy/magic greats will perform at The Show at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa on Friday, Dec. 7. During a recent phone interview with Penn Jillette—of course we interviewed the one who talks—he said they made a conscious effort to be different when they started out. “Alfred Hitchcock said if you wanted to be a director, don’t see great movies and say, ‘I’m going to do that.’ See bad movies and say, ‘At least I won’t do that,’” Jillette said. “I came out of a background of really disliking magic. Teller was in love was magic since he was about 5, but I really never liked it. I was a juggler and a musician. I didn’t like…
31 Oct 2018
I recently asked a reality-TV star about politics. “I never thought I’d run for president … but if America wanted a bankrupt, second-rate reality star with bad makeup and hair, it could’ve been me!” Bianca Del Rio said. “I can’t watch the fuckery!” Del Rio—best known for winning the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race—will be concluding her current Blame It on Bianca tour on Friday, Nov. 23, in a show benefiting AAP-Food Samaritans at the Riviera Palm Springs. The show will mark the Coachella Valley debut for the New York-based “clown in a dress” (her words, not mine) and her unfiltered, occasionally controversial brand of comedy. “I have never been to Palm Springs before,” she told me. In other words, she’s a virgin! (Well, in this one sense.) Drag was a calling for her, said Del Rio (aka Roy Haylock). “Without sounding insane, I have been doing drag for…
13 Jun 2018
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There’s not much of a standup comedy scene in the Coachella Valley—but The Hood Bar and Pizza and aspiring local comedian Jacob Cantu are hoping to change that. Cantu has often made people laugh during the Wednesday-night open-mic at The Hood—and management has taken notice. As a result, Cantu is now organizing a standup comedy night at The Hood every other Sunday. “I always had it in the back of my mind to do it, but I just didn’t have the balls to do it,” Cantu said during a recent interview. “My grandpa died in 2015, and I was taking care of him. He had Alzheimer’s, and I took care of him for about five years. I was depressed, and my therapist told me, ‘You know, you’re funny here when you tell me about sad stuff; you should try standup comedy.’ I told my wife about it, and my wife…

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