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25 Sep 2020
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Anyone need a good laugh? A chuckle? A giggle? If you answered “no,” we want whatever mind-altering substances you’ve been taking. But if you’re like the rest of us, subsisting on a daily diet of COVID-19-induced gloom, you’ll be relieved to know that the Palm Springs International Comedy Festival is on its way, albeit virtually, from Oct. 11-18. The Palm Springs International Comedy Festival will feature competitions in the categories of stand-up, improvisation, sketch, feature film, short film, TV pilot, web series, animation and music. Winners will receive awards and cash prizes. The festival will also bestow honorary awards on the legendary Judy Tenuta (PSICF Lifetime Achievement Award), comedian/actress Luenell (PSICF Breakthrough Award) and comic/host/actor Selene Luna (Diversity in Comedy Award). During the inaugural event last year, the festival drew participants from all over the world to Hotel Zozo. Prizes were awarded to Kathy Griffin and Illeana Douglas, as well…
16 Jun 2020
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(Editor's note: After one show, this comedy series has been discontinued.) It may seem like nothing’s funny anymore—but producer/comedian Max Mitchell would beg to disagree. Max Mitchell’s Comedy and Magic Show will make its debut this Friday, June 19, at the amphitheater at The River in Rancho Mirage. Boasting “the Coachella Valley’s hottest standup comedians and one cool magician,” the free performances are slated to be an ongoing thing, with shows on the first and third Friday of every month. “It’s a live comedy show outdoors in an amphitheater in the middle of a mall,” said Mitchell. “There will be general seating and tons of room for social distancing. We hope people will dress up, get out of the house and come enjoy a fun night with some of the best local talent around.” The lineup for June 19 includes Mitchell and fellow comedians Shann Carr, Kris Bossi and Kevin…
21 Aug 2019
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Felipe Esparza is a funny guy—something he proved by winning NBC’s Last Comic Standing back in 2010. Almost a decade later, the Los Angeles-based comedian has since been featured on comedy specials on HBO and Showtime, and is working with Fox to develop a sitcom. See him for yourself when he returns to the area for a show at Morongo Casino Resort Spa on Sunday, Sept. 15. Esparza is no stranger to the Coachella Valley—he’s performed before at Spotlight 29, for starters—but during a recent phone interview, he said he’s never performed at Morongo before … although he joked that he has lost a lot of money there. Esparza said he wants to make the world a better place through comedy. He credits comedy for helping him overcome a drug addiction; in fact, he said he made the decision to pursue a comedy career while in rehab. “I have people…
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…

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