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17 Oct 2017
One of them is a small-town pageant winner, circa 1981, who now peddles gay travel on TV. One of them has an obsession with Celestial Seasonings’ Tension Tamer tea. One of them knows all about Sordid Lives. And one of them has become an Internet sensation thanks to his melding of politics and show tunes. What do they all have in common? They’re the four performers in Logo founder Matt Farber’s Outlandish series, coming to the Camelot Theatres on four consecutive Saturdays, starting Oct. 28 with Sordid Lives creator Del Shores. He’ll be followed by drag star Miss Richfield 1981 on Nov. 4; and drag storyteller Miss Coco Peru on Nov. 11. And on Nov. 18 … the good news is political satirist and show-tune expert Randy Rainbow will be here; the bad news is the show is sold out—as is a second show added on Sunday, Nov. 19. (A…
18 Sep 2017
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It’s undeniable: Paul Rodriguez is a pillar of standup comedy. Rodriguez has drawn the ire of some of his fellow Latino comedians in recent years because of his support of the Republican Party. Party affiliation aside, however, his loyalty to the Latin community runs deep—no question. Rodriguez will be stopping by Spotlight 29 on Saturday, Sept. 23, as the headliner of the Latin Kings of Comedy Tour, along with Manny Maldonado, Joey Medina and Jackson Purdue. During a recent phone interview, Rodriguez said that he still enjoys standup, and tries to keep doing it, no matter what other projects in which he’s involved. “I’ve been preoccupied with a play I’ve been doing that’s getting some attention called The Pitch. It’s funny, but it’s not a standup show,” Rodriguez said. “In between—to pay the bills, and what butters my tortilla—are standup shows. When I do standup, it feels good, and it’s…
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…

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