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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…
03 Dec 2014
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When John Waters took the stage Tuesday night at the McCallum Theatre, his raspy voice made it obvious that he was a bit under the weather. (Later in the night, he mentioned fighting an ear infection.) However, his illness didn’t stop Waters from delivering a fantastic spoken-word comedy show—most of which was related to Christmas. Waters often spoke about his favorite leading lady, the late, great Divine (Glenn Milstead). He mentioned that the recent documentary I Am Divine didn’t include the fact that Divine loved Christmas decorations, to the point of overcharging his parents’ credit card to buy them—and then lying about. He also affirmed a story about how Divine bounced checks, lied to the authorities about it, and still managed to pass a lie detector test. Another amusing story involved a young Waters and his lady friends getting high on a combination of LSD and amphetamines, and driving around…
12 Nov 2014
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The career of John Waters has spanned five decades, during which he’s seemingly done and seen it all. He’s had cult film success, followed by mainstream success. Earlier this year, he released the book Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, about his personal journey hitchhiking across the United States. And on Tuesday, Dec. 2, Waters will show locals his skills as a spoken-word performer, when he brings A John Waters Christmas to the McCallum Theatre. John Waters made his first short film, Hag in a Black Leather Jacket, in 1964. The 17-minute film featured a black man and a white woman getting married on a rooftop in a ceremony led by a Ku Klux Klan member. Waters followed that up with films including Roman Candles, Mondo Trasho and The Diane Linkletter Story, but it was his 1972 film Pink Flamingos that launched Waters and his childhood friend, Glenn Milstead, aka…
07 Nov 2014
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In 2007, Australian standup comedian Jim Jefferies was attacked while performing at the Manchester Comedy Store. However, he turned something horrifying into a blessing: Ever since the incident, his career has taken off, as he’s won over audiences with comedy that covers topics such as alcoholism, religion and sex. Jefferies will be performing at Spotlight 29 on Saturday, Nov. 29. During a recent phone interview, Jefferies discussed what inspired him to go into comedy. “I’ve been a fan of standup comedy since I was a little kid,” Jefferies said. “My favorite TV show was a show called The Big Gig. It used to be on every Saturday night, and it was just standup comedians and one band, or something like that. My biggest inspiration for being a comic was this guy named Anthony Morgan in Australia, who was like Lenny Bruce to me. He never really got big overseas, and…

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