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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…
22 Sep 2014
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Bill Burr is a comedian on the rise, thanks to his appearances on the ever-controversial Opie and Anthony radio show, Chappelle’s Show, and most recently Breaking Bad, as Kuby. On Saturday, Oct. 11, he’ll be performing at Spotlight 29 Casino. During a recent phone interview, Burr discussed growing up in Canton, Mass. “I don’t think I ever thought I’d be a comedian,” Burr said. “Show business seemed really far away. It always looked like something I wanted to do, but when I was growing up in the ’70s, we had three channels on the television, and even if you had cable, you had four channels. There wasn’t any Internet, YouTube or any of that crap. “I definitely made people laugh, and that’s how I made friends. I have to admit, I came from a really funny town. I remember all my friends were funny; everyone I went to high school…
02 May 2014
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Understatement alert: Neil Hamburger is not an ordinary stand-up comedian. His jokes often take a question-and-answer riddle format, and the answers usually have neither rhyme nor reason. Still, the resulting act is quite hilarious, if not for everyone—so it’ll be interesting to see the reaction of the crowd at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, where the greasy-haired comedian will be performing on Friday, May 9. Neil Hamburger is the alter ego of Gregg Turkington, the co-publisher of the underground zine Breakfast Without Meat. Turkington performed with various San Francisco punk bands throughout the ’80s. During a recent phone interview, Neil Hamburger discussed what inspired his comedy act. “The idea came from walking down the street and seeing people with tears streaming down their faces,” he said. “People with broken shoulders, with their legs in a cast, and that type of thing. It occurred to me that these people need some…

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