The Comedy Cabinet: 2016 in Review

The Comedy Cabinet: 2016 in Review

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Photo: Courtesy Ryan Singer Chief Comedy Critic Amy Martin gives cabinet positions to her favorite performers of the year. by Amy Martin published Thursday, December 29, 2016 If comedians ruled the nation it would be a far better place. Most are honest in communications and rabid against hypocrisy. They’d be vastly more intelligent, educated, and even ethical than the upcoming …

Lone Star Circus goes to the dogs in La Fête

Lone Star Circus goes to the dogs in La Fête

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Photo: Courtesy Vladimir Tsarkov Circus Celebration The Lone Star Circus treats audiences to another entertaining year with La Fête at Dallas Children’s Theater. by Amy Martin published Thursday, December 29, 2016   Dallas — The circus has gone to the dogs. At least the Lone Star Circus has in their 10th-anniversary celebration, La Fête, presented with Dallas Children’s Theater at Rosewood …

Jay Leno: Cautious Comedy

Jay Leno: Cautious Comedy

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Photo: Courtesy ATTPAC Jay Leno gave a well-written, if safe and predictable, stand-up comedy show at AT&T Performing Arts Center. by Amy Martin published Thursday, December 8, 2016 Dallas — Jay Leno, freed from the restrictions and conventions of broadcast television, has returned to his stand-up roots of irreverent, piercing commentary. Right? Alas, no. After a rapid-fire series of one-liners …

North Texas Wild: Bring nature into your holiday

North Texas Wild: Bring nature into your holiday

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Photo from the Interlochen Holiday Lights in Arlington. Enjoy the holidays with Solstice celebrations, natural decorating, outdoor lighting, green gifts, winter hikes and bird counts. By Amy Martin   Dec. 6, 2016 While technology and news drive us 24/7, nature has a different plan. Bursting forth with vigor in the spring, hitting a steady summer stride,and winding down in the fall. …

Holiday Humor Roundup

Holiday Humor Roundup

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Chief Comedy Critic Amy Martin on the laughs you shouldn’t miss in December, from sketch to stand-up to a Fun House experience. by Amy Martin published Wednesday, November 30, 2016   After this excruciating election season, conversations around the family holiday dinner table may be a bit tense. Prep yourself with a hearty dose of humor. Fun House Theatre and …

Comedy of Critical Thinking: Robert Dubac

Comedy of Critical Thinking: Robert Dubac

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Robert Dubac’s The Book of Moron, currently at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, is incredibly smart and very funny. by Amy Martin published Saturday, November 19, 2016   Richardson —  “If thinking were easy, everyone would do it.” This tagline from The Book of Moron is why I love comedy and comedians. In the latest theatrical laugh-fest from creator Robert …

Elect Laughter: Second City’s Unelectable You

Elect Laughter: Second City’s Unelectable You

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Photo: Kirsten Miccoli The Second City’s Unelectable You The Second City wins in a landslide with its smart, funny Unelectable You: The Second City’s Completely Unbiased Political Revue at the Majestic Theatre. by Amy Martin published Friday, November 4, 2016 Dallas — Fairly early on in Unelectable You: The Second City’s Completely Unbiased Political Revue, presented Tuesday at the Majestic Theatre …

North Texas Wild: Bats hang at Parker County sanctuary while they heal

North Texas Wild: Bats hang at Parker County sanctuary while they heal

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Peekaboo, a rescued Egyptian fruit bat, front, and friends hanging out at Bat World Sanctuary in Weatherford. Photos courtesy of Bat World Sanctuary.    By Amy Martin Oct. 26, 2016   It doesn’t look much like a place called Bat World Sanctuary. There are no giant bat insignias on the front, no bat cave entrance, no high balcony from which to …

North Texas Wild: Behaviorist provides emotional enrichment for animals at Boyd sanctuary

North Texas Wild: Behaviorist provides emotional enrichment for animals at Boyd sanctuary

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Louis Dorfman greets Louis, a Bengal tiger at International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Wise County. Photos by Scooter Smith.  by Amy Martin Oct. 17, 2016 It’s early afternoon, on the first day of fall that actually felt like fall at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary, located near Boyd, 35 miles northwest of Fort Worth. The shaded hilly expanse of IEAS is home to 33 …

Ask Me Another: Brain Teasers and Belly Laughs

Ask Me Another: Brain Teasers and Belly Laughs

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Photo: Dan Dion of Ophira Eisenberg Ding-ding-ding! A chat with Ophira Eisenberg and Art Chung of NPR’s Ask Me Another, which comes to the Majestic Theatre Tuesday. by Amy Martin published Saturday, September 24, 2016   Dallas — National Public Radio presides over a wide-ranging Renaissance of brainy quiz and game shows. The well-known Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! mixes news and …

Laughs at the Lake with Myq Kaplan, Wendy Liebman and Matthew Broussard

Laughs at the Lake with Myq Kaplan, Wendy Liebman and Matthew Broussard

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One of the best local comedy events happened this weekend at Las Colinas’ Lake Carolyn, featuring Myq Kaplan, Wendy Liebman and Matthew Broussard. by Amy Martin published Wednesday, September 7, 2016 Irving — Imagine a national-level comedy event in a Dallas suburb headlined by a former financial analyst whose hobby is creating Pokémon-style figures from bakeable Sculpty clay—just let that …

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