George Carlin

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Funny you should say that

I'm pretty confident in saying that humor is probably one of the key things that separates us humans from the rest of the animal kingdom.
Diverse city
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  June 18, 2011

Interview: Bob Saget

Bob Saget introspects
Balls-deep introspection
By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  January 14, 2011

Interview: Paul Provenza

In Satiristas! veteran comic Paul Provenza engages in revealing, surprising conversation with a diverse group about comedy’s role in revealing uncomfortable truths about our world and ourselves.
Comedy life saver
By ROB TURBOVSKY  |  May 07, 2010

Interview: Eddie Izzard

"I don't mind that mainstream people go, 'What the hell is this guy on about?' I'd rather be at this end of town."
Dressing as he pleases
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  January 08, 2010

Interview: Bill Maher

"If liberals act like pussies, then they are pussies."
Bill Maher's new rules to live by
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 16, 2009

Interview: Judd Apatow

Behind every successful comedian, there's . . . a personal assistant. Who, given how egomaniacal and utterly misanthropic the funnyman in question is, is probably his best friend, too.
On the making of his Citizen Kane
By LANCE GOULD  |  July 31, 2009


The dark knight

By his calling card alone, Sir John Hargrave sounds like he may be a world-renowned botanist, or the first man to set foot in some remote part of Papua New Guinea.
Merry prankster Sir John Hargrave is a square peg at a round table
By IAN SANDS  |  July 10, 2009

The odd couple

Apollo Sunshine's Jesse Gallagher recently announced that Biff Rose would be traveling from the Big Easy for a rare, one-night-only show this Wednesday at the cozy Lily Pad.
Jesse Gallagher meets Biff Rose
By MATT PARISH  |  July 10, 2009
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Funny business

"I'm pasty, pale, overweight and I have red hair. I see that Coldstone Creamery and I want to crawl inside and hide," Louis C.K. responded when I asked if he recalled just how disgustingly hot and muggy Rhode Island could be during his 4th of July head
Louis C.K. has work to do
By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 03, 2009

It Does Come Easy

Ringo Starr was the best artist in the Beatles. And, I believe, the best artist to appear on Shining Time Station too. (Sorry, George Carlin.) It feels really weird to say, but it's the undisputable conclusion I drew from seeing "Ringo Starr — Artist"
Ringo Starr At Chabot, Quinn Taylor At Stairwell
By GREG COOK  |  June 19, 2009

Sotomayor's mixed message on free speech

Minutes after President Barack Obama announced that he was nominating appellate judge Sonia Sotomayor for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, battle lines were drawn on the pre-scripted questions of "post-racial" America.
Freedom Watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 05, 2009


Immaculate reception

Two Saturdays ago, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama sat cross-legged on the 50-yard line and gently intoned that "the path to happiness in the individual and with society is through inner peace."
The New England Patriots played host to a very different out-of-towner last week, as the Dalai Lama made a most incongruous visit to Gillette Stadium
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 15, 2009

The worst word

Then it happens: you look up at the TV screen and see Bono, the lead singer of U2, step up to the podium to accept a statuette for recording the Best Alternative Music album. "We shall continue to abuse our position," he says, "and fuck up the mainstrea
How F**K became our top taboo term -- and why we need it to stay that way
By TIMOTHY GOWER  |  April 03, 2009

Mike Barnicle

In a recent interview with Boston Magazine, disgraced Boston Globe columnist and Rasputin-esque blowhard Mike Barnicle said – among other things – that “New York is about success [while] Boston is about resentment.” He would have whipped up a more clever
In a recent interview with Boston Magazine, disgraced Boston Globe columnist and Rasputin-esque blowhard Mike Barnicle said – among other things – that “New York is about success [while] Boston is about resentment.” He would have whipped up a more clever way to elbow his lowly Beantown contemporaries, but George Carlin hasn't been too prolific lately.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Interview: Louis CK

"Boston is a great town to grow up in, but I really wanted to get out of there," says comedian Louis CK.
Boston's contribution to Conan, Letterman, and Chris Rock returns with a comedy special and a role in This Side of the Truth
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 12, 2009

Chick schtick

Sandra Bernhard was supposed to be performing in Boston this week. But that was before she challenged whether Sarah Palin would keep the baby if she became pregnant after being violated by a group of black men in New York.
The case of Sandra Bernhard vs. Sarah Palin begs the question: is it ever okay to use “rape” in a punch line?
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  October 16, 2008

Never bet on baseball

One of my favorite stories about my dad is a sports story.
Balls, pucks, and monster trucks.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  July 16, 2008

George Carlin

Among scads of other, more important achievements, George Carlin deserves full credit for my comfort with and penchant for salty language.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  June 25, 2008

Newspapers censor Bono’s ‘fucking’ gaffe

Why does our ostensibly “free” press insist on acting like prudes or cowards when reporting stories for which it’s vital that readers learn someone said “fuck” rather than an undefined “expletive”?
The FCC’s ‘broadcast indecency’ rules: Still, well, bullshit
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 12, 2008

Dirty politics

The last resort of the true patriot is a fart joke.
Has the Right Wing hijacked raunch?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 27, 2007

Scotch on the rocks

Billy Connolly regularly has sex with farm animals.
Billy Connolly perseveres with his ad-libbed life
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  May 31, 2007


All the Wright moves

“I was born. When I was 23 I started telling jokes. Then I started going on television and doing films. That’s still what I am doing. The end.”
The deadpan master is still happy not to laugh
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 23, 2007

The Mauss that roared

A month ago, Boston comedian Shane Mauss could barely get local comedy clubs to return his calls.
Meet the man who could put Boston’s comedy scene back on the map
By SEAN L. MCCARTHY  |  March 30, 2007

Borges-gate revisited

Forget two months without Ron Borges.
Lesson One: the perils of sharing
By ADAM REILLY  |  March 08, 2007

Happily N’ever After

The hook to Paul J. Bolger’s alluring animated Neverland is its dicy deconstruction of cherished childhood fairy tales. Watch the trailer for Happily N’ever After  (QuickTime)
Coulda-been enchantment
By TOM MEEK  |  January 10, 2007


Steve Anderson’s freewheeling but pointed investigation of the perennially popular deleted expletive boasts a convincing cast of experts, among them Hunter S. Thomson, Pat Boone, Sam Donaldson, and Alan Keyes. Watch the trailer for Fuck
Not for children
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 06, 2006

Striking similarities

This article originally appeared in the August 20, 1998 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Mike Barnicle, this is A.J. Liebling. Have you met?
By DAN KENNEDY  |  November 14, 2006

Laughing allowed

When Norm Crosby says he “buried” pioneering television comedian Milton Berle, he’s being literal.
Norm Crosby comes home to the Boston Comedy Festival
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 05, 2006

Flashbacks: June 16, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Hannah Van-Susteren, Doug Fleischer and Sam MacLaughlin.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966 .
By EDITORIAL  |  June 14, 2006

Indie dependents

Try as they might to be independent, filmmakers are still bound by family ties, the same as everyone else.
Family ties at the Independent Film Festival of Boston
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 19, 2006