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Has Portland lost its sense of humor?

Last October the Comedy Connection, for nearly twenty years the nexus of Maine comedy, closed.
The future of Maine comedy
By LISA BUNKER  |  March 08, 2013
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Interview: Ray Harrington returns to Maine

This weekend, the transplanted Maine stand-up comedian Ray Harrington appears for a weekend of shows at the Comedy Connection, performing a set that will be recorded for a forthcoming record on, as he puts it, a "legitimate label."
Writing from the stage
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 07, 2012
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Bob's Karma: A little more red meat

What has befallen Republican State Representative Bob Watson — arrested for driving under the influence and caught with marijuana in his car — is not all that surprising to me.
Woe is Watson; the Chi Chi cha-cha; getting warmed up in East Providence
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  April 29, 2011
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Photos: The Providence Phoenix Annual Best in RI Awards Show

The Providence Phoenix honors the Best in RI at the Met on April 20, 2011. Check out the winners  here .
The Best of Rhode Island Awards | The Met | April 20, 2011
By RICHARD MCCAFFREY  |  April 22, 2011
Jim Breuer at the Comedy Connection

Jim Breuer at the Comedy Connection


He'll tell you why moms need lots of sleep, how his dad tried to school Sylvester Stallone on hitting up the Elks Club for some...
By webteam  |  January 25, 2011
Donald Glover at the Comedy Connection

Donald Glover at the Comedy Connection


Donald Glover has some good lines about Tweeting his thoughts on the guy he saw "profusely" bleeding on the NYC subway. He also has some...
By webteam  |  January 18, 2011


Broadway at Good Theater at the St. Lawrence, December 5

The overwhelming scent of assorted perfumes and folks in their Sunday best filled the St. Lawrence for Good Theater's annual production of "Broadway at Good Theater."
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By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  December 10, 2010

Bobcat Goldthwait at the Comedy Connection


Quick, name 60 comedians better than Bobcat Goldthwait. For some reason or another, it's impossible! And yet, according to Comedy Central, 60th is exactly where...
By webteam  |  September 29, 2010

Bob Marley at the Comedy Connection


Should you wake up in a truly unusual mood, call out sick and go wharfward, where implacable funnyman Bob Marley attempts to break the Guinness...
By webteam  |  September 15, 2010

Kevin Nealon at Comedy Connection


Do you rememberbeing twelve and not gettingany of his jokes? Kevin Nealon | 8:30 pm | Comedy Connection, 16 Custom House Wharf, Portland | call...
By webteam  |  September 08, 2010
Shawn and Marlon Wayans at the Comedy Connection

Shawn and Marlon Wayans at the Comedy Connection


It doesn't matter if they're mouthing off to PopEater or chatting it up with Jimmy Kimmel - Shawn and Marlon Wayans have lots of talent...
By webteam  |  August 11, 2010


Sommore at the Comedy Connection

Sommore at the Comedy Connection


"First they started locking up football players, then they started locking up rappers, now they locking up bitches with good pussy - y'all better hide."...
By webteam  |  April 21, 2010
Doug Benson at the Comedy Connection

Doug Benson at the Comedy Connection


"Like most comics, I just broke up with my girlfriend," says Doug Benson. "And the reason we broke up is because I caught her lying...
By webteam  |  March 24, 2010
Robert Klein at the Comedy Connection

Robert Klein at the Comedy Connection


Whether he's playing Beethoven on a harmonica or mocking the implied question that lives on the tail end of many Southern accents, Robert Klein is...
By webteam  |  March 10, 2010
Pauly Shore at Comedy Connection

Pauly Shore at Comedy Connection


If you came of age in the late '80s and early '90s, you'll be happy to hear  your boy Pauly Shore is still on the...
By webteam  |  February 03, 2010
Robert Schimmel at the Comedy Connection

Robert Schimmel at the Comedy Connection


Quips of Robert Schimmel’s that make me laff include his riff on the monetary rigors of saving the life of an ailing $5 pet rabbit,...
By webteam  |  January 13, 2010


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Dane Cook is funny

There are two things that non-comedians feel the need to tell me when discussing comedy. One is "Bob Saget is filthy." The other is "Dane Cook is not funny."
In defense of the local comedian, who plays TD Garden on New Year's Eve
By STEVE MACONE  |  January 01, 2010
Mick Foley (and Socko)

Mick Foley (and Socko)


You might recall him as Cactus Jack or Dude Love. Some fans surely regard him as "The Hardcore Legend." Mick Foley is known to wear...
By webteam  |  November 17, 2009
Interview with Harland Williams (who comes to the Comedy Connection this Saturday, 10/24)

Interview with Harland Williams (who comes to the Comedy Connection this Saturday, 10/24)


 I doubt there have been many articles about Harland Williams that don’t mention his roles in Half Baked, Dumb and Dumber, and There’s Something About...
By Chris Faraone  |  October 21, 2009
David Cross is Taping his Next Special at the Comedy Connection on Monday, and You Can Still Win Tixx!!!

David Cross is Taping his Next Special at the Comedy Connection on Monday, and You Can Still Win Tixx!!!


 Okay - between our Back Talk Q&A and this blog post - we've been a bit David Cross crazy for the past few weeks. Who...
By Chris Faraone  |  October 16, 2009
Jimmie J.J. Walker

Jimmie J.J. Walker


  MORE GOOD TIMES Is there such a thing as a one-hit wonder when it comes to comedy? If so, Jimmie J.J. Walker, famous for...
By webteam  |  June 17, 2009


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Interview: Mitch Fatel

Given that he was once an intern for Howard Stern, it's not too surprising that comedian Mitch Fatel is all about clits and tits, and assorted lady bits – not the stuff that feminists would gleefully shave their legs over.
Fatel hates the Yankees, loves stand-up
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 18, 2009
 Jim Norton at the Wilbur Theatre

Jim Norton at the Wilbur Theatre


At dinner before Jim Norton’s Saturday nightcap at The Comedy Connection’s Wilbur Theatre, I commented: “I want to sit like Lincoln.” For anyone unfamiliar with...
By Chris Faraone  |  November 16, 2008
Bob Marley, Andrew Ference, WTF , The Finisher and Ozzy!

Bob Marley, Andrew Ference, WTF , The Finisher and Ozzy!


Bob Marley hangs out with us to talk about bad performances and the follow-up to Boondock Saints, we mark the beginning of the 2008-2009 Bruins...
By Charlie  |  October 07, 2008
Ron Paul, Gary Gulman, WTF and The Finisher!

Ron Paul, Gary Gulman, WTF and The Finisher!


Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) joins us to talk third parties, Gary Gulman sits in before he takes on Sean from Harmonix, we check the WTF...
By Charlie  |  September 11, 2008
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Dance, Monkey: Gerry Dee

Start a group called “The Oldest Man on Facebook.” And then “poke” away.
We put a visiting comic on the hotseat. This week's victim. . .
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  June 11, 2008


Kathleen Madigan at the Comedy Connection


FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 & 16It's sort of embarrassing to attempt humor in a blurb about a comic, so we'll stick to the basics:...
By Heather Bouzan  |  February 06, 2008
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Obama, Osama, oh Mama!

The news story of the week, of the year, of the decade — the military taking out Osama bin Laden — will lead, I predict, to a classic example of what I like to call Moon Landing Syndrome.
Life after Bin Laden; Trump the Clown; under the big top; all we need is love
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  January 01, 1900