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Without a Paddle

Eugene Levy has a recognizable voice, especially to those of us who watched him pn SCTV and in movies like American Pie. I heard his voice on NPR as I was flipping around the dial and I stopped to listen … Continue reading

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Tara-ra Boom-de-ay

In the ten months since she performed in last year’s Gatlinburg Improv Fest, Tara Ochs has appeared in at least two projects that garnered national attention. I hope to offer her my congratulations at this year’s Gatlinburg Improv Fest on … Continue reading

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Voyage to Greeneville

Sinbad the comedian did a few interviews in advance of his appearance at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. I recorded a conversation with him today. We talked about comedians who influenced him including George Carlin, Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce. I chose … Continue reading

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A Right Good Crew

Donata Cucinotta has a name that sounds like it belongs to an opera star. I told her that I thought her parents destined her for a life on the stage by giving her that name. I thought Sean Anderson’s name … Continue reading

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Scruff and Ready

The logo for the inaugural Scruffy City Comedy Festival incorporates the image of Patrick Sullivan’s Saloon, even though the bar has been closed for years. The old joint played a pivotal role in the Knoxville comedy scene. When festival organizer Matt … Continue reading

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Splitter Splatter

Side Splitters Comedy Club has closed. Club manager Bridgette Martin announced on Facebook that Saturday’s show was the last and that she was returning to Tampa to work at the other Side Splitters location. On September 4, the club announced … Continue reading

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Carl’s Good Tavern

Carl LaBove was booked, canceled and rebooked for this weekend at Side Splitters Comedy Club. LaBove was already on the schedule when the owner of Side Splitters decided to close for football season and cancel all the upcoming shows. Steve … Continue reading

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Sleeps with the Anchovies

A local funeral home mailed a postcard to my house. They’re having a pizza party to attract potential customers. The postcard got my attention but it also made me laugh when I started thinking about what pizzas and mortuaries have … Continue reading

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Six on Your Side Splitters

Side Splitters Comedy Club is asking for help. On Sunday, they used social media to spread the word that they really need people to show up this coming weekend. My friend Bridgette Martin, who works at Side Splitters, got my … Continue reading

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Don’t Heckle the Hof

 When comedian Steve Hofstetter read the news that Side Splitters Comedy Club was going to close for football season, he called the club’s owner and made arrangements to re-open it. Steve and his partners will manage the club through the … Continue reading

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No Joke

Side Splitters says it's closing its doors for the football season. http://t.co/oWHNB0MuIk pic.twitter.com/46E0KueRu8 — WBIR Channel 10 (@wbir) September 5, 2014 Local comedians are expressing their love for Side Splitters on Facebook tonight. During open-mic night they learned that the … Continue reading


Fun in “The Son”

 There was something oddly nostalgic about the revival of The Son of the Musketeers at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. It’s supposed to evoke memories of the original for those who saw the 1982 production. The theatre is supposed to resemble … Continue reading

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Soap Gets in Your Eyes

The Smoky Mountains are a great place to relax and have fun. My wife and I took advantage of having an extra day off over the holiday weekend to see some of the local attractions.

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Lavell You Say

 Lavell Crawford took second place on Last Comic Standing in 2007. More recently, he’s recognized from his role as bodyguard Huell Babineaux on Breaking Bad. Lavell is appearing at Side Splitters Comedy Club this weekend. He stopped by WNOX for … Continue reading

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