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Review: ‘Hail, Caesar!’ is a revolving door of problems needing solving Special

The Coen brothers’ latest picture, ‘Hail, Caesar!’, is a silly tribute to traditional Hollywood starring all the usual suspects with a few fresh additions.

Review: T.O. gets up close and personal with top acting talent in ‘Tale’ Special

Toronto - “The Winter’s Tale” isn’t the favourite Shakespeare play of many, but the modern-dress version at Toronto’s Coal Mine Theatre — the inaugural production of Graham Abbey’s Groundling Theatre Company — makes it seem close to a masterpiece.

Lisa Lampanelli nominated for Grammy, to play Beacon Theatre

"The Queen of Mean" Lisa Lampanelli has been on a roll lately. She is up for a 2016 Grammy award, and she will be playing New York in March.

Op-Ed: The best of live theatre in Toronto and elsewhere in 2015

Toronto - So we’ve come to the end of 2015. As inevitable as Christmas, New Year’s and excessive alcohol and chocolate consumption are the media’s endless recap lists and reviews of the best in entertainment of the year – in music, film and so on.

Review: ‘Sisters’ not only seducing cops with their charm Special

‘Sisters’ hysterically documents the Ellis siblings’ monster house party that encourages bored parents and professionals to party like it’s 1989.

Conversing with actor, comedian, writer and novelist Justin Sayre Special

The Pennsylvania-born star never has a problem when it comes to keeping busy. If he's not writing for popular sitcom, '2 Broke Girls,' he's publishing novels or making acute observations about society and its many quirks on his variety show 'The Meeting.'

'MadTV' is coming back in January

A look through the history of sketch comedy on television will likely give fans fond memories of FOX's "MadTV." Lucky for these very same fans, the show is making a comeback.

Traumatised by attacks, Parisians seek comic relief

Paris - Laughter is the best medicine for many Parisians seeking solace after the November 13 terror attacks that shattered so many lives.

Review: ‘Love the Coopers’ is smothered in sugary melodrama Special

‘Love the Coopers’ is the latest middling compilation of characters trying to navigate the holidays with their equally dissatisfied family members.

Review: Campy ‘Holmes’ touring production is a little too elementary Special

Toronto - Like Batman, James Bond and other iconic heroes, Sherlock Holmes has seen so many reinventions that the original image is almost forgotten. Arthur Conan Doyle would faint if he were alive to see what pop culture has made of his famed creation.

Review: Offbeat comedy ‘Rock the Kasbah’ gets a little off-key Special

‘Rock the Kasbah’ is a quirky comedy starring Bill Murray as a music manager who finds his censored star in an Afghan cave.

Review: Bill Burr brings his edgy humour to raucous Toronto crowd Special

Toronto - In a packed Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in downtown Toronto, U.S. comedian Bill Burr didn't shy away from his ornery takedowns of celebs such as Caitlyn Jenner, Donald Trump, Kanye West, and even Peter Dinklage.

Review: M. Night Shyamalan finally finds redemption with ‘The Visit’ Special

‘The Visit’ is M. Night Shyamalan’s latest picture and it’s surprisingly entertaining — something that hasn’t been said about the filmmaker's work in some time.

Review: ‘Fort Tilden’ is shameless in its humorous portrayal of ignorance Special

‘Fort Tilden’s unsympathetic portrayal of its protagonists produces an unfiltered and entertaining film about being directionless in New York.

Will Smith to revive The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

One of the most popular 90s TV shows is all set to be rebooted by the man himself. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is looking at a new lease on life.

Mike Marino to play stand-up comedy show at The Paramount

Huntington - On August 14, comedian Mike Marino will be bringing his "Presidential Tour" to The Paramount in Huntington on Long Island.

Lisa Lampanelli to perform comedy tour dates in the East Coast

Acclaimed comedian Lisa Lampanelli will be bringing her comedy tour to the East Coast, especially in the states of New Jersey and Connecticut.

Op-Ed: A tribute to Jon Stewart, the ultimate comic patriot

Jon Stewart is more than a comedian who landed a plum job on late-night TV. Tonight, he leaves The Daily Show and reminds us how he's evolved to become an entertainer, patriot, no-bullshit journalist and critic of deep injustices plaguing America.

Entertainer Creed Bratton talks comedy tour and 'The Office' Special

Multifaceted entertainer Creed Bratton chatted with Digital Journal about his comedy tour, and he offers advice for aspiring actors.

Review: Finding the comedy in the tragedy in Tig Notaro's story Special

Watching the documentary Tig, you'll be struck by two things: how to surface from tragedy so deep, it almost kills you; and finding the laughter in things often deemed too uncomfortable to discuss. Welcome to comedian Tig Notaro's life.

Review: 'Comedy of Errors' takes simple approach in Toronto's High Park Special

Toronto - With an implausible plot about mistaken identity and bawdy puns, “The Comedy of Errors” may be the Shakespeare play that's closest to being a “Three's Company” episode. Thankfully, Canadian Stage's new production doesn't pretend it's much more.

Review: Trevor Noah fantastic at The Paramount in Huntington Special

Huntington - On July 11, acclaimed comedian Trevor Noah performed his stand-up comedy show at The Paramount, as part of "The Paramount Comedy Series Presents." Noah is scheduled to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.

Trevor Noah to perform stand-up comedy at The Paramount in NY

Huntington - On July 11, Trevor Noah will be performing at The Paramount in Huntington on Long Island, as part of "The Paramount Comedy Series Presents."

Review: ‘Ted 2’ hasn’t grown up as much as it thinks, which isn’t all bad Special

‘Ted 2’ isn’t entirely successful in integrating a more serious plot into its inherently silly storyline, but it doesn’t let that compromise its ability to deliver an expected style of comedy.

Lisa Lampanelli talks new television show and comedic career Special

World renowned comedienne Lisa Lampanelli chatted with Digital Journal about her television premiere of "Lisa Lampanelli: Back to the Drawing Board."

Review: Nothing secret about ‘Spy’s witty humour Special

‘Spy’ exceeds expectations and delivers a hilarious comedy that transcends baser humour for a witty, entertaining experience.

‘Pitch Perfect 2’ is a little off-key

‘Pitch Perfect 2’ is perfectly enjoyable in spite of boasting an inferior soundtrack and being somewhat less fun than the original.

Review: ‘The 100-Year-Old Man’ has more fun than his younger counterparts Special

‘The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared’ is darkly humoured Swedish picture about a man for whom life always seems to work out.

Review: Strindberg’s marital drama comes alive in new Toronto revival Special

Toronto - How often does independent theatre get as good as this? Coal Mine Theatre’s new production of “Creditors,” one of August Strindberg’s lesser-performed plays, is so alive with tension and piercing wit that it rarely feels like an antique.

Review: Comedy legends Kids in the Hall bring the funny in reunion tour Special

Toronto - When comedians embark on a reunion tour, nostalgia mainly fuels audience intrigue and ticket sales. But Canadian sketch legends The Kids in the Hall not only brought back beloved characters but also proved their comedy writing is as sharp as ever.
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