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  • An 11-year-old superfan interviews comedian Brian Regan about eating doughnuts, working on movies, and more

    An 11-year-old superfan interviews comedian Brian Regan about eating doughnuts, working on movies, and more
    My son Watson is a Brian Regan superfan. "Mom, Brian Regan is just about the best comedian there ever was," he informed me on the way to school the other morning. Because he's 11, he doesn't have that much experience with comedians. Most "work blue," i.e. use profanity or talk about risque subject matter, and there aren't many good ones who don't. A comic since the '90s, Regan has that goofball, silly-but-smart brand of stand-up that appeals to all age groups but especially to my son. His bits about being a dumb kid, flubbing spelling bees ("because up until that day I was an idiot, but nobody knew it"), and growing up with seven brothers really resonate with him. Last year, Watson spent months memorizing Regan's routines and working on his own jokes. When I got the email with the opportunity for Watson to interview Regan, ahead of the comedian's two performances at the Hippodrome this Friday and Saturday, I almost jumped out of my chair! Working for the City Paper has its perks. (Athena Towery)
  • Hannibal Buress: Chilled-out absurdist, unassuming Cosby slayer

    Hannibal Buress: Chilled-out absurdist, unassuming Cosby slayer
    Following a Philadelphia gig last October, Hannibal Buress’ profile raised significantly. There, the comedian riffed, not so much on the fact that all signs pointed to legendary comedian Bill Cosby being a longtime creeper, but more so on how...

    Renga Ensemble packs a lot of thought and jazz history into its music, but it's just plain gorgeous

    Renga Ensemble packs a lot of thought and jazz history into its music, but it's just plain gorgeous
    Fifty-three seconds into 'The Second Renga (Ken)' somebody laid me on my ass. One of the six reeds players in James Falzone's Renga Ensemble pushes his instrument into its upper register and fires off a high bird call of a fluttering cluster of notes....

    The Influence of Anxiety: Dan Deacon riffs on mortality, his new album 'Gliss Riffer,' and the Bill Murray video that changed his life

    The Influence of Anxiety: Dan Deacon riffs on mortality, his new album 'Gliss Riffer,' and the Bill Murray video that changed his life
    Dan Deacon pulls open two unassuming, boarded and chained-up doors to reveal his Charles Street studio. The walls are covered with wires of varying lengths, all hanging on top of a huge multicolor neon mural of oozing and exploding biomorphic shapes. As I...

    'RFP' at EMP and '100% YES' at Current Space use collaborative art practices to emphasize the individual in a community

    'RFP' at EMP and '100% YES' at Current Space use collaborative art practices to emphasize the individual in a community
    As I look through “the Chilly Smart Model,” a thin publication that I picked up from Current Space,¬† this line keeps catching my eye: “When I come here I learn that how important is my life and how I pass through the pass.” It...