10:00 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Being Busy is So 2015: Social Club, Jan. 9

Let’s talk about New Years Resolutions.  

Want a new hobby? Sip beer and learn about the brewing process while meeting brewing experts at Pittsburgh Brew N Chew!

Perhaps your goal is to try new things. Schedule a reservation for that so-hip dining spot during Pittsburgh Restaurant Week.

How about the old classic: “This year, I’ll get in shape!” Grab a kettlebell and get ready to pump some iron at a free class at Get Fit at Stout Training Pittsburgh.

Or, maybe you just want to enjoy life a bit more: prepare your best belly laugh for Second City’s N’Ats All Folks show – a comedic act making fun of everything Pittsburgh.

Essential Pittsburgh
3:52 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

The Jimmy Stewart Museum Honors Carol Burnett with 2014 Harvey Award

Carol Burnett at the 2010 LA Times Festival of Books. Burnett is the recipient of the 2014 Harvey Award.
Credit Mark Coggins / Flickr

The Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, Pa. is holding its annual fundraising event Friday. Among the special guests is Carol Burnett, who is receiving the 2014 Harvey Award.

Burnett idolized Stewart growing up and they later became friends. We speak with the museum's Executive Director Tim Harley about the event and the museum's history.

Essential Pittsburgh
5:10 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Blumenthal: The Story of Harold Blumenthal

A scene from the comedy Bluementhal with actor and Producer Alexander Cendese (Left) and leading actor, director and writer of the film Seth Fisher (Right).

The film Blumenthal is a comedy that follows the relatives of Harold Blumenthal, a legendary playwright who made his career parodying his family in his work, and died laughing at his own joke.

The film was developed and produced by Carnegie Mellon University graduate Alexander Cendese who also co-stars in the movie. It was written and directed by fellow Carnegie Mellon University graduate Seth Fisher.

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Essential Pittsburgh
7:32 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

For Drew Carey, Stand Up is Not So Different From Hosting Price is Right

Comedian and host, Drew Carey
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Drew Carey is a stand-up comic, turned actor and producer, who produced and hosted two hit shows simultaneously, the long-running ABC sitcom The Drew Carey Show, which ran from 1995-2004, and the improvisational comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway?

In 2007, Carey became host of The Price Is Right, succeeding longtime host Bob Barker.

While he continues to have a successful TV career, Carey says stand-up comedy is something he's always enjoyed doing and it helps him in his work on the Price is Right.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:20 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Celebrating Hilarious Forgotten VHS Moments

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With the rise of DVDs and BluRay, the American population disposed of their useless VHS tapes en masse, and dropped them off at Salvation Army and Goodwill thrift stores everywhere.

To Found Footage Festival curators Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett, the tapes are a comedic gold mine. They are providing people everywhere with videos and laughs that can’t be found anywhere else.

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Essential Pittsburgh
7:43 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Who's Paying Attention to Alonzo Bodden?

Photo courtesy of Integrated PR Agency

Public radio listeners may know Alonzo Bodden best from his stints as a panelist on NPR's Wait.. Wait,..Don't Tell Me. Described as a comedian who combines intimidation and intelligence, he is also a past winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing.

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Essential Pittsburgh
11:02 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Wait,'s Paula Poundstone!

Comedian Paula Poundstone is a regular panelist on Wait, Wait…Don't Tell Me, the NPR quiz show. You can hear her every weekend on 90.5 WESA.
Credit Paula Poundstone / Flickr

Paula Poundstone talks about her career as a stand up comedian, being a part of Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me…, life on the road, and her 16 cats.