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    We first saw actor John Witherspoon in Friday, the 1995 stoner comedy starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker (Witherspoon played a grumpy, rather fetid father who spent most of his time sitting...
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    Comedian Aries Spears, one of the longest-serving cast members on Fox’s hit late-night comedy series MADtv, isn’t shy. He has an opinion — and a few jokes — about any...
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    In the documentary Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock famously investigated the health results of an all ­McDonald’s fast­ food diet. In Doug Benson's 2008’s Super High Me,...
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    Hugely popular among black audiences, comedian Gary Owen is not black. In fact, he’s kind of pasty pale even for a white guy. Still, he won Funniest Black Comedian in San Diego...
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    While other alumni of In Living Color went on to bigger fame (Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans, David Alan Grier, Jamie Foxx), Tommy Davidson was perhaps an even more valuable all-around utility...
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    Comedian and former Houstonian Ralphie May says comedy depends on your point of view. "It's my job to take that point of view and flip it, so people can see how ridiculous they are....
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    Comedian and former Houstonian Ralphie May says comedy depends on your point of view. “It’s my job to take that point of viewand flip it, so people can see how ridiculous they...
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    For those who want to see a genuine giant of jazz's golden era in live performance, time isn't on your side. Sure Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor and Jimmy Heath still perform...
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    Say the name Jo Koy five times real fast — sounds like jokey, doesn’t it? We think Koy, born Joseph Glenn Herbert, is trying to send out a subliminal message to his audience...
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    Marcus Jarrell Willis, a former Houstonian and now a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, was in awe of the famous company when he first saw it onstage. Willis was a student at...
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    Arab-American comic Mo Amer and his family escaped from Kuwait during the first Gulf War (or as he calls it onstage, “The Prequel”). At a young age he moved to Houston, where he...
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    After 15 years of honing his craft on the road, Ali Siddiq is returning to his old stomping grounds with a one-night stand at the Houston Improv on February 27. Before Siddiq shared the...
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    Comedian Dillon Garcia makes his first stop as a headliner at the Improv Comedy Showcase, and he tells us fans shouldn’t expect any fat jokes during his routine. Plus-size comedian...
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    Looking for sexy, sensual Valentine's Day fun for Friday? It doesn't get any sexier than VauLt Houston's 3rd Annual Valentine's Day Burlesque Show. Now in its third year, the show features...
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    “As an older guy,” former MadTV favorite Bobby Lee starts, “my body is changing. It’s getting scarier. I look like a scallop. I look like a mythological creature. I...
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    "As an older guy," Bobby Lee, the former MadTV favorite starts, "my body is changing. It's getting scarier. I look like a scallop. I look like a mythological creature. I look like Pikachu...
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    Stand-up comic Michael Yo and the comedians of the Hot Mess Comedy Tour will be taking over the Houston Improv on January 31 and February 1, and they promise to deliver a night unlike any...
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    Fellow funnyman Conan O’Brien is responsible — at least partially — for helping Deon Cole launch his comedy career. In 2009, Cole delivered a set on The Tonight Show with...
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    Space City Con's winter gathering, which starts on Friday, has something to satisfy every sci-fi, fantasy, comic book and cosplay desire. Actors from the hit HBO series Game of Thrones are...
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    To be sure, comedian Loni Love likes to tap — and we don’t mean dance. A frequent guest on Ellen DeGeneres’s talk show, Love isn’t shy about discussing her sex life....
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    Comedian Loni Love returns to her "old stomping grounds" this week, visiting the Houston Improv to promote her new book, Love Him or Leave Him, But Don't Get Stuck With The Tab. The...
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    Ubiquitous comedian D.L. Hughley is making his second stop in Houston this year with a holiday run that includes a Friday night show and, later in the week, two New Year's Eve shows. The...
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    Ubiquitous comedian D.L. Hughley is making his second stop in Houston this year with a holiday run that includes two New Year’s Eve shows. The author of I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up:...
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    Catch Ali Siddiq's standup show at the Houston Improv, and you might feel as if you were visiting with a friend—providing, that is, that you have friends who pop up regularly on...
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    Choreographer Amanda K. Miller-Fasshauer has spent the past three decades living and working abroad, so it was a coup for the U.S.-based CORE Performance Company to commission a new work...
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    Hope Stone Dance's Lemonade Stand: i scream, running Friday and Saturday, was originally scheduled to be at the Photo Booth, the site of previous Drive By Dance performances. Those plans...
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    Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring gets chopped and screwed for FrenetiCore's The Rite of Summer, our pick for Friday. Rebecca French, the group's artistic director, worked with laptop...
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    Continuing the Shore family's stand-up comedy legacy, Pauly Shore might get a little nostalgic during his two-day stint at Houston's Improv starting Friday. After all, Shore's manic mentor...
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    Comedian Ralphie May, in town for a weekend stint at Houston Improv and our first pick for Friday, is a veteran of 19 USO tours. Not only does May support the military men and women serving...
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    Burlesque clown princess and producer KiKi Maroon describes the KiKi Maroon's BurlyQ Lounge show, seen on Friday at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, as classy and sexy, dirty and funny." Okay, we're...
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    When it came time for comedian/actor Anjelah Johnson to tape her comedy special, the San Jose native came to Houston to do it. Her reason? Houston has always treated her like a hometown girl...
  • Eating Our Words: Local Spotlight
    There are tons of amazing restaurants in our city, but sometimes I want nothing more than some good old-fashioned (Americanized) Chinese food. When you're craving an egg roll, you're craving...
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    Bobby Lee, our favorite queer Korean--American stand-up comedian who isn't Margaret Cho, hits Houston this week and is one of our picks for Friday. Proudly teasing on Twitter recently that...
  • Art Attack: Dance
    Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's curated version of In Transit by the Compañía Nacional de Danza/National Ballet of Spain is just one of a slew of premieres seen at Dance Salad Festival 2013, which...
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    Valentine's Day is coming up and if you're not in a relationship right now, you can comfort yourself with the knowledge that at least you're not married to comedian and frequent Chelsea...
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    We knew it was only a matter of time before "mommy porn" hit the stage and here it is with the new musical SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody, our must-see show for Friday. Written and directed...
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    Comedian Richard Lewis has some advice for young comics: "Put on a flak jacket and dive in head first." Lewis, who was named to GQ magazine's list of the 20th Century's Most Influential...
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    Think of Hayes Carll's Burlesque Circus and Sideshow Freakout, our pick for Friday, as a pre-pre-New Year's Eve party. Singer-songwriter Carll, a rising country star from The Woodlands, will...
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    Comedian and diagnosed schizophrenic Christopher Titus has a life story that reads like a Tarantino script. For starters, his mother, herself a manic-depressive schizophrenic who had a long...
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    Early-week comedy club stages are traditionally reserved for open-mike sessions at which fledgling comedians hone their skills. That’s not the case for this non-weekend appearance by...
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    Maz Jobrani, a stand-up comedian of Middle Eastern descent, often discusses during his show the angst that goes along with his heritage, but not in that whiny, Reza Aslan, FOX News-y kind of...
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    Tommy Davidson might have to be cajoled a bit in order to do his impression of the late Sammy Davis Jr. The famously honed impression became a staple on In Living Color, FOX's answer to...
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    Continuing the Shore family's stand-up comedy legacy, Pauly Shore might get a little nostalgic at Houston's Improv this weekend. After all, Shore's manic mentor was the late laff king Sam...
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    Two months after Eddie Griffin hit his first stand-up stage in 1990, he was opening for Andrew Dice Clay at Madison Square Garden. We don't hear much from the Dice Man anymore, but 24 years...
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    A veteran of 19 USO tours, comedian Ralphie May not only supports the military men and women serving active duty, but he also has several strategic suggestions for them. ''Send gang-bangers...
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    Most comedians have T-shirts and CDs; John Witherspoon has greeting cards. There's Watch the Throne, drawn by Reuben Cheatem, showing Witherspoon in his infamous pants-around-the-ankles pose...
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    Welcome to Houston, specifically to Houston in July, Aries Spears. Asked about the heat, Spears (as one of his many colorful comedic characters) replies, "It is so hot, girl, I be peeing...
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    Comic Bruce Bruce is known for his double-sized XX girth and onstage antics. Starting out as a barbecue cook who would do shtick for customers while sizzling the meat, he later entertained...
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    The last time we laughed at Carlos Mencia, we were at his doomed Mexican food restaurant Maggie Rita's. (The menu was truly giggle-worthy.) The eatery quickly went down in flames, but...
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    Congratulations, Houston, comedian Anjelah Johnson thinks you're the smartest city in the world. It could have something to do with the fact that H-town embraced Johnson early in her career....
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    Fans who have only seen comedian Guy Torry on talk shows such as The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson where he presents PG-rated material, might be in for a bit of a surprise at his live...
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    Bobby Lee, our favorite queer Korean--American stand-up comedian who isn't Margaret Cho, hits Houston this week. Proudly teasing on Twitter recently that he's ''a koi fish farmer and a...
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    Comedian Jo Koy, who lives in California, doesn't mind earthquakes, but tornadoes, well, that's something else. Koy had just arrived at a Kentucky airport when one of the baggage handlers...
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    Comedian Dave Attell is brash, loud, funny and oh so politically incorrect. While we laugh at his jokes, we almost never follow his advice. ''Women like lots and lots of attention,'' he says...
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    Comedian and actor D.L. Hughley was once a member of the L.A. gang The Bloods. When his cousin was murdered, Hughley left the street life, but not his street smarts, behind. ''In some...
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    A careless DJ, preparing to interview the Sex Pistols' John Lydon, made the mistake one early morning of misdialing the sleeping, self-described ''old- school'' road comic Doug Stanhope....
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    African-American comic Paul Mooney used to write for Good Times and Sanford and Son back in the day. Now the 71-year-old is the reigning godfather of politically incorrect, filter-free...
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    Chelsea Handler's E! chat show Chelsea Lately boasts a motley supporting cast of players, comics and foils. Prime among them is grumpy comedian John Caparulo, in town for a weekend stint of...
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    Blues singer Howlin' Wolf once referred to himself as ''300 Pounds of Heavenly Joy.'' Similarly sizable is big-boned comedian (and Breaking Bad regular) Lavell Crawford. ''I used to work at...
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    Before comedian Dominique was performing on Def Comedy Jam and Chappelle's Show, she was a Washington, D.C., postal worker, though not a very scrupulous one. She admits she took 20 books of...
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    Have you ever wondered what the hell's wrong with people? Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco has, and often. And he's come up with a few answers. On stage and in his Showtime comedy special,...
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    Comedian Richard Lewis has some advice for young comics: ''Put on a flak jacket and dive in head first.'' Lewis, who was named to GQ magazine's list of the 20th Century's Most Influential...
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    Though probably best known for his role as Pops in the 1990s show The Wayans Brothers, John Witherspoon has been performing often hilariously profane standup since the 1970s. (One of the...
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    Comedian Mike Robles and friends will undoubtedly offer plenty of other relationship advice during the Houston stop of the Loco Comedy Jam. Robles, who isn't afraid to be crude, rude or...
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    Two years ago, Marlon Wayans decided to try stand-up comedy to prepare for an upcoming role as the legendary Richard Pryor. Whether or not the film will ever be made remains murky, but the...
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    “Naked, I look like a kid. I look like a kid, okay!”exclaims comedian Ali Wong. She may be small in stature, but she’s got a grown-up sense of humor. In one bit, she...
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    There were some 100 Houston-area amateur and professional comedians at the start of the Stand-Up Stand-Off. Now there are only seven. See who’s got what it takes to be called the...
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    Shrinks treat family dysfunction; Christopher Titus celebrates it. No stand-up comic alive today is better able to depict the absurdity of modern home life and turn it into a laugh-out-loud...
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    When comedian Gary Owen tells his kids, “Hey, you didn’t get that from my side of the family,” he’s being literal. Owen, who happens to be white, married a lovely...
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    Fans might know comedian Jeff Garcia best for his distinctive voice work in animated films like Barnyard, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Rio. But put Garcia on stage, and his stand-up roots...
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    It was 1984 when Jon Lovitz started doing stand-up comedy; just one year later, he was on Saturday Night Live performing unforgettable, over-the-top characters like Tommy Flanagan, The...
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    Comedian Jo Koy got his start in stand-up through his hairdresser. After an offhand comment about his comic aspirations, the stylist introduced Koy to a friend who owned a coffee shop that...
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    He’ll always be best known for the decade he spent on Saturday Night Live, creating such characters as Mr. Subliminal, Franz and Mr. No Depth Perception, and serving as anchor of...
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    Early in his career, comedian Pauly Shore developed an alter-ego, a stoner named Weasel, whose catchphrase was the slow “Hey, BU-DDY.” Shore and Weasel left a pop culture mark...
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    Paul Mooney: provocative, controversial. There, we’ve met the editorial requirement to pair the African-American comedian’s name and the two words most used to describe his brand...
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    You can trust Orlando Jones for laughs; just don’t trust him to hand you a drink. The comedian was the driving creative force in those brilliant commercials that showed blind taste...
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    John Caparulo is pretty damned funny. The angry little man in a hat won our hearts during his appearances on Chelsea Lately, where he’s a regular roundtable contributor. When he...
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    No matter what she does, comedian Anjelah Johnson looks like she’s a cheerleader. A very attractive young woman, Johnson spent a year shaking her pom-poms for the Oakland Raiders, but...
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    It bothers us that 90 percent of the descriptions you see of comedian Keisha Hunt mention how short she is, but how she still manages to be “a petite powerhouse.” We don’t...
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    We’ve seen just about every film that Tommy Davidson has done. He wowed us in Woo, blew us away in Booty Call and even managed to pull off some great gags in Juwanna Man. He cut his...
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    Here’s some advice to all the comedians out there: picking out names for your kids is not the time to be funny. It’s a little late for Ralphie May’s kids, a two-year-old boy...
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    While Beyoncé croons about single ladies who want a ring on their fingers, blunt-spoken comic Sheryl Underwood flatly says that like many women, she’s not interested in long-term...
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    Fancy costumes and chintzy music aside, David Alan Grier admits Dancing with the Stars kicked his ass during his 2009 stint on the show. Grier tells us the physically demanding rehearsals...
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    When comedian and actor David Alan Grier calls from Los Angeles, his main concern about Houston is the same as any in-town resident: the weather. "What's it like there now? I just remember...
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    If you ever find yourself in the middle of a bank holdup, comic Eddie Griffin says, the criminals’ race will determine how well executed the robbery goes. “Now see white boys, they...
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    If there's one thing that's true about comedian Eddie Griffin, it's that he's never been afraid to push buttons; his style is far more Richard Pryor than Sinbad or Bill Cosby. During one...
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    Comedian Mitch Fatel seems to have sex on the brain, as evidenced by his routines and tweets. One recent tweet read: “Leaving AZ and coming home to a warm vagina...if my gf remembered...
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    It's not hard to tell what's mainly on the brain of comedian Mitch Fatel when he sends out tweets like this: "Leaving AZ and coming home to a warm vagina...if my gf remembered to take it...
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    Though they spent years in the comedy shadows of older brothers Keenen and Damon, youngest siblings Shawn and Marlon Wayans (there’s ten Wayans siblings in all, if you’re keeping...
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    Though they spent years in the comedy shadows of older brothers Keenen and Damon, youngest siblings Shawn and Marlon Wayans (there’s ten Wayans siblings in all, if you’re keeping...
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    Recently back from filming a Comedy Central special and rounding off a cross-country tour, Jo Koy arrives at Houston on the brink of comedic stardom. His energetic charisma and dead-on...
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    Think you can be America’s next great comic? The Improv’s New Faces of Comedy showcase might give you your first break. It’s an open-mike, with all the non-pros getting three...
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    Fans of “I’m not fat, I’m fluffy” comedian Gabriel Iglesias have heard him tell stories about his escapades with his wild-man friend Felipe. Now Houston audiences can...
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    For those of us just beginning to wrestle with the privacy settings on our Facebook pages, we have an unlikely trailblazer, and it’s Tom Green. He’s old enough to remember a world...
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    I decide to catch Doug Stanhope live at The Improv (7620 Katy Fwy., 713-333-8800) after hearing several friends call him "the next Bill Hicks." Unfortunately, the Houston Improv sits in the...
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