Bill Cosby

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    September 15, 2014

    Sampling Joe Sample's Album Credits: 1964-75

    Anyone who follows jazz or has much sense of Houston's music history knows that Joseph Leslie Sample, who passed away Friday night after a losing battle with lung cancer, is a giant. But Sample was not simply a virtuoso pianist, a prolific composer and one of the inventors of jazz-funk via the Crusa ... More >>

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    December 26, 2013
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    September 2, 2013

    Buddy Guy & Jimmie Vaughan at Arena Theatre, 8/30/2013

    Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan & the Tilt-a-Whirl Band Arena Theatre August 30, 2013 By now most Buddy Guy fans know to pack an extra pinch of salt between their cheek and gum before going to see him live. The man does go on sometimes. The Louisiana-born septuagenarian bluesman's credentials extend qui ... More >>

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    July 23, 2013

    The Cosby Show's Five Greatest Musical Guests

    I'm not sure if you're aware, especially if you're younger and only know him from Family Guy jokes, but Bill Cosby is one of the funniest comedians ever to tell a joke. His 1983 special Bill Cosby: Himself is one of the all-time great and influential stand-up comedy films, and his '80s NBC show is r ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 16, 2012

    Maggie Rita's Takes Over Ninfa's

    Higher prices, bland food and no really good margaritas to ease the pain.

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    July 6, 2012

    6 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: Young Mammals, Lick Lick, Etc.

    It's the heavy heavy monster sound of Reverberation tonight at Boondocks with DJs King Shing-a-Ling, Mr. Stagger Lee, Psychedelic Sex Panther and King Cobra. Free... and one step beyond! Overcaffeinated Houston indie-rockers Young Mammals return after a hot minute to release the new 7" single, "La ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    March 29, 2012
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    February 1, 2012

    The Tyranny of Choice: Top 5 Single-Dish Restaurants I Want to See in 2012

    I was happy to read Katharine's Shilcutt's piece on the single-dish restaurant trend for several reasons. First, I generally love the idea of specialty shops and sometimes long for the days when grocery shopping meant going to the butcher, then the cheese-monger, then the bakery, etc., etc., rather ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    Happy 31st Birthday, Turducken: 8 Foods Born in 1980

    Thirty-one is officially too old to try to learn how to use Photoshop.​Tomorrow, on 11-11-11, I will turn 31 years old. Last year, for my 30th birthday, my uncle sent me a Facebook message that contained only the following Pink Floyd quote and a "Happy Birthday" at the end: So you run and you ... More >>

  • News

    October 20, 2011

    Sons of Blood and Thunder

    Lee West III says he really wanted to be a member of Omega Psi Phi. But he couldn't take the beatings the underground black fraternity was handing out. By Steve Jansen

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    September 19, 2011

    The Best and Worst Celebrity Endorsements

    What is she... Is she literally pouring herself a glass of wine?​A few weeks back, I saw a Tweet from my friend Melissa, who found herself alternately captivated and horrified by what she'd come across in her local Kroger. It was a sign advertising a line of Pinot Grigio from Ramona Singer (ab ... More >>

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    June 9, 2011
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    March 28, 2011

    One Night with Glenn Beck: A Twitter Diary

    Photo by Craig HlavatyThey lined up to hear Glenn Beck.​Glenn Beck was in Houston on Friday for a stop on his current speaking tour, dubbed the "Glenn Beck Live On Stage!" tour; it was everything I hoped it would be, with a few twists and turns. As an observer of most things Tea Party and cons ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    10 Things You May Not Know About Notorious B.I.G.

    ​A lot has been said about the late great Notorious B.I.G., a man whose life was as large as his frame and whose lyrical prowess is well-documented in hip-hop history books. But how well do you know Big Poppa? In commemoration of the 14th anniversary of Biggie's death, here are some interestin ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011
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    October 25, 2010

    Recap: Episode 4 of The Next Iron Chef

    ​Welcome to another exciting episode of The Next Iron Chef, where the Houston food community gathers, hoping for a win for an Iron Chef who has a real passion for this sometimes underdog Texas city. And where Ming Tsai acts like a tool. By the way, did you hear when "Ming" called into 1560 The ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010

    The 5 Greatest Discontinued Desserts

    ​For people who have an unhealthy relationship with food, dessert is an extremely important part of the meal. It's the sweet reward for struggling through all the harsh, bitter flavors of entrees like chicken fried steak, pizza, prime rib, hamburgers, stuffed pork chops, and other disgusting s ... More >>

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    June 22, 2010

    Top Five Worst Wedding Desserts

    amchuNo, gracias.​My previous post on the Top Five Worst Wedding Hors D'Oeuvres prompted a request (thank you, reader Hadyn) for a similar list on the worst wedding desserts. While standard wedding cake can be boring, it remains a popular choice for good reasons: It usually tastes good, pose ... More >>

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    June 8, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Believe It Or Not, There Are Worse Ideas Than Kim Kardashian As Lara Croft

    I can't wait to hear her English accent.​It's been a rough week: we found out the BP oil spill may spread across the Atlantic Ocean and threaten England's blessed shores (which, let's admit it, would be pretty hilarious) and dealt with the campaign in Afghanistan supplanting Vietnam as America ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    The Shameless Chef: Lemons, Lemons Everywhere

    You'll want to jam this out as you cook. It'll make everything taste better. I had a bit of a quandary this week. I was considering two dishes for the column, but both were too simple. Yes, there is a such a thing as "too simple," even for me, so don't be a smartass. Luckily, I realized the two di ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    Dancing the Dozens

    Yo' mama's feet so big, they each got their own zip code

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    December 25, 2009

    Yes, Jo Koy Will Talk About His Mom This Weekend

    ​Comedian Jo Koy is having a great year, even if he isn't having a great week. He's got the flu and he's spending the holidays in airports and hotel rooms as he travels around the country doing his stand-up show. Hair Balls got to talk to him between flights, after he had just spent two hours wai ... More >>

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    November 9, 2009

    Turning the Screw: ESG and Friends, Chamillionaire, Dustin Prestige, 50, Eminem, Jay-Z, Chris Brown, Jeezy, Rihanna, Lil' Flip, etc.

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Break Dem Boys Off," ESG feat. Slim Thug and Big Hawk Wire To Wire Chamillionaire continues to market ... More >>

  • Music

    July 23, 2009

    Progress Report

    Taking stock of the Houston music scene on the eve of the annual Houston Press Music Awards Showcase.

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    March 12, 2009

    Bill Cosby Remembers A Segregated Houston

    Photo courtesy Houston SymphonyFrom time to time, Hair Balls talks to celebrities (real celebrities, not the "I invented a purple potato" type of pseudo-celebrities). And from time to time, those celebrities can be, oh, shall we say, unconventional. (Larry Harlow once slammed us for not being ... More >>

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    March 12, 2009

    Bill Cosby and the Houston Symphony

    Don’t expect Dr. Huxtable – today it’s all about his storytelling stand-up

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    September 25, 2008

    Local Comedian Hits The Big Screen

    Next week a local comedian will get the big screen treatment. Mo Amer, a Houston-based, Kuwait native stars in Allah Made Me Funny alongside Azhar Usman and Preacher Moss. The Kings-of-Comedy-style film, which opens at the Angelika on October 3, features a live performance by three men as well as be ... More >>

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    February 21, 2008

    Joe Rogan

    The host of Fear Factor and Man Show won’t let stealing slide

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    February 2, 2008

    Q&A: Chewing the Fat with Christian Finnegan

    Fans of Chappelle’s Show and Best Week Ever will recognize Christian Finnegan — if not by name, by face. The comedian played the “crazy” white roommate on the Chappelle’s Show parody skit “The Mad Real World,” and always has a clever quip about celebrities on Best Week Ever. Finnegan i ... More >>

  • News

    December 13, 2007

    The TSU Toronadoes

    The twisted history of "Tighten Up"

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    August 16, 2007


    This comedian went from pitching sodas to selling out comedy clubs

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    August 24, 2006
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    December 1, 2005

    Let It Blow

    The Original Dirty Rapper is still coming up with new ways to scandalize

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    June 9, 2005

    Forecast: Reign

    This is what it sounds like when local artists pay tribute to Prince

  • Film

    February 24, 2005

    Great Clips

    Tennessee schoolkids teach the world a lesson in an inspirational documentary

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    August 26, 2004

    Rock and Roll Dream Team

    Forget the office-football draft, dude. Here's a far cooler way to waste your time and your employer's money.

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    June 24, 2004

    Queen of Smack

    Ray Charles, Bill Cosby -- even herself -- Wanda Sykes dogs 'em all

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    April 15, 2004

    Who's on First?

    Mo Amer is an Arab-American and Muslim, but you might not know that

  • Film

    May 8, 2003

    Mr. Mom

    Eddie Murphy plays Daddy, once more, just be "Cos"

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    October 31, 2002

    Fly Spy

    Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson's cash-in pays off

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    January 4, 2001

    Charity Case

    After the big split, HCC goes for the glamorous giving

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    April 29, 1999
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    May 14, 1998

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