I always thought that comedians lived by the mantra, "laughter is the best medicine." Not Josh Blue.
When I used that phrase during a phone interview last week, the 2006 winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing quickly shot back, "Apparently not for cerebral palsy because I still got this s**t."
Nearly 2 million children and adults suffer from cerebral palsy, which is marked by involuntary movements, muscle tightness, spasticity and difficulty walking. Only one is Josh Blue.
"You can't just be down about something. If I was up there boo-hooing about my situation I don't think anyone would pay to come see me," Blue said. "It's cool to be able to go up on stage and make people comfortable with a taboo subject. People leave my show with a different perspective of a disability."
Since winning Last Comic Standing in 2006, many people have paid to see Blue's one-of-a-kind act, which stops at the Harrisburg Comedy Zone in New Cumberland for three shows on Thursday (8 p.m.) and Friday (8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.) this week.
So, this weekend is somewhat busy for me. Tonight, I’m catching up with a girlfriend, tomorrow night I get my hair ‘did, and Saturday morning – should my sprained knee (?) hold up – I’m running in the Great Pumpkin Chase 5K. Who knows what else the weekend holds (I think a lot of time in the office catching up from the busy week).
With Halloween just around the corner, 'tis the season for scouring the internet for costume ideas, frequenting your local craft store or maybe just dropping $50 at one of those costume stores that mysteriously appears every September and disappear by midnight on Halloween.
For the gentleman, Forgach suggests African dictator Muammar Gaddafi (black afro wig, red fex, scarf and Libya tee), Hangover II characters (Zach Galifianakis requires a beard, belly and bald head, while Ed Helms needs glasses, nerdy clothes and Mayan face tattoo), Harold Camping (white wig, sports jacket, book and a prediction of the world ending) and everyone’s favorite celebrity this year, Charlie Sheen (they make masks for him too, or you can just yell “winning!” and drink tiger’s blood).
For the ladies, Forgach lists Mommy Mummy (“Mom” jeans, tacky sweatshirt, wrap yourself in toilet paper and tote around a soccer ball), Babe Lincoln the Vampire Hunter (in reference to the upcoming flick, Abe Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, wear a stovepipe hat, fake beard, fancy black coat and carry a stake), Bridesmaids characters (thrift the ugliest gowns you can find) and Elizabeth Bennett, zombie-style (wear a fancy, old-fashioned gown and go to town with zombie makeup).
As for me, although I lack the crafting bone, I pride myself in at least trying to make creative costumes every year. I don't want to be one of six sexy nurses at Ceoltas – that's no fun.
However, over the years, I've had some hits and some misses.
E Street Band's Nils Lofgren plays the Abbey at ABC on Wednesday night.
Do you know anyone who would disagree if you told them that they were the best in the world at their profession? No? Let me introduce you to guitarist extraordinaire Nils Lofgren.
Bruce Springsteen refers his guitarist of 27 years as the "greatest guitarist in the world" night after night during his introductions of the legendary E Street Band, and while Nils Lofgren appreciates the high praise from The Boss, he humbly (and I'd argue, wrongly) disagrees.
Lofgren's musical resume reads like a Rock and Roll history book. He recorded After the Gold Rush (#71 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time) with Neil Young at age 18, joined Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band in 1984 and Ringo Starr's original All-Starr Band in 1989. He also released dozens of solo albums that feature duets with music legends like Willie Nelson, David Crosby and Graham Nash.
by: Sara Bozich
Posted: October 10, 2011 Comments are off for this post.
**Congrats to Linda, who gets $50 to shop at Stella & Dot!**
National boutique-style jewelry company, Stella & Dot, has seen quite a bit of national press recently on TV and in magazines lately, but is very new to the greater Harrisburg, Pa. area. While Direct Sales has a negative stigma, Stella & Dot is working hard to overcome that reputation. A recent segment about Stella and Dot on Good Morning America helped show the changing face of direct sales.
Local Stella & Dot stylist, Heather Fenicle, is promoting the Stella & Dot brand of jewelry (and now handbags), their design, quality and top-notch customer service in the area. To better help share the Stella & Dot line, she's offering a $50 gift certificate to Stella & Dot to one lucky reader, good towards any item or items.
A sample of some of Stella & Dot's products:
To enter to win the $50 gift card to Stella & Dot, leave a comment below.
For extra entries (you must leave a separate comment for each extra entry in order for each to count), you can:
The word “bean” may initially lead you to believe this is boring or healthy. Don’t worry, this is really tasty, I-can’t-stop-eating-it good. And I don’t know what the hell the calorie count is. Who cares? This is football food.
This is another gem from my mom. She is basically my “go to” for dips. I never even saw anyone buy that shit in a can in the chip aisle until I had a roommate. Believe me, bookmark this and you’ll never even consider it again. (And don’t worry, Mom has a few other dips, many vegetarian, so stay tuned.)
This dip is super easy, so whip it up today. It has few ingredients and only takes about 20 minutes, tops.