Comic Con Report — Day One

Greetings from the center of the geek universe, San Diego Comic-Con, a black hole of color and light threatening to collapse in on itself. 

Arriving late on Wednesday, we skipped opening night where the exhibition hall throws open their gates and the feeding frenzy begins, conventioneers swarming to buy exclusive Comic-Con swag.  Instead, I focused on the evening’s festivities — Tacocat at the Soda Bar.

I thought...

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Yelp Helper

When it comes to dining, an ongoing joke among my friends and colleagues is whether or not I've been banned from a particular restaurant. I have been banned from two restaurants in the past, and a third restaurant produced a YouTube video with the sole purpose of ridiculing me. All because of my Yelp reviews.

I've told the story so many times I might as well tell it again, though I'm leaving out some of the...

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Silver & Gold: 25 Years in a Cab with Mike Tulis

Our story begins with words of advice received by a 25-year-old Mike Tulis some time at the dawn of the 1990s from his bandmate, Kevin McClay. Young musicians and would-be rock stars, pay attention:

"McClay told me, 'Tulis, I've been in a lot of bands, and the first rule of being in a band is that bands break up, and if you’re okay with that, you’ll do all right with this.'" Tulis paused to take a drink from his...

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Playhouse Does Producers Right

If you liked past stage or film versions of Mel Brooks’ The Producers, you’re likely to love the Omaha Community Playhouse treatment.

If you weren’t that crazy about it before, you’re still likely to love the Playhouse treatment. There’s something special about seeing hometown talents excel in a handsome setting with ultra-professional production values.

And if you’ve never seen this musical about two producers...

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Aping His Way to the Top

Doing a mean Christopher Walken is the stock and trade of many comedians. Same goes for being able to perfect an droolingly incoherent Arnold Schwarzenegger. But how about an impersonation of Christopher Walken doing Arnold Schwarzenegger?

That’s just one of the zany bits that propelled Peter Marr to a spot on “First Impressions,” which airs on USA Tuesday, June 7, at 9:30 Central.

The Omaha native and Westside...

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What’s Your Damage, Heather?

When a cult movie becomes Heathers: the Musical and one managed to not join the cult,

one brings some skepticism to opening night at the Blue Barn Theatre.

I mean, seriously, a musical where a high school kid in a black trench coat starts killing off the snooty clique queen and the jock bullies to rid the world of evil-doers? How good can that be? And what’s it doing at the Barn?

Well, it not only belongs there,...

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My Incredibly Awkward, Not-So-Funny Interview with Hannibal Buress

I had never interviewed a comedian before, and made the unfortunate decision to re-watch some of Hannibal Buress’s stand-up performances right before my interview with him last Friday. It was the 13th, by the way.

I probably should have known better.  

During one of his specials, Buress pulled out a piece of paper and started reading a story some college student had written about him. He said that while she...

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