The Chinese recognize the year 2020 on their calendar as the “Year of the Rat.”
In the United States, one could easily say the past several years have been the year of the woman. Female visibility is on an upward trajectory in areas once thought to be the sole province of men.
In literal upward movement, astronaut Christina Koch recently crushed the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman; descending to earth after 328 days aloft.
Maria Bamford’s comedy can be difficult to describe.
Imagine if all the voices in your head decided to put on a show while embodied in an adorably nervous human chihuahua and you might get a clue as to Bamford’s original comedic brand.
Maria Bamford returns to Musikfest Cafe, 7 p.m. Oct. 14, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Bethlehem.
Bamford’s brew, a comedy stew, is part performance art, masterful vocal manipulation, physical comedy, cathartic confessional and stand-up that defies comparison.
Steven Wright is a comedian for the social-media age.
One would be hard-pressed to find another individual so adept for an internet platform like Twitter where brevity is key and wit equals followers.
Steve Wright performs at 8 p.m. Sept. 7 to kick off the 2018-19 season of the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton,
Lucky, at least, for fans of keen observational humor, Wright has stayed on the path of the one-liner.
The comedy album was a staple at adult gatherings during the mid to latter 20th century.
Known informally as “party records,” these stand-up comedy recordings rivaled popular music as the background sound of choice at house parties.
Albums by the likes of Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, George Carlin and other popular stand-ups and comedy duos often featured bawdy riffs on controversial topics, as well as X-Rated or so-called “blue” material.
Behind the scenes of your favorite game show, local pub trivia night, board game and puzzle page, lurk a team of freelance professional game writers. They often don’t have a public byline, yet they are the anonymous beating heart of every popular quiz show, word-game and riddle challenge imaginable.
James Brown proclaimed in his 1966 song that “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.”
Until recently, it had been considered a “man’s man’s man’s world” in motorsports.
Monster truck competition had long been a playground for men. While largely considered to be a family-friendly sport, the monster truck audiences were heavily composed of fathers, sons and male buddies.
Fast-forward to the present day and a new crop of female competitors and fans have put the guys on alert with “Monster Jam,” 7 p.m. Feb. 23; 1 and 7 p.m. Feb. 24, and 1 p.m. Feb. 25 at PPL Center, Allentown.
Stand-up comedy is often a man’s world.
Although female comedians have had greater representation on stages during this latest comedy boom, males still comprise most successful working stand-ups.
The “Ladies of Laughter: Funny and Fabulous” aims to prove the naysayers wrong. The second installment of the series tour pays a visit to Miller Symphony Hall’s Rodale Community Room, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, in Allentown.
Bobby Collins may be one of America’s favorite comedians. He’s performed his stand-up before the Clintons at the White House for Chelsea Clinton’s birthday in 1999 and appeared in front of guests at President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Winter White House, Palm Beach, Fla., in early 2017.
He’s played rooms in the deepest of red states as well as liberal enclaves in blue states and has proven that well-crafted observational humor results in bi-partisan laughs.
Colin Quinn is a quintessential New York comedian.
But he’s become much more than that.
Quinn’s latest one-man show, “One in Every Crowd,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6, Musikfest Cafe, SteelStacks, Bethlehem, is part of the cerebral comic’s first full-scale stand-up tour in more than years. Previously, Quinn’s shows had a central theme.
During winter, usually before a predicted snowfall, comedian Vic DiBitetto receives renewed attention. Although not a household name, DiBitetto has attained a cult following and an enviable road calendar that is booked through 2019.
The 56-year-old comic has managed to stay relevant in large part because of savvy use of social media. If you aren’t familiar with his stand-up, you may have seen him in the feature film, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” or perhaps you know him as the “bread and milk guy” from the viral video DiBitetto posted in 2013 on YouTube.