Nightlife

Clubs and bars, comics and entertainers

Carlos Mencia—Real. Funny.

Comedian and actor Carlos Mencia loves performing standup and entertains his audiences with funny, sometimes raw, bits about current news topics, race, culture, and family.

Anything Goes: Six “Dirty” Years at Attack Theatre’s Dirty Ball

“Do you want to go to the Dirty Ball?”
“The what?”
“The Dirty Ball.”
“What’s a Dirty Ball?”
“I’m not sure, but I have two free tickets.”

Before 2009, I’d never heard of  Attack Theatre’s Dirty Ball. The only Pittsburgh theaters I knew about were in the Cultural District. I’d just moved back to the city that year, after a brief stint in southern Virginia, and was reconnecting with friends. One of them, Katie, invited me to the Dirty Ball.

It was a last-minute invite, I

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Entertainment Unlimited: That’s Cedric

Cedric the Entertainer, stylish and charming.

It used to be said that soul singer James Brown was the hardest working man in show business. One contender for that title today is Cedric the Entertainer. A cultural touchstone for contemporary American society, Cedric entertains us in a multitude of ways—as a comedian, actor, TV-show host, and singer, performing both on screen and live on stage.

I caught up with Cedric recently in a phone interview. He was working in New York., but

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Tom Green: Entertainment Renaissance Man

The contemplative, serious side of Tom Green.

Tom Green is driven toward comedic success. He always has been. Green never wanted to wait to be discovered; he’s always been in the comic vanguard compelling audiences to pay attention to him. At the tender age of 15 when most kids are self-conscious, worried about acne and getting a date, he was performing standup at Yuk Yuk’s comedy club in his hometown of Ottawa, Canada. He’ll be bringing his latest standup to

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Tricks, Treats, and Halloween Fun

There’s nothing funny about this clown!(Courtesy of Scarehouse 2013. Photo by Jason Cohn)

Autumn isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but maybe it should be. Think about it. The heat and humidity of the brutal Pittsburgh summer are finally waning, it’s cool enough for a hoodie at night, and the warm, rustic colors of fall make a comeback. I’m enjoying the foliage on my afternoon commute as I approach the inbound Fort Pitt Tunnels and again on Route 28 as I follow the Allegheny River. This

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