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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Tammy Pescatelli: A Very Funny Sister


Comedian Tammy Pescatelli

“Like your sister that won’t shut up” is how star comedian Tammy Pescatelli described her brand of comedy in a recent phone interview. She begins a three-day stint at the Pittsburgh Improv tonight.

Family is a source of both humor and angst for Pescatelli, who was raised outside of Cleveland, in a large Italian household, the daughter of a (former) pro-football player and devoted mother. She also endured several brothers.

After graduating from Kent State University, Pescatelli saw a female comic perform that

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Shadyside’s Smooth New Cantina, The Steel Cactus

Having fun at the Steel Cactus.

For this mission, the Recon Patrol (RP) went deep undercover in order to bring you the lowdown on a new spot in Shadyside, The Steel Cactus: Authentic Mexican Restaurante & Cantina. We spent a few nights snooping around this smooth-looking, modern cantina, the latest offering from the AMP’D  Group (who brought you  South Side’s “Local” and “Diesel” restaurant/bars) to give you a taste of their recent Walnut Street addition.

During our first night undercover, we were posing as

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Mount Lebanon’s Saloon Continues to Please

Mt. Lebanon’s Saloon on Washington Road

The Entertainment Central Recon Patrol is stepping out of the city and into the suburbs to bring you the scoop on The Saloon, a Mt. Lebanon staple that has been serving the South Hills for over 30 years.  And while everyone in this self-proclaimed “Cheers-style” bar might not know your name, you certainly won’t have trouble striking up a conversation if you’re so inclined.

At first glance, you may get the feeling that this place hasn’t changed much

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