Reviews and Blog Posts: Comedy

Happy 50th Birthday Sean Penn!

It's hard to believe that Jeff Spicoli is turning 50 today! Sean Penn continues to have an amazing career, with two Academy Award wins for Best Actor and numerous critically acclaimed movies under his hat, both as an actor, writer and director!

Happy Birthday Steve Martin!

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Born August 14, 1945 in Waco, Texas, Steve Martin is an accomplished actor, comedian, playwright, novelist, and Grammy winning banjo player. His narration of the audio versions of his books is just icing on the side-splittingly funny cake. 

While never a cast member, he has hosted Saturday Night Live more than anyone else. His early writing credits include writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

Filmography

Shakespeare's Comedies on Film

10 Things I Hate About You

Shakespeare's tragedies start with a wedding and end with a funeral, while his comedies start with a funeral and end in a wedding. As the Colorado Shakespeare Festival wraps up this weekend, let's end it on a happy note with these Shakespearean comedies made for the big screen.

  • 10 Things I Hate About You - Set in a Seattle high school, this adaptation of Taming of the Shrew was Heath Ledger's movie debut. Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt round out the merry cast.
  • As You Like It - Like many Shakespearean film adaptations, Kenneth Branagh is the director.

Happy 40th Birthday Kevin Smith!

Born August 2, 1970, Kevin Smith is the wizard behind the characters Jay and Silent Bob. His first film, Clerks, was made for $27,575 and was paid for by selling off a treasured comic book collection and maxing out 10 credit cards but made over $3 million in theaters!

Whether you love or loathe Kevin Smith, he has made an indelible mark on the film world. Candid about his New Jersey upbringing, his autobiography is coversational in tone.

I love Freaks & Geeks

Great TV shows are constantly being released on DVD, and the library is a fabulous place to revisit wonderful shows that you may have missed. Freaks & Geeks was a comedy drama that aired during the 1999-2000 television series.

It was produced by Judd Apatow, who brought you various comedy hits such as Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin.

The Best of Cartoon Network

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No Cable? No Problem. The library has many TV series for you to watch at home! Cartoon Network features hilarious animated programs that are fun for the whole family. Adult Swim shares channel space with Cartoon Network and features animated programs that are best left for after the kids are in bed.

The Best of Comedy Central

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No Cable? No Problem! The library has a premium selection of TV shows! Comedy Central creates many uproarious productions!

Happy Birthday Tom Hanks!

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Tom Hanks is the Jimmy Stewart of our era in many ways. His charm and affability make him someone you would want to hang out with or would love to be wooed by. Today he is 54 and still going strong!

Selected Tom Hanks Filmography as owned by DPL:

Colorado Burlesque Festival

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The Colorado Burlesque Festival is the first of its kind in our fair state. Still don't have an eye full? Ladies and Gentlemen, presented for your enjoyment, a film list: On Stage: Films featuring Burlesque Dancers and Vaudevillians.

Happy Birthday Joss Whedon!

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Many know Joss Whedon as the creator of Buffy, Angel, Captain Mal, Echo and Dr. Horrible - but did you know he wrote the first Toy Story screenplay?

Joss's Genius on the Small Screen:

Not only is Joss Whedon a first rate director, he has penned many graphic novels and comic books!

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