Comic Con Report — Day Three & Four

The heart of Comic-Con is the exhibition floor — a Superdome-sized space jammed corner-to-corner with artists, retailers and showrooms for studios and toy/collectible manufacturers.   Imagine if SXSW lined every musician in one room, and asked them to play simultaneously.  That’s Comic-Con.

When the floor reaches critical mass, the crowd is pressed together shoulder-to-shoulder, shuffling through like penguins on...

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Comic Con Report — Day Two

 

Friday was light on Comic-con’ing, the day spent with friends from Southern California, though we had a few geek moments.

Walking back to our hotel, we passed the theater where Conan O’Brien is taping his show — we watched that night’s Game of Thrones guest list make a dash from stage door to black SUVs, were they were whisked back to Westeros.   

It was the GOT b-team, but still fun to see Varys with a full...

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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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