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“Greco Roman Catholic Wrestling”

Remembered that line the other day.

Pretty sure it comes from an episode of “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”

A feathered escape artist flees the Comedy Pet Theater

High drama, involving green feathers, took place at intermission on the street outside of the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater performance last week at the Bing Crosby Theater.

Michael Smith, who manages the Bing, said his first inkling came when he looked out the window of the lobby and saw an alarming sight.

“I saw the people from the show running down the street with a ladder,” said Smith.

Turns out, the show's big green parrot had flown the coop during intermission, swooped through the stage door, and winged its way across Lincoln Street. It was perched on the ledge of a fourth floor window at the Davenport Hotel.

The show's parrot wranglers set the ladder up on the sidewalk and tried to lure the parrot down. The parrot was stubborn and refused to budge.

The ladder and general hubbub attracted the attention of the Davenport's security people. They brought the frantic Popovich people into the hotel and took them up to the fourth floor room. They opened the window and talked the parrot off the ledge and into the room.

Those of us in the audience had no idea what was going on — although I wondered why intermission went on so long.

The show resumed, with the usual retinue of 12 cats, 10 dogs, three geese — and one adventuresome parrot.

A comedy deal: ‘Spamalot,’ ‘Caveman,’ ‘Blues’

WestCoast Entertainment has three comic extravaganzas coming to town, and they're offering deals if you order tickets to more than one.

Order two and save 10 percent on your ticket order. Order all three and get 20 percent off.

The shows are all at the INB Performing Arts Center:

  • “Defending the Caveman,” the one-man comedy show about the war between the sexes, Oct. 8, 8 p.m..
  • “Monty Python's Spamalot,” the fractured King Arthur musical, Nov. 11, 8 p.m.
  • “The Blues Brothers Revue,” Nov. 13. 6:30 p.m.

To order, visit this TicketsWest link. Then enter the promo code, WCECOMEDY. The deadline is Oct. 7 at midnight.

Lampanelli on-sale postponed

Today's on-sale date for Lisa Lampanelli tickets has been postponed.

But the show itself is still on schedule: Oct. 22 at the INB Performing Arts Center. Watch for further announcements.

‘Queen of Mean’ on the way to town

Lisa Lampanelli, the self-proclaimed “Queen of Mean,” has been booked into the INB Performing Arts Center for a show on Oct. 22, 7 p.m.

She's gained fame for her insult comedy on various celebrity roasts.Tickets will be $37.75, on sale Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. through Ticketswest outlets.

A Kathy Griffin date switch

Comedian Kathy Griffin's appearance at the INB Performing Arts Center has been switched from Aug. 20 to Aug. 28. All tickets dated Aug. 20 will be honored on the later date.

No word on the reason for the switch, except she now has no tour dates between July 23 and Aug. 26.

Go to TicketsWest for tickets details.

Comedian Kathy Griffin booked into INB

Comedian and celebrity gadfly Kathy Griffin has been booked into the INB Performing Arts Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., on Aug. 20.

Tickets in advance will be $75, $50 and $35, on sale June 24, 10 a.m., through TicketsWest outlets.

Why Hal Holbrook deserves a Kennedy Center Honor

I just finished writing a story about Hal Holbrook — it will appear in the paper March 10 in advance of his March 12 appearance here in “Mark Twain Tonight!” — when I realized something surprising. Holbrook has never received a Kennedy Center Honor or a National Arts Medal.

Few actors have, of course; these are very selective honors. Yet it seems to me that Holbrook has a particularly strong claim for consideration:

  • His Emmy-winning portrayal of Abe Lincoln in the 1974 TV series based on Carl Sandburg's biographies (one of three Emmy awards).
  • His portrayal of Deep Throat in “All the President's Men.”
  • His portrayal as the Stage Manager in the 1977 version of “Our Town”
  • His many other film roles, including his Oscar nominated performance at age 82 in Sean Penn's “Into the Wild.”
  • And finally, for his stage show, “Mark Twain Tonight!” which has brought the words of Mark Twain alive for more than 50 years.

I say he belongs in the same company as other Kennedy Center recipients, such as Jack Lemmon, Charlton Heston and Robert Redford, and other National Arts Medal winners, such as Robert Duvall and Angela Lansbury.

Let's mount a Hal Holbrook appreciation campaign. Is anyone with me on this?

Julia Sweeney Day, by proclamation

Mayor Mary Verner has declared March 11  as Julia Sweeney Day in Spokane.

Why? Because that’s the day that she’ll be at the Bing Crosby Theater performing her “Jill & Julia Show” with Jill Sobule.

The mayor’s proclamation mentions Sweeney’s “poignant, comedic and entertaining takes on everyday life” and her support of local causes, including the Inland Northwest Cancer Society, The Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, Spokane Public Radio and KSPS-7. Sweeney is a former “Saturday Night Live” cast member from Spokane.

Tickets to the show are $27, available through TicketsWest outlets (800-325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com)

Today’s fun video: Who is Kristen Wiig?

A little late in posting, but last weekend’s Saturday Night Live was not very kind to Congressional Republicans and their opposition to the economic stimulus package.


But it does raise a couple of questions:

The first: Is Dan Ackroyd better as John Boehner than he was as Bob Dole back in the 1980s?

The second: Most of the characters being spoofed by men are recognizable figures, but who might the woman being played by Kristen Wiig be — possibly someone close to home?

And sorry about making you sit through the commercials, but this embed comes from the official NBC site.

Horseplay…

Jen’s post tickled my funny bone, and as I was browsing through You Tube I found this (Thanks Jen for the inspiration! *wink, wink*):

*Please note: This is NOT an endorsement of alcohol. I post this merely for entertainment purposes only.

Have you participated in any good snowball fights lately? What’s the most memorable snowball fight you’ve ever had?