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Colbert and Carell, ‘kindred spirits,’ team for NJPAC show

Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell should make a movie together. A warped buddy movie, maybe, or a political spoof where they’re running mates secretly having an affair with each other. But something. That is one of the thoughts inspired by their joint appearance Friday night at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, where Colbert interviewed Carell in a benefit for the Montclair Film Festival (Colbert, who lives in Montclair, is on the advisory board). They complement each other well, with each one capable of either playing the straight man or going for the big laugh, as the moment requires, and making the shifts from one mode to the other seem totally natural. Continue Reading →

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Second City troupe plans to joke about Jersey

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In New Jersey, apparently, we’re so used to being made fun of that we actually hire professional comedians from other states to come here and do it for us. That’s one way, at least, to look at “Second City Does New Jersey: Paved and Confused,” a show that the national touring company of the venerable Chicago comedy troupe, Second City, will present at NJPAC’s Victoria Theater, Nov. 7-8 at 8 p.m. (Cast members will also offer free improv workshops for adults and teens, Nov. 8 at 4 p.m.)

Second City has been one of the country’s leading training grounds for comedians and comic actors since it launched in 1959. Among those who have passed through its doors are John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert. We spoke to Kelsey Kinney, who’s in the cast of the Newark shows, by phone last week. Continue Reading →

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Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell to share stage at Montclair Film Festival fundraiser

Comedic powerhouses Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell — whose friendship goes back to the early ’90s, when they worked together in the Second City comedy troupe in Chicago — will appear together at a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival. “A Conversation With Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell” takes place at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark Nov. 21, with tickets, priced from $59.50 to $250, going on sale Oct. 3 at 10 a.m.; call (888) 466-5722 or visit According to a press release, the show “will feature a multimedia presentation of rarely-seen highlights and an in-depth conversation spanning their extraordinary careers.” Continue Reading →

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