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A Leak in the Ship: Mike McDonald Talks Comedy, Homelessness and Charity

A Leak in the Ship: Mike McDonald Talks Comedy, Homelessness and Charity

If you’re familiar with the history of Boston comedy and its bricklayers, you’ll know that Mike McDonald is a pretty big deal. He’s from the same stock that molded legends like Barry Crimmins, Steve Sweeney, Lenny Clarke and Denis Leary, and in terms of popularity around New England, McDonald’s “legend” status is nothing to scoff

For Comedy King Sweeney, Poverty Is No Joke

Very rarely do you come across an entertainer who doesn’t want to talk about some current project, their career, what got them started in the industry or some other topic referring to their time in the spotlight. And with someone like Steve Sweeney, the crowned “King of Boston Comedy,” you know there’s a lot to

Hollywood filmmakers turn the spotlight on world’s homelessness crisis

Courtesy of INSP News Service www.INSP.ngo / The Big Issue By Adrian Lobb and Steven MacKenzie Richard Gere is one of the most famous faces in cinema but during the making of his latest film, “Time Out of Mind,” in which he plays George, a homeless man living on the streets of New York, he

Barry Crimmins: Boston comedy legend talks about social activism and homelessness

Photo: Dennis Brennan Barry Crimmins has built a career off of not caring. But not in a bad way, by any stroke of imagination. He does care. The Boston comedy pioneer has cemented his name in comedy history with his upfront, no-holds-barred brand of political satire, his tireless social activism and, just recently, being the

DAN RATHER: On the decline of investigative journalism

After more than 60 years in journalism, former CBS News anchor Dan Rather still believes that a free and independent press is the “red beating heart of freedom and democracy.” But news organizations aren’t living up to that standard, he says. Nor are they working hard enough to “give voice to the voiceless.” Currently anchoring

MCGORRY ON MURDER: Actor Matt McGorry discusses feminism, Boston and performing

Matt McGorry, star of ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder and the Netflix original smash hit Orange Is The New Black, has made a splash in the celebrity advocacy scene over the last few months. The actor, an Emerson College graduate, continues to blaze the trail for many social justice causes. In fact, McGorry’s

IDINA MENZEL: Actress talks success, divorce, Frozen

Courtesy of INSP News Service www.street-papers.org / The Big Issue By Steven MacKenzie Not every fairy tale has its happily-ever-after ending. Menzel’s marriage to Taye Diggs, who she met while starring in Rent, ended after ten years as her career soared to new heights. “It’s been a real personally trying time for me—professionally astounding—but I’ve

KEN BURNS EFFECT: Filmmaker reflects on The Civil War series, social equality

It’s hard to have a conversation about American history in today’s world without referencing at least one of Ken Burns’ documentaries. From National Parks to Baseball to The Roosevelts to The Civil War (the latter celebrates its 25th anniversary this month with a re-broadcasting of the groundbreaking series), it’s undeniable that Ken Burns has cemented

COMIC STANDING: Gary Gulman talks economic inequality

Comedians are famous for knowing how to work a crowd with their side-splitting and sometimes off-color commentary on everyday issues, but they also have a unique angle on social issues. Well, at least Gary Gulman does. The Peabody native and Last Comic Standing finalist has a lot to say about the effects of income inequality

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