Tix Available for Mike Birbiglia Thank God For Jokes

first_img Star Files Mike Birbiglia Show Closed This production ended its run on May 29, 2016 View Comments This isn’t a prank! Tickets are now on sale for Mike Birbiglia’s Thank God For Jokes. The off-Broadway comedy (which recently received a Lucille Lortel nomination) began performances on February 2 and opened on February 11. The Seth Barrish-helmed limited engagement will run through May 29.Birbiglia declares that a joke should never end with ‘I’m joking.’ In his solo comedy, he tiptoes through the minefield that is modern-day joke-telling. Join Mike as he learns that the same jokes that elicit laughter have the power to produce tears, rage, and a whole lot of getting yelled at.Thank God for Jokes marks Birbiglia’s return to the off-Broadway stage, following his presentations of Sleepwalk With Me in 2008 and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend in 2011. His screen credits include Inside Amy Schumer, Girls, Trainwreck and Orange is the New Black. Stay tuned to see if Thank God For Jokes wins Outstanding Solo Show at the Lortel Awards, which will be presented on May 1.center_img Related Shows Mike Birbiglia in ‘Thank God For Jokes’ Thank God For Jokeslast_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims continue upward climb

first_imgThere were 1,361 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, the second time in three weeks claims have spiked over 1,000 and now exceed the post Tropical Irene spike. This is an increase of 246 from the week before. Last summer’s historically low claims came to an abrupt end with the storm. The numbers then dropped signifcantly in the following weeks, but in the last several weeks there has been mostly an increase in the number of new claims. The latest numbers are more than double the initial claims observed in July and August.Altogether 7,113 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 58 from a week ago, and 2,613 fewer than a year ago. The Department also processed 1,384 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 173 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 601 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is 78 fewer more than the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)  Vermont’s unemployment rate fell two-tenths in October to 5.6 percent. SEE STORY HERE.last_img read more

F-M, CBA track and field battle for league honors

first_imgKatie Berge’ made it to second place in the pentathlon with 2,211 points behind Liverpool’s Lauren Fradette (2,479). Grace Kaercher, Maddy Duggleby, Amelia Amick and Libbie Kirkpatrick were second in the 4×800 relay in 9:52.54, with Chloe Bullough fourth in the 800.Samantha Pynn got third place in the triple jump with 33’2” and was fourth place in the long jump, going 15’11 ½”.Harper Stoppacher was fourth in the high jump, clearing 4’8”, and took fifth (32’2 ½”) in the triple jump.The F-M boys finished fourth in the SCAC Metro meet with 74 points as Ryan Serp was victorious in the pentathlon, his total of 2.843 points in five events more than 500 points clear of the field.Nolan Chiles added his own victory in the mile, going 4:23.77 to beat out West Genesee’s Matt Bartolotta (4:27.66) as Sam Otis beat the field in the 3,200-meter run in 9:20.02, with Yakob Kelley (9:53.85) fourth.Sawyer Dereszynski had a second-place discus throw of 127’8”. Owen Snyder went 1:01.25 in the 400 hurdles to claim third place, with Corey Gallagher third in the 200 in 23.90 seconds. Matt Tripp finished third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:04.90.Dan Sokolovic threw the shot put 43’3” to finish fourth. Jason Cavanagh was fifth in the 110 hurdles in 18.38 seconds, with John Meskos fifth in the 800 in 2:03.60. F-M was fourth in the 4×400 and sixth in the 4×400.At Marcellus a day earlier, CBA had its turn in the Onondaga High School League Liberty Division Small School meet, finishing fifth in the girls portion with 57 points and sixth in the boys portion with 41 points as Cazenovia easily claimed both team titles.CBA’s girls team had Cory Knox victorious in the pentathlon, her total of 2,330 points enough to hold off Cazenovia’s Lili Gavitt (2,259) for the top spot as she rallied to win the event with an 800 of 2:39.95.Skye Ryan swept the throwing events as she was victorious in the discus, her throw of 94’10” more than six feet ahead of any other competitor, and had a winning shot put throw of 32’4” as ElizaHanson finished seventh.Bri Pucci earned another title in the 1,500, finishing in 5:12.45 to beat the field by nearly three seconds. Beatrice Gurgol rose to second place in the triple jump, going 32’10 ¼”, and was second in the long jump with 16’ ½”.Moving to the boys OHSL Liberty meet, CBA’s 4×800 relay team of Joel Gaffney, Dan Melvin, Caleb Krueger and Zach Medicis went 8:06.29 to finish nearly a full minute ahead of runner-up Jordan-Elbridge (9:03.86).Gaffney didn’t stop there, going on to win the 400 sprint in 52.49 seconds as Krueger was third in 53.50 seconds. Riley Nash made it to second place in the 3,200 in 10:20.68.Noah Slifka was fifth in the 110 high hurdles in 17.11 seconds, with Aiden Schimpff  was sixth in the 200 in 24.71 seconds. Sam Lustig got sixth place in the 800 in 2:15.7. Marcus Howard earned a fifth-place triple jump of 36’10”. Phillip Tam had a sixth-place discus throw of 95’2” and was eighth in the shot put.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: CBAF-Mtrack and field Phoebe White claimed the 800-meter run in 2:18.90 and went 4:38.32 in the 1,500-meter run to beat out Walters (4:46.18), while Wren Usaitynski earned the win in the pole vault, clearing 8 feet.Susan Bansbach again dominated the 400-meter dash, winning in 58.08 seconds, the only time under a minute, adding a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash in 26.84 seconds.In the 400 hurdles, Fiona Mejico, in 1:06.75, was a close second to Baldwinsville’s Justus Holden-Betts (1:06.40), but Mejico joined Bansbach, White and Bella Milliti to win the 4×400 relay in 4:05.04, more than six seconds ahead of the field.center_img On consecutive days, track and field teams from Fayetteville-Manlius and Christian Brothers Academy would battle for league championship honors.F-M did so Thursday in the Salt City Athletic Conference Metro division meet at Liverpool High School Stadium, where the girls Hornets finished second with 144.5 points to Liverpool’s winning total of 185 points.Claire Walters pulled off a rare double, going nine minutes, 58.17 seconds to claim the 3,000-meter run and then winning the 2,000-meter steeplechase in 7:05.19, with Grace Kaercher third in the 3,000 (10:33.11) and Ani Sydorwych third in the steeplechase in 7:43.55.last_img read more

Health Crisis Forces Senatorial Election Postponement

first_imgThe health crisis in the country, caused by the Ebola virus disease, has forced the National Elections Commission (NEC) to recommend the postponement of the ensuing Special Senatorial Election.NEC is due to hold elections to replace or reelect 15 Senators that are within the first category of senators during the 2011 elections.Constitutionally, the electoral body is to conduct polling on the second Tuesday of October of this year, but the fear of the “deadly Ebola virus” constrains the Commission to consider requesting a deferment.In a meeting with aspirants Wednesday, NEC Chairman Jerome G. Korkoya said “The health emergency in Liberia may affect the conduct of free, fair, transparent and credible election on October 14, 2014.Chairman Korkoya said the Commission’s recommendation is also based on the fact that the Ebola outbreak would hinder the smooth conduct of campaign activities by candidates who are desirous of contesting the October 14, 2014 Special Senatorial Election.According to the chairman, the campaign period for the up-coming election is scheduled to commence on August 12; but the NEC is considering a call-off due to the national health crisis.“We want to make this clear that with the current health crisis in the country, NEC will not conduct a free, fair and creditable election for the people, so, we are contemplating on conducting the election by December,” Mr. Kokoya said.NEC does not have the power to suspend a constitutional process, Cllr. Korkoya said, “but the Commission would face problems in the process if continue, including training of over 25,000 polling staff to assist the conduct of election.”Taking the views of the aspirants, including current senators of the 53rd Legislature, many of them agreed with the idea of NEC but called on the NEC to use the Supreme Court of Liberia and advice from the health authority before any decision.According to Bong County’s Senator, Jewel Howard Taylor, it is important for the country to focus on combating the deadly Ebola virus and not campaigning amongst people who are dying from the epidemic.She further disclosed that the idea by NEC to suspend the October election was in right direction, as the election is not an event but a process especially the issue of training people to control election materials. “I don’t want to become a senator when my people are dying from a deadly disease,    were we continue to have new cases from other counties on a daily basis,” the senator asserted.One of the newly contestant of Montserrado County, Miatta Fahnbulleh, said, “We all want to be senators but not a dead one.  Our people are dying from the deadly Ebola virus. How are we going to the electorate with our promises if they are dying?” According to her, the international community,  including other partners, will not take Liberians seriously if Liberians will go to election with the national health crisis in the country.Maryland County’s senator  Bhofal Chamber said based on the situation in the country, it is reasonable to have this change carried out.“Who do we have election for if our people are dying from the virus; we want to ask for humanitarian assistance to be extended to other counties.”The lawmaker said  Government needed to have a decent burial for those who are dying from the virus, rather than have them cremated. “I cannot imagine, that, because it is against our culture.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more