13 Weird Questions With Comedian Rob Delaney

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Standup comedian Rob Delaney performed an electrifying, sold-out set at the Trocadero on Friday. Before he went on stage, though, I had a chance to chat with him in his dressing room, where I found him practically main-lining pizza and Coke. Delaney’s humor hinges on his enthusiasm for all things disgusting and weird, so I took a cue, shooting him some of the oddest questions I could think of. Here’s how things went down:

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Comedian Rob Delaney Hopes Philly’s Ready for His New Rocky-esque Physique

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Los Angeles-based standup comedian Rob Delaney is bringing his signature absurd, disgusting shtick to the Trocadero on Friday, March 28th. He’s been called the funniest person on Twitter by Rolling Stone and Comedy Central. His tweets cover a range of topics from convincing us he’s not a virgin to timely political commentary to some truly nauseating quips about his neighbor Karen.

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PHOTOS: Shirt Corner Collapse Part of a Controlled Demolition


[This post was updated at 5:30 p.m. to reflect new information from a 4 p.m. L&I press conference]

The aftermath of the collapse at the Shirt Corner at Third and Market Streets this afternoon was ugly, but, according to the demolition team, it went mostly according to plan.

“It was a demolition job and the side wall spilled out onto the street, ” said Mark Christof, a superintendent with Constructure Management Inc. “The building is so close to the street that even the bricks flying out there could’ve hurt somebody. But they positioned people all the way around the whole perimeter to make sure everybody was out of the way before it happened.”

The collapse occurred as the demolition crew attempted to remove the top two floors of 257 Market Street. As a piece of machinery pulled on the building, a portion of the structure buckled and fell onto 259 Market Street, which crumbled from the weight of the debris.

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WXPN to Host Kids Indie Music Festival KindieComm

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KindieComm’s culminating music festival will feature a performance by impossibly catchy Latin Grammy winner Lucky Diaz.

A festival for kids indie music artists is coming to Philly this summer, courtesy of WXPN and Kids Corner.

KindieComm is a convention for artists in the family music genre that will help aspiring “Kindie” (kids indie) musicians network with and learn from some big names in the biz. Rookies and veterans of the industry are excited to see a comeback for the event after the Brooklyn version fell apart.

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REVIEW: Cheltenham Rapper Lil Dicky Kicked Off His First Live Tour at TLA

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Lil Dicky, the white, Jewish rapper from Cheltenham, kicked off his first live tour last night at TLA, amusing the crowd with his YouTube hits and fun banter.

After being stood up by a couple strippers who were supposed to open the show, he began his set with a PowerPoint presentation demonstrating just how much fun the show would be: “I got a business background,” he explained. “That’s why they call me Lil Dicky aka the Priceline negotiator.”

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Cheltenham Rapper Lil Dicky Kicks Off His First Live Tour at TLA Wednesday

lil dicky philadelphia tourLil Dicky (aka David Burd), a Jewish rapper hailing from Cheltenham, Pa., kicks off his first-ever live tour at TLA  this Wednesday.

His foray into rap began when he was working full-time in account management at Goodby Silverstein & Partners. One day he decided to spice up a monthly progress report by turning his three-page memo into a rap video. The company liked it so much that they gave him the opportunity to work in their creative department, where he wrote copy for ads like the NBA’s “BIG” campaign, among others.

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Facebook Paper and the 5 Best Apps to Read News on Your Phone

Screen Shot 2014-01-31 at 1.51.56 PMFacebook announced this week that it will release a new iPhone app called Facebook Paper on Monday. This new offering will provide most of the functions of the social network’s standard app, but instead of scrolling endlessly down through a list of status updates and news headlines, users will be able to scroll through — as though they had a magazine on the their phone.

Like Flipboard before it, Facebook Paper will have a horizontal interface that allows users to flip through stories from their Facebook friends as well as a wide selection of customizable news outlets from indie bloggers to mainstream media sources. And it helps add to the sense we’re living through a Golden Age for news junkies. Here are some of the best ways to get news on your phone.

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