Patrick J. Adams Jokes New Baby with Wife Troian Bellisario Has ‘Taught Me How Much Sleep Means’

Patrick J. Adams has joined the no-snooze club!

Two weeks after welcoming his first child, a daughter, with wife Troian Bellisario, the Suits alum is getting candid about the reality of new parenthood.

“Oh man, we are two weeks in. It has just taught me how much sleep means,” Adams, 37, told PEOPLE with a laugh Tuesday at the Mortal Enemy launch event in Los Angeles.

“But it is good, it’s great,” added the actor and proud new dad.

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I cannot express how grateful I am. To the people who have protected us and kept our growing family safe and respected our privacy. To our tribe for expanding with grace and exponential amounts of love. To my @halfadams for being so supportive during every moment of my pregnancy and her birth. And to whatever incredible force of fate that brought this baby girl into our lives. I couldn’t be more proud to be her mother. To bring a new girl into this world and to do my best to raise her to be kind, strong and whatever the heck she wants to be.

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Adams and Bellisario, 32, announced their daughter’s arrival on Oct. 8 alongside a photo of the newborn baby girl grasping her parents’ hands.

“The world just got 8lbs heavier. Thank you to everyone who fought for and protected our privacy during this incredible and beautiful time in our lives,” wrote Adams. “Everyone is happy and healthy and loving every moment of this. I could not be more excited to bring a baby girl into this world at this moment. We will raise her to be powerful, to always speak her mind and heart and to live without fear. It’s a brand new day and a brave new world and they are both beautiful.”

“I cannot express how grateful I am. To the people who have protected us and kept our growing family safe and respected our privacy. To our tribe for expanding with grace and exponential amounts of love,” added Bellisario alongside the same snapshot. “To my @halfadams for being so supportive during every moment of my pregnancy and her birth. And to whatever incredible force of fate that brought this baby girl into our lives.”

Continued the former Pretty Little Liars star, “I couldn’t be more proud to be her mother. To bring a new girl into this world and to do my best to raise her to be kind, strong and whatever the heck she wants to be.”

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While Bellisario never confirmed her pregnancy, the actress was spotted out and about in August sporting her baby bump in a casual ensemble while taking her beloved dogs for a walk in Los Angeles.

While she and Adams may have kept mum about their not-so-little secret, Bellisario’s friend and former costar Lucy Hale couldn’t help but rave about the star’s pregnancy.

“I think we’ve all known for a bit,” Hale, 29, told Us Weekly in August. “I’m really happy for her.”


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Carrie Underwood Shares Close-Up Video of Face as She Jokes About Husband’s ‘Annoying’ Behavior

Carrie Underwood didn’t shy away from the cameras as she shared a video playfully documenting her husband’s “annoying” behavior on Saturday.

While driving in the car with her husband Mike Fisher, Underwood took a close-up video of her face — which is still healing from a scary accident in November that left her needing over 40 stitches — on her Instagram Story.

In the video, the 35-year-old singer looked directly at the camera and softly said, “Help me,” while her husband appeared to be making a squeaking noise over and over into his hands while driving.

“Must we? So annoying,” she wrote alongside the video.

RELATED: Carrie Underwood Shares Close-Up Photo of Her Face Revealing Her Scars Following Her Scary Fall

Opening up about her frightening fall for the first time last week, the American Idol winner revealed her accident happened when she was taking her dogs out for a quick walk.

“I was taking the dogs out to go pee one last time, and I just — I tripped,” she said on iHeartRadio’s The Bobby Bones Show. “There was one step, and I didn’t let go of the leashes! Priorities! So that’s why my left hand’s fine. But I went to catch myself and I just missed a step.”

“If I had fallen anywhere else, I would have been perfectly fine. But it was one step that messed everything up,” she added.

RELATED: Carrie Underwood Details Accident for First Time — and Says She Wasn’t Hiding: ‘I’m Okay Talking About It!’

The country star previously showed off her scars, which are located around her upper lip and chin, while supporting Fisher and his hockey team, the Nashville Predators, on April 21.

“Ready to cheer on the boys tonight! Especially that #12! I hear he’s alright! 😘 @mfisher1212 @predsnhl#LetsGoPreds,” Underwood captioned the snap.

A source close to Underwood previously told PEOPLE the singer — whose sixth studio album Cry Pretty drops Sept. 14 — looks “gorgeous in person.”

You honestly couldn’t see any scarring even up close,” said the source. “She had extensive reconstruction done around her mouth area and lips, but the doctors did a really great job obviously.”


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Nonfiction: Al Franken Has Been Sitting on Jokes for a Decade. Now He’s Ready to Tell Them.

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When Friends ‘Ba Dum Tss!’ Each Other’s Jokes, Bad Things Happen

Back in the day, rimshots were perhaps an honorable thing to play to punctuate a comedian’s punchline, but now it’s about shame. When your friend says “Ba dum tss!” after your joke, that means you should be ashamed of yourself.

Comedy writer Evan Krumholz takes “Ba dum tss!” to the next level. … No, a level even beyond that one. … And that one, too. This level has blood. 

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Dave Chappelle Wants Comedians To Stop Making The Same Donald Trump Jokes

Saturday Night Live” is experiencing a creative renaissance and its biggest ratings in two decades under Donald Trump’s presidency. But Dave Chappelle has a message for fellow comedians enjoying the fruits of the administration’s blunders: “Trump’s kind of bad for comedy.”

Speaking with CBC on Sunday, Chappelle offered his take on the current president’s relationship with his chosen profession, agreeing that comedy has “a role to play under Trump,” but warning that there’s a risk of regurgitating the same material. 

“Most comics in the states are starting to do the same jokes, just because Trump is so on everybody’s mind,” he said. “So it’ll be nice when we don’t have to talk about him that much.”

Despite his concerns over Trump’s omnipresence, Chappelle said he still believes the state of comedy today is “strong and healthy,” citing the return of some of his favorites like Chris Rock and Jon Stewart to the game.

“I think that most of these guys you see working are wildly courageous,” he explained. “It’s such a strange time, being bombarded with so much information, and I think comedy is an important valve for syphoning through all that.”

In November, Chappelle hosted the first “Saturday Night Live” episode after the election and delivered a stirring opening monologue in response to Trump’s surprise win. After joking that America actually elected “an internet troll as our president,” he recalled a recent visit to the White House for a BET event that made him feel hopeful about the country’s direction. 

 “I saw how happy everybody was, these people who had been historically disenfranchised, and it made me feel hopeful, and it made me feel proud to be an American,” Chappelle said. “So, in that spirit, I’m wishing Donald Trump luck. I’m going to give him a chance, and we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one too.”

For more from Chappelle, you can watch his two comedy specials that premiere on Netflix this month.  

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Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe

Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe


Why do some things pass under the radar of our attention, but other things capture our interest? Why do some religions catch on and others fade away? What makes a story, a movie, or a book riveting? Why do some people keep watching the news even though it makes them anxious?The past 20 years have seen a remarkable flourishing of scientific research into exactly these kinds of questions. Professor Jim Davies’ fascinating and highly accessible book, Riveted, reveals the evolutionary underpinnings of why we find things compelling, from art to religion and from sports to superstition. Compelling things fit our minds like keys in the ignition, turning us on and keeping us running, and yet we are often unaware of what makes these “keys” fit. What we like and don’t like is almost always determined by subconscious forces, and when we try to consciously predict our own preferences we’re often wrong. In one study of speed dating, people were asked what kinds of partners they found attractive. When the results came back, the participants’ answers before the exercise had no correlation with who they actually found attractive in person! We are beginning to understand just how much the brain makes our decisions for us: we are rewarded with a rush of pleasure when we detect patterns, as the brain thinks we’ve discovered something significant; the mind urges us to linger on the news channel or rubberneck an accident in case it might pick up important survival information; it even pushes us to pick up People magazine in order to find out about changes in the social structure. Drawing on work from philosophy, anthropology, religious studies, psychology, economics, computer science, and biology, Davies offers a comprehensive explanation to show that in spite of the differences between the many things that we find compelling, they have similar effects on our minds and brains.

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Kid Book Series: Farting Dog Book With Hilarious Kids Fart Jokes, Fart Stories & Farting Dog Books Illustrations -Book For Kids Age 6-10- Kids Books Online Adventure Epic Pants Ripping Fun In The Jungle

Kid Book Series: Farting Dog Book With Hilarious Kids Fart Jokes, Fart Stories & Farting Dog Books Illustrations -Book For Kids Age 6-10- Kids Books Online Adventure Epic Pants Ripping Fun In The Jungle


New & Updated Edition All illustrations are in full color. It comes with more stories and colored pictures than ever before! The stories can be characterized as pant ripping because they are so hilarious so make sure to check your pants right after you LOL! Let me introduce myself, I am El Ninjo and I am the master butt-whistler because I simply can not resist exposing my family with my expressive face-melting fart art! Whether you’re a “professional” butt-whistler or just an amateur. El Ninjo is going to demonstrate how he takes advantage of each single adventure that he is experiencing in the African jungle as he faces the most dangerous animals. These hilarious short stories with moral are teaching your kids the smart way! He uses his bean blowing way in order to save his life! He gets attacked by the lion, the leopard, the crocodile, and many more dangerous animals in the jungle and in the end there is only one animal that he feels save to be around with. The list of the African Bean Fart Adventures in the Jungle goes like this: * The Safari Mobil Breakdown * The Jungle Bang * The Bean Slam’n Smoke * The Tears Gas Boom and many more steamy Kenja bean blowing stories. One last word of WARNING from El Ninjo himself: “Don’t forget to check your shorts after you finish reading. because you’ll laugh so hard you might tear your pants. I heard some scary story about a brave 8 year old boy who got so excited and laughed so hard about one of my fart whiffing episodes, he tore his underpants! Don’t ask me about the reaction of his Mom who had to wash and mend her son’s poopy ripped pants. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha – This one is a real gag! This boy is now part of the flatulent secret society!” Purchase this new & enhanced Fart Book right now for your kids and enjoy some fun parent kid time where you will LOL toghether with your kids because the colorful cartoon illustrations inside are hilarious. El Ninjo closes each jungle adventure with some valuable

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New & Updated Edition Your kids will LOL and tear their pants at this funny book. Timmie Guzzmann and El Ninjo are on a mission to perform their most effective skateboarding skills powered by Ninja farts. They participate in a skateboarding competition and view it from a Ninja dimension that they call “Farting Around The World”. The skateboard competition takes them to the most unique, mystic, epic, famous, mysterious, historic and ancient destinations of the world. They are competing in places like Italy: Rome and Pisa, Greece: Athens, North Africa: Casablanca, China, India, Japan: Tokyo, South America: Rio de Janero, and USA: Miami, Los Angeles. Timmie and El Ninjo are the leading contestants in this adventurous skateboarding competition. You will discover how they are using out of the box thinking in combination with Ninja Farts and Martial Arts in order to beat the competition. Their Ninja Skateboarding Fart discipline is moving them the bottom burping style and powered by spicy beans. They are experiencing the most amazing and adventurous stories as they are farting around the world: * The New Dimension: The World Is My Oyster * Fart Olympics On The Acropolis with Socrates & Plato * Farting with Roman Bean Antipasti Inspired by Stories of The Ancient Rome * Venice: The Ghost Of The Canal & The Gondolas * Parachuting From The Eiffel Tower * Magical Fairy Dust Ninja Farts In Casablanca * The Great Wall Of China & Other Wonders Of The World * The Taj Mahal: The Temple Of Mysteries * Tokyo: Pop Cult & Ninja Farts * The Skyline of LA in 3-D Ninja Fart Reality and many more bottom belching Ninja Skateboard Fart adventures. Timmie takes you through 15 stunning stories of Ninja Skateboarding farts that are all illustrated with colorful comic illustrations. As Timmie, El Ninjo and the rest of the family are travelling around the globe, they are touching the most diverse cultures, and ancient cities with lots of historical heritage. They are also experiencing the

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British Fashion Folk Play April Fool’s Jokes

FOOL’S GOLD: Who can resist April Fool’s Day hijinks? Certainly not British brands and retailers, who were peppering Twitter, Instagram and social media with jokes on Wednesday morning.
Selfridges tweeted a “breaking news” story that Jeremy Piven — star of the British TV series “Mr. Selfridge” — had been named the store’s chief executive officer, while Browns touted a new book of selfies by Joan Burstein. The store’s press release shows Burstein happily posing with a selfie stick in hand in front of the store.
Hunter, meanwhile, posted an image of a pug wearing little black rubber boots on its four paws, and the strapline, “Discover the original dog boot, a new style coming soon for spring-summer 2015.”
Asos posted a photo of a man sporting a clip-in hair bun urging boys to “Get the look without the hassle: Introducing the clip-in man bun!”
Ted Baker Instagrammed an image of a green kitten heel with a caption, “With the touch of an app, adjust the heel height via your smartphone’s Bluetooth connection.”

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Andy Cohen Jokes That Ryan Seacrest Had Former ‘American Idol’ Co-Host Brian Dunkleman Killed

On Thursday night’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live,” host Andy Cohen was trying to get Kelly Clarkson to Plead The Fifth when he joked:

“Kelly easily withstood the pressure-cooker that was ‘American Idol,’ before Ryan Seacrest had co-host Brian Dunkleman killed.”

Co-host? Dunkleman? We had to access the parts of our brains reserved for useless pop culture knowledge to vaguely recall that, oh yeah, there was another guy who held a microphone and used to stand on stage next to Seacrest during Season 1 of “American Idol.”

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That guy was Brian Dunkleman. He is alive and “still doing stuff,” as BuzzFeed put it last year.

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Stolen Moment of the Week: 50 First Jokes

Who: Kevin Barnett, Amber Nelson, Michael Che, Seaton Smith, Joyelle Johnson, Janelle James
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The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY
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January 2, 2015
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Backstage after 50 First Jokes is one of the best parties of the year. A couple hundred more photos from the show are here.

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Ben Affleck Jokes ‘Gone Girl’ Full-Frontal Happened On Cold Set

When accepting an award for your latest film, what better way to use the opportunity than to bring up your now-legendary full-frontal scene?

Ron Howard presented the top prize at the Hollywood Film Awards on Friday night, honoring David Fincher’s “Gone Girl.” Ben Affleck accepted the award on behalf of Fincher and the producers and used his moment on stage to comment on his infamous shower scene from the film. Affleck sarcastically thanked Fincher for keeping the set cool during the sequence: “If you’re going to have one chance for America to see your junk, you want it to be cold.”

The actor used the rest of his speech to poke fun at Fincher, saying the director couldn’t be there to accept the award because he was still busy shooting the film. “Just one or two more takes, we’re gonna have it,” Affleck said, mocking Fincher’s reputation of demanding multiple takes. Fincher may have betrayed Affleck’s trust with the temperature conditions on set, but the actor is still hoping 3-D will make up for it.

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Setting Up The Jokes For Maximum Effect

Perfection isn’t always within reach. Nor are there any guarantees of success. Watch a professional golfer as he prepares to tee off. Or a pitcher as he prepares to throw a baseball toward the batter standing at home plate. They’re concentrating very hard on executing a move they’ve been practicing for a long, long time.

When artists and athletes come close to perfection, the results are thrilling. In the following video, Osiel Gounes performs a variation from the Diana & Acteon pas de deux (having trained at the Cuban National Ballet School in Havana, the 24-year-old Gounes recently joined the Norwegian National Ballet).

It takes long hard years of planning, practicing, and discipline to make something appear effortless. In November 1999, a Los Angeles production of Putting It Together transferred to Broadway with a cast headed by Carol Burnett, Ruthie Henshall, George Hearn, Bronson Pinchot, and John Barrowman. This is what it looked like when things went smoothly as the show was being videotaped.

Then something unexpected happened to Burnett who, after years of doing comedy sketches on her television show, handled the situation like a pro.

Wardrobe malfunctions can be unsettling, hilarious, scary, or (in the case of Janet Jackson’s 2004 half-time show at Superbowl XXXVIII), historic. However, when push comes to shove, if a comic element is involved, it helps to have the audience in on the joke.

Two new productions do a splendid job of achieving this goal. In one (a revival of a 420-year-old Shakespearean play), a simple hat trick clearly explains the plot’s secret to the audience. In the other, a cheap shot delivers one of the funniest golden shower scenes ever filmed. As director Charlie Vaughan notes “First Period will probably offend a lot of people… with heart and emotion.”

Indeed it will. Imagine a cross between Hairspray, Heathers, Carrie, and these winsome characters from Little Britain. If you’re looking for the slightest hint of subtlety, abandon all hope.

Set in 1989 (hence the glaring lack of smartphones), “First Period” is only one of the many double entendres scattered throughout this film. For his first feature film script, Brandon Alexander III stars as Cassie Glenn, a teenage legend in her own mind, who has moved to a new suburban landscape.

On her first day at her new school, Cassie is determined to make new friends. At first, the only student even mildly interested in making her acquaintance is the school’s social outcast, Maggie Miller (Dudley Beene), whose unfortunate nickname is “coat rack.”

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Cassie Glenn (Brandon Alexander III) makes friends with her new
science teacher, Mr. Klein (Jack Plotnick) in First Period

Cassie, whose mother is played by Cassandra Peterson (a/k/a Elvira: Mistress of the Dark), soon encounters such bizarre personalities as:

  • Ms. Wood (Tara Karsian), the closeted guidance counselor who doesn’t pick up on Cassie’s hint that she recently had her “cat” shaved.
  • Ms. Mallow (Diane Salinger), the deranged art teacher.
  • Madam Mulva (Judy Tenuta), a low-grade, no-talent psychic with a strong bullshit detector.
  • Mr. Klein (Jack Plotnick), the science teacher who likes to flirt with the girls in his class but is too grossed out by human anatomy to have a serious discussion about the female reproduction system.

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Jack Plotnick as Mr. Klein, the science teacher

Cassie’s determination to enter and win the school talent show immediately pits her against the vapid evil of Heather (Lauren Rose Lewis) and Other Heather (Karli Kaiser), who have the school’s top two closeted jocks wrapped around their manipulative little fingers. Needless to say, the two Heathers won’t hesitate to use Dirk and Brett to make sure that Cassie and Maggie get humiliated in front of the entire student body.

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Brett (Leigh Wakeford), Maggie (Dudley Beene), Cassie (Brandon
Alexander III), and Dirk (Michael Turchin) in First Period

The students, of course, have their individual specialties. Maggie secretly desires to become a white, female rapper while Cassie can’t wait to give her new friend a makeover. As the clueless Dirk, fashion model Michael Turchin (who will marry Lance Bass on December 20) provides plenty of eye candy with a wink and a nod to the audience that he’s well aware of the stereotype he’s spoofing.

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Michael Turchin is Dirk in First Period

It goes without saying that the creative team behind First Period knows this film genre upside down and inside out. Michael Mullen’s costume designs are hilariously appropriate for the 1980s, while the overall production design by Dudley Beene (who plays Maggie) is stunning. As director Charlie Vaughan notes:

“My heroes have always been outcasts. From the first time I saw The Bride of Frankenstein in the second grade, I knew I wanted to make movies. Discovering John Waters’s Hairspray in the sixth grade only solidified this desire. I wanted the characters that inhabited his films to be my friends, but also, like Waters, I wanted to make movies with my friends. First Period is my love letter to the culty films of John Waters, and the films of my youth. Ah, the ’80s. So whether or not you knew people like Cassie or Maggie in high school (or, better yet, you were like Cassie and Maggie) we are sure you will be wrapped up in the infectious fun of First Period. After all, isn’t it about time to let your freak flag fly?”

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Maggie (Dudley Beene) always keeps a sharp kitchen
knife handy for special occasions in First Period

Some interesting pieces of trivia dawn from First Period’s press kit:

  • Cassie’s look was inspired by the fabulous ’80s icon Molly Ringwald.
  • Maggie was inspired by Jamie Gertz from Square Pegs.
  • Maggie’s rap battle is an homage to the movie Teen Witch where an unpopular girl suddenly and miraculously belts out a rap called “Top That.”
  • The name of the high school, Florence Fisher High, is named after the real recovering addict that Jerri Blank from Strangers With Candy was based on.
  • After struggling to find a high school that would let First Period film at it, we lucked into two elementary church schools that welcomed us with open arms.

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Brandon Alexander III (Cassie) and Dudley
Beene (Maggie) are the stars of First Period

How much viewers enjoy First Period will depend, to a great extent, on who they see it with. If you see it alone, its weak points will start to show. If you see it with a bunch of politically correct people who are in no mood for rape jokes, the film’s tasteless humor will be lost on you and your friends.

If, however, you’re surrounded by people with an appetite for bawdy humor, fashion violations, drag, beefcake, and the kind of double entendres that pepper the films from Q. Allan Brocka’s popular Eating Out franchise, you’ll have yourself a rollicking good time. Here’s the trailer:

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Identical twins have always been a perverse source of amusement. In 1956, The Wrigley Company began using images of identical twins in their ad campaigns for Doublemint Gum.

In 1988, Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin starred in a film farce entitled Big Business. The following two clips set up the initial premise and then show the joke exploding into full force.

In 1997, a musical based on the lives of Daisy and Violet Hilton (two conjoined twins who toured the vaudeville circuit) opened on Broadway. This year’s reworking of the show is about to open at the St. James Theatre on Broadway.

To fully appreciate the dramatic and comedic power of using twins, one must look back to its early source, the Roman dramatist Plautus (254-184 BC). A master craftsman of stage farce, his play, Menaechmi, drew many of its laughs from the mistaken identities of a pair of twins.

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Danny Scheie and Adrian Danzig in Shakespeare’s
The Comedy of Errors (Photo by: Kevin Berne)

The California Shakespeare Theater recently presented a new production of The Comedy of Errors (in which Shakespeare decided to double his comic opportunities by writing for two sets of twins instead of just one). Cleverly directed by Aaron Posner, the production relies on audiences paying careful attention to those cast members who are doubling up on characters.

  • Ron Campbell doubles as Egeon (the Syracusan merchant who fathered one set of twins) and Angelo the goldsmith.
  • Liam Vincent doubles as the Duke of Ephesus and Balthasar the merchant.
  • Patty Gallagher doubles as a courtesan as well as Egeon’s lost wife (who has become the Lady Abbess of Ephesus).

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Patty Gallagher, Adrian Danzig and Danny Scheie
in The Comedy of Errors (Photo by: Kevin Berne)

In recent years, Posner has developed quite a reputation for his work staging plays such as Macbeth and The Tempest. In the following clip, he talks about how to make Shakespeare relevant to contemporary audiences.

As dramaturgy intern Aliya Charney explains with regard to the CalShakes production of The Comedy of Errors:

“Posner adds to the play’s themes of doubling and confusion with a cast of seven. Both sets of twins (four characters total): Antipholus of Ephesus/Antipholus of Syracuse and Dromio of Ephesus/Dromio of Syracuse (played by Adrian Danzig and Danny Scheie, respectively) are performed by two actors, while other cast members play multiple personalities on stage as well. The actors, therefore, rely on quick changes (some of which take place on stage before the audience), accent shifts, and physical humor to tell the story of mistaken identity between two sets of brothers.”

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Danny Scheie in The Comedy of Errors (Photo by: Kevin Berne)

Working on Nina Ball’s unit set (with some delicious costuming work by Beaver Bauer), Posner’s inventiveness can be staggering. But when you have a performer like Danny Scheie (who portrays both Dromios) to work with, it’s hard to go wrong. At times, it’s best to let Scheie just run with a gimmick (like rotating his hat to indicate which Dromio he is portraying at any given moment). Whether interacting with his master (Antipholus of Syracuse), his master’s twin (Antipholus of Ephesus), Adriana (the wife of Antipholus of Ephesus) or her sister, Luciana, Scheie never fails to delight.

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Nemuna Ceesav and Danny Scheie in a scene from
The Comedy of Errors (Photo by: Kevin Berne)

While Posner’s staging offers Adrian Danzig and Danny Scheie a wealth of comedic opportunities, their work is enhanced by movement director Erika Chong Shuch and Dave Maier (the resident fight director at California Shakespeare Theater).

The radiant Nemuna Ceesay (Adriana) and Tristan Cunningham (as her sister, Luciana) enjoy some spirited interplay as the two most confused women in Shakespeare’s comedy (which had its first recorded performance on December 28, 1594). Easily moving in and out of supporting characters are the gifted trio of Ron Gallagher, Liam Vincent, and Patty Gallagher.

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