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  When he first started out in show business, Maz Jobrani endured suggestions that he spice up his stand-up act by wearing “the outfit,” fielded questions about rising gas prices, and got called an F’in Eye-ranian for being involved in the Iran hostage crisis even though he was only eight years old at the time—in fact, these things happened so often that he began to wonder: Could I be a terrorist without even knowing it?

Having emigrated with his family to the US during the Iranian Revolution, Maz spent most of his youth desperately trying to fit in with his adopted culture—whether that meant learning to play baseball or religiously watching Dallas with his female relatives. But none of his attempts at assimilation made a difference to casting directors, who only auditioned him for the role of kebab-eating, bomb-toting, extremist psychopath.

  In his new memoir, I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend ,Martin Short tells the tale of how a showbiz-obsessed kid from Canada transformed himself into one of Hollywood’s favorite funnymen, known to his famous peers as the “comedian’s comedian.”

Martin Short talks about his early years in Toronto as a member of the improvisational troupe Second City to the all-American comic big time of Saturday Night Live and memorable roles in movies such as ¡Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride.

    Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood will present comedian Susie Essman with their inaugural Giraffe Award for sticking out her neck to defend abortion and reproductive rights. The 31-year standup comedy veteran has played Susie Greene for all eight seasons of the hit HBO comedy series, Curb Your Enthusiasm.

About 200 guests will attend Thursday Night’s 80 Years of Choice Celebration and hear Essman share why she supports Planned Parenthood. Our good friend Susie Essman joins us this morning along with Chelly Hegan, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood’s President/CEO.

For the last twenty years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television-first on the show Politically Correct and for the last 10 years on HBO’s Real Time

He has written four best sellers including his most recent The New New Rules- he started his career as a stand up comedian in 1979 and still performs at least 50 dates a year. He will perform at The Palace Theater in Albany on Sunday 11/10.

Comedian Bill Engvall’s ability to share the humor of everyday situations has made him one of the top comedians of today. He began his comedy career performing at open-mic nights in Dallas while a student at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Upon graduation, he moved to Los Angeles where he made appearances performing on shows such as “The Tonight Show” and “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Engvall is best known, however, for his participation in the Blue Collar Comedy Tour with fellow comedians and friends Jeff Foxworthy, Ron White and Larry the Cable Guy.

Comedian, actress, singer - Sandra Bernhard - will perform at Helsinki Hudson at 9pm on Saturday, August 4th.  We speak with her about how her career began, where she sees it going, and many things in between.

Music -"Manic Superstar

Ben Schwartz - 2003 graduate of Union College - will return to Schenectady on Monday, May 28th to present the "The Ben Schwartz comes to Union College and says things to people want to listen tour 2012".
 

We welcome Lizz Winstead and speak with her about her book, Lizz Free or Die: Essays.