Here's a classic Emo Philips's joke: "When I was a kid, I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord doesn't work that way, so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me." This type of construction is known as a paraprosdokian: the latter part of a sentence, phrase, or larger discourse is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part.
This is a classic Emo Phillips inversion, like his on-stage persona—that of the idiot savant with the childlike falsetto who dispenses gnomic nuggets. Philips performance at The Beverly in Kingston on October 19 is a rare appearance in the Hudson Valley for this comedy icon. No less a humor personage than Patton Oswalt has remarked on Twitter, "I will never, ever, ever, write funnier, darker, more disturbing, more inappropriate and 100% clean jokes than @EmoPhilips. Good God."
The Spring Show hosted by the AMR Artists, which opens on April 19 at Upstairs at the Commons gallery in Margaretville and remains on view through May 13, will include works by 20 participants working in different disciplines: painting, monotypes, photography, tapestry, installation, and even jewelry.
Radio Woodstock and BSP Kingston have teamed up to bring something very funky to Uptown Kingston this Spring. On Friday, April 19, the nine-piece power-funk ensemble Turkuaz takes their rainbow-themed, dance-heavy show to BSP Kingston’s historic back room theater.