Chuck Darrow

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Chuck Darrow has covered show business – local and national – for more than 40 years. He has covered pop music, film, radio/television, theater, dining and casinos for the Courier-Post, Philadelphia Daily News and others, interviewing Bowie, Seinfeld, Springsteen and Trump.

He is the long-time writing/creative partner of former "Saturday Night Live" star Joe Piscopo and a standup comedian. He also plays in two bands – NYTROUS and "The Janglers." Chuck also hosts "That's Show Biz," which air 3 p.m. Tuesdays on WWDB-AM (860).

November 16, 2017

That's Show Biz

A pitch-perfect 'Annie' ushers in holiday season

I knew that the amateurish mess that was the Walnut Street Theatre’s earlier-in-the-year staging of “Saturday Night Fever” was an anomaly--a temporary hiatus from the usually stellar work that has long led me to view the venerable playhouse as the gold standard of Philadelphia musical theater.

November 1, 2017

That's Show Biz

54 years later, JFK is still a star

Brace yourself, for it is coming as surely as dawn follows night. We speak, of course, of the inevitable onslaught of television programming commemorating the Nov. 22, 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

October 26, 2017

Comedians

Impressionist Frank Caliendo navigates a P.C. minefield

In these politically correct times, even a totally innocuous impersonation can open a career-threatening can of worms.

October 25, 2017

That's Show Biz

Jackie Martling shoots down Howard Stern feud rumors

You can file under “Fake News” those internet reports that Howard Stern has it in for his former sidekick, Jackie “The Jokeman” Martling.

October 23, 2017

Neighborhoods

5 Philly ’hoods you wouldn’t have recognized 60 years ago

Every year, millions of people arrive in Philadelphia from out-of-town.

October 16, 2017

That's Show Biz

How sweet it is: ‘Honeymooners’ musical gets it right

Because my decades-long near-obsession with the 1950s sitcom “The Honeymooners” is as close as I come to anything resembling religion, I was none too pleased when I learned a couple of years ago that a stage musical based on the series that made Jackie Gleason a show biz immortal was being planned.

October 11, 2017

That's Show Biz

Neuroses-propelled Richard Lewis brings his kvetch-athon to town

With its dueling insults and endless comic misunderstandings, the friendship between Larry David and Richard Lewis on eight-plus seasons of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is one of the beloved HBO series’ greatest pleasures.

October 4, 2017

That's Show Biz

Tom Petty: musical giant, but not a lock to be lionized through the ages

In the days since the shocking cardiac-arrest death of rock titan Tom Petty, I have read numerous appreciations, essays, remembrances, etc., all of which are pretty much in agreement: By any measure, he was one of the all-time greats of American popular music.

September 29, 2017

That's Show Biz

‘Jerry Before Seinfeld’ mines comic gold from vintage material

After more than 38 years, the memory still burns white-hot in my mind.

September 22, 2017

That's Show Biz

'Rock and Roll Man—The Alan Freed Story' is a toe-tapping history lesson about the culture-changing DJ

On the surface, the late Alan Freed is hardly a sterling subject to lionize in a musical theater production.

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