Chuck Darrow


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).

January 12, 2018

That's Show Biz

Take a sneak peek at what’s in store for show biz in 2018

The arrival of a new year motivated me to reach out to the all-knowing, all-seeing show business prognosticator, The Not Great, But Well Above Average, Darini, who specializes in show business predictions.

January 2, 2018

That's Show Biz

Sigma Kids' fandom for Bowie born of Modern Love

More than 45 years later, the life-changing moment remains vivid for Patti Brett.

December 27, 2017

That's Show Biz

For WMMR’s Jacky Bam Bam, Mummers’ the word

If Jacky Bam Bam listed his favorite, all-time songs, there’s a strong chance “O Dem Golden Slippers" would rank higher than “Enter Sandman” or “War Pigs.”

December 20, 2017

That's Show Biz

After 40 years, Bowie/Crosby Christmas duet still remarkable

Two weeks ago, I used this column to vent my spleen about a topic that has had me seething for years: The appropriation of secular, winter-inspired songs for the “Christmas music” canon. This week, I’m revisiting the seasonal-song realm, but from a different angle.

December 15, 2017

That's Show Biz

Remembering ‘Shep’ as ‘A Christmas Story’ week approaches

Are you ready for “A Christmas Story” Week?

December 7, 2017

That's Show Biz

‘This Is The Week That Is’: More chuckles than belly laughs

Your enjoyment of this year’s edition of 1812 Productions’ annual satirical revue, “This Is The Week That Is” may very well depend on what you are expecting going into it.

December 4, 2017


A dope idea for AC's Bader Field

More than 40 years ago, a handful of visionaries in a then-reeling Atlantic City saw legal casino gambling as a way to reverse the town’s declining fortunes. In 1976, a statewide vote gave it the ways and means to accomplish that, which it did for three decades until forces mainly beyond its control brought Atlantic City to where things stand today.

November 30, 2017

That's Show Biz

These ‘Christmas’ songs should be put back where they belong

What two things do the following songs have in common?

November 24, 2017

That's Show Biz

Five TV perennials to celebrate the holiday season

Is it even possible anymore to enumerate every holiday-season program that will air/stream between now and Dec. 25?

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.

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