Mike Buzzelli

I am preparing for a great fall. I need to specify: I am a known klutz, but – this time – I mean autumn. I have never really embraced the season before. For too long, I think of the fall as a precursor to winter, and winter is definitely not my thing.

Mike Buzzelli

Comedy is funny. I mean, obviously. But it’s not just “funny ha-ha,” it’s “funny strange.” Most people think it’s pure chaos. If you’ve ever seen the early appearances of Robin Williams on “The Tonight Show,” it sure looks like chaos (use your YouTube, kids). But there was even a method to R…

Mike Buzzelli

Recently, I celebrated my niece’s wedding. I ate way too many cookies from the cookie table (a tradition), and bumped into way too many people doing the slide dances, both Electric and Cha Cha. They’d go right, I’d go left. They zigged, I zagged. I’m not so good at line dances.

Long before “The Lion King,” my nana taught me about the circle of life. She should have gotten a copyright on that speech, because “The Lion King” became a movie, then a stage play, and a movie again. It made a mint! Unfortunately, the story that life is cyclical is not something you can pa…

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Mike Buzzelli

What the heck is happening in the Sunshine State? There’s a new Internet game called “Florida Man.” It’s easy and fun to play. Just Google the words “Florida Man” and add your birthday (just the day and month – the year is unnecessary). Several surprising results appeared.

Mike Buzzelli

During the holidays, I get together with my cousins for The Great Gingerbread Contest. We start the evening building gingerbread houses. We use graham crackers, old iced tea cartons and leftover Halloween candy to build our holiday masterpieces. By the way, it’s not just houses. In the past,…

Mike Buzzelli

My mother was right. My face did freeze this way. That pained expression on the aforementioned face is a reaction to a bitter cold blast of winter. Picture Jack Nicholson’s icicle-covered head in “The Shining.” That’s how I feel. I’m just not quite as murdery. Yet.

Mike Buzzelli

I have been contemplating writing a letter to my younger self. I know I won’t be able to deliver it without a time machine, but that’s not the point. It’s supposed to be a psychological exercise. However, I really would like to jump into a DeLorean, jet back to the past and tell my younger s…

Mike Buzzelli

A few days ago, I read about the closing of the Pittsburgh Playhouse in Oakland. I don’t normally wax philosophical about a building, but I have some very fond memories of this historic locale. I’ve seen Greek tragedies, classic comedies, drag queens and German soldiers in that theater.

Mike Buzzelli

I have a friend who once told me he would never go on Facebook because he believed it was invented so that the government could spy on him. Back then, I thought he was crazy. Granted, he did wear an aluminum foil hat to keep aliens from scanning his brainwaves, but now I realize he was proba…

Mike Buzzelli

It happened again. I was swimming in the pool at the gym, minding my own business, when my lane was hijacked. Some dude started swimming in my lane, even though the pool was half empty, or half full depending on your perspective. This mook chose to swim in the same lane.

When people find out I worked for the Walt Disney Co., their eyes light up. It’s generally followed by the exclamation, “Oh cool!” Then, I go on to tell them that I worked in business planning and development. It’s like shooting off a firecracker and following it up with a lecture on “The Sc…

The English language is full of cringe-worthy words. If you squirm when Dorothy Zbornak says, “My cupcakes are moist and delicious,” while watching a late night “Golden Girls” marathon, you have a word aversion (you also need a hobby). The word “moist” usually sets it off.

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