Those were the first words that legendary comedian Dick Gregory — who 58 years ago changed comedy history as a black stand-up comic performing for a white audience at Chicago’s Playboy Club — ever spoke to comedy producer Zoe Marsh-Leigh, who vividly remembers the 2013 conversation because she almost didn’t answer his phone call. “I thought it was a bill collector at first,” she says, laughing.
Once he takes the stage, comedian Felipe Esparza — who released the hourlong stand-up special “Translate This” on HBO last year but is perhaps still best known for winning “Last Comic Standing” in 2010 — is hard to look away from. With his mop of curly black hair and his mischievously boyish grin, he cuts a uniquely engaging figure in a spotlight. Esparza moves with an upbeat nervous energy that quickly establishes a rhythm to match the cadence of the delivery of his jokes.
Both in his act and in his life, Chicago-based comedian Felonious Munk embodies the Chicago ethos of hard work, determination and self-aware levity. And in 2017 he brought them all together better than anyone else in the city on stage, on screen and behind the scenes in the writer’s room. Munk (whose given name is Dennis Banks) wrapped up 2017 with an impressive six-week acting gig at Washington, D.C.’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre in partnership with Second City. This wasn’t just any old role.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".