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The Daily Word in sumo wrestling, salmonella, Santolina and Sun Ra

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Barclays plans to build Santolina: an entirely new city just outside Albuquerque.

40,000 bees were found under this woman’s bedroom floor.

See a bee grow up in 60 seconds.

Italy warns consumers of a Prosecco shortage.

A salmonella outbreak in the US linked to sushi tuna has sickened more thank 50 people.

An adult dating site was hacked, publicly revealing its users’ kinky turn-ons.

Judge Judy delivered the commencement speech at Shiprock High.

Here’s a glimpse into the life of a sumo wrestler.

These portly cats and dogs are participating in a pet slimming contest.

Herman Blount, AKA Sun Ra was born on this day in 1914, supposedly on the planet Saturn. Space is the Place!

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The Daily Word in Twitter power, Letterman and crane style.

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California oil spills have a sticky history.

In case you haven’t heard, David Letterman has retired.

Civilians were trapped in Palmyra by Islamic State.

World leaders speak to millions on Twitter.

Albuquerque kicks off Beer Week.

Breaking News: Teenagers are idiots.

APD not really sure if red light cameras make a difference.

A crane beat three tigers in real life Kung-Fu Panda.

Delta’s new saftey video will make you want to watch for pure entertainment.

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The Daily Word in ROBOTS! & Digital Perception

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are you your real self? or your digital self?

fancy yourself an artist aye? meet this kid

renaissance art, renaissance schmart

mole fhtagn

singularity? skynet? ROBOT ARMAGEDDON? charming programming?

a man and his eel, both alike in dignity, in fair verona, where we lay our scene

when life hands you a heap paradox, bury your head in the sand

I need surgery and by god I need an octopus to do it!

damn, those buns are fine

first rule of internet conspiracies, everyone talks about internet conspiracies

Jesse Schulz

Music

Rooster Roundabout: This week’s music highlights

Writer Mark Lopez muses on a new record from Thee Oh Sees ... Guitar Hero Live ... and American Idol’s demise.

Alibi Picks

Hate Me Now: Amy Schumer LIVE!

See the freshest, funniest face on television, known for her hit show "Inside Amy Schumer" and stand-up career, live and on stage.
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Steam It Up!

Third Thursday: Steampunk Extravaganza

Put on your Victorian finest, and join in for an Albuquerque Steampunk Society-hosted evening of fun in conjunction with the

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The Daily Word in groin-stomping cops, an incarcerated intactivist and the Russian dynamite death chair act

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Video shows NM State Policeman stomping on a dead suspect's groin.

A developer is asking Albuquerque City Council to lake a second look at its plan to renovate/precerve the historic DeAnza Motel.

Sunday's biker shootout involved a gang that was not invited to the meeting at Twin Peaks.

A mother has been arrested for refusing to circumsize her four year old son.

Learn about the thriving dirty panties market.

Tomorrow is Letterman's last night.

Authorities have seized Pirate Bay's two highest profile domains.

The time Dennis Hopper (high as a kite) performed the "Russian dynamite death chair act".

arts

David Koechner on satire, human flaws and story telling

The Greeks had it right. Socrates searched for real knowledge untainted by pride, and Plato was so done with irrational humanity he just wanted to crawl out of a cave and find a friend. It’s been 2,400 years since the fall of Ancient Greece and we’re all still tragically surprised we’re flawed and yet there’s something hilarious about that. “I start with a flaw like narcissism,” says comedian David Koechner about his creative process. “We all have narcissistic tendencies, but there are some who are fully narcissistic. We all are afraid of things at times, but there are some who live their life in fear. I look at that and think, That’s annoying, so I’ll make fun of it.” Koechner, who performs at Santa Ana Star Casino (54 Jemez Dam Rd., Bernalillo) on Thursday, May 21, satirizes these defective human tendencies through rich and outlandish characters.

Initially a political science major, in his third year at university he visited a friend in Chicago, watched a show at Second City, decided then he wanted to be a comedian and never looked back. “Once I decided this was what I wanted to do, I never had any doubts,” says Koechner. “I know that’s not the sexy answer. I love show business and doing comedy. I have a proclivity for it. If I could build things I would do that. If I was smart I would do that.” Koechner looks at comedy as his vocation, and it’s the small things about it that draws him to perform. “The best part is knowing that I was successful at something. My experiment worked. Something I created worked.”

Part observational humor and part hyperbolic storytelling, his shows are an experiment in human behavior. “I start from a small piece of behavior I notice. Something universal. Something we all share but an individual might live by,” says Koechner, “and then I blow up that aspect of my personality and create a character.” Admittedly, this process seems to be second nature to Koechner. “For whatever reason I’m able to access those parts of me. It's like algebra for me. I got the formula, and I can just keep plugging in numbers and getting results."

Known best for playing Champ Kind in the Anchorman movies, Koechner puts a lot of himself into his roles. “Describing your act is kind of like describing your personality. I’m loud and my comedy is loud,” says Koechner. “My comedy is wet, as opposed to dry.” It’s Sophocles’ Greek tragedy intersected with jokes, but with fewer people dying. Koechner has the rare ability to be silly and bombastic but maintain an underlying satirical tone that is smart and cutting. “It all has a satirical center,” says Koechner. “We all have flaws. We all have to deal with institutions. Whether it’s a child or a parent or a school, or work, government, church—everything is an institution that we have to interact with. I think ‘What are the rules of that behavior?’ And then I break them.”

David Koechner
The Stage at Santa Ana Star Casino
54 Jemez Dam Rd., Bernalillo
Thursday, May 21, 7 and 9:30pm
$15-$35 Ages: 21+
thestageatthestar.com

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The Daily Word in cocaine fingerprints, rival bikers, a killer nurse and Ronnie James Dio

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Your fingerprints can reveal recent cocaine use.

Johnny Depp’s dogs were kicked out of Australia.

Enrollment in NM colleges has plummeted.

Another tragedy took place in Waco, Texas. This time, it involved two rival biker gangs.

Two extreme athletes died during a flying stunt.

A Filipino serial killer-nurse was convicted of murdering two and poisoning 20 in a hospital in Manchester, England.

Watch this Starbucks barista flip out.

Do you do this when you're home alone?

This girl performed an Adele song with her father, James Hetfield of Metallica.

On the 5th anniversary of his death, Ronnie James Dio was honored this weekend with a celebration by the rock music community.

Books

Where Is Edward Abbey?

The search for an environmental hero's final resting place

Author Sean Prentiss discusses his haunting new memoir about searching for the secret grave of Edward Abbey.
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