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Ernest Hooper: Cancer's no laughing matter, but Moffitt comedy show is

Comedy in a cancer center?

That question didn't get lost Friday night with officials at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. So before bringing two stand-ups to the stage, they assured an audience of more than 200 that they completely understand cancer is not a laughing matter.

But they also noted that if they tried to convene a happy-hour crowd for a boring seminar or lecture, 10 people would have shown up and five would have been Moffitt employees.

So with a captive audience, they delivered information about Moffitt's mission, cancer research and prevention. Then they laughed. A lot. Cool. …

Opposition to placing Tampa's "Bro Bowl" skateboard park on the National Register of Historic Places continues to mount. Longtime residents say preservation of the bowl in Perry Harvey Sr. Park would clash with plans to commemorate the 150-year African-American history of the area with a $6.5 million makeover that's part of the new Encore development. A rally against the designation will be 5 p.m. Tuesday at the park. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Be Happy Now Because Now Lasts Forever. …

If the Blue Jays move spring training from Dunedin to the state's east coast, there's a lesson for St. Petersburg as it tries to keep the Tampa Bay Rays. Stay in touch. Always. …

Kudos to former Times staffer Dong-Phuong Nguyen, who's editing the autobiography of Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol, who plays classical piano and loves opera. The book debuts later this year. …

The long history of Tampa's Big John's Alabama BBQ has a twist: on Sundays, it's transforming into Mama Beth's, a soul food mecca. Works for me.

That's all I'm saying.

Ernest Hooper: Cancer's no laughing matter, but Moffitt comedy show is 07/14/13 [Last modified: Monday, July 15, 2013 12:02am]
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