BARRY COURTER: Lisa, one of the funniest skits I've seen in a long while is the Dave Chappelle mockumentary involving Rick James and Charlie Murphy. Like a lot of Chappelle's best stuff, we can't actually quote it here, but the man is funny.
LISA DENTON: Barry, I figure that, as long as we're in the habit of getting off the couch every night of the week thanks to Riverbend, we should keep that trend going.
"I've lost 8 pounds."
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, Riverbend leaves the 21st Century Waterfront tonight and heads over to M.L. King Boulevard for the Bessie Smith Strut. Like last year, the Strut will be a gated event, which is a sad testimonial to the world today, but what are you going to do?
Two dragons walk into a bar. One says, "Boy, it's hot in here."
LISA DENTON: Barry, with Riverbend bearing down on us, it would make sense to rest up before Friday, but there's too much going on.
This weekend's Coke Ovens Bluegrass Festival is a chance to hear music as old as the hills that surround the 62-acre Cove Ovens Park in Dunlap, Tenn.
Leroy, a drug addict, goes to a revival and listens to the preacher.
LISA DENTON: Barry, I am looking ahead to Friday night, and I am seeing a quandary.
University of Tennessee sports fans may already know about Aubrey's, a chain of eight neighborhood restaurants mostly around Knoxville.
Max went into the doctor's office for his annual checkup, and the doctor asked if there was anything unusual he should know about.
LISA DENTON: OK, Barry, we're coming up on Memorial Day weekend, which means an extra day to get off the couch.
Washington State has passed laws legalizing marijuana and gay marriage.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I'm glad and sad to see that The Comedy Catch is hosting a fundraiser for Wally Witkowski's family to help pay some of the bills following his long illness and subsequent death.
A mechanic who worked out of his home had a dog named Mace.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, it's a veritable honeypot of things to do on the calendar this week. We've got festivals, theater productions and events with food, which is always good.
Q: How many Realtors does it take to change a light bulb?
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, I'm thinking of getting a bunch of T-shirts printed up and selling them at the Chattanooga Market.
A colleague reports:
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera has done some far-out things over the years, which is commendable, but they've nailed it this time.
A woodworker reports: "I use scraps of wood, called 'shorts,' for carving.
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, if I said to you the words "hotel motel," what would you respond?
A woman calls her boss one morning and tells him that she is staying home because she is not feeling well.
A new study found that women's IQs are higher than men's for the first time in 100 years.
LISA DENTON: Well, Barry, the Easter feast is over and I'm wondering if deviled eggs and angel food cake cancel each other out.
These announcements, according to legend, actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services.
LISA DENTON: Barry, I got all excited about the annual blessing of the bikes coming up Saturday at the Tennessee Riverpark. Then I discovered it was the Choo Choo Wheels of Worship chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association. You reckon they'd lay hands on my Schwinn?
LISA DENTON: Barry, you've worked beside me long enough to know that I have a few quirks. One may be the fact that I could enjoy both big concerts coming up this weekend, even though George Jones and Elton John have virtually nothing in common. Musically or otherwise.
Q: Why can't you borrow money from a leprechaun?
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, just as we sometimes need to put on a pair of work boots and maybe a John Deere cap and get a little wild at a WWE or monster truck show, the well-rounded person will occasionally put on a pair of heels and something frilly and take i
One dark night in a small town, a fire starts inside the local sausage factory. In a blink, the building is engulfed in flames.
LISA DENTON: Barry Courter is taking some time off. If history is any indication, he's consulting manuals with titles like "487 Easy Steps To Painting Your House" or "Fun With Caulk" and calling the Measure Twice Cut Once Emergency Oops Line.
"Pope Benedict announced he's retiring. This is a pretty dramatic change. It means he will go from wearing a robe all day to wearing a robe all day." — Conan O'Brien
LISA DENTON: Barry, you know I'm not one to geek out over "Star Wars." I dozed off during the last film, "Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" in 2005, but I have to say I'm intrigued by the guests coming to Con Nooga at the Chattanooga Choo Choo this weekend.
Make tracks to city's first snowboarding competition
Nevermind the predicted high of 57 degrees. A snowstorm will hit Chattanooga on Saturday, Feb. 23, but this cold front will get no farther than the Mellow Mushroom parking lot in East Brainerd.
Bumper sticker spotted on a pickup truck in Red Bank: “My ADD child can run circles around your honor student.”
BARRY COURTER: Lisa, you know that I spend most of my days off from work doing fun and relaxing things around my house like painting, plumbing or yard work.
How does a person decide whom to marry?
LISA DENTON: Barry, if I said, "Let's chase each other around the room tonight," would your first thought be about Merle Haggard?
The lights are on in the windows again, but customers of Cheezee's in Dayton, Tenn., won't find the Southern-style cooking that originated there several years ago.
“What am I supposed to do with this?” grumbled the motorist when the police clerk handed him a receipt after he paid his traffic fine.
LISA DENTON: Barry, one of my favorite days of the year is coming up.
LISA DENTON: Barry, I'm a little jealous that you got to talk to a great musician with one of the coolest names in the industry. How was Dweezil Zappa?
LISA DENTON: Barry, if you've been thinking it's time to buy a boat, you can get a look at your options this weekend at the Chattanooga Boat & Sport Show. It runs Thursday through Sunday at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
LISA DENTON: Barry, I've been wondering what our nicknames might be if we played basketball for the Harlem Globetrotters.
A young couple got married and left on their honeymoon. When they got back, the bride immediately called her mother.
The first three weeks of December always seem weighted with ways to kick-start the holiday season, with festive parades, "Nutcracker" ballets and even singing Christmas trees crowding the calendar.