Sensing a big moment

Candace Dalton (left) and Maureen Hancock in Abington Saturday. Candace Dalton (left) and Maureen Hancock in Abington Saturday. (Bill Brett for The Boston Globe)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
August 1, 2011

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Our local psychic with a sense of humor, Maureen Hancock, arrived with her niece (and fellow medium) Candace Dalton by limo to the “Psychic in Suburbia’’ premiere party at the Abington Ale House and Grill on Saturday night. The event celebrated the television special about Hancock’s life, which aired on the Style Network on Saturday at 9 p.m. The program was produced by the TV execs behind the former CBS show “Ghost Whisperer.’’ The Style Network will re-air the special at 2 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Island of laughs

Appearing at the fourth annual Nantucket Comedy Festival over the weekend to accept the “Man From Nantucket’’ award, angry funnyman Lewis Black expressed some concern that he might be mistaken for a native. “I don’t want to wear those [expletive] pants,’’ he said. Attending Black’s sold-out set was best-selling island author Nathaniel Philbrick, spotted chatting with former Mass. lieutenant governor Thomas Phillip O’Neill III. A highlight of the closing-night New York vs. Boston “SmACKdown’’ was local comedian Kelly McFarland’s rather erotic impression of the dainty way that WASPy Nantucket women sneeze.

Johnny Diaz of the Globe staff and Globe correspondent Sandy Macdonald contributed. Read the Names blog at Names can be reached at or at 617-929-8253.