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November 4, 2010
COMEDY Now in its eighth season, the Los Angeles Comedy Festival is a showcase of all things funny ? including stand-up performances, sketch, improv, short films and features ? and a medley of live performances and screenings of comedic films from across the country. Highlights include alternative stand-up from melon-smashing Gallagher, improv from the Younger Statesmen and much more. Acme Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Nov. 21. Check website for additional times.
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November 11, 2011
ART Michael Brennan Captured on a Pennsylvania afternoon in 1977, the iconic close-up portrait of Muhammad Ali made photographer Brennan's dreams come true. With his face festooned with sweat beads, bumps and scars, the fighter paused in the corner of the ring in front of the photographer, and the rest is history. An exhibition of Brennan's photographs of Ali, appropriately titled "Muhammad Ali: 1977," will be on display, first at Design Within Reach, then at Artworks Gallery in Pasadena.
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August 9, 1998 | Daryl H. Miller, Daryl H. Miller is a Los Angeles-based theater writer
Backstage at the Acme Comedy Theatre, the company's writer-performers are preparing for the evening's sketch comedy show--applying makeup, hunting for props and running lines. The air crackles with laughter. Then, out of the din, one actress overhears something a bit too familiar. "Are you stealing my Hot Dog on a Stick joke?" she calls out, her tone friendly yet fraught with warning. In other words: Hands off, or it'll be a punch line, indeed.
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November 10, 2011
The 10th annual installment of L.A. Comedy Fest is a riotous celebration of all things laugh inducing. It features 11 days and nights of world premiere features, short films and TV pilots, plus a free panel with the creators of "Reno 911" and a closing party award ceremony. ACME Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave., Hollywood. Thu.-Sun., festival runs through Nov. 20. See website for detailed schedule. $12 online and $15 at the door. http://www.lacomedyfest.com.
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December 30, 1994 | JAMES E. FOWLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The critically acclaimed Acme Comedy Theatre is leaving the San Fernando Valley for a new venue on the Westside. In its three years in North Hollywood, critics have called the company's work "refreshing, chiseled, clever and imaginative." In July, The Times' Ray Loynd declared the group "superior to the L.A.'s famed Groundlings." But, unfortunately, that wasn't enough, said M.D. Sweeney, the Acme's artistic director and founder. "We couldn't draw the crowds, even with the critical acclaim.
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February 11, 2011
'The Fix-Up Show' Where: ACME Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave. When: 8 p.m. every Wednesday through March 30 Price: $12 to $15 Info: (323) 525-0202; thefixupshow.jkeith.net
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December 31, 1998
"The Best of the Groundlings"--Members of the Groundlings troupe, above, will present a special New Year's Eve comedy improv tonight starting at 9 at the Groundling Theatre. * "Second Annual Acme New Year's Jubilee"--"Mad TV's" Lisa Kushell and Alex Borstein are among performers who will entertain at the Acme Comedy Theatre tonight starting at 9 p.m. * "L.A. Connection's New Year's Eve Celebration"--The evening at L.A.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 2011
The 10th annual installment of L.A. Comedy Fest is a riotous celebration of all things laugh inducing. It features 11 days and nights of world premiere features, short films and TV pilots, plus a free panel with the creators of "Reno 911" and a closing party award ceremony. ACME Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave., Hollywood. Thu.-Sun., festival runs through Nov. 20. See website for detailed schedule. $12 online and $15 at the door. http://www.lacomedyfest.com.
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January 15, 1999 | PHILIP BRANDES
Perhaps "There's Something About the Sunday Show" at Acme Comedy Theatre, but whatever it is, it isn't urgent. This latest offering from the second-string Acme Bravo Company is very sketchy comedy indeed. Lackluster writing is the primary culprit--the far too prevalent formulaic setups involving taxidermists, drug-addicted hookers, meddling mothers and the like travel predictable arcs before fizzling.
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September 8, 1995 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
In "Acme City Limits," the Acme Players once again prove themselves a bright group on the L.A. comedy scene. However, as is frequently the case with sketch comedy, there are some duds in the mix, and a few of the performers are occasionally so broad and splenetic as to be incoherent, a failing that director M.D. Sweeney does not address. Despite these occasional lapses, the show at Acme Comedy Theatre elicits a fair amount of laughter interspersed with plangent social commentary.
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February 11, 2011
'The Fix-Up Show' Where: ACME Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave. When: 8 p.m. every Wednesday through March 30 Price: $12 to $15 Info: (323) 525-0202; thefixupshow.jkeith.net
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February 11, 2011 | By Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times
If the thrills of online dating have become dull to you ? stocking your profile with witty anecdotes, winking at a stranger after a late-night riffle through the 25-32 set, meeting dates for coffee in a neighborhood where you won't run into anyone you know ? there is now "The Fix-Up Show," a live-theater matchmaking spectacle that is at once gutsy and surprisingly tame. Hosted by J. Keith van Straaten of "What's My Line? ? Live on Stage," "The Fix-Up Show" sets up a single man or woman with one of three suitors who must answer questions ?
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November 4, 2010
COMEDY Now in its eighth season, the Los Angeles Comedy Festival is a showcase of all things funny ? including stand-up performances, sketch, improv, short films and features ? and a medley of live performances and screenings of comedic films from across the country. Highlights include alternative stand-up from melon-smashing Gallagher, improv from the Younger Statesmen and much more. Acme Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Nov. 21. Check website for additional times.
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September 26, 2009 | Gina Piccalo
It sounds like the setup for a comic sketch: two Middle Eastern American guys launch a comedy festival to dispel those cabdriver-terrorist stereotypes and show Hollywood that "Prince of Persia" star Jake Gyllenhaal isn't the only one who can play a likable Arab. But festival co-founders Ronnie Khalil and Ryan Shrime not only launched the Middle Eastern Comedy Festival last week with four sold-out nights of stand-up and sketch comedy at the Laugh Factory and Acme Comedy Theatre, they also populated the audiences with casting agents and TV executives and persuaded the Disney/ABC Television Group to co-sponsor, with KPCC-FM (89.3)
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February 17, 2005 | Liane Bonin, Special to The Times
It's enough to make a network programmer burst into tears. With none of the partial nudity, vicious backstabbing and vermin consumption that fuels its small-screen counterparts, the Acme Comedy Theatre has pulled in a capacity crowd of hipsters on a Wednesday night to watch -- gasp! -- a low-tech, PG-rated reality show. "It's sort of our motto: Nobody gets voted off, nobody gets fired and nobody eats bugs," explains host and co-producer J. Keith van Straaten.
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September 19, 2004 | Frank Torrez
Comedy Jay Leno The workaholic host of NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" polishes his stand-up routines. Comedy & Magic Club, Hermosa Beach. Every Sunday. George Carlin He's done it all: books, TV, movies, records, clubs, commercials, Grammys, Las Vegas -- for four decades, a comic icon. Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay, San Diego, Friday. Also, Universal Amphitheatre, L.A., Nov. 13. Liquid Radio Troupe improvises an old-time radio show. ACME Comedy Theatre, L.A., Thursdays, this week-Dec.
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September 19, 2004 | Frank Torrez
Comedy Jay Leno The workaholic host of NBC's "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" polishes his stand-up routines. Comedy & Magic Club, Hermosa Beach. Every Sunday. George Carlin He's done it all: books, TV, movies, records, clubs, commercials, Grammys, Las Vegas -- for four decades, a comic icon. Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay, San Diego, Friday. Also, Universal Amphitheatre, L.A., Nov. 13. Liquid Radio Troupe improvises an old-time radio show. ACME Comedy Theatre, L.A., Thursdays, this week-Dec.
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April 25, 1992 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Magnolia Boulevard in North Hollywood has been touted as "the next Melrose" in a promotional campaign that has raised the eyebrows of some of the neighbors. But with the arrival of the Tujunga Group in "Some Assembly Required," at the Acme Comedy Theatre near the heart of the "next Melrose," that label suddenly seems less ridiculous. For every Melrose needs its Groundlings, and this "next Melrose" has found its Groundlings look-alikes in the Tujunga Group.
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August 21, 2003 | Philip Brandes, Special to The Times
Sketch comedy is no joke, but there's never a shortage of fresh talent willing to tackle it. The best times to preview tomorrow's virtuosos are Sunday nights, when the up-and-coming B teams perform at L.A.'s premiere rival skit factories -- the Groundlings and Acme Comedy Theatre. Located within a few blocks of each other, the sheer proximity of these training-performance venues invites comparison of their apprentice team showcases.
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August 29, 2002 | DARYL H. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
ACME Comedy Theatre's "ACME Out to the Ballgame" has nothing to do with baseball and everything to do with games. Its 16 comic sketches tend to skewer identity, propriety and other socially imposed, behavior-altering notions. Stop second-guessing yourself, the show seems to advocate. Quit letting other people define you. Halt the game-playing and just be yourself. Or, maybe that's not what the show is saying at all.
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