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August 12, 2013 | By Susan King
If you're looking for an offbeat film festival, head down to Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre Monday evening through Aug. 21 for "Everything Is Festival IV: The Dreamquest. " The festival describes itself as 10 days of celebrating found footage, forgotten films, fringe music, alternative comedy, art installation and "cult ephemera. " "Community" creator Dan Harmon will be on hand Saturday to host a fantasy role-playing game; Mike Judge will do a "Show and Tell" of his collection of found footage on Friday; and Chris Elliott will present his personal video archive, also on Friday.
August 30, 2009 | Gina Piccalo
The comedy nerds arrived first, confident that they'd have first choice of the 92 seats in the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre on Franklin Avenue in Hollywood. They would wait over an hour to get in. And that in itself is a status thing, because this tiny black-box theater houses the nucleus of the nation's alternative comedy scene, a place where Dane Cook is always a punch line. "The style of comedy just appeals to our sensibility," waiting fan Eric Wickersham, 25, said recently.
May 15, 1997
Friday: There are two Meccas in Hollywood, each a triumvirate: 1. Virgin Megastore/Sunset 5 Theatres/Wolfgang Puck or 2. Tower Records/Tower Classical/Book Soup. It's always a tossup, the deciding factor being whether you want to see a movie or buy some books. Saturday: I can't miss "Car Talk" on 89.3 KPCC at 9 a.m. Then spinning class at Todd Tramps or yoga at the Yoga Center in Larchmont. I love to shop along Larchmont and eat at Prado.
September 6, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
Comedian Beth Lapides is stretching herself these days - both literally and creatively. The longtime yogi and co-host of the weekly variety show at 1st and Hope, “ UnCabaret ,” will teach a class at Silverlake Yoga for the next seven weeks. “It's serious; you don't want students to feel they have to laugh,” Lapides says.  “But I do bring my quirky comedy sensibility to it.  I think sense of humor is our seventh sense - and hopefully you're more open to it after you leave.” Lapides, who used to write a monthly column for LA Yoga Magazine called “ My Other Car Is a Yoga Mat ,” has been a staple of the L.A. comedy scene for more than two decades.
November 9, 1997 | BOB SMITH, Bob Smith is a stand-up comedian and the author of "Openly Bob," recently published by Rob Weisbach Books
The hardest part of living in Los Angeles isn't putting up with the occasional floods, fires, earthquakes or riots. No, the most difficult thing is dealing with one's untalented friends who, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, think they're going to "make it." As a teenager growing up in Buffalo, reading artists' biographies and writers' memoirs like other boys read comic books, I thought having a circle of artistic friends would be delightful.
April 25, 2004 | Christine N. Ziemba
Stella, a New York-based alternative comedy trio, has a few dirty little secrets on its website ( that are too good to keep under wraps. Look closely in the "Video" section, and you'll find the familiar faces of Sam Rockwell, Julie Bowen, Bradley Cooper, Janeane Garofalo and Paul Rudd, who probably keep these credits on the down low.
May 25, 2007 | Charlotte Stoudt, Special to The Times
As cranky geek-spy Chloe O'Brian on "24," Mary Lynn Rajskub has gained a cult following for her character's oddball mash-up of social inappropriateness and technical know-how. Now the scowl that's launched a thousand screensavers is live at the Steve Allen Theater every Sunday through June in the solo show "The Complications of Purchasing a Poodle Pillow."
September 10, 2012 | By F. Kathleen Foley
The fact that “No Love,” now in its world premiere at the Eclectic Company Theatre, went up 25 minutes late with absolutely no explanation as to why, was undeniably irritating. And a lengthy opening monologue delivered in almost total darkness by an actor who couldn't find her light (granted, in John Dickey's lighting design there was precious little of it to be found), proved almost insurmountably annoying. Yet those glitches faded into insignificance given the accumulated problems of Andrew Osborne's play - a sort of latter-day “La Ronde” in which various loosely connected characters hook up, act out and get kinky, frequently sans clothing.
September 11, 2009 | Robert Abele
If you've seen Patton Oswalt do stand-up, it's clear that he understands obsession. Easily cranked up about a wide variety of personal passions -- comic books, film noir, molecular gastronomy -- his act riffs on the hilarities of fanboy excitement and its emotional corollary: mercury-spiking indignation. Only an avowed foodie could fume so brilliantly (and famously) on KFC's everything-lumped-together menu option, which he memorably termed a "failure pile in a sadness bowl." That the 40-year-old comedian can currently be seen playing a lonely, easily peeved, rabid New York Giants buff in the independent film "Big Fan" isn't lost on a supergeek like himself.
November 12, 2010 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
A priest and a rabbi walk into a comic book store ... Wait. A writer and an agent walk into a comic book store, Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. They head past shelves thick with fanboy fodder ? serialized comics, graphic novels, stuffed Ugly Dolls and other Comic-Con-like toys ? to the dusty, darkened back room, which has a tiny stump of a stage flanked by patches of red brick. For $8, they gain entry. The room is hot, the ceiling low, and they snag the last two not-so-comfortable folding chairs.
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