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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.
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.
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.
February 1, 2011 | By Paul Brownfield, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Full disclosure: Comedian Patton Oswalt, author of a new book of personal essays and other flights of whimsy called "Zombie Spaceship Wasteland," once invited me to his birthday party at the Lot, the former Warner Bros. studio in West Hollywood. Oswalt was showing "The Warriors," director Walter Hill's disco-era-scented 1979 cult classic about New York City gang warfare. That he would screen "The Warriors" as though it were "Citizen Kane" tells you much about the cineaste's passion with which Oswalt approaches pulp, both offstage and in his stand-up act. And so we arrive at the first chapter in his book, Oswalt taking us back to the summer of 1987, when as a teenager he worked at the Towncenter3 movie theater, a triplex in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Sterling, Va., near where Oswalt grew up. "That was my Lapin Agile," he declares of the Towncenter3.
April 20, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
Marc Maron slips into a chair and plunks a tattered, spiral-bound notebook onto the table. The cover, folded back, reveals dense, tight scribbling on ruled paper. Pen in hand, Maron hunches over the notes, looks up for a second to lock eyes by way of greeting, then drops his head back down. "This bit," he says, "I'm struggling with the ending. " He runs a finger over a line from his latest stand-up routine, then pops a guacamole-tipped chip in his mouth. "Anyway, hi," he says at last.
August 2, 2009 | Denise Martin
You should be talking about: "Flight of the Conchords" Yeah, yeah, "Family Guy" got the comedy series Emmy nomination Seth MacFarlane has long campaigned for. But you know what? So did "Flight of the Conchords," a truly alternative comedy centered on the New Zealand folk music-comedy duo. Get the complete Emmy-nominated second season on DVD this week. (Tuesday) I've been obsessively talking about: BBC America's "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?"
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.
Judy Toll, a comedian and writer whose life was an open book onstage, making her a fixture at the popular and long-running Los Angeles alternative comedy show Uncabaret, has died. She was 44. Toll died Thursday at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica of complications from melanoma.
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