April 22, 1989 |
Bruce Baum's appearance this week at the Irvine Improvisation calls local attention to the Great Prop Debate that rages in stand-up comedy. (OK, maybe it doesn't exactly rage , but it does exist.) One side, certainly the majority, looks down its collective nose at prop comedy, dismissing it as an easy, bastardized form of stand-up. The attitude is that performing with props is akin to the way Rosie Ruiz runs marathons: You arrive at the punch/finish line, but it's kind of like taking a bus to get there.
December 1, 1990 |
Someone must have known what they were doing when they set Debbie Tate up with headliner Bruce (Babyman) Baum this week at the Comedy Nite in Oceanside. Wednesday night the two proved a perfect match. Instead of two separate acts, they functioned more like a tag-team comedy routine. Both comedians hit the lights running and kept the frenetic pace going until the time bell rang. Both comedians show incredibly confident stage presences and both boast worthy material.
July 26, 1997 |
The manager is a woman but the game is baseball. Her coach is a comedian but the team is not a joke. Lynn Baum, a former softball player at Taft High, Pierce College and UC Santa Barbara, has led the Conejo Valley Senior Little League 14-15 year-old all-stars to district and sectional championships. Bruce Baum, Lynn's husband and a stand-up comedian, is a coach along with Lenny Ciufo, a Valley College business instructor.
September 10, 1992 |
Bucking reports that the comedy boom of the '80s is over, Fullerton got a new full-time comedy club this week. In its opening week, Bruce Baum's Comedy Crib features comic Bill Kirchenbauer, a veteran of several regular TV roles, with the club's namesake and part-owner acting as emcee. Baum, a comic who created the novelty hit song "Marty Feldman Eyes," joins the cast of the ABC show "America's Funniest People" this season.
January 31, 1991 |
It's Saturday night and Bruce Baum's Jell-O telephone is melting. Just before show time, this is real trouble. The prop is for a sketch being taped live at The Laugh Factory, a comedy club in Hollywood. At last Wayne Cotter, the show's new host, introduces Alexander Graham Bruce. Clad in a marigold sweat shirt, rumpled blue jeans and white lab coat, Baum wheels a table onstage as the receiver slides off the wobbly phone for the last time.
December 10, 1992 |
Bruce (Babyman) Baum, one of the best known and most inventive prop comics in the business, has heard the rap against comedians who use mere objects to generate laughs. "I think a lot of people, if a prop is involved, consider it below (regular) stand-up. And I do both, so I'm talking on both sides here," Baum says. "I think if you can pick an object up and get a laugh with it, there's nothing wrong with that.