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August 12, 1993 | LEO SMITH
Look, up on the stage . . . it's Babyman! No, it's the Bungee Dentist! Uh, maybe the Macho Duck? Actually, when comedian Bruce Baum is the one on stage, any one of those characters--plus others he's made famous through stand-up and television performances--is liable to be up there with him. Local fans will get a chance to see the Thousand Oaks resident, and all his make-believe friends, when Baum performs Friday and Saturday night at "The Comedy Club" at Hornblowers at Ventura Harbor Village.
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July 26, 1997 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 10, 1992 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Rick VanderKnyff is a free-lance writer who regularly contributes to The Times Orange County Edition.
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.
NEWS
August 12, 1993 | LEO SMITH
Look, up on the stage . . . it's Babyman! No, it's the Bungee Dentist! Uh, maybe the Macho Duck? Actually, when comedian Bruce Baum is the one on stage, any one of those characters--plus others he's made famous through stand-up and television performances--is liable to be up there with him. Local fans will get a chance to see the Thousand Oaks resident, and all his make-believe friends, when Baum performs Friday and Saturday night at "The Comedy Club" at Hornblowers at Ventura Harbor Village.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 1990 | MARK CHALON SMITH
The knock on Bruce Baum has always been his reliance on props, that he can't float a show without those buoys of low humor. As is his way, Baum propped himself up throughout his 45-minute performance at the Hyatt Regency Alicante's Top Secret Comedy Club Friday night, pulling out one visual exclamation point after another.
NEWS
December 10, 1992 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who regularly covers comedy for OC Live!
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 1989 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 1990 | GLENN DOGGRELL, ASSISTANT SAN DIEGO ARTS EDITOR
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.
SPORTS
July 26, 1997 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
January 31, 1991 | ROBYN LOEWENTHAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
NEWS
December 10, 1992 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who regularly covers comedy for OC Live!
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.
NEWS
September 10, 1992 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Rick VanderKnyff is a free-lance writer who regularly contributes to The Times Orange County Edition.
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.
NEWS
January 31, 1991 | ROBYN LOEWENTHAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 1990 | GLENN DOGGRELL, ASSISTANT SAN DIEGO ARTS EDITOR
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 1990 | MARK CHALON SMITH
The knock on Bruce Baum has always been his reliance on props, that he can't float a show without those buoys of low humor. As is his way, Baum propped himself up throughout his 45-minute performance at the Hyatt Regency Alicante's Top Secret Comedy Club Friday night, pulling out one visual exclamation point after another.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 1989 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 1991 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Happy New Year: With Christmas over, it's time to move on to New Year's Eve plans. Fox Broadcasting will welcome 1992 with a live New Year's Eve celebration emanating from New York and other locations around the country. Program hosts Penn and Teller will make 1991 "skillfully disappear" from their anchor spot at Times Square, while entertainment will be provided by Guns N' Roses, Southside Johnny and comedians Sam Kinison, Mark Curry, Bruce Baum and Lois Bromfield.
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