September 25, 1999
Margaret Sagarese's reflections on Chris Rock at MTV include the invitation to call her "crazy" or "old-fashioned" ("Put Between Rock and a Hard Place," Counterpunch, Sept. 20). She is neither. She is just out of touch with theater. Way out. Has she forgotten Don Rickles? Joan Rivers? Does she remember Lenny Bruce? Does she have any notion of the traditions of social criticism in theater, sometimes the only places where criticism is tolerated? She can look all the way back to England and France and Germany, not to mention Greece and Rome.
February 9, 2013 |
Veteran comedian David Steinberg, who has directed such hit TV comedies as "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Mad About You" and "Seinfeld," returns to Showtime on Monday evening for the second season of his interview series, "Inside Comedy. " This season he turns his lens on Louis C.K., Tina Fey, Bob Newhart, Jim Carrey and more. Do you think comedy can be dissected? I don't really dissect comedy. Nothing kills off humor more than overanalyzing it. On our show, it's just a conversation that I don't prepare for at all. Usually I know everyone because I've been around a lot, but the idea is to get their feeling about what it is that they're doing, the start, the middle and where they are now. What you get is very, very funny people who aren't switched on as they usually are on a talk show in front of an audience, so you can see how naturally funny they are. PHOTOS: Celebrity portraits by The Times I thought it was interesting when Jim Carrey told you he thought that comics come from mothers with some form of mental illness.
March 25, 2007 |
What it's a good time to talk about: "The L Word." The morose marine layer that engulfed last year's "L Word" lifted this season -- no one died tragically! The Ls bed-hopped, broke up and played basketball, as it should be in Sapphic Los Angeles. This week marks the end of Season 4, but Showtime has already announced that Season 5 is a sure thing. (Tonight) What nobody wants to talk about: Good Charlotte.
March 14, 1993 |
Chris Rock recalls dutifully heading to the theaters in the mid-'80s each time a new movie falling under the burgeoning sub-genre of "rap film" would open. Each time, his teen-aged expectations were dashed by yet another formulaic bomb. "Beat Street"? Thud . "Krush Groove"? Crash . "Rappin' " and "Breakin' " (not to forget "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo")? Kerplop . Even the action movie starring his heroes, Run-D.M.C., "Tougher Than Leather," was tough not to loathe.
November 23, 2000 |
ENTERTAINMENT The Final 'Rock': After five seasons, comedian Chris Rock is ending "The Chris Rock Show" on cable's HBO, though his relationship with the pay network will continue. The final episode of the talk show will be seen Friday, with guests rapper Ice-T and singer Nikka Costa.
December 10, 2005 |
Every Thursday, "Everybody Hates Chris" on UPN. But does Oscar? Chris Rock may have hurt Hollywood's feelings (just a little) this year when he hosted the Academy Awards and made fun of some of Tinseltown's hot stars -- Jude Law, Colin Farrell, Tobey Maguire -- but that's not why he won't be returning for an encore on March 5.
March 27, 2005
I have been waiting a long time to have hip-hop clarified and appreciate that Todd Boyd did just that ("Working Both Sides of Street," March 6). I'm 82 and taught in Pacoima from 1970 to 1990. I was already beginning to hear my sixth-graders rapping "Black Is Beautiful," doing break dancing and displaying their play game of "Pizza Pizza Daddy-O." Oh, that we had candidates who could look to hip-hop for integrating instead of dividing our diverse population! Hilda Lerner Encino Todd BOYD'S essay was insightful.