January 5, 2012 |
Fifty of L.A.'s comedians will band together this week to kick off the new year the best way they know how: with a new politically biting, socially acerbic or self-eviscerating joke. "50 First Jokes," a popular New York show that's making its second annual appearance in Los Angeles, is Friday at the Downtown Independent theater. The show's concept is simple: Each comedian has 2 minutes to unleash his or her first joke of the new year. Only qualification: It must have been written after the ball dropped, in 2012 proper.
September 25, 2013 |
When comedian, writer and producer Dan Levy learned he would be a new father, he solicited parenting advice from an unsung group of experts: actual kids. In April, Levy collaborated with Jensen Karp, a producer and former rapper, to create "Baby Talk" - a monthly comedy show based around three to four comedians asking children between the ages of 5 and 10 questions like "What should I name my son?" (one child suggesting the name Ritzy Skittles) and "What should I do if my kid wakes up in the middle of the night and says he had a nightmare?"
June 22, 2012 |
He's been called "the Charles Bukowski of comedy," as well as a pot-bellied "bitter Buddha" at the epicenter of the alternative comedy world. Cult comic Eddie Pepitone has been performing his spontaneous, rant-heavy brand of humor onstage for more than 30 years, including regular appearances on "Conan" and "The Sarah Silverman Program. " Over the decades, the "comic's comic," as he's often called, has inspired the likes of Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron and Silverman — as well as a generation of newcomers through his Twitter feed ( @eddiepepitone )
September 18, 2012 |
You may have seen the two-minute PSA parody on YouTube. In the somber, black-and-white mash-up, dozens of well known Los Angeles comedians - Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron and Jimmy Pardo among them - stare the camera down, addressing the urgent question of why Los Angeles needs (needs!) an alternative comedy festival. "No one is laughing at all," says Rory Scovel. "The problem is ginormous," warns Kyle Kinane. "Every day Americans are fake laughing," grimaces Maron. The suggested directive?
February 15, 2007 |
Al Franken announced that he will run for the Senate in 2008, making it clear that the comedian and author of "Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot" wants to be taken seriously as a political figure. Franken, 55, said he would seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican incumbent Norm Coleman. Franken, who grew up in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park, first gained national exposure as a writer and performer on "Saturday Night Live."
January 25, 1990 |
Even in death, Monty Python's Graham Chapman was in "for something completely different." The actor-comedian, who died in October of cancer, was the recipient of a belated memorial service/media event/cocktail party at the St. James' Club Tuesday night that was, in the words of one British guest, "neither here nor there--I can't quite say what it was."