February 18, 1998 |
A comedian who played the college circuit until his arrest last year pleaded no contest to a charge that he committed sexual assault at a Nebraska university. The no-contest plea of Vinson Champ, 36, in Douglas County District Court in Omaha could lead to a sentence of up to 50 years in prison for the attack March 5 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, deputy prosecutor Leigh Ann Retelsdorf said. Champ will face a similar charge in Lincoln.
April 10, 1995 |
In a rebellion against established political parties, Japan's mushrooming body of unaffiliated voters elected comedians as governors of both Tokyo and Osaka on Sunday. The upsets in Japan's two most populous states stunned Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama's Socialists and his senior coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats, who supported longtime bureaucrats in both races.
October 9, 1990 |
In his opening monologue of the movie "Annie Hall," Woody Allen sets the tone of the film with a joke "usually attributed to Groucho Marx . . . 'I would never want to belong to any club that would have me as a member.' That's the key joke of my adult life in terms of my relationships." Comedian Richard Lewis identified with Groucho's classic "club joke" growing up, in neurotic admiration.
November 20, 1988 |
Sam Kinison would have been a perfect infernal emanation of Dante's most desperate paranoid fantasy, a bellowing sergeant at arms monitoring one of Hell's main gates. After a Kinison concert, silence and the cool night air seem like a benediction. All that heat, that rage, that vengeful filth roaring out of his stumpy torso that resembles a virulent troll whose treasure has been lifted from his cave. But Kinison doesn't belong in any allegory for the ages.
October 22, 1989 |
"What's the delay?" Jay Leno asked his driver speculatively, peering out the back window of the car at the lines of people walking along either side, faster than the car itself. "Does this happen a lot?" The black limousine inched in heavy traffic along the narrow two-lane road leading to the North Tonawanda Melody Fair, where Leno was to appear for a one-night concert, one of 270 hit-and-run performances he plays all over the country each year.
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February 7, 2002
Harvey Elkin, 70, manager for comedians in New York and later Los Angeles, died Tuesday in St. Joseph's Hospital of pneumonia. Elkin had represented several young comedians when they were just starting their careers, and particularly encouraged minority stand-up artists. Among his clients were Damon Wayans, George Lopez and Paul Rodriguez. Elkin also formed a production partnership with his friend, actor Barry Newman, of such films as "Pretty Boy Floyd" and the television series "Petrocelli."
January 12, 2012
MOVIES For the inaugural Wayne Federman International Film Festival, the eponymous actor and funnyman has enlisted fellow comedians to select, introduce and discuss movies that have inspired them. Participants and their picks include Margaret Cho, "Darling"; Paul F. Tompkins, "Topsy-Turvy"; and Kevin Pollak, "The In-Laws. " The Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. Thu. 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Fri. 7:30 p.m. and 10: 30 p.m. Sat. $10-$12 per screening. (323)
October 14, 1990 |
Jack Rollins and Charles Joffe have been close friends and business associates for 38 years. For much of that time they had been part of a comedy management team (with Buddy Morra, Larry Brezner and David Steinberg) that handled, as the saying goes, some of the biggest names in the business. Then the firm broke up. Like the consigliore in "The Godfather," Rollins and Joffe each became content serving a single client.
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October 22, 1994 |
Knock, knock. Who's there? Two-dozen black and Latino comics. Two-dozen black and Latino comics who? Precisely. Chanting "No justice, no jokes!" a cadre of minority comedians gathered outside NBC Studios Friday night, decrying what they called their lack of exposure on "The Tonight Show"--and on television in general. "There are more dinosaurs and extraterrestrials on television than Latinos," said writer and stand-up comic Rick Najera.
November 16, 1987 |
Backstage notes on HBO's Comic Relief: It seemed a bit suspicious the way Billy Crystal and Robin Williams were suggestively diddling around with Whoopi Goldberg on the TV screen Saturday night. But in a short time the indiscretions were explained away: Goldberg wasn't really on the Universal Amphitheatre stage with them. Her image was being beamed in from New York.