October 20, 1989 |
Comedian Eddie Murphy is the celebrity with the nuttiest laugh--or ho ho--in America, say a sampling of 1,000 Americans. Comedian Phyllis Diller's cackle is second, Roseanne Barr and Pee-wee Herman tie for third with their nutty laughs, and the ho ho's of Steve Martin, Robin Williams, Bill Cosby and Jerry Lewis tie for fourth. Yes, there was a reason for this important bit of fact-finding. The Nuttiest Ho Ho Survey was sponsored by Continental Baking Co.
February 2, 2012
Kathy Griffin started her career with L.A.'s famed Groundlings troupe before appearing on "ER," "The X-Files" and "Seinfeld," where she played the recurring character Sally Weaver. Griffin went on to costar alongside Brooke Shields in "Suddenly Susan" before starring in her own reality show, Bravo's Emmy-winning, "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. " A veteran stand-up performer, Griffin will appear for two back-to-back nights of comedy at the historic Pantages Theatre. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat. $45 to $95. (800)
June 20, 2012 |
"Two Broke Girls" may have to be renamed "Two Rich Girls. " The cable channel TBS has agreed to acquire reruns of the CBS comedy "Two Broke Girls" at a price tag industry insiders said is between $1.5 million and $1.7 million per episode -- believed to be the most paid ever for reruns of a comedy by a cable network. "Two Broke Girls," about two Brooklyn diner waitresses struggling to save money to open a cupcake shop, is known for its raunchy humor and sexual innuendo.
August 12, 2010
Stand-up students in the Groundlings comedy program strut their stuff in "Attack of the 50-foot Sunday," a weekly series beginning Sunday. Brimming with fresh talent, including Tom Blank, Laurel Coppock and Jeff Galante, the cast presents new sketches each week as well as a closing improv set at the end of each show. Groundlings Theater, 7307 Melrose Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. $15. (323) 934-4747. http://www.groundlings.com.
August 19, 2013 |
Even before the late Steve Jobs, who is the subject of the poorly received bio-pic “Jobs,” became an oracle of the personal computer revolution some 30 years ago, computers and their like were a mainstay in film and television. Though most of these early movies were sci-fi thrillers such as 1956's “Forbidden Planet” and Stanley Kubrick's 1968 masterpiece “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which introduced the silky-voiced, villainous computer Hal, artificial intelligence was also central to the 1957 Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn romantic comedy “Desk Set.” Part of the fun of watching "Desk Set" today is seeing what passed as a sophisticated computer 56 years ago. The movie's EMARAC-Electromagnetic Memory and Research Arithmetical Calculator-is a massive elephantine structure that features bright blinking lights, two reel-to-reel tape contraptions and assorted beeps and bops sounds.
September 14, 2012 |
Comedy, social media and decidedly old-media book publishing collide in the new book "Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty," out this week. Harris Wittles, a writer on the NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation," coined the practice, which is essentially a boast masquerading as a whine. He started the Twitter feed @humblebrag dedicated to the best 140-character examples. The book collects them, and breaks down humblebrags ("noun, verb = huhm-buhl'brag") by type. Some of our favorite celebrity pretension: --Fox News' Greta Van Susteren: "Ugh.