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January 26, 2012
'Inside Comedy' Where: Showtime When: 11 p.m. Thursday Rating: TV-14 (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 14)
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April 26, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - John Oliver will have the crab cakes - but that's all, thanks. In a private dining room at HBO's plush headquarters overlooking Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan, a waitress in a crisp black uniform asks the 37-year-old comedian if he'd like anything else - perhaps some soup or salad? He declines with a polite insistence that suggests he's not quite used to all the luxurious trappings. Then, as soon as the waitress leaves the room, he launches into a riff about possibly sinister deeds going on behind the scenes at HBO. "I don't know what happens here," he says, "This is, like, unsettlingly nice.
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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)
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April 25, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
In the new revenge comedy "The Other Woman," Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton play a trio of scorned women seeking to give their cheating mutual beau (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) his comeuppance. According to film critics, though, they would have been better off directing their ire at the movie itself, for its lazy cliches and pseudo-feminist slant. The Times' Betsy Sharkey calls "The Other Woman" the "quintessential anti-date movie" - ironic, as it's directed by Nick Cassavetes, who did "The Notebook" - and says it's "out of control and intent on running down a certain kind of male.
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October 20, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
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.
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November 22, 2012 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Matthew Moy could barely contain himself, almost leaping out of his chair at an outdoor Beverly Hills cafe with excitement. "See this?" Moy exclaimed, showing off the bronze clip on his dark tie, which read, "This is a horcrux. " The "2 Broke Girls" costar chuckled, amused that his presentation had attracted only a quizzical expression from his table mate. "A horcrux is what is used by a dark wizard or witch to hide a part of their soul. You obviously aren't that familiar with Harry Potter.
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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.
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September 14, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
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.
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April 12, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The trailblazing comic improviser Jonathan Winters, who died Thursday at age 87, was a seminal influence on scores of comedians and the person Robin Williams credits as his mentor. Winters' high energy, unpredictable and often surreal comic riffs included an array of characters, reenactments of movie scenes and pointed, quick-morphing sound effects that he often produced on the spot.  Take, for example, his 1964 appearance on "The Jack Paar Program. " In order to illustrate Winters' genius for creating comedy out of thin air, Paar gave him a simple wooden stick.
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October 31, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Tina Fey is about to go into bossy-pants mode (again) for NBC. The peacock network has ordered straight-to-series 13 episodes of a new untitled comedy from Fey and her producing partner Robert Carlock that will star "The Office" alum Ellie Kemper. (Yep, you're reading correctly: Fey will be behind the camera on this one.) The single-camera comedy is to debut next fall and will center on a woman (Kemper) who escapes  a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City. “We have been lucky enough to work at NBC for our entire careers (except when Robert worked at 'The Dana Carvey Show,' now available on DVD)
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April 24, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Director Nick Cassavetes, whose soft touch with romance was behind that classic date movie "The Notebook," is now responsible for the quintessential anti-date movie - "The Other Woman. " There is no question whose side he is on in this little bit of rasty business starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton. My advice to guys? Step away from the vehicle, because "The Other Woman" is out of control and intent on running down a certain kind of male. Even if you're not the lying, cheating, thieving type - that would be Mark, a slickster played by "Game of Thrones'" Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, juggling wife, mistress, other mistress and some other ill-gotten gains - there is bound to be collateral damage.
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April 23, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Barbie is going from the toy store shelf to the silver screen. The iconic blond-haired, blue-eyed doll will be featured in an coming live-action comedy, Sony Pictures and Mattel announced Wednesday. Production for the movie, which Sony sees as its next big global franchise, is set to begin at the end of the year. Written by Jenny Bicks ("What a Girl Wants," "Rio 2") and produced by Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, the movie will draw on Barbie's unique resume. Over the years, Barbie dolls have come in more than 150 different looks, including princess, president, mermaid and movie star, and the character will inhabit many of those roles on-screen.
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April 23, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan
When a small Indian film stays in Los Angeles theaters for two months and shows no sign of leaving, it's not because critics love it (though they do), but because audiences are enthralled. "The Lunchbox" is that film, a warm and affectionate human comedy that is charming in a delicate and unforced way. Mixing a love of food with potent emotions - think "Babette's Feast," "Eat Drink Man Woman" and "Big Night" - "The Lunchbox" succeeds by leavening its simple story of mistaken identity with wonderful neo-realistic observations of ordinary middle class life in Mumbai and environs.
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April 21, 2014 | By Michael Miller and Rhea Mahbubani
Fourteen years ago, a group of movie lovers banded together to organize the first Newport Beach Film Festival. For the opening-night attraction at Fashion Island, they chose "Sunset Blvd.," the 1950 Billy Wilder drama which famously features a faded Hollywood actress snapping, "I am big. It's the pictures that got small!" As co-founder Todd Quartararo fretted outside the Edwards Big Newport 6 theater before showtime, though, he was more concerned about the size of the crowd than the size of the pictures.
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April 18, 2014 | By Susan King
Valerie Harper is positively radiant these days. There's a sparkle in her eyes and a genuine warmth in her smile. Why not? She's defied the odds. Early last year, Harper was told she had three months to live. Harper, a non-smoker who had a cancerous tumor removed from her lung in 2009, has a rare form of lung cancer that had spread to areas around her brain.  "I was supposed to be dead a year ago," said Harper, 74. "We are all terminal, let's face it.  I did the shock and grief.
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April 17, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Perhaps at some point it will again be possible to write the name Woody Allen and go from there. But after a year marked by artistic highs and controversial lows for the filmmaker, it seems impossible. To address the elephant in the room, all you'll find on the docket today is a look at "Fading Gigolo," an amusing indie film that includes some of Allen's finest work as an actor in years. Written and directed not by Allen but John Turturro, "Fading Gigolo" is something of a tart meditation on romance and morality through the prism of the oldest profession.
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April 28, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In two previous posts, I discussed the Amazon pilots, a slate of proposed series by the cyberspace bookseller turned virtual moving-picture studio, now streaming online for viewer comment and ratings. (Thousands have already chimed in.) The first post was for background and context; the second looked at six projected children's shows. And now come the comedies, which number eight. One is a cartoon, one is puppet-animated. One is a musical. Basic- to premium-cable in tone, all come with warnings as to adult content.
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April 11, 2014 | By Scott Collins and Meredith Blake
With Stephen Colbert joining CBS, late-night TV's generational shift is complete - and the real battle for viewers, onscreen and online, can begin. America's most-watched network announced Thursday that it had picked Colbert, the 49-year-old host of Comedy Central's news sendup "The Colbert Report," as the next host of "Late Show. " Details of the show, including a start date and its location, have not been revealed. But CBS and Colbert confirmed that he will do the show as himself - and not in his current character, a bumptious right-wing talk host.
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April 10, 2014 | By Meg James
Comedy Central now has a late-night problem. CBS' announcement that Stephen Colbert would take over "The Late Show" next year when David Letterman retires leaves a huge gap in Comedy Central's marquee lineup.  For nearly a decade, "The Colbert Report" has been a trusty follow-up to "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and the pair delivered a formidable one-two punch that became one of the main sources of turmoil for rivals in the late-night TV...
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