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)
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.
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.
October 31, 2013 |
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)
April 28, 2013 |
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.