April 30, 2012 |
Comedian Rita Rudner has always known how to tickle an audience -- and the same is mostly true of her slight but sugar-sweet new play, "Tickled Pink. " It won't make gigglers out of the congenitally not-ticklish, but everyone with a decently sensitive funny bone should spark to its cute, diverting antics. Adapted from her bestselling book of the same name, the play, which had its world premiere Saturday night at the Laguna Playhouse, “is not Rita's biography,” director Martin Bergman, also Rudner's co-adapter and husband, writes - somewhat unconvincingly - in his program notes.
August 26, 2011 |
The company behind the Improv comedy club chain has sued its Internet marketing promoter, accusing him of using the Improv brand's "good will" to promote his own company and a planned chain of competing clubs. Improv West Associates alleges in the lawsuit that Robert Hartmann used his job as Improv's marketing officer to promote "independent businesses he was building on the back of the Improv brand. " Those businesses include a planned chain of comedy clubs called Levity Live, the lawsuit alleged.
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August 16, 2011 |
Vic Dunlop, a zany and irreverent standup comic with a natural flair for making people laugh, has died. He was 62. Dunlop died of complications of diabetes Saturday at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, said his wife, Linda. After launching his career in Los Angeles in the early 1970s with Natural Gas, a small comedy-improv group that appeared regularly on "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert," Dunlop gained national attention on his own later in the decade as one of the comedians on "Make Me Laugh.
June 14, 2011
Comedy has long been accepted as a medium in which performers can push the boundaries of taste. The same way visual artists can show us something that both shocks and expands our sensibilities, comic artists, at their best, can tell us things that jar, surprise and even offend us — and make us reconsider thorny issues. But that's not what Tracy Morgan, the comedian and star of the popular NBC TV comedy "30 Rock," did during a recent stand-up gig in Nashville, when he unleashed a rant against gays and said that if a son of his ever came home sounding effeminate, he would pull out a knife and stab him. That wasn't pushing any new boundaries; if anything, it was a reversion to old ones.
October 4, 2010 |
For Dodgers fans, the wait is on ? on two fronts. The season ended Sunday. The playoffs will go on this week, without the Dodgers. It is 22 years, and counting, since the World Series last visited Dodger Stadium. The divorce trial ended five days ago. Frank and Jamie McCourt threw their final pitches, and Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon has three months to decide whether Frank is the sole owner of the Dodgers or Jamie is a co-owner. In the absence of Dodgers postseason story lines, here are 10 outtakes from the McCourt divorce trial: Different styles The trial offered a contrast between the cerebral David Boies and the folksy but tough-talking Steve Susman.
February 16, 2010 |
"You in town for the Olympics?" the waitress asks. "There's an Olympics here?" I answer. And with that, an evening begins at Yuk-Yuk's, Vancouver's premier comedy club -- an outpost for sarcasm, anarchy and subversive Olympic humor. Personally, I've never had much patience with funny people. But let's give these kids a chance. Onstage is Simon King, whose rat-a-tat-tat delivery is like that of a younger Robin Williams. He growls into the microphone, then punishes it with bleating llama sounds, then launches into a manic rant about the Winter Games.