December 27, 1986 |
Comedian Jay Leno admits that he's a little nervous about his New Year's Eve performance at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Not only is he the first comic to appear at the Center, but Leno's last appearance in the county in 1984 was at the tiny Laff Stop comedy club in Newport Beach.
September 2, 1994 |
L.A. Cabaret is a small comedy club in Encino that features headliners on Fridays and Saturdays and variety shows, bands and open-mike entertainment other nights. The comedians are diverse in attitude and acts, and the decor gives it an old-time feeling. THE SCENE: It's an intimate, comfortable place to enjoy good comedy in a Hollywood-type atmosphere, without having to go over the hill. There is a small lounge with a bar to the left of the main entrance, with a one-person stage and piano.
June 22, 2012 |
He's been called "the Charles Bukowski of comedy," as well as a pot-bellied "bitter Buddha" at the epicenter of the alternative comedy world. Cult comic Eddie Pepitone has been performing his spontaneous, rant-heavy brand of humor onstage for more than 30 years, including regular appearances on "Conan" and "The Sarah Silverman Program. " Over the decades, the "comic's comic," as he's often called, has inspired the likes of Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron and Silverman — as well as a generation of newcomers through his Twitter feed ( @eddiepepitone )
December 17, 1989 |
The Hilarions are on the loose . . . and everybody's funny bone is in danger. At Hollywood's Theatre/Theater every Saturday, "The Hilarions: Gladiators of Comedy" come out swinging for 80 minutes of music and mirth--with the Self-Righteous Brothers in "The Love Theme from 'Pet Sematary,' " a Jewish Mr. and Mrs.
July 29, 1993 |
Steve Kelley says the first time he performed in a comedy club, someone in the audience yelled out, "Don't quit your day job!" Kelley, whose credits include five appearances on "The Tonight Show" over the past two years, has come a long way since making his stand-up debut at an open-mike night at a San Diego comedy club in 1986. But he still hasn't given up his day job.
June 30, 1988 |
As Orange County's newest comedy nightspot, Coconuts in Anaheim takes a decidedly modest approach compared to the high-profile Improvisation Comedy Club in Irvine and the 11-year-old Laff Stop in Newport Beach, which proclaims itself "America's Premiere Comedy Nightclub." "Basically, we're kind of a mom-and-pop comedy club," said Brian Craft, who owns Coconuts with partner Kelly Renner. "I mean, Kelly hits the lights while I'm reaching into the closet to turn off the cassette.
September 11, 1992 |
If the proprietors of Bruce Baum's Comedy Crib were hoping to catch some slack on opening night Wednesday, they didn't get much--not from the comedians on stage, at least. "Welcome to Dachau, everybody," cracked middle act Terry Mulroy, as a loud and persistent hissing sound interrupted his set. When the intermittent noise returned during Bill Kirchenbauer's routine, the evening's headliner asked: "Does this building have gas?"
May 3, 2001 |
The Borscht Belt, located in New York's Catskill Mountains, was the cradle of much of post-World War II American comedy. A squad of Catskills-style comics arrived in Beverly Hills Tuesday, when "Catskills on Broadway" began a two-week run at the Wilshire Theatre. Presiding over the evening is Freddie Roman, a veteran comic who's also the dean of the New York Friars Club, home of the famous celebrity roasts. Roman created "Catskills on Broadway" 10 years ago.
February 12, 1993 |
What do you get when you combine four African-Americans, two Latinas, a black Puerto Rican, a Chicana Jew, an Armenian, a Filipina and a South Korean? About 90 minutes of comedy from some very funny women in a show called "Funny Ladies of Color." The show, Monday nights at the L. A. Cabaret Comedy Club in Encino, was conceived by comedians Lydia Nicole and Cha Cha Sandoval-Epstein out of frustration at being unable to get regular work at comedy clubs because they are ethnic women.