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ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
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 )
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NATIONAL
July 25, 2013 | By David Horsey
If Anthony Weiner had been clever enough to use self-deprecating humor when his private sexting first became public, he might still be in Congress or have a better chance of becoming mayor of New York City. Instead, he's become the joke. In 2004, I was in New York to cover the GOP convention that re-nominated President George Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney for a second term. One evening during the convention week, a friend invited me to a comedy club where an up-and-coming Democratic congressman was going to do a standup routine.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 1989 | JANICE ARKATOV
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.
NEWS
September 24, 2000 | SUSAN VAUGHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While finishing his studies at Harvard Law School in 1992, Sean Carter did a funny thing: He took to the stages of local comedy clubs to perform stand-up routines. Carter loved the excitement of telling jokes before a live audience. He enjoyed making people laugh. But as graduation neared, he turned his attention back to law. Today the 33-year-old Chino Hills resident is an in-house attorney for an Irvine-based mortgage company, earning more than $100,000 annually.
NEWS
July 29, 1993 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who regularly writes about comedy for OC Live!
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 1988 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 1992 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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?"
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2001 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2009 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
The gig: Owner of the Laugh Factory, considered one of the best comedy clubs in the country. The flagship club on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood has been open since 1979. Last year, Masada opened a $10-million location in Long Beach. Background: At age 14, Masada came to the U.S. from Iran. The year was 1976, just before the Iranian Revolution, and Masada was hoping to find work and support his family, who had immigrated to Israel.
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