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.
September 24, 2000 |
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.
May 22, 1986 |
The world, at least on television, appears chock-full of comic relief, what with Bill Cosby enshrined as the patron saint of ratings, nearly all nighttime talk shows entrusted to comedians, the networks' fall line-ups dominated by sitcoms and Joan Rivers set to go on the air as an alternative to the 11 o'clock news, Nightline and Johnny Carson.
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.
January 27, 1991 |
I'm not sure it's time to be alarmed. There are, though, debates, even discussions, about this. I'm troubled by it myself. It's a very simple matter, really: Is America draining away its reserves of laughter? Don't laugh. Recently, a friend was ruffling through his guide to cable television, America's IV tube, trying to find something that didn't require laughing. You see, he's used up his laughs.
April 4, 1991 |
Satire, so the saying goes, is what closes Saturday night. According to Budd Friedman and Mark Lonow, founders of the Improv Comedy Club, comedy is what dies on Oscar night. Calling comedy "the stepchild of the motion picture academy" and citing its traditionally low representation in the awards, Friedman and Lonow are collecting signatures in their 14 comedy clubs nationwide for a petition establishing three new Oscar categories: best comedy and best male and female comic acting.