August 7, 1998 |
"It's great to be back here, even though I've never been here," said Jerry Seinfeld minutes into his Broadway stand-up debut, "I'm Telling You for the Last Time." Despite the self-kidding words, Seinfeld cozied up so confidently to Wednesday's opening-night audience that it seemed as if he had played these streets before. The Broadhurst Theatre, at least, was thick with an air of deja vu.
June 23, 1998 |
Stand-up comedian-actor Martin Lawrence headlined a benefit show at the Comedy Store Sunday night, a performance that for Lawrence had the added benefit of fulfilling his sentence of community service for a battery charge last year.
June 8, 1998 |
A zany musical salute to the state of Ohio gets the new summer show from the legendary L.A. comedy troupe the Groundlings off to a promising start. But "The Ride" gets a little bumpy after that, as the group's latest evening of sketch comedy has nearly as many throwaway bits as memorable ones. The show debuted Friday night at the group's Melrose Avenue home and runs through Sept. 5, at 8 and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
September 21, 1996 |
You can't make a living as a poet, which is one reason Wallace Stevens spent his days in an insurance office. You also can't make a living being a complete nut, which is one reason Alan Glasser spends his days in his law office and as a pro-tem judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court.
July 27, 1996 |
It's no secret that men have long ruled the comedy scene. Everywhere you look, from the Improv to the Groundlings to Acme Comedy Players, guys dominate the L.A.-area comedy landscape, . Even in the case of the Orange County Crazies, though its founder-director is a woman (Cherie Kerr), men have tended to overshadow and outnumber women.
July 23, 1996 |
"Now, where was I?" Mort Sahl must have asked that a dozen times during his performance Sunday night at the Tiffany Theatre. But the answer never really made much difference. Wherever his wittily digressive tales took him--from the White House to Barbra Streisand's house--the veteran comic set to gleefully illuminating political absurdities and deflating celebrity pretensions.