November 30, 2013 |
Standup comedian Brody Stevens' big screen credits (as he's quick to tell you) include "The Hangover," "The Hangover Part II" and "Due Date. " He's been pals with fellow standup and current movie star Zach Galifianakis for years -- since their days of doing standup together back in New York City. And Galifianakis is now using some of his star clout to help his friend by serving as executive producer of Steven's reality-comedy series "Brody Stevens: Enjoy It. " The series, which premieres on Comedy Central on Sunday, is an expansion of the short series of the same name that played on the online HBO Go service last year.
March 21, 2010
On the lookout for all the laughs they can get Comedy scouting is a rigorous beat best suited to the true believers. Finding the rare superstars amid the legions of wannabes takes as much stamina as instinct. Here are a few examples of how that tenacity can pay off. ALLISON JONES James Franco: Before the James Dean TV movie and "Freaks and Geeks" launched him, Jones cast the then-19-year-old in a Warner Bros. pilot about high school kids living in the 1970s.
July 1, 2013 |
No joke. A new comedy club is opening up inside a movie theater in Hollywood. In the latest effort by exhibitors to reinvent themselves and draw new patrons, the Chinese 6 Theatre complex is partnering with veteran comedy producers Jeru Tillman and Chris Spencer to create a new comedy club adjacent to the historic Grauman's Chinese Theatre at the Hollywood and Highland Center. Called Inside Jokes, the club is set to open Friday with Russell Simmons' Presents All Def Digital Comedy.
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January 30, 1995 |
1. PLUM CANYON Saugus Plum Canyon, a long, narrow rock crevice in Saugus that runs from Vasquez Canyon to Bouquet Canyon Road, is reportedly where a small contingent of Spanish soldiers were ambushed and slain in 1821 by Native Americans during the war between Spain and Mexico. Repeated stories of Spanish ghosts and strange happenings in the canyon keep the tale alive. Since the mid-19th Century, in a spot a little to the west, between Bouquet and Mint canyons, the quiet, unassuming ghost of a Spanish woman in a light satin dress and blue shawl has reportedly been spotted floating along the path.
June 10, 2011 |
Grand Theft Audio, a "political-comedy-whatever-goes" podcast that's now morphing into a string of live staged shows, is something of an enigma. Its three hosts, Carl Kozlowski, Jake Belcher and Brant Thoman, aren't well-known comics themselves; and they have exactly zero TV and film credits between them. But somehow, they regularly lure really big names onto their live Internet radio show, which broadcasts out of a one-bedroom apartment in Hollywood. Cheech and Chong, Carlos Mencia, Paul F. Tompkins, Marc Maron and Dana Gould have all appeared on the show, as has Brian "Head" Welch, the former guitarist for Korn.
December 17, 2009
Twitterheads and boozehounds join forces for an extra-special excursion down the Sunset Strip at " Strip for the Holidays ," with seasonally themed stops at the Standard, the Comedy Store, the Viper Room and the Roxy. If you have any holiday shopping to do at the Hustler Store, that's an option too. The Standard, 8300 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 6:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Fri. Free. Info on Twitter at @standardhwood.
June 29, 2003
Mitzi Shore presided over the huge success of her Comedy Store empire and her success ignited the growth of the comedy club industry; but the Comedy Store was not the creation of Mitzi Shore. It was her husband's vision -- comedian Sammy Shore's energy, talents and contacts -- that gave "the Store" life. Sammy Shore had long dreamed of a Westside comedians' hangout, where working comics could informally work out material in front of live audiences. I had been his publicist during the years he and other local comics wrangled for stage time at the Horn in Santa Monica, then the area's fabled "discovery place" for musical talent.