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January 28, 2011
Molly Prather will be hosting the Armando Show at iO West Theatre, 6366 Hollywood Blvd., Saturday, 9 p.m., $10. Info: west.ioimprov.com Ron Babcock will perform stand up at the Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S. Main St., downtown L.A., Tuesday, 9 p.m., Free. Info: holyfreecomedy.com
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April 23, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
No joke: The walkout by editors and assistant editors on the NBC show "Last Comic Standing" is over after less than two days. An official with the Motion Picture Editors Guild said 15 workers returned to work Wednesday morning after the union reached an agreement with NBC to provide a union contract for the employees. "Thanks to the courage and cohesion they demonstrated, and to the overwhelming support showed to them by their Local 700 sisters and brothers and the entire IATSE [International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees]
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November 28, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
I first encountered Julia Wertz with her 2010 graphic memoir “Drinking at the Movies,” a relentless and, at times, lacerating self-portrait of the artist as a young woman wrestling with alcohol. “Drinking at the Movies” was not Wertz's first autobiographical comic - her earlier work is gathered in two collections, “The Fart Party Vol. 1” and “The Fart Party Vol. 2” - but it represents a bridge between the narrow form of the comic strip (many of its chapters are a single page)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
The NBC contest show "Last Comic Standing" isn't generating many laughs from the Motion Picture Editors Guild. The guild, Local 700 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, said more than a dozen workers employed by NBC Studios in Glendale walked off the job late Monday morning, weeks before the show's debut. The workers are seeking a union contract, including health insurance and pension benefits, the guild said. PHOTOS: 2013's highest-paid media executives “This is an experienced, top-notch crew, putting together a primetime series for broadcast on NBC,” editors guild President Alan Heim said in a statement.
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May 27, 2011 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
"A guy who's so funny and kills me right now is on 'Parks and Recreation:' Nick Offerman. He's someone, I think, who's in that vein of 'overnight sensation who's been working for 20 years' and no one knows about it. Nick's not a young guy, but he's someone who's so distinct and plays these great, bizarre characters. He's fantastic. And he's finally getting attention now, and a shot he really deserves. He's just dry and bizarre and weird. Oh, and has a great mustache. " For a zany night, Will Ferrell style, watch Nick Offerman on "Parks and Recreation" 9:30 p.m. Thursdays on NBC. deborah.vankin@latimes.com
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2011
There's a comedian I really like ? Brad Williams. He's a so-called little person, which is the phrase. He's a real heavyweight, a smart person with big heart. Watch for him ? really, really funny. He could do for the so-called little person, dwarfs, what Richard Pryor did for Stepin Fetchit. He breaks all the barriers down. He just gets up there and says, 'Look at me ? these are my little arms.' He's really funny. Real smart. He's real special. ?As told to Deborah Vankin
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2011
"Ron Babcock ? he's definitely emerging in that alternative comics world. The thing I love about Ron is that he's like that guy that you sat next to in Spanish class who was always cracking jokes and getting you in trouble for laughing. And now he's still that guy, but he's also way cool and didn't get all fat like those other guys did from high school. "He's very observational ? he has this great bit about this book about evolution and dinosaurs ? he's definitely the smartest guy in the room.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2010 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
"I love Maria Bamford. She makes me laugh. I think she's hysterically funny. She performs all over the place [in LA]. Have you seen her? She's so funny ? she's one of the few people that really makes you laugh hard, who's doing something so interesting and insane. She does a lot of voices. She has a very high voice and she does a lot of characters and people in her life ? with deep voices ? and it's just a unique, bizarre act. I've seen a lot of comics and it takes a lot to make me laugh really hard.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2011 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
"Matt Braunger. You know what I like about him? And here's a sign that I'm 43 years old. First off, he really makes me laugh. But also, I can watch him with my daughter. My 10-year-old daughter really likes him too. And in a smart way, she gets it. And he's not, like, filthy dirty. He's very likeable and fun, and yet it's smart at the same time. You know where I've seen Matt Braunger? I literally go on YouTube and I get all his videos, and we sit and watch him. I've never seen him live.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2008
Garry Trudeau is taking an extended vacation, which means "Doonesbury" will be on a break now through June 16. In its place, the daily Calendar section will sample three new comics for one month each. First is "Cafe con Leche" by Charlos Gary, which will run through April 19. The Sunday comics will run repeats of "Doonesbury" comics until Trudeau's return in June. Send comments to comics@latimes .com.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Riverdale is in for a shock as its favorite son, the easygoing redhead Archie Andrews, is fated to die in an upcoming comic, CNN has reported . But as is often the case in comic-books deaths, Archie won't be disappearing altogether -- not from the page or from the pop-culture consciousness. In fact, he and the rest of the Riverdale gang are also intending to make the leap to the big screen. Archie will meet his maker in issue No. 36 of "Life With Archie," a flash-forward series that presents two future timelines of Archie as an adult: one in which he is married to Betty and one in which he's married to Veronica.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014
Charles Sumner 'Chuck' Stone Jr. Columnist and educator helped found association for black journalists Charles Sumner "Chuck" Stone Jr., 89, a longtime journalist and educator who was one of the founders of the National Assn. of Black Journalists, died Sunday at an assisted living facility in Chapel Hill, N.C., according to his daughter Allegra Stone. The cause was not given. Many who helped launch the association credited Stone as the driving force behind its founding, said its current president, Bob Butler.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Stand-up comedian John Pinette has died at age 50. According to the Associated Press, the comedian, who was best known for his routine about an all-you-can eat Chinese buffet and for guest-starring on the series finale of "Seinfeld," was found dead of natural causes in a Pittsburgh hotel room. Pinette, who had struggled with his weight for decades, died of natural causes, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office. Pinette's personal doctor also signed off on the cause of death, meaning no autopsy is planned.
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April 7, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Conan O'Brien is looking to get a jump on all the Dave, Jimmy and Jimmy talk by announcing his own late-night move next summer. He's going to become the first late-night host to broadcast his show from San Diego's Comic-Con International. "Conan" will be in San Diego in 2015, doing the TBS show from the Spreckels Theatre from July 8-12. With Comic-Con such a major destination for Hollywood talent these days, especially the kind starring in big summer tent-pole movies, the guest lineup for O'Brien's shows that week should be impressive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2014 | By David Colker
Comedian David Brenner, who vaulted to fame through his appearances on the "Tonight Show" in the 1970s, died at home in New York on Saturday. The cause was cancer, said his former publicist, Jeff Abraham, who issued a statement on behalf of Brenner's family. He was 78. Brenner was working as recently as December, with club dates in Toronto and other spots, Abraham said. The comedian was a favorite of "Tonight Show" host Johnny Carson at a time when appearances on the late-night program could ensure success for a comic.
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March 13, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Out to prove that the comic-book movie needn't be mega-financed behemoths, the scrappy superhero-noir indie "Sparks" busks its 1940s saga of dark redemption with considerable visual energy, if not always coherence or competence. Starting with wounded, wanted vigilante Ian Sparks (Chase Williamson) barging into a newspaper to report his own murder, the movie flashbacks - and flashbacks - to unravel a convoluted story stemming from a superpower-bestowing meteorite crash, Sparks' teaming with masked crime fighter Heavenly Lady (Ashley Bell)
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February 4, 1995
I took my 11-year-old grandson (at his request) to see "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective." During the first few minutes, the F-word was said numerous times. I was ready to leave at that point. As I reached for my coat, Jim Carrey approached a secretary and pulled down his pants, effectively mooning the seated woman. I pulled my grandson up for a hasty exit. Gene Seymour's article "Silliness Is No Joke" (Jan. 20) did the great comics a great injustice by comparing them to Carrey. Their names should not even be put on the same page!
NEWS
February 26, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Piotr Michael has created what he's calling a PSA for Oscar nominees, advising them on award-acceptance behavior. His recommendations: Don't cry. Have some humility. Thank those who worked on the movie -- not "your neighbor, your garbage man, little Fido. " The video's gaining steam on YouTube and is worth watching. Or, better yet, listen to it with your eyes closed. Michael's a gifted voice artist and this video brings you Maggie Smith ("Thank the crew, for God's sake!") as well as Charlie Sheen, Ian McKellen ("Don't start sobbing!
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Sid Caesar, who died Wednesday at the age of 91, had a career that spanned stage and screen, but it was on TV that he was best known. His first TV appearance was on Milton Berle's "Texaco Star Theater," but it was on the variety show program "Your Show of Shows" that he became famous. The show, which aired on NBC beginning in 1950, showcased Caesar's talents alongside other future comedy legends, including Carl Reiner, Imogene Coca and Howie Morris. Mel Brooks and Neil Simon were writers for the show, which grew from the vaudeville tradition.
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