December 15, 2009 |
For nearly 40 years, the Comedy Store has been a training ground for countless Hollywood aspirants, providing a showcase for the likes of Richard Pryor, Jay Leno and David Letterman. But these days, nobody is joking about the future of the Sunset Strip landmark -- or the condition of Mitzi Shore, the Store's 79-year-old owner. Both are at the center of a lawsuit filed last week by Pauly Shore, the actor-comedian and her youngest son. In his complaint, Pauly, 41, alleges that his older brother Peter, a psychologist and former TV director who lives in Portland, Ore., has been exerting "undue influence" over their mother, who suffers from Parkinson's disease and other neurological problems.
August 22, 2003
The comedies "My Boss's Daughter," starring Ashton Kutcher, Terence Stamp and Tara Reid, and "Marci X," with Lisa Kudrow and Damon Wayans, also open today in general release. Because Dimension Films and Paramount Pictures, respectively, did not make the movies available for screenings, the reviews will appear in Monday's Calendar.
December 9, 2006
NOW that Andy Dick has upstaged Damon Wayans in the latest round of "hack comedians using the N-word to revive dead careers" ["Racial Slur Used Again, Rued Again," by Maria Elena Fernandez, Dec. 6], it is apparent that the absurdity of banning the N-word has opened old-time black leaders to even more ridicule as they try to restore a bygone era to a new generation. FREDERICK CLEVELAND Hollywood RE "Use it? Or Lose It?" by Scott Martelle, Dec. 5: As long as Damon Wayans sees fit to elicit laughs through homophobic jokes and rappers continue to use the F-word (as in "faggot")
December 7, 1996
Comedians including Jay Leno, Drew Carey, Paul Rodriguez, Damon Wayans and Dom Irrera will perform at the Improv Sunday in a benefit to help the family of longtime Improv waiter Antonio Franco, whose son was a victim of a random shooting on his 19th birthday. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show, hosted by Diane Ladd and Fritz Coleman, are $50-$500. Information: (213) 651-2583.
October 25, 2000
Comedians Chris Tucker, Damon Wayans and Bob Saget are among those who will perform a benefit show for 11-year-old Gavin Arvizo at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood on Thursday night at 8. Arvizo, a graduate of the comedy camp run by Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada, is battling cancer. Proceeds from the event go toward covering his medical expenses. The Laugh Factory is at 8001 Sunset Blvd. For reservations, call (323) 656-1336.
May 19, 1999
Book lovers can participate in real-time conversations with selected authors through Barnes & Noble's online chat sessions at http://www.barnesandnoble.com. Among those coming up: * Tonight at 6: Comedian and actor Damon Wayans, whose book "Bootleg" is a collection of observations on relationships, politics and race. * Thursday at 6 p.m.: Camryn Manheim of ABC's "The Practice" talks about her book "Wake Up, I'm Fat!," which confronts attitudes about beauty in America.
May 27, 1999
The Laugh Factory in Hollywood will have tryouts for its summer Comedy Camp at 11 a.m. Saturday. Applicants will introduce themselves and talk with Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada, who has run the camp for more than 10 years. The program targets academically and economically underprivileged young people ages 8 to 18. About 30 will be selected to participate in the free 10-week comedy training program. Past instructors have included Richard Pryor, Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans and Paul Rodriguez.