December 3, 2002 |
It was meant to be the movie comedy to end all movie comedies. And clocking in at four hours (plus an intermission) when it opened the Cinerama Dome in 1963, "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" certainly was the longest comedy ever made.
September 13, 1991 |
Not all films deserve the full laser-disc treatment: restored film sequences and interviews with the director, stars and other participants. A case in point may be Stanley Kramer's 1963 comedy "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," recently released in wide-screen letterbox by MGM/UA Home Video in a stereo digital video transfer with two-track Dolby Surround ($50).
November 23, 1991 |
Robert Kaufman, comedy writer of hit movies such as "Love at First Bite" and television series such as the first "Bob Newhart Show," has died. He was 60. Kaufman died Thursday at his home in Beverly Hills after a heart attack. He earned both the Emmy award and the Peabody award for writing Newhart's 1961 variety show and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1967 for "Divorce, American Style," which he co-wrote with Norman Lear.
April 24, 2002 |
By all appearances, the big broadcast networks jumped on every reunion special they were pitched for this year's May ratings sweeps, which begin Thursday. But gossip has it that the nets were, in fact, selective, rejecting after careful deliberation a stack of proposals, including: "TV's All-Time Stinkers and Jaw-Dropping Disasters." A cavalcade of megaton bombs through the years, including "Supertrain," "Pink Lady ... and Jeff," "Mr.
July 15, 1987 |
The most astonishing thing about "NBC Presents the AFI Comedy Special" isn't that it's so consistently and so pathetically unfunny. It's that NBC doesn't seem to have a clue that it's created yet another TV crime against comedy (tonight at 10 on Channels 4, 36, 39).
July 6, 2010
SERIES Warehouse 13: The second season premiere picks up right where the first season left off. MacPherson (Roger Rees) has blown Artie (Saul Rubinek) to smithereens and disappeared, and there are a few questions remaining: Is Leena (Genelle Williams) really a traitor? Where has Claudia (Allison Scagliotti) gone? How will Pete and Myka (Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly) and the Warehouse fare without Artie? (9 p.m. Syfy) P.O.V.: Promised Land: Filmmaker Yoruba Richen's new documentary explores two key legal struggles over land in South Africa, where a dirt-poor community petitions for the return of 42,000 acres of fertile farmland currently being controlled by white farmers and developers, and the case of a middle-class black family that claims it owns 3,800 acres now possessed by a few white farmers (10 p.m. KCET)
March 26, 1994 |
The makers of "but . . . seriously" have had the fine instinct to realize that stand-up comedians are the only class of artists with fast enough reflexes to match up with current events; the program also has the good sense to keep them at work and away from pontificating. The result is a kind of cumulative astonishment over what's been happening in American public life over the past few decades. "but . . .
April 2, 1987 |
Dale Gonyea is one of the few male performers around who can get away with being winsome without putting your teeth on edge. Dick Shawn has made a comedy career of puzzling the apocalyptic--past, present and future. Together they make up an entertainment at the Pasadena Playhouse called "In Concert, Dick Shawn and Dale Gonyea." If the title and the noun entertainment are less than inspiring, so be it.
May 11, 1989 |
"Whenever I get to some place like Kansas," announced comic Bernie Berns, "the first thing I say is: 'Where can I get a hot pastrami sandwich?' Suddenly, when you're away from New York, your appetite gets bigger for your beginnings, your roots." That's the philosophy behind "A Night in the Catskills" (at the Las Palmas Theatre), a nostalgic tribute to the "Borscht Belt" starring Berns, singer Claire Barry and violinist Sascha Torma. The show itself offers a small primer on the history of the Catskills, which began as a summer retreat for sweatshop workers and their families in the 1890s.