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December 20, 1987 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
The essence of Emo. That's what I was after. No one knows what Emo Philips is really like (well, except maybe his mom) because the gangly, slow-talking, 31-year-old comedian apparently refuses to break character in public. Even when he's off stage, he's "on." He doesn't know when to quit. In interviews, even in casual conversation, the next joke or bit is just seconds away.
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June 12, 2010 | Chris Erskine
No one ever got a pleasant childhood memory from a Nintendo game. My buddy Irv has one of those same-sex marriages. Every Saturday night, he has the same sex. Best sound of summer: the ping of a wrench when it hits the garage floor. Second-best sound of summer: a dad saying to his son, "Hey, pal, hand me that wrench?" Computer upgrades are like transplants. Unless your life depends on it, avoid them. Best potential book on tape: Vin Scully reading classic children's stories.
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December 16, 1987 | HILLIARD HARPER
Christmas is such a magical time--even in San Diego, I would guess. You put algae on the door, maybe." Thus spake a decidedly off-the-wall Emo Philips in a phone interview last week.
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November 2, 1990 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Emo Philips, speaking in his oddly childlike voice, says he used to live in Garden Grove, "just a stone's throw away from the Crystal Cathedral." When was that? "Back when I had a stronger arm," he said. Actually, the waif-like comedian with the Prince Valiant haircut and thrift shop castoffs lived in Garden Grove five years ago. But it was only for two months.
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December 27, 1987 | DUNCAN STRAUSS, The reviewing staff for Orange County Calendar selects the highlights of 1987 in classical music and dance, art, college and community theater, pop music and comedy.
Jerry Seinfeld at the Improvisation in Irvine (July 14): You're still nagged by the feeling that he's holding back emotionally, that he doesn't tap into the trickier, more painful part of his experiences the way the most affecting comics do. But he was definitely "on" this night. And if there was any doubt about the quantity or quality of his material, he did another great--and entirely different--set two nights later. -- Cathy Ladman at the Laff Stop in Newport Beach (Dec.
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November 2, 1990 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Emo Philips, speaking in his oddly childlike voice, says he used to live in Garden Grove, "just a stone's throw away from the Crystal Cathedral." When was that? "Back when I had a stronger arm," he said. Actually, the waif-like comedian with the Prince Valiant haircut and thrift shop castoffs lived in Garden Grove five years ago. But it was only for two months.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 1987 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
Emo Philips hates to break character. That character, as played by the slow-speaking, gangly comedian in Page Boy and mismatched thrift-shop garb, is an otherworldly, helpless innocent, battling a persecution complex while making absurd observations about everything from physics to cole slaw. Add to the mix his deliberate delivery, and Philips comes across like a sort of Rodney Dangerfield on Valium. ("When I was 10, my parents moved to Downers Grove, Ill. When I was 12, I found them."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 1987 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
Emo Philips represents stand-up comedy's revenge of the nerd. Philips, who opened a six-night stand Tuesday at the Improvisation in Irvine, is unlike anyone else in stand-up. Just look at him: Roughly chopped pageboy hairdo, and layers of mismatched thrift-shop garb hanging on a crane-like frame. But he's not unlike the wimp with a calculator on his belt who was ridiculed in school by everyone--and who then went on to start a computer company now worth $83 million.
HOME & GARDEN
June 12, 2010 | Chris Erskine
No one ever got a pleasant childhood memory from a Nintendo game. My buddy Irv has one of those same-sex marriages. Every Saturday night, he has the same sex. Best sound of summer: the ping of a wrench when it hits the garage floor. Second-best sound of summer: a dad saying to his son, "Hey, pal, hand me that wrench?" Computer upgrades are like transplants. Unless your life depends on it, avoid them. Best potential book on tape: Vin Scully reading classic children's stories.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 1987 | KATHRYN BAKER, Associated Press Television Writer
Charlton Heston says he offered historical perspective to the staff of "Saturday Night Live" when they met, but it dealt not with "Ben Hur," but with Caesar--as in Sid. Heston, who made his name playing heroic figures in screen epics, will try his hand as guest host of SNL on Saturday. "It's a rare chance to kid around a little," Heston said in an interview.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 1987 | DUNCAN STRAUSS, The reviewing staff for Orange County Calendar selects the highlights of 1987 in classical music and dance, art, college and community theater, pop music and comedy.
Jerry Seinfeld at the Improvisation in Irvine (July 14): You're still nagged by the feeling that he's holding back emotionally, that he doesn't tap into the trickier, more painful part of his experiences the way the most affecting comics do. But he was definitely "on" this night. And if there was any doubt about the quantity or quality of his material, he did another great--and entirely different--set two nights later. -- Cathy Ladman at the Laff Stop in Newport Beach (Dec.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 1987 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
The essence of Emo. That's what I was after. No one knows what Emo Philips is really like (well, except maybe his mom) because the gangly, slow-talking, 31-year-old comedian apparently refuses to break character in public. Even when he's off stage, he's "on." He doesn't know when to quit. In interviews, even in casual conversation, the next joke or bit is just seconds away.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 1987 | HILLIARD HARPER
Christmas is such a magical time--even in San Diego, I would guess. You put algae on the door, maybe." Thus spake a decidedly off-the-wall Emo Philips in a phone interview last week.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 1987 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
Emo Philips represents stand-up comedy's revenge of the nerd. Philips, who opened a six-night stand Tuesday at the Improvisation in Irvine, is unlike anyone else in stand-up. Just look at him: Roughly chopped pageboy hairdo, and layers of mismatched thrift-shop garb hanging on a crane-like frame. But he's not unlike the wimp with a calculator on his belt who was ridiculed in school by everyone--and who then went on to start a computer company now worth $83 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 1987 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
Emo Philips hates to break character. That character, as played by the slow-speaking, gangly comedian in Page Boy and mismatched thrift-shop garb, is an otherworldly, helpless innocent, battling a persecution complex while making absurd observations about everything from physics to cole slaw. Add to the mix his deliberate delivery, and Philips comes across like a sort of Rodney Dangerfield on Valium. ("When I was 10, my parents moved to Downers Grove, Ill. When I was 12, I found them."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 1987 | KATHRYN BAKER, Associated Press Television Writer
Charlton Heston says he offered historical perspective to the staff of "Saturday Night Live" when they met, but it dealt not with "Ben Hur," but with Caesar--as in Sid. Heston, who made his name playing heroic figures in screen epics, will try his hand as guest host of SNL on Saturday. "It's a rare chance to kid around a little," Heston said in an interview.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 1987
Joining a handful of local venues presenting regular comedy attractions, the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano will begin a weekly comedy series Tuesday. The first show, which starts at 8 p.m., will feature Los Angeles-based comedians Jeff Gerbino, Jeff Wayne and Hugh Fink. The Coach House has often used comics to open shows since it began booking original music concerts full time a little more than a year ago.
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