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February 14, 2014
Re "Child star, diplomat," Obituary, Feb. 12 Shirley Temple Black, who died Monday, had a wonderful sense of humor. When she ran for Congress in a special election in 1967, she had her headquarters on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, with a sign in the window that said, "Vote for me or I will hold my breathe until I turn blue. " I remember laughing out loud when I saw that sign. Robert Berliner Sherman Oaks ALSO: Letters: No executions -- for now Letters: Mammograms, yes or no?
April 24, 2014 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Hans Hollein, the Austrian architect who died Thursday at 80, was one of a small number of architects who set a loose framework for what would become postmodern architecture, with its focus on humor, irony, eclecticism and freewheeling historical quotation. In 1976 Hollein designed a local project that would dramatically raise his profile: a whimsical branch of the Austrian Travel Bureau, which the architect filled with brass palm trees and the faux ruins of Greek columns. The project helped Hollein gain both bigger projects and international notice.
July 3, 2012
Re " The strange streets of L.A. ," Opinion, July 1 Looking for comedy writers? Look no further than the Jennifer Chuu, Joanne Lo and Doug Smith. Their take on the misspellings of L.A.'s streets as written by traffic cops was hilarious. More, more, please. Charlotte Levitt Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: A new water war Letters: Unions and political spending Letters: The wrong kind of pension reform
April 22, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The cathedral was full - the choir seats filled by uniformed police officers - but it was silent as the microphone was lowered for the little boy. Ten-year-old Jonathan Navarro looked out at the hundreds of officers seated before him to mourn his uncle, LAPD Officer Christopher A. Cortijo, and began speaking directly to the fallen officer. "Uncle Chris, I will always remember you," he said. "You took your time with me and treated me with tough love. You are my hero. " Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Los Angeles early Tuesday to pay their final respects to Cortijo, a Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer who died earlier this month after being struck by a driver suspected of being under the influence of cocaine.
March 5, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
It's got to be said that while wine folks are wonderful people, in general (and frequently in specific), they often seem to lack a sense of humor about themselves. I don't know whether you've noticed that. But way back in the day, a guy named Bob Johnson created some of the wackiest wine cartoons ever as covers for Mike Lynch's old San Francisco Pacific Wine Co.'s trade catalogs. These started in 1980 and continued through 1996. But they're just as funny as ever, and now many of them are available for enjoying on Behance .  These days Johnson is busy running his gallery in Healdsburg, Calif., (where signed editions of some of the posters are available to purchase)
July 30, 2012 | By David Pagel
At Cherry and Martin, a three-artist show takes visitors back to school. But rather than educating us about anything, “Bush of Ghosts” treats the pranks students play as an art form. No one does this better than Nathan Mabry, whose life-size bronze sculpture of a cowboy astride a bucking bronco would be right at home in any collection of Western art, except that the cowboy's head has been replaced by that of a ferocious monster, its fang-filled mouth open wide. Nearly 12 feet tall, Mabry's statue makes Frederic Remington look as hip - and significantly more ambitious - than many young sculptors, who seem to want nothing more than for their work to be accepted as "unmonumental.
December 9, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
The Kiwis aren't the only airline workers with a sense of humor. In the last few years, Air New Zealand has produced several quirky airplane safety videos featuring nude flight attendants, fitness guru Richard Simmons and characters from the "Lord of the Rings" movies. Quiz: Test your knowledge about airport security Last month, Delta Air Lines unveiled its own humorous safety videos, apparently the first by a major U.S. airline. The Delta videos include a robot passenger that turns itself off before takeoff, a warning sign prohibiting playing squash onboard and a passenger with two left feet, among other gags.
November 21, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Whoops - Kanye West went and started a feud with someone who has a powerful weapon apparently not possessed by the volatile rapper: a sense of humor. Guess who won? West took a shot at online shoe retailer Zappos during a Tuesday podcast with Bret Easton Ellis that touched on topics ranging from film to fashion, E! News reported. During the chat, West slammed Zappos' chief exec, Tony Hsieh. "I got into this giant argument with the head of Zappos that he's trying to tell me what I need to focus on," West said.
January 4, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
It was a bittersweet homecoming of sorts when John McCain returned to this picturesque town on Wednesday. Peterborough was the site of one of his very first presidential campaign rallies in his unsuccessful 2000 bid to be the GOP presidential nominee, and the site of one of the last before he lost the 2008 general election to President Obama. McCain returned to endorse and campaign with Mitt Romney, with whom he fought a fierce primary battle four years ago, and who is a front-runner to win this year's Republican nomination.
August 31, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
A series in Sunday Calendar about what Times writers and contributors are listening to right now... Joey + Rory's "His and Hers," the third album from the husband-wife duo Joey and Rory Feek, is a balanced blend of traditional country deep emotion and good-humored irreverence that turns the spotlight more often on hubby Rory's modestly engaging voice after this collection's two predecessors chiefly showcased Joey's sparkling singing. The opening track, “Josephine,” is set against the Civil War but skillfully probes the multiplicity of emotions all soldiers go through not knowing if or when they might come home.
April 13, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
It was a lopsided victory of winks over smirks at "With a Wink and a Smirk," a Saturday afternoon panel discussion at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books that featured comic novelists Diana Wagman, Jerry Stahl, Mark Haskell Smith and Jim Magnuson and was moderated by David Kipen. That revelation, though, didn't come until close to the end of a free-wheeling, fast-moving and very humorous chat that included each author reading just the very first page (no more, no less) from one of his or her recently published books, and touched on taboo humor topics and the source of humor in the comic novel.
April 12, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
"How you doin', baby?" Marlon Wayans said, leaning down to kiss a doll on the lips. The toy, a prop from Wayans' latest movie, "A Haunted House 2," was propped up in a chair across the table from the actor at a stuffy Beverly Hills restaurant. The doll, named Abigail, was meant to resemble a creepy figurine from 2013's "The Conjuring": Both shared the same dead green eyes, sooty peasant dress and pigtail braids. Wayans, 41, has long been known for his outrageous comic taste. He dressed as a Caucasian female FBI agent in "White Chicks" and has been poking fun at the horror genre for years, launching the hit "Scary Movie" parody franchise in 2000.
April 9, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Mike D'Antoni thinks of it this way: don't make a bad situation worse. As the losses pile up at a record-setting rate, the Lakers coach often responds with humor while fielding reporters' questions. It's sometimes self-deprecating and usually followed by a laugh, his way of coping with a season to be remembered for two things: many injuries, many losses. "You've got to be careful because if you get in these situations it doesn't help to swing wildly and just take everybody down," D'Antoni said.
April 6, 2014
ENGLAND Presentation Actress and writer Diz White will discuss how she came to write her travel humor book "Cotswolds Memoir: Discovering a Beautiful Region of Britain on a Quest to Buy a 17th Century Cottage. " When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. HIKING Workshop Linda Mulally will share tips on hiking and backpacking with your dog. When, where: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the REI store in Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd.
April 1, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
Happy April Fool's Day! Why not celebrate with a little humor from the world of science? No, that's not an April Fool's joke. It really IS possible to blend humor with science and math. The American Chemical Society proves it in the video above. You may find some of the jokes funnier than others. One of my favorites: “Never trust an atom - they make up everything.” There's another gem about two glasses of water concerned about the too-cool-for-school behavior of their ice-cube son. The punch line requires a junior-high understanding of chemistry.
March 31, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
Mark Stock, a painter known for his evocative portraits of white-gloved butlers and sad, stylish women in slinky gowns, has died. He was 62. Stock, who died Wednesday at an Oakland hospital, had an enlarged heart, his publicist Charlotte Parker said. His most famous painting, "The Butler's in Love - Absinthe," a study of a butler scrutinizing a lipstick smear on an empty glass, inspired a short David Arquette film, "The Butler's in Love" (2008). It is one of more than 100 Stock paintings featuring butlers, often in poses suggesting suppressed longing or brooding disappointment.
December 3, 1989
Concerning the Nov. 26 review of the rap album "Arsenio Hall Presents Chunky A--Large & in Charge": Dennis Hunt writes, "Some women, though, won't be able to see the humor for the sexism." In this one sentence, Hunt makes at least three facile and inappropriate assumptions. 1--Fortunately for all of us, Hunt would not have been able to make the same cavalier comments in this context: "Some blacks won't be able to see the humor for the racism." Hunt and his editors are wrong to assume that offensive and degrading references are generally more acceptable when applied to women.
May 30, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine spent a lot of time Wednesday explaining his muttered "I hate this country" after two of his team members were eliminated on "The Voice" Tuesday night. In his own defense, he said that he really does loves the country but spoke in frustration. And he tweeted that it was a joke. And a misunderstanding. [Los Angeles Times] I'm sure Levine does have a sense of humor. And so does another singing Adam, Adam Lambert, based on the costume he wore as he got into the spirit of things at the Life Ball, a costume gala in Vienna, Austria, that is Europe's largest fund-raiser for AIDS/HIV charities.
March 28, 2014
Re "The man who died laughing," Opinion, March 24 I comment Carol Starr Schneider for writing such a wonderful tribute to her father, Ben Starr. My dad, whom I lost in October, shared a lot of Ben's traits. He used humor as a coping mechanism and enjoyed being funny and making people laugh. The downside was that my sisters and I never got to know the person behind this very entertaining facade. He was a closed book as far as emotions and feelings went. He wanted to keep everything light.
March 24, 2014 | By Carol Starr Schneider
Even in the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at 5 a.m., while waiting to be seen after a fall, my 92-year-old dad knew a straight line when he heard one. "Are you comfortable?" a nurse asked, propping him up with a pillow. "I make a living," he said without missing a beat. My father, Ben Starr, was the son of immigrants who fled Russia with their senses of humor intact, and he put that cultural inheritance to good use throughout his life. Growing up in Brooklyn, he was known as "Peanut" because of his size.
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