January 30, 2010
Neal Gabler offers a mostly insightful analysis of NBC's recent late-night meltdown ["Leno Trumps What's Cool," Jan. 23]. It is true, and perhaps axiomatic by this point, that NBC gambled in favor of Conan O'Brien's "hip" factor and lost bad. But Gabler reveals his own ignorance of Conan's real appeal to his audience with the flip and highly subjective comment that Conan, while he "may have been modish . . . wasn't funny." What qualification does Gabler have to make this judgment?
January 7, 2010 |
Only you, Gilbert Arenas. Irrepressible to the end -- which Arenas triggered prematurely with a pregame skit Tuesday in which he pretended to shoot teammates -- the Washington Wizards star was suspended indefinitely Wednesday by NBA Commissioner David Stern. League sources said Stern is prepared to suspend Arenas for the rest of the season, but will let the legal process play out before making a final decision. Stern intended to let the process play out before doing anything, but that went up in smoke after Tuesday's pre-game introductions in Philadelphia, where Arenas' teammates circled him and he put his thumbs up, index fingers out and pretended to shoot them.
July 10, 1988
Bob O'Sullivan's "How to Stay Ahead While Playing the Hotel Game" (June 26) was hilarious. You have to keep your sense of humor while traveling. KATHY NELSON Torrance
September 26, 2013 |
Romance and humor are famous homebodies; they never travel as much as they should. Shot mainly in Los Angeles' Koreatown, the genre elements of the romantic comedy "Wedding Palace" attempt a transpacific transit, but get lost in translation. Director Christine Yoo's ambitious debut speaks to Korean American courtship and familial relations while satirizing them, and the result is as inventive - stuffed with animated sequences, a music video and a fake commercial - as it is tonally muddled.
July 22, 2007 |
Platoon Sgt. Vaughn Larson of the Wisconsin Army National Guard is the only current member of the Assn. of American Editorial Cartoonists serving in Iraq. His cartoons are published in the Plymouth Review and occasionally in Stars and Stripes. Interviewed recently by Rob Rogers, president of the cartoonists association, Larson said, "My overall opinion of the war has not changed. We need to finish the job we started.
May 23, 1993
I was chagrined and dismayed by Angela Smith's comments (TV Times, May 2) about "In Living Color" (Fox). To me, the opening shots are symbolic and a statement of the fact that one of life's greatest gifts--humor--does indeed come in every color, and gives our hang-ups and hypocrisies a good airing. Anne Valentine, Glendale
October 21, 2004 |
Miami Herald humor columnist Dave Barry, who has poked fun at life's more bizarre aspects for 20 years, is giving up his weekly column beginning in January for at least a year, the paper said Wednesday. The Herald quoted Barry as saying he wanted a break to spend more time with his wife and child after a hectic summer and might return after a year. Barry's work is carried by about 500 newspapers and he has written some 25 books, including two that were the basis of a television sitcom.
November 4, 2004 |
Here's the reality show I want to produce: two guys. One girl. No, it's not that kind of show. One guy's average-looking -- a little on the thin side -- hair on his head starting to go (as opposed to the hair on his back, which is coming in just fine, thanks. Believe me, nothing says "you sexy thing" like back hair.) Still, he's a snappy dresser, well mannered and, most important, in possession of a working sense of humor. Former stand-up comic.
March 9, 2007 |
When you're taking a revisionist whack at a Greek tragedy, it doesn't hurt to bring a sense of humor to the table. That's something Katharine Noon and her intrepid ensemble at the Ghost Road Company understand, to their audience's benefit. The adaptor and director of "Orestes Remembered: The Fury Project," Noon infuses the tragic rhythms of Aeschylus' "The Eumenides" with plenty of savage humor and contemporary bite.
December 10, 1988
When Frank Layden quit as coach of the Utah Jazz Friday, he said that the National Basketball Assn. has become too serious. If it has, it certainly was no fault of Layden's. He had a quip for every occasion. Recalling his first coaching job: "I was hired at St. Agnes High School on Long Island. I was a JV basketball coach, taught five history classes a day, one remedial math class, had bus duty, and on Tuesday nights I called bingo numbers.