September 7, 2012 |
After experiencing Bramwell Tovey as a regular guest conductor and quipster in chief at the Hollywood Bowl all these seasons, you knew he would be right at home in a program called "Music and Humor. " That's what he has been doing all along to some extent, only on Thursday night, it had an official label. And run with it he did - right off the bat with a topical jab directed to an empty chair. Tovey then took on a masterwork of musical humor, Richard Strauss' "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks," leading the audience by the hand through the piece at the piano from beginning to end. He is a more mischievous teacher than, say, Leonard Bernstein was but just as illuminating, and his deliberately paced performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic brought out as much detail as the sound system would allow.
April 1, 2014 |
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.