CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2005 |
Michael R. Farkash, a playwright and screenwriter who also wrote for local publications, including the Hollywood Reporter, has died. He was 53. Farkash was found dead June 9 in his Granada Hills home. His family attributed the death to natural causes and said he had been under a doctor's care for a series of illnesses. Quiet and unassuming, Farkash was known to his readers for his quirky, often macabre sense of humor.
May 18, 1994 |
With impish glee and acid wit, former Vice President Dan Quayle and conservative humorist P.J. O'Rourke lobbed verbal spitballs at the Clinton Administration on Tuesday in a daylong humor conference at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. O'Rourke skewered the President's health care reform proposal as the bloated product of a pre-exam "dorm room bull session."
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March 30, 1996 |
"Disney to the Rescue," blares a headline in the April 1 newsletter of North Hollywood Presbyterian Church, which has been without its main church building since the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The newsletter mailed this week said that Walt Disney Co. would fund a $50-million, 2,500-seat concert-and-worship complex with the church as majority owner. "I thought it was time that we got into the God business," Disney official Bob Bigbucks is quoted as saying.
April 2, 1999 |
In the title role of "Sparkler," a lively little movie with lots of heart and humor, Park Overall is Melba May, a late thirtysomething Victorville trailer park housewife who is an innocent without being stupid, who is kind and observant and ready to make the most of life. But when she catches her low-down trucker husband, Flint (Don Harvey, a comic rascal), in their bed with another woman, she moves in with her beautician mother (Grace Zabriskie), shopping and psychic network zealot.
June 6, 1988 |
Gov. George Deukmejian gave a humorous non-answer Sunday to the inevitable, often-asked question of whether there might be any circumstances under which he would accept an offer by Vice President George Bush to become his running mate. "I consulted my astrologer this morning and she told me that this was not a particularly good day for me to answer that question," Deukmejian replied on ABC-TV's "This Week With David Brinkley."
January 19, 1990 |
The Saturday debut of the Orange County Crazies does not mark the first attempt at establishing a local comedy troupe. Fractured Mirror, a six-member team that makes the L.P.R. Dinner Theatre its home, has been playing the county for six years now. Trisha Burson, a member of Fractured Mirror, said her troupe is different from the Crazies. Her group's material is almost entirely scripted, for instance, and the topics range beyond the county. "We say that we do a splash of improv," Burson said.
November 19, 1992 |
"Well," comic Evan Davis was saying by phone from the road last week, "a lot's happened. Clinton's in. I really like him. But I don't know if anyone from Arkansas should ever be given power. Not till their reading levels come up a little. . . . It's scary to think he worked at a gas station at one time and everybody called him Goober." Thank heaven Perot was in the race, Davis said. "He's a funny guy. He quit for a while: 'You put your right foot in, you put your right foot out. ' . . .
October 6, 1993 |
A notice on DuPont Co. bulletin boards urged employees to trim travel expenses by hitchhiking to business destinations, bunking with old friends and ducking meal checks with the old dine-and-dash routine. It was a joke, of course. And not a bad one either. These are, after all, black times in the white-collar world. The organization man of the 1950s and 1960s is a distant memory. So are many perks and bonuses. Jobs are getting cut 10,000 at a whack.
April 5, 1987 |
Taking humor seriously can boost your health and wealth, say the businessmen, doctors, psychologists and educators at a conference on "The Power of Laughter and Play." Just listen to Ashley Montagu, the 82-year-old anthropologist and social biologist who says he wants to "die young at a ripe old age." Montagu opened the recent four-day conference with the warning that "adults are nothing more than deteriorated children."
August 22, 2003 |
Know your joke by heart. Don't announce in advance that it's going to be hilarious. And never say "But seriously ... " when you're finished. If you can't tell a joke -- or if you don't know any -- help is coming to your nearest newsstand. Reader's Digest, which sees 35,000 attempts at humor every month, is offering several articles in its September issue to aid the humor-challenged, including "How to Tell a Joke," "Who's Funny Now" and its lists of the best jokes and funniest films of all time.