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May 21, 1992 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who covers comedy regularly for O.C. Live!
Comedian J.J. Wall, who's headlining at the Brea Improv this week, includes a fair chunk of material in his act on being Irish Catholic. Observations such as: Catholicism "is not one of your mellow religions. It's more like the Marine Corps: 'We're right, you're wrong, cased closed, go to hell.' " But it's not his jokes about growing up on Long Island or being the father of a 4-year-old daughter that earn Wall occasional standing ovations in comedy clubs around the country.
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May 21, 1992 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who covers comedy regularly for O.C. Live!
Comedian J.J. Wall, who's headlining at the Brea Improv this week, includes a fair chunk of material in his act on being Irish Catholic. Observations such as: Catholicism "is not one of your mellow religions. It's more like the Marine Corps: 'We're right, you're wrong, cased closed, go to hell.' " But it's not his jokes about growing up on Long Island or being the father of a 4-year-old daughter that earn Wall occasional standing ovations in comedy clubs around the country.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 1989 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
J.J. Wall seems like a very nice man. And if that sounds like the kind of comment a mother would make to her daughter about a pleasant but unremarkable and slightly boring suitor, you're reading the message loud and clear. Actually, headlining Tuesday at the Irvine Improvisation, Wall turned in a much stronger set than in past appearances there. But that's pretty relative. No one's going to accuse Wall, even at his best, of being on the cutting edge of stand-up. For one thing, much of his material is bland, tedious and unfunny.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 1, 1989 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
J.J. Wall seems like a very nice man. And if that sounds like the kind of comment a mother would make to her daughter about a pleasant but unremarkable and slightly boring suitor, you're reading the message loud and clear. Actually, headlining Tuesday at the Irvine Improvisation, Wall turned in a much stronger set than in past appearances there. But that's pretty relative. No one's going to accuse Wall, even at his best, of being on the cutting edge of stand-up. For one thing, much of his material is bland, tedious and unfunny.
NEWS
May 22, 1992 | Jerry Hicks and Dennis McLellan and Ann Conway
GETTING THE OK: J. J. Wall, who headlines at the Brea Improv this weekend, has made two "Tonight Show" appearances with Carson and calls them the biggest boost of his career. . . . "It means legitimacy for a stand-up comic," Wall says. "The rest of your life they'll always say about you, 'who has appeared on "The Tonight Show." ' Your first goal is to make the show. Then it's, 'Did he like me? Will he invite me back?' Johnny had me back, and I'll always be grateful to him."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 1987 | STEVE HOCHMAN, Compiled by Terry Atkinson
"Hot Shots." Vestron. $59.95. Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon, Sinbad, Joe Alasky, J. J. Wall and Charles Fleisher may very well be among the top young comics in America, but you'd hardly know it from the only intermittently mirth-inducing routines excerpted in this two-year-old show shot at Los Angeles' Improv (apparently taken from the club's Arts & Entertainment cable series spotlighting rising comics).
NEWS
August 9, 1990 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The benefit show Monday at the Glendale Centre Theatre had a serious purpose--raising money for victims of the hillside fire that destroyed or damaged 66 homes in the city in June. KNBC weatherman Fritz Coleman and three stand-up comedians contributed a night of jokes about airline food, dieting, Southern California's real estate obsession and the rigors of childbirth.
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March 24, 1988 | JAN HOFMANN, Jan Hofmann is a regular contributor to Orange County Life.
Did you hear the one about the fund-raiser last Thursday night at the Improvisation Comedy Club in Irvine? Seems there was this group, the Carousel chapter of the Guilds of the Orange County Performing Arts Center, and they wanted to raise money and have fun at the same time. Sounds simple enough. But there were also some things they didn't want. They didn't want the event to be just another off-the-rack fund-raiser. And they didn't want to have to dress up in tuxedos and gowns.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 1987 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
If Jerry Seinfeld's six-day stand last week launched the new Irvine Improvisation with a bang, the comedy club's grand opening party Thursday more closely resembled a whimper. As with the opening of other Improv branches (in California now located from San Diego to Sherman Oaks), numerous celebrities were invited to attend the private event, and numerous comics were asked to perform.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 1990 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If the comedy boom of the '80s continues apace in the '90s, it won't be long before the opening of a new comedy club holds all the sense of occasion of a ribbon-cutting at a frozen-yogurt store. But for now, it's still noteworthy--if not quite front-page news--that the Improvisation's nationwide chain of chuckle factories on Wednesday opened its second Orange County operation, this one in Brea.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 1997 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Angels they're not. But the WB Network is touching Sunday nights with a pair of highly promising comedies in "The Tom Show" and "Alright Already." Both far surpass "Jenny," the new NBC sitcom coming to Sunday nights on Sept. 28. In fact, the pilot episode of "Alright Already" is hands-down, flat-out--take it to the bank--the funniest new half-hour comedy of the 1997-98 season. The bad news is that the chin-stroking wits at WB apparently don't agree.
SPORTS
July 14, 2000 | TOM LAMARRE
The PGA Tour might be coming back to Valencia. Dan Hernandez, head pro at Valencia Country Club, has been negotiating to land the SBC Senior Classic for 2001. "I'm working on it," Hernandez said. "I've been talking to them, but we don't have a contract. "I heard they were looking for another venue so I went on a little fishing trip. I got on the phone and called them, but I'm sure they would have found their way up here on their own."
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