May 22, 1992 |
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."
February 10, 1987 |
"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).
August 9, 1990 |
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.
March 24, 1988 |
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.
July 25, 1987 |
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.
December 28, 1990 |
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.