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October 8, 1993 | GLENN DOGGRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Someone was talking to Jake Johannsen recently about the trend toward one-man comedy shows. For some, the change is good. In an ideal situation, a top comic takes his act, gives it a theme and expands it into a 90-minute show. This gives the crowd a full night of headliner and eliminates the opening acts. In a not-so-ideal situation, a not-so-top comic waters down a 60-minute routine into a 90-minute embarrassment. Johannsen was underwhelmed with the concept.
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October 8, 1993 | GLENN DOGGRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Someone was talking to Jake Johannsen recently about the trend toward one-man comedy shows. For some, the change is good. In an ideal situation, a top comic takes his act, gives it a theme and expands it into a 90-minute show. This gives the crowd a full night of headliner and eliminates the opening acts. In a not-so-ideal situation, a not-so-top comic waters down a 60-minute routine into a 90-minute embarrassment. Johannsen was underwhelmed with the concept.
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October 7, 1993 | GLENN DOGGRELL, Glenn Doggrell writes on comedy for The Times Orange County Edition
The message said Jake Johannsen was running late but would arrive shortly for lunch at a Venice Beach cafe he frequents. No problem. The gray, overcast early afternoon lent itself to thumbing through a few of the myriad periodicals in L.A. newsstands. The mild-mannered comedian and regular "Late Night With David Letterman" guest was probably working on material for his next HBO special and got stuck for a word.
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October 7, 1993 | GLENN DOGGRELL, Glenn Doggrell writes on comedy for The Times Orange County Edition
The message said Jake Johannsen was running late but would arrive shortly for lunch at a Venice Beach cafe he frequents. No problem. The gray, overcast early afternoon lent itself to thumbing through a few of the myriad periodicals in L.A. newsstands. The mild-mannered comedian and regular "Late Night With David Letterman" guest was probably working on material for his next HBO special and got stuck for a word.
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October 3, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who covers comedy regularly for O.C. Live!
Not many comedians will devote six minutes to a single subject, especially one as seemingly mundane as a toaster. Then there's Jake Johannsen, "raconteur of weird stories about everyday life." Here's the lean and lanky Johannsen, peering owlishly through wire-rimmed glasses and speaking in his quirky style--a melange of inflections, pauses and asides--on his troublesome kitchen appliance: "My toaster just went bad.
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June 22, 2000
COSTA MESA 5:30pm Benefit You can sample some of Orange County's finest cuisine and enjoy some fine wine at Summer Solstice 2000: A Festival of Food and Wine. More than 30 restaurants, including Bangkok Four and Troquet, will offer samples from their menus. All proceeds--from admission, drawings and private contributions--will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa.
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December 12, 2001
Music Orange Coast College's Wind Ensemble (John Wayne Airport, MacArthur Boulevard and Michelson Drive, Irvine, [714] 432-5985). The 50-member ensemble, conducted by Dana Wheaton, performs Christmas favorites at the airport's Rotated Square. 6:30 p.m. Free. Comedy Jake Johannsen (Irvine Improv, 71 Fortune Drive, [949] 854-5455). 8:30 p.m. $12. Also Thu., 8:30 p.m. $12; Fri., 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. $15; Sat., 7, 9 and 11 p.m. $15; Sun., 7 p.m. $12. Evan Davis (Brea Improv, 945 E. Birch St.
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September 12, 2002 | MARK SACHS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fans of ABC News' straight-talking "Nightline" program can check out the show's kookier cousin tonight at 10 on KCET. "Life 360" is going after a younger, hipper demographic by slicing and dicing a single topic each week and then jazzing up the results with humor, computer graphics and a heaping helping of attitude. "Nightline" veterans Dan Morris and Michel Martin are on hand as executive producer and host, respectively, but what they've come up with is at best a mixed bag.
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January 1, 1997 | GLENN DOGGRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Improv, with clubs in Irvine and Brea, is just about the only game in town for stand-up comedy. The highlights, in chronological order: Irvine Improv * Kathleen Madigan (Jan. 8-11): Madigan's dry humor has roots in Midwestern cow-tipping. * Bobby Slayton and Diane Ford in " 'Til Death Do Us Part" (Jan. 15-19): Two comics with different, very different, points of view hook up in a battle of the sexes. * Tom Rhodes (Jan. 29-Feb. 2): The star of NBC's "Mr. Rhodes" returns to his stand-up roots.
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October 3, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who covers comedy regularly for O.C. Live!
Not many comedians will devote six minutes to a single subject, especially one as seemingly mundane as a toaster. Then there's Jake Johannsen, "raconteur of weird stories about everyday life." Here's the lean and lanky Johannsen, peering owlishly through wire-rimmed glasses and speaking in his quirky style--a melange of inflections, pauses and asides--on his troublesome kitchen appliance: "My toaster just went bad.
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May 20, 2011
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September 19, 1999
ANYTIME Sundays: Can't get tickets to "The Tonight Show"? Try dropping by the Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach. . . . Jay Leno performs there virtually every Sunday night. Fridays: The audience suggests a title and a location, and an improv team creates "Opening Night: The Improvised Musical," every Friday at the Improv Olympic West. Fridays: Stand-up Celia Fox, after a successful run at LunaPark, is the featured performer in S.
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