Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsJim Brogan
IN THE NEWS

Jim Brogan

FEATURED ARTICLES
MAGAZINE
April 26, 1998
I'd not be surprised if "Jay Leno's Alter Ego" (by Roy Rivenburg, Feb. 22), profiling Jay Leno's comedy consultant, Jim Brogan, was written long before President Clinton's alleged dalliances came to light. Either that or Brogan has been on a long vacation. Whoever was keeping Leno's jokes "in good taste and sniffing out offensive gags and dicey sexual humor" seems to have fallen asleep on his watch. There have been more crude jokes and nonstop cheap laughs--with audible audience winces--in the host's monologues lately than I've ever heard anywhere.
ARTICLES BY DATE
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2001 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his nine years at "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Jim Brogan helped craft a few thousand monologues and probably helped oversee as many as 45,000 jokes--work that earned him the job title of "vice president in charge of monologues." That tenure ended quietly last week, when Brogan left the show to pursue other projects. NBC made no announcement about the departure, but Brogan's influence as Leno's unseen advisor was familiar to those in comedy circles.
Advertisement
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2001 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his nine years at "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Jim Brogan helped craft a few thousand monologues and probably helped oversee as many as 45,000 jokes--work that earned him the job title of "vice president in charge of monologues." That tenure ended quietly last week, when Brogan left the show to pursue other projects. NBC made no announcement about the departure, but Brogan's influence as Leno's unseen advisor was familiar to those in comedy circles.
MAGAZINE
April 26, 1998
I'd not be surprised if "Jay Leno's Alter Ego" (by Roy Rivenburg, Feb. 22), profiling Jay Leno's comedy consultant, Jim Brogan, was written long before President Clinton's alleged dalliances came to light. Either that or Brogan has been on a long vacation. Whoever was keeping Leno's jokes "in good taste and sniffing out offensive gags and dicey sexual humor" seems to have fallen asleep on his watch. There have been more crude jokes and nonstop cheap laughs--with audible audience winces--in the host's monologues lately than I've ever heard anywhere.
MAGAZINE
February 22, 1998 | ROY RIVENBURG, Roy Rivenburg is a Times staff writer
We are camped out in Jay Leno's den in the dead of night, listening to him test jokes for "The Tonight Show" and witnessing a rather alarming transformation. At first, he is merely barefoot. Then, as the hours wear on, he begins unbuttoning his shirt. Now, sprawled on the couch reading jokes, he unbuckles his belt and unhooks the top button of his jeans. And I'm thinking: "Is he just trying to get comfortable here or--dear Lord--does he do his best work in the nude?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2001 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Entertainer Paula Poundstone, an adoptive and foster parent who has been a fixture on the stand-up comedy scene for 20 years, pleaded no contest Wednesday to one count of felony child abuse and a misdemeanor charge of inflicting injury upon a child. As part of a plea agreement with Los Angeles County prosecutors, Poundstone is expected to be placed on probation for five years but will not go to jail, attorneys said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 1993 | DANIEL CERONE, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Best Medicine: "Comedians Against AIDS" will hold a second annual benefit Sunday at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood. The scheduled performers are Richard Belzer, Jim Brogan, Dom Irrera, Carol Leifer, John Mendoza, Larry Miller, Rick Overton, Ron Richards, Mark Schiff, Ritch Shydner, Carol Siskind and George Wallace. Shows are at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Information: (213) 656-1136.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2001 | STEVE BERRY and PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Stand-up comedian Paula Poundstone was arrested and jailed Wednesday in Santa Monica on charges of committing three lewd acts against a child and child endangerment. Poundstone, an adoptive parent who is also known for her work as a foster parent, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Malibu by Santa Monica police, said Joe Scott, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2003 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
Pauly Shore emerged from his childhood home. It was a Sunday afternoon, the time of the week when a good son goes to see his aging mother. "I just fed her," he said. Inside, in her den, was Mitzi Shore. Mitzi Shore, who was friends with Lenny Bruce's mother. Mitzi Shore, who married a comedian (Sammy Shore) and divorced a comedian but not before giving birth to a comedian (Pauly).
SPORTS
July 4, 1986 | CHRIS ELLO
Hot hoops in the summertime. Across most of America, it's wonderful. The kind of pickup games that dreams are made of. You're always hearing about Pearl running the show on the playgrounds of New York. Want to guard him? Just throw your shoes on and get the next game. Just off work in French Lick, Ind.? If all goes well, you can shed the tie, throw on a T-shirt and try to keep Larry Bird from throwing a few more through the hoop.
MAGAZINE
February 22, 1998 | ROY RIVENBURG, Roy Rivenburg is a Times staff writer
We are camped out in Jay Leno's den in the dead of night, listening to him test jokes for "The Tonight Show" and witnessing a rather alarming transformation. At first, he is merely barefoot. Then, as the hours wear on, he begins unbuttoning his shirt. Now, sprawled on the couch reading jokes, he unbuckles his belt and unhooks the top button of his jeans. And I'm thinking: "Is he just trying to get comfortable here or--dear Lord--does he do his best work in the nude?"
ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 1998 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While providing the country with a titillating view of President Clinton's sex life, Kenneth Starr's 445-page report presented a quandary to comedians: Do we just read this stuff verbatim, or try to write jokes? Stephanie Miller wasn't sure. Interviewed Friday, about an hour before she was to go on the air at KABC-AM (790), the comedian/talk-show host had been presented with an intact, comedy-friendly script. A cigar used as a sex toy?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2001 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
God with a sense of humor? Jesus a stand-up comic? Laughter in the Bible? Sometimes it's hard to see anything funny in religion, especially when the emphasis is on the thou-shalt-nots, hellfire and an omnipotent God. Yet sometimes, clerics say, in between all that righteous living, divine justice and awe before the Almighty, you just gotta laugh.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|