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August 8, 1987 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON, Times Staff Writer
There's an old category of performer of whom it's been said, "He'd break his own leg for a laugh." There's a more recent category as well, the performer whose public recognition isn't based on some resonant cultural achievement, like a powerful movie or theater role, but on an accumulation of commercial TV bits into a montage of familiarity that's almost purely pictorial. Joe Piscopo, who appeared with Rich Hall Thursday at the Wiltern Theatre, encompasses both.
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January 10, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Comedian Joe Piscopo jokingly calls his lineup of Southern California show dates his "West Coast Middle-East Warm-Up Tour." The former "Saturday Night Live" cast member, who will perform Friday at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, says the USO asked him to entertain American troops in Saudi Arabia in November, but then told him he would have to wait.
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January 10, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Comedian Joe Piscopo jokingly calls his lineup of Southern California show dates his "West Coast Middle-East Warm-Up Tour." The former "Saturday Night Live" cast member, who will perform Friday at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, says the USO asked him to entertain American troops in Saudi Arabia in November, but then told him he would have to wait.
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January 30, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Joe Piscopo says he's no star and if he can convince a New Jersey appeals court he's just another Joe, it would save him thousands of dollars in a divorce ruling. A lawyer for Piscopo, 37, argued in Bergen County Superior Court last week that the comedian-actor of "Saturday Night Live" and beer commercial fame does not have celebrity good will--the ability to generate future earnings based on celebrity status. The arguments were part of an appeal Piscopo filed on an Aug.
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January 30, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Joe Piscopo says he's no star and if he can convince a New Jersey appeals court he's just another Joe, it would save him thousands of dollars in a divorce ruling. A lawyer for Piscopo, 37, argued in Bergen County Superior Court last week that the comedian-actor of "Saturday Night Live" and beer commercial fame does not have celebrity good will--the ability to generate future earnings based on celebrity status. The arguments were part of an appeal Piscopo filed on an Aug.
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July 20, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
"What hath God Roth" is the name of comic Joe Piscopo's latest broadside--this time on flamboyant rocker David Lee Roth. Prancing about the stage of New Orleans' Saenger Performing Arts Center in a skintight tiger-striped body suit, Piscopo launched his first national tour with the new routine.
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May 15, 1986
"Second Serve" was not even second best in the ratings, figures from the A.C. Nielsen Co. showed Wednesday. The national ratings revealed that the CBS-TV movie, in which Vanessa Redgrave dramatized the sexual transformation of Renee Richards, drew fewer viewers than the programming on ABC and NBC from 9 to 11 p.m. Tuesday.
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May 3, 1989 | Claudia Puig, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
A state appellate court in New Jersey, ruling in the divorce case of actor Joe Piscopo, says that the price of fame can be calculated and its value split between divorcing spouses. A three-judge panel of the Appellate Division of Superior Court upheld a lower court's ruling that Piscopo's ex-wife is entitled to 48% of the comedian's "celebrity good will." The total value of that good will, determined by both sides in the case, who accepted the lower court judge's calculation, is $98,708.
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August 8, 1987 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON, Times Staff Writer
There's an old category of performer of whom it's been said, "He'd break his own leg for a laugh." There's a more recent category as well, the performer whose public recognition isn't based on some resonant cultural achievement, like a powerful movie or theater role, but on an accumulation of commercial TV bits into a montage of familiarity that's almost purely pictorial. Joe Piscopo, who appeared with Rich Hall Thursday at the Wiltern Theatre, encompasses both.
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