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September 19, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who regularly covers comedy for O.C. Live!
He is known for his acerbic style, rapid-fire insults and spontaneous, sharp-tongued exchanges with his audience. But how does Brooklyn-born John Mulrooney describe his onstage persona? "A cross between a blue-collar Chevy Chase and Don Rickles," answers the comedian, who is headlining through Sunday at the Improv in Brea. "I'm kind of rowdier than someone like Chase would be, but with a lot of physical comedy, a lot of working with the audience and destroying hecklers."
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September 19, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who regularly covers comedy for O.C. Live!
He is known for his acerbic style, rapid-fire insults and spontaneous, sharp-tongued exchanges with his audience. But how does Brooklyn-born John Mulrooney describe his onstage persona? "A cross between a blue-collar Chevy Chase and Don Rickles," answers the comedian, who is headlining through Sunday at the Improv in Brea. "I'm kind of rowdier than someone like Chase would be, but with a lot of physical comedy, a lot of working with the audience and destroying hecklers."
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 1988 | DIANE HAITHMAN, Times Staff Writer
Fox Broadcasting Co. tonight will make its third stab at creating a late-night talk-show success with a revamped version of its original effort, "The Late Show." The new program, which will air locally at 11:30 p.m. on KTTV Channel 11, will feature Los Angeles comedians Jeff Joseph and John Mulrooney as hosts.
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February 2, 1990 | STEVE WEINSTEIN
"The Pat Sajak Show," long rumored to be destined for the television guillotine, is instead getting a face lift. Beginning Monday, "Sajak" viewers will be tempted away from sleep, Arsenio Hall and Johnny Carson with a new set, new music and a partially new format. Dan Miller will stay on as the show's announcer and will occasionally participate in comedy bits, but he will no longer be the Ed McMahon-style sidekick.
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April 4, 1988 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
One school of stand-up comedy says that a comic who spends a lot of time talking with the audience is generally an amateurish or undeveloped performer. There are many ways to refute that contention, or at least provide convincing exceptions to the rule. But one of the best and most succinct is: Jimmy Brogan .
BUSINESS
April 10, 1990 | RICK DU BROW, TIMES TELEVISION WRITER
"The Pat Sajak Show," squeezed by the late-night competition of veteran Johnny Carson and new talk host Arsenio Hall, was canceled Monday by CBS, only 15 months after its debut. A CBS announcement said the series will end Friday. Sajak, who will continue with his syndicated "Wheel of Fortune" series with Vanna White, made his final appearance on the late-night network show last Thursday and will not return, a CBS spokesman said. Guest hosts will fill in.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 1987 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
John Mulrooney gets a lot of laughs for a comic with no act. It's an impressive--and depressing--distinction. To headline at the Improvisation in Irvine, where Mulrooney kicked off a six-night stand Tuesday, you not only have to be good and experienced, but you almost always need to have logged some appearances on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" and/or "Late Night With David Letterman." There are very few exceptions, but Brooklyn-born Mulrooney is one.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 1988 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
For someone just turned 25, Daniel Rosen has racked up some mighty impressive credits, from winning an international juggling championship at 18 to appearing with Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller in "Sugar Babies" to writing his own comedy-rock songs to--this year alone--briefly serving as sidekick/announcer on "The Late Show" and appearing twice on "The Tonight Show." Whew. He has always been a precocious performer.
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November 15, 1989 | IRV LETOFSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Comic Mike Sullivan-Irwin was playing the Innovations Lounge of the Holiday Inn, Midland. Then the Alibi Club, Big Rapids. A Lions Club party, Oxford. Touring Michigan. Life in the slow lane. About the only places he can't play are Motel 6s, because they don't have lounges. "They do," he corrected, "for 75 cents extra."
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