August 16, 1998 |
Q: What's even scarier than a White House intern? A: A stand-up comedian. Hire one, and you just might not want to hire the other. Or so the very frightening Kathy Griffin learned after she was recruited to entertain President Clinton and other partyers at a Democratic fund-raiser not long ago.
February 26, 1998 |
On the coffeehouse-bookstore-restaurant circuit, comedians tell jokes over the drone of espresso machines and ringing cash registers. They compete for your attention while pizza chefs toss dough into the air and while shoppers browse for CDs. Comedian Paul Alexander even does a bit where he's beaten to his punch line by a restaurant hostess calling out, "Smith, party of two, your table is ready, Smith party of two." But hey, nobody's complaining.
October 3, 2013 |
Newt Gingrich, making an appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on Wednesday to promote his new gig on CNN's recently resurrected "Crossfire," offered his thoughts on the current impasse between President Obama and the GOP. "He shouldn't give them what they want," Gingrich said of Obama. Does this mean Gingrich, the onetime Republican speaker of the House who himself presided over two government shutdowns during President Bill Clinton's terms, has turned on his own party?
January 31, 2013
Comedian Kathy Griffin has a sharp wit and a pointed tongue, attributes she's showcased time and again during dozens of TV appearances and prime-time comedy specials. She also doesn't pull any punches during her stand-up show, which is not to be missed. Fred Kavli Theater, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks. 8 p.m. Fri. Prices vary. (805) 449-2787; http://www.toaks.org.
April 8, 1997
Comedians including Kathy Griffin ("Suddenly Susan"), George Lopez, Richard Jeni, Rick Overton, Mark Cohen and Dana Gould will perform in "Laughter From the Heart," a benefit for the nonprofit Hollygrove Children's Home tonight at 8 p.m. at the Improv, 8162 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. Information: (310) 358-0611.
March 14, 1997
Country singer Suzy Bogguss will headline "Every Women's Challenge," a fund-raising event for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, on March 29 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Also scheduled to perform at the 7:30 p.m. event are Ann Wilson from Heart and actress Kathy Griffin ("Suddenly Susan"). Tickets prices range from $25 to $250. Information: (619) 955-8511.
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May 4, 2002 |
Judy Toll, a comedian and writer whose life was an open book onstage, making her a fixture at the popular and long-running Los Angeles alternative comedy show Uncabaret, has died. She was 44. Toll died Thursday at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica of complications from melanoma.
March 11, 2013 |
Attention Facebook users: Do you "like" Mozart, science, "The Colbert Report" and curly fries? Chances are you've got a high IQ. Have you clicked the thumbs-up icon for Tyler Perry, Harley-Davidson and Lady Antebellum? Perhaps you're not quite as cerebral. What you endorse on the popular social media website may say a whole lot more about you than you intended, researchers from the University of Cambridge in Britain have found. You may not think twice about your fondness for NASCAR, "The Bachelor" and Oklahoma State University, but those affirmations fit the pattern of a person who's conservative and less open to new things, they reported Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.