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February 10, 1993 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Is this the last laugh for the Laff Stop, Orange County's oldest comedy club? The marquee still boasts "All Comedy Nite Club," but comedy was consigned to Friday and Saturday nights as of Feb. 1. Topless dancing has taken over the stage the rest of the week. Owner and operator Jorn S. Rossi said in an interview Monday that he is committed to keeping the Laff Stop name.
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March 16, 1994 | KEVIN JOHNSON
The Laff Stop, a former comedy club turned topless cabaret, closed its doors Tuesday after a lengthy legal battle in which the club was found to have violated an Orange County ordinance prohibiting topless shows. There was no public announcement of the club's decision. In the early days of the former comedy club, it hosted such acts as Robin Williams and David Letterman.
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October 7, 1993 | BOB ELSTON
A Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that a comedy club turned topless dancing venue must end its nightly adult entertainment show. The Laff Stop, in an unincorporated area near John Wayne Airport, began featuring female topless dancing in February after the stand-up comedy business turned sour. Laff Stop officials made the switch without applying for an adult entertainment permit from the county. In July, the court issued a temporary injunction to stop the "Newport Fantasy" show.
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October 7, 1993 | BOB ELSTON
A Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that a comedy club turned topless dancing venue must end its nightly adult entertainment show. The Laff Stop, in an unincorporated area near John Wayne Airport, began featuring female topless dancing in February after the stand-up comedy business turned sour. Laff Stop officials made the switch without applying for an adult entertainment permit from the county. In July, the court issued a temporary injunction to stop the "Newport Fantasy" show.
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August 4, 1993 | BOB ELSTON
Orange County sheriff's deputies Tuesday afternoon halted topless dancing at the Laff Stop, a comedy club-turned topless dancing venue. The manager of the club near John Wayne Airport was cited for operating an adult entertainment business without a license, and nine female dancers were cited for indecent exposure, said Sheriff's Lt. Dick Olson.
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February 9, 1993 | BOB ELSTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Owners of the Laff Stop comedy club, which recently converted to topless entertainment, filed a lawsuit against the county Monday in an effort to remain open. The county ordered Laff Stop owner Jorn S. Rossi last week to end the topless dance shows, claiming he was in violation of county zoning ordinances. However, Rossi has continued with the topless shows pending the outcome of his lawsuit.
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March 16, 1994 | KEVIN JOHNSON
The Laff Stop, a former comedy club turned topless cabaret, closed its doors Tuesday after a lengthy legal battle in which the club was found to have violated an Orange County ordinance prohibiting topless shows. There was no public announcement of the club's decision. In the early days of the former comedy club, it hosted such acts as Robin Williams and David Letterman.
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February 4, 1993
When a comedy club in unincorporated Santa Ana Heights debuted female topless dancers this week, it raised the eyebrows of county officials and nearby residents. After 16 years of comedy that featured such then-unknown comics as David Letterman and Robin Williams, the Laff Stop switched to more profitable topless dancing. A brightly lighted marquee facing Bristol Street advertises the "Newport Fantasy," with shows starting at 11 a.m. and ending most nights at 2 a.m.
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July 21, 1993 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge on Tuesday halted topless dancing at a longtime comedy club, at least until the end of September, when the club's owners and the county will tangle in court. After a brief hearing, Superior Court Judge Robert A. Knox issued a preliminary injunction against the "Newport Fantasy" show at the Laff Stop in Santa Ana Heights. Laff Stop owner Jorn S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1993 | BOB ELSTON
Orange County code enforcement officials Thursday moved to halt topless dancing at a longtime comedy club, which this week began presenting the unclad entertainment. After 16 years of hosting stand-up comedy shows which at one time featured David Letterman and Robin Williams, The Laff Stop on Monday began its "Newport Fantasy" shows with female dancers who strip to the waist.
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August 4, 1993 | BOB ELSTON
Orange County sheriff's deputies Tuesday afternoon halted topless dancing at the Laff Stop, a comedy club-turned topless dancing venue. The manager of the club near John Wayne Airport was cited for operating an adult entertainment business without a license, and nine female dancers were cited for indecent exposure, said Sheriff's Lt. Dick Olson.
NEWS
July 21, 1993 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge on Tuesday halted topless dancing at a longtime comedy club, at least until the end of September, when the club's owners and the county will tangle in court. After a brief hearing, Superior Court Judge Robert A. Knox issued a preliminary injunction against the "Newport Fantasy" show at the Laff Stop in Santa Ana Heights. Laff Stop owner Jorn S.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 1993 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Is this the last laugh for the Laff Stop, Orange County's oldest comedy club? The marquee still boasts "All Comedy Nite Club," but comedy was consigned to Friday and Saturday nights as of Feb. 1. Topless dancing has taken over the stage the rest of the week. Owner and operator Jorn S. Rossi said in an interview Monday that he is committed to keeping the Laff Stop name.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1993 | BOB ELSTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Owners of the Laff Stop comedy club, which recently converted to topless entertainment, filed a lawsuit against the county Monday in an effort to remain open. The county ordered Laff Stop owner Jorn S. Rossi last week to end the topless dance shows, claiming he was in violation of county zoning ordinances. However, Rossi has continued with the topless shows pending the outcome of his lawsuit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1993 | BOB ELSTON
Orange County code enforcement officials Thursday moved to halt topless dancing at a longtime comedy club, which this week began presenting the unclad entertainment. After 16 years of hosting stand-up comedy shows which at one time featured David Letterman and Robin Williams, The Laff Stop on Monday began its "Newport Fantasy" shows with female dancers who strip to the waist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1993
When a comedy club in unincorporated Santa Ana Heights debuted female topless dancers this week, it raised the eyebrows of county officials and nearby residents. After 16 years of comedy that featured such then-unknown comics as David Letterman and Robin Williams, the Laff Stop switched to more profitable topless dancing. A brightly lighted marquee facing Bristol Street advertises the "Newport Fantasy," with shows starting at 11 a.m. and ending most nights at 2 a.m.
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