January 10, 2003 |
For seven years Wanda Sykes had a job at the National Security Agency negotiating with suppliers for spy equipment. "I had the top security clearance and all that," she says. "I was getting all kinds of awards and moving up the ladder, but I thought, this just doesn't feel right; I'm not supposed to be here." She got that right. Sykes belongs onstage.
December 3, 2002 |
NAT Nast has, in the last few weeks, appeared on "Friends," "CSI," "West Wing" and "The Sopranos." On a recent "Curb Your Enthusiasm," Larry David and guest star Ted Danson played tug of war with Nast's sleeves -- yes, like two crazed pit bulls, snarling and rolling on the floor, testosterone at full tilt. And get this, Nast has been sighted with J. Lo -- and photographed all over Ben Affleck, People magazine's sexiest man alive.
September 23, 2002 |
The cleaning crew, security guards and parking lot attendants were overwhelming favorites to win this honor at The Times. So I can't tell you how blown away I was to learn that of all those nominated to write this review of the Jiminy Glick of TV awards shows--otherwise known as the 54th annual Emmys on NBC--this paper chose... Moi? Get out! Words fail me.
October 14, 2000 |
Larry David is an acquired taste. For some of us, it takes about 10 seconds. David, who co-created "Seinfeld," returns to HBO Sunday with a unique comedy series that's meant to track the daily minutiae of his professional and dysfunctional personal lives in Los Angeles. Funny and wickedly weird, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" has David playing himself improvisationally in front of fluid hand-held cameras, as he did in his 1999 comedy special from which these 10 episodes are spun.
July 10, 2000 |
During a break in shooting at Don Cuco, a Mexican restaurant in Glendale, Larry David could be found in a booth eating sushi, his nose buried in a copy of Philip Roth's new novel, "The Human Stain." David has never written a novel, but he did co-create and oversee "Seinfeld" for seven seasons, and in the course of this he grew into a kind of literary figure, a TV writer putting his own spin on some of Roth's pet subjects--self-loathing, Jewish mothers, masturbation.
October 16, 1999 |
Hard-core "Seinfeld" fans know fictional George Costanza was largely an extension of Larry David, the former NBC hit's gloomy co-founder and creative spine who was a stand-up comic before scoring mightily in prime time. With at least some of his famed dark personality tics and neuroses intact, he comes to HBO Sunday night in his own mockumentary, "Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm," a show within a show about how he got and prepared for this show. Believe it at your own risk.
September 28, 1999 |
TELEVISION 'SNL,' 'Practice' Deliver: "Saturday Night Live's" 25th anniversary show averaged more than 22 million viewers Sunday, NBC's highest rating for an entertainment special in more than six years, based on preliminary Nielsen viewing estimates. Despite that competition, ABC's two-time best drama Emmy winner "The Practice" opened its season with a jury of more than 18 million viewers, its biggest audience ever. In terms of new series, "Practice" producer David E.
March 1, 1999 |
Friday night is comedy night at Lulu's Beehive, a cozy coffeehouse in Studio City and one of the many stand-up outposts in L.A. for the promising and not-so-promising performers in search of a microphone. On a recent Friday, however, there was an unannounced addition to the lineup, which explained the camera crew and the fact that Lulu's was especially packed. Finally, at around 11:30 p.m.
April 29, 1998 |
Laurie Lennard knows Larry David, the legendarily neurotic co-creator of "Seinfeld," as well as anyone. She's not only David's wife, she's producer of "Sour Grapes," his first feature film after serving seven years as the fabled comic wizard behind the beloved NBC comedy series. (David had a hand in writing nearly 60 "Seinfeld" episodes and penned its hour-plus series finale, which airs May 14.