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January 5, 2013 |
I have now become the Ellis Island for bisexuals. I tried to avoid it, but they are drawn to me. Consider my recent experience at the Laugh Factory on the Sunset Strip: I go there to hang out with some of the comics and watch the show. It's a very straight club, and I grab a seat in the balcony near my straight comic friend. I can't help but notice that there's a guy staring at me. He's a looker - and straight. He looks like he could be on "NCIS" or "JAG. " He's a friend of my comic friend, I think, so as they clink their beer bottles to toast, I introduce myself.
August 6, 2012 |
Comedian Jeffrey Ross knew he would upset some people when he showed up at the taping of the "Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne" dressed as deceased Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. But when he unleashed a few jokes connected to the recent "The Dark Night Rises" shootings in Colorado, he knew that the jokes would not make the Aug. 12 broadcast. And that's fine with him. "Yes, I crossed a line, and that is what the roasts are all about," Ross told NBC News. "That's what Roseanne is about -- unapologetic comedy.
July 27, 2012 |
Dane Cook is under fire Friday for joking about the Aurora, Colo., shooting less than one week after a gunman opened fire in a screening of "The Dark Knight Rises," killing 12 people and injuring 58. It's the reaction to the comedian's joshing that's perhaps most noteworthy. The problem with Cook's joke doesn't appear to be that it's too soon to joke about the massacre. It will probably never be OK to joke about a massacre. The joke just wasn't funny, according to online reaction to Cook's quip. It was dismissed by many as just one more unfunny joke by an unfunny comedian responsible for many unfunny movies.
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July 19, 2011 |
It didn't take much to make Fernando Aguilar laugh at opening day of the Laugh Factory's summer camp. Comic Dane Cook's opening aside about valet parking had the 11-year-old cracking up. Asia wasn't such an easy mark. Jokes that made me laugh out loud drew just the barest of smiles from the solemn teenager. I can't use Asia's last name because she is a foster child, one who's lived with a series of strangers in the two years since her mother died. "I'm going through a lot of hell at the moment," she told me. "I feel like I'm 30, instead of 17. " But an hour later there she was, clowning onstage; drawing laughs from the club's camp crowd with her natural wit, biting jokes and loose-limbed imitations of streetwise friends.
February 9, 2011 |
In Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada's perfect world, each of his stand-up comics would kill it onstage at the Hollywood comedy club ? then they'd head upstairs and retreat into the club's inner sanctum, a small, wood-paneled private office on the top floor. There, he or she would lie back on a plush, red couch and partake in an often pricey indulgence that can bring on feelings of calm, release and euphoria. Debauchery of choice? Psychotherapy. On Monday, Masada will be starting an in-house therapy program for Laugh Factory comics ?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2010 |
Bessie Mae Berger, a 97-year-old woman who was living in a battered 1973 Chevrolet Suburban until strangers rallied to get her off the street, has died. Berger died Monday at a Sherman Oaks hospital after suffering a stroke and a heart attack, her son Larry Wilkerson said. Berger moved into temporary housing with her sons Larry, 60, and Charlie Wilkerson, 62, in October after The Times reported on the trio's plight. They began sleeping in their SUV on Venice streets after losing their home in Palm Springs and failing to find affordable accommodations for all three of them elsewhere.