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December 23, 2009
The Laugh Factory in Hollywood will again throw open its doors on Christmas Day to provide food and entertainment to anyone who is in need of a meal or just some company. Meals will be served at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m., with the laughs provided by such comics as Dane Cook, Paul Rodriguez, Tom Arnold, Paul Mooney and Larry Miller. "With this weakened economy and high unemployment rate, more and more people, especially children, need hope," said Jamie Masada, owner of the comedy venue.
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July 16, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Prepare to laugh a lot more on Catalina Island this summer. The Laugh Factory Comedy Club in Hollywood is bringing its brand of stand-up comedy to the elegant Catalina Country Club in Avalon this summer. Shows run at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. every Friday through Aug. 30 at the club's courtyard. Tickets cost $30 per person, $40 for VIP entry (which guarantees you a table seat) plus a two-drink minimum. Guests have access to a full bar and dining menu during the shows. You can purchase tickets online , at any Santa Catalina Island Co. ticket booth on the island, and at the Pavilion Hotel and the Hotel Atwater . And there's more to the emerging nightlife scene on the island too. Weekend Beach Parties at the Descanso Beach Club in Avalon, where a live DJ and full bar are featured from 2 to 5 p.m., are held Saturday and Sunday afternoons in July and August.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2011 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
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 ?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Jerry Seinfeld is back behind the wheel this week with new episodes of his most interesting post-"Seinfeld" project: "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. " Capitalizing on the recent trend of comedians hosting shows where they interview other comedians (such as Marc Maron's "WTF" podcast and "Comedy Bang Bang"), Seinfeld is taking his famous funny friends out for a spin and a cup of hot joe. Along the way they talk comedy, life and other matters. The series originally debuted online last year with a 10-episode first season through the content site Crackle.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2005
For the 27th year, the Laugh Factory in Hollywood will open its doors on Christmas to serve free meals to anyone who shows up. The comedy club also will provide entertainment and, for any children in attendance, free toys. Meals will be served at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. The Laugh Factory is at 8001 Sunset Blvd. Reservations and information: (323) 656-1336, Ext. 1.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2002
Just as it did at Thanksgiving, the Laugh Factory will offer free dinners on Christmas Day. There also will be toys for children in attendance. Meals will be served at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. at the club, 8001 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. Information: (323) 656-1336, Ext. 1.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 1998
The Laugh Factory (8001 Sunset Blvd.) will hold its seventh annual Firemen's Benefit, featuring a still-to-be-announced lineup of stand-up comedians, on May 20 at 8 p.m. The event this year is held in honor of four Los Angeles firefighters recently killed in the line of duty. All proceeds will go to the Firefighters' Widows and Orphans Fund. Tickets are $20. Information: (213) 380-2900, Ext. 264.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 1997
Comics Jon Stewart, Rita Rudner, Norm MacDonald and Howie Mandel are scheduled to perform at "The Second Annual Kinda Kosher Comedy Night," July 17 at the Laugh Factory, 8001 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Additional "surprise" performers are also expected for the 7:30 p.m. show, which is presented by the United Jewish Fund's Entertainment Division. Admission is $60 before July 7 and $70 thereafter. Information: (213) 852-7777.
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November 25, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Two men who say they were insulted by actor-comedian Michael Richards during his racist rant at a comedy club want a personal apology and maybe some money, their lawyer said Friday. The men, Frank McBride and Kyle Doss, said they were part of a group of about 20 people who had gathered at West Hollywood's Laugh Factory to celebrate a friend's birthday. According to their attorney, Gloria Allred, they were ordering drinks when Richards berated them for interrupting his act.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2000
For the 21st consecutive year, the Laugh Factory in Hollywood will serve free turkey dinners with all the trimmings to struggling actors and others on Thanksgiving Day, accompanied by comedy performances. Dinners will be served in four sittings, at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Last year, the Laugh Factory (located at 8001 Sunset Blvd.) served more than 1,800 free Thanksgiving meals. Reservations are requested: (323) 656-1336.
HOME & GARDEN
January 5, 2013 | By Jerome Cleary
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2012 | By Greg Braxton
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.
NATIONAL
July 27, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2011 | Sandy Banks
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2011 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Bob Pool
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 1993
The Laugh Factory will host free Christmas dinners and on-stage comedy for struggling comics, thespians and others in the entertainment community at its Sunset Boulevard location, with continuous seatings beginning at 2 p.m. on Christmas Day. Advance reservations are advised. Information: (213) 656-1336.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 1998
The Laugh Factory, at 8001 Sunset Blvd., will grant free admission any night this month to patrons who bring a toy valued at $10 or more as part of a "Comics for Kids" toy drive. All toys will be given to Tuesday's Child, which serves children with AIDS. Information: (213) 656-1336.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2009
The Laugh Factory in Hollywood will again throw open its doors on Christmas Day to provide food and entertainment to anyone who is in need of a meal or just some company. Meals will be served at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m., with the laughs provided by such comics as Dane Cook, Paul Rodriguez, Tom Arnold, Paul Mooney and Larry Miller. "With this weakened economy and high unemployment rate, more and more people, especially children, need hope," said Jamie Masada, owner of the comedy venue.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2009
There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but there's certainly a free feast at the Laugh Factory. For 30 years now, the comedy venue has been serving up free Thanksgiving dinner for the underprivileged of Hollywood, as well as an all-star lineup of stand-up comedy. This year, Dane Cook, above; Paul Rodriguez; Kevin Nealon; Neil Brennan; and Jimmy Brogan will entertain the crowds. Laugh Factory Hollywood. 8001 Sunset Blvd. Shows and meals today at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Free. www.laughfactory.
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