December 20, 1986 |
The "joyful Christians," spreading through the country across denominational lines, are convinced that faith is fun, seasoned with cheer and laughs. They delight in the lightsome aspects of their commitment, bubbling with jokes about themselves and fellow believers, such as: A burglar, brandishing his gun in a minister's bedroom, says: "If you stir, you're a dead man. I'm hunting for your money." Minister: "What money? Let me get up and turn on the light and I'll hunt with you."
July 9, 2000 |
David Sedaris has made a name for himself in several entertainment arenas: National Public Radio, live performances, printed books and audio books. His fourth collection of essays, "Me Talk Pretty One Day," has lost none of the energy of his past work. (Time Warner AudioBooks; unabridged excerpts; four cassettes; five hours; $24.98; read by the author.) His remembrances of an unusual childhood and an off-kilter view of the world are exceedingly sharp and outrageously funny.
March 4, 2011
"Kumail Nanjiani ? he's really funny. I've seen him a few times in New York, and I heard he moved to L.A. [recently]. I see him around every now and then ? I think he's hilarious. I think he does really well-written, clever material. The things he talks about are unique, kind of more personal stuff, which is what I enjoy seeing; where it's more specific and unique to that particular person. His stuff is not too predictable. What I've seen of his stuff I've really enjoyed and thought he did a really good job. " -- As told to Deborah Vankin
October 14, 2009 |
Feminism made women miserable. This, anyway, seems to be the most popular take-away from "The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness," a recent study by Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers that purports to show that women have become steadily unhappier since 1972. Maureen Dowd and Ariana Huffington greeted the news with somber perplexity, but the more common response has been a triumphant "I told you so!" On Slate's Double X website, a columnist concluded from the study that "the feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s gave us a steady stream of women's complaints disguised as manifestos ... and a brand of female sexual power so promiscuous that it celebrates everything from prostitution to nipple piercing as a feminist act -- in other words, whine, womyn, and thongs."
October 5, 1985
Why doesn't R. H. Caldwell (Viewpoint, Sept. 28) read between the lines in Steve Harvey's Bottom Ten? After spending some time learning from Harvey, I realized he is poking fun, not at the athletes, but at the importance we place on winning. The "Cardinal Sin" of athletics is not cheating, but losing. With his offbeat sense of humor, Harvey helps us laugh at defeats instead of crying over them. When sports are getting so serious with drug trials and recruiting violations, it's great to have someone like Harvey that writes what happens in a light-hearted manner.
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April 24, 1989 |
Mike Hebebrand was quite a sight running down the street in the recent Los Angeles Marathon. He was juggling three balls and a lot of people were laughing, but that's exactly what he wanted. "I'm an entertainer and a performer who wants to make people laugh," said the 23-year-old Fullerton resident, who worked in a circus as a juggler while attending junior and senior high school. He said most people laughed or clapped as he passed by. "They get a kick out of it," he said.
January 4, 1987 |
The movie theater has always meant dark magic to me. A place, ideally, where the huge, grainy details of truth rub against the colossus of experience. A place that excludes the outside world and all its jittery static, a celluloid haven from the hiccups of life. But I'm afraid that the whole wonderful thing is falling apart. My cherished retreat is no longer safe.
April 29, 2011 |
"Matt Braunger. You know what I like about him? And here's a sign that I'm 43 years old. First off, he really makes me laugh. But also, I can watch him with my daughter. My 10-year-old daughter really likes him too. And in a smart way, she gets it. And he's not, like, filthy dirty. He's very likeable and fun, and yet it's smart at the same time. You know where I've seen Matt Braunger? I literally go on YouTube and I get all his videos, and we sit and watch him. I've never seen him live.
May 27, 2011 |
"A guy who's so funny and kills me right now is on 'Parks and Recreation:' Nick Offerman. He's someone, I think, who's in that vein of 'overnight sensation who's been working for 20 years' and no one knows about it. Nick's not a young guy, but he's someone who's so distinct and plays these great, bizarre characters. He's fantastic. And he's finally getting attention now, and a shot he really deserves. He's just dry and bizarre and weird. Oh, and has a great mustache. " For a zany night, Will Ferrell style, watch Nick Offerman on "Parks and Recreation" 9:30 p.m. Thursdays on NBC. firstname.lastname@example.org
January 7, 2011
There's a comedian I really like ? Brad Williams. He's a so-called little person, which is the phrase. He's a real heavyweight, a smart person with big heart. Watch for him ? really, really funny. He could do for the so-called little person, dwarfs, what Richard Pryor did for Stepin Fetchit. He breaks all the barriers down. He just gets up there and says, 'Look at me ? these are my little arms.' He's really funny. Real smart. He's real special. ?As told to Deborah Vankin