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SPORTS
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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NEWS
November 29, 1986 | Associated Press
A comedian whose portrayal of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in a television spoof prompted Iran to order the expulsion of three Italian diplomats said Friday he feels sorry for those who can't laugh at themselves. The sketch, broadcast Nov. 21 on the television network RAI, poked fun at the U.S.-Iranian arms deal and had a scene in which President Reagan tries to sell Khomeini wristwatches, socks and other items.
SPORTS
December 17, 1994
Here's how the Buffalo Bills will win the Super Bowl: They will beat New England this weekend and Indianapolis next weekend to qualify for the playoffs. Then they travel to San Diego and beat the fast-fading Chargers the first week. Next they travel back to Miami (whom they own) and beat the Dolphins the second week. Now they get a beat-up Pittsburgh team that just outlasted the Raiders the week before and beat them to go to the Super Bowl. Have you stopped laughing yet? Since everyone knows the real Super Bowl is between the Cowboys and 49ers, whichever team wins will suffer an emotional letdown and the Buffalo Bills will administer the coup de grace and finally win their first Super Bowl!
NEWS
December 20, 1986 | GEORGE W. CORNELL, Associated Press
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."
NEWS
July 9, 2000 | ROCHELLE O'GORMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1989 | Herbert J. Vida
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 4, 1987 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2006 | Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
While watching Roger De Bris sashay with queenly elegance across the forefront of Susan Stroman's version of Mel Brooks' "The Producers," I had a double laugh. The first laugh arrived because Roger is very funny, as men in high heels routinely are. The secondary laugh came when I realized that somehow Mel didn't get the memo. The memo read, "To all American Entertainment Executives: It is no longer considered appropriate to make fun of the way certain highly feminized gay men walk or talk.
OPINION
October 14, 2009 | Barbara Ehrenreich, Barbara Ehrenreich is the author, most recently, of "Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America." A version of this article also appears at tomdispatch.com.
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2011 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
"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. deborah.vankin@latimes.com
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