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.
November 29, 1986 |
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.
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!
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.
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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.
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
December 10, 1989 |
Funerals are, traditionally, a time for seriousness, the one ritual at which belly laughs are notoriously disrespectful. . .unless, say, Berkeley's Rev. Doug Adams is in the pulpit. A minister who often tops his somber, black preacher's robe with a Snoopy stole, Adams is renowned for telling the favorite jokes of the dearly departed--at their own memorial services. And if the jokes are too blue for church consumption? That doesn't stop Adams. He still alludes to the material just to get the congregation laughing, carefully skipping the offensive details.
January 6, 2006 |
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.