April 12, 2013 |
The trailblazing comic improviser Jonathan Winters, who died Thursday at age 87, was a seminal influence on scores of comedians and the person Robin Williams credits as his mentor. Winters' high energy, unpredictable and often surreal comic riffs included an array of characters, reenactments of movie scenes and pointed, quick-morphing sound effects that he often produced on the spot. Take, for example, his 1964 appearance on "The Jack Paar Program. " In order to illustrate Winters' genius for creating comedy out of thin air, Paar gave him a simple wooden stick.
July 1, 2013 |
No joke. A new comedy club is opening up inside a movie theater in Hollywood. In the latest effort by exhibitors to reinvent themselves and draw new patrons, the Chinese 6 Theatre complex is partnering with veteran comedy producers Jeru Tillman and Chris Spencer to create a new comedy club adjacent to the historic Grauman's Chinese Theatre at the Hollywood and Highland Center. Called Inside Jokes, the club is set to open Friday with Russell Simmons' Presents All Def Digital Comedy.
November 8, 2011
The Early Show (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today The Duggar family; Stephen King. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Regis and Kelly Katie Holmes; Peter Facinelli. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Darrell Hammond. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Talk Kate Walsh; Nestor Carbonell. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS The Doctors Fat versus sugar; eliminating excessive body hair. (N) 2 p.m. KCBS The Nate Berkus Show Chef Paula Deen. (N)
May 11, 2012 |
Comedian George Carlin may not have been one for frothy, sentimental displays, but Southern California will be honoring his 75th birthday (which would have been May 12), nonetheless; his daughter, Kelly, is leading the charge. Kelly Carlin's one-woman show, "A Carlin Home Companion," has been selling out at the Santa Monica Playhouse for months, weaving together intimate family photos, video footage of George Carlin performing and personal stories in what's something of a tragicomedy, chronicling what it was like growing up, an only child, in the loving but dysfunctional Carlin home.
September 18, 2012 |
You may have seen the two-minute PSA parody on YouTube. In the somber, black-and-white mash-up, dozens of well known Los Angeles comedians - Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron and Jimmy Pardo among them - stare the camera down, addressing the urgent question of why Los Angeles needs (needs!) an alternative comedy festival. "No one is laughing at all," says Rory Scovel. "The problem is ginormous," warns Kyle Kinane. "Every day Americans are fake laughing," grimaces Maron. The suggested directive?
January 5, 2012 |
Fifty of L.A.'s comedians will band together this week to kick off the new year the best way they know how: with a new politically biting, socially acerbic or self-eviscerating joke. "50 First Jokes," a popular New York show that's making its second annual appearance in Los Angeles, is Friday at the Downtown Independent theater. The show's concept is simple: Each comedian has 2 minutes to unleash his or her first joke of the new year. Only qualification: It must have been written after the ball dropped, in 2012 proper.
June 24, 2011 |
Comedian Barbara Gray's underground comedy show, "One-Two Punch," has become something of a staple on the L.A. alternative comedy scene, drawing about 80 to 100 people per event, largely "comedy scenesters. " It's held irregularly, about three to four times a year, and is open to the public in exchange for a $3 donation. Like any number of recurring group shows these days, established comics cycle through (Maria Bamford, Matt Braunger, Kyle Kinane) along with younger and emerging stand-ups, performing eight- to 12-minute sets each.
December 17, 2010 |
If Thelma and Louise spontaneously took to producing comedy variety shows, the result might be a little like the show called "Trick: Bordello" ? a rollicking, multidimensional staged adventure that's a little bit sexy, a little bit spunky and a whole lot of funny. Flying by the seat of their pants, rising local comics Emily Maya Mills and Brandie Posey have buddied up to launch the raucous monthly comedy series last month at Bordello Bar downtown, on the edge of Little Tokyo. Next Sunday will see their second event, a Christmas ensemble they've billed as "a holiday extravaganza fit for virgins and atheists alike.