June 1, 2007
Jay Leno, Albert Brooks, Bill Maher, Paula Poundstone and David Brenner will be among the comedians saluting Mort Sahl on his 80th birthday in a benefit for the Heartland Comedy Foundation on June 28. The event, to be held at the Wadsworth Theater in Brentwood, is open to the public, with tickets ranging from $100 to $200. Larry King is scheduled to serve as emcee. Others on the bill include Drew Carey, Jonathan Winters, Shelley Berman and Richard Lewis.
May 18, 2007 |
HEARING that Mort Sahl had turned 80 was the social equivalent of realizing that one's high school sweetheart was now a grandmother. It forced an abrupt acceptance of passing years and, in Sahl's case, of a passing era when we were young and loud and demanding of a better, smarter world. In the long run we didn't get either, but the 1960s was at least a time of coming to grips with our shortcomings, and Sahl was there to point them out.
July 27, 2006 |
HE used to run with the Rat Pack and drive muscle cars with Steve McQueen, so life has understandably slowed down just a bit for comedian Mort Sahl, now 79 and residing in Tarzana with wife Kenslea. Yet he's still up for taking potshots at today's newsmakers, and he'll do so at a rare club appearance Saturday at McCabe's. Here's how he gets locked and loaded with ammunition. Meat, potatoes guy On a Friday, I like to go out to dinner at Carmine's in West L.A.
June 28, 2006
Re "Coulter's a satirist -- no kidding?" Opinion, June 24 Anyone who would seriously attempt to classify Ann Coulter as a satirist or literary comedian needs to consult a dictionary. Coulter, though often blatantly blunt, is one of a handful of writers who tells it like it is with substantiated, verifiable, factual proof. What separates her work from that of the true satirists and comedians is her consistent flow of truth -- even though it rubs ultraliberals the wrong way and drives the politically correct up the wall.
November 24, 2001 |
In August, comedian Mort Sahl performed two nights at the Jazz Bakery in Culver City, as the opening act for Woody Allen. The order was somewhat backward, given that Allen once said of Sahl: "Watching him made me want to be a stand-up comedian." In the event, Allen was appearing not as a comic but as an abashed clarinetist, sitting in with the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band to promote his then-forthcoming film "Curse of the Jade Scorpion."
July 10, 1998 |
Pianist Marian McPartland seemed in a particularly humorous mood Wednesday on the opening night of a three-night run at the Jazz Bakery. She dedicated John Coltrane's "Red Planet" to Dennis Rodman, and Chick Corea's "Windows" to Bill Gates. Before playing a certain Duke Ellington theme, she claimed that Lawrence Welk always called the tune "Take a Train."