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March 13, 2013 | By Wesley Lowery, Los Angeles Times
The crowd at New York's legendary Comedy Cellar is always primed for high-profile drop-ins like Louis C.K. and Jerry Seinfeld. But this was different. Dave Chappelle was in New York - and on stage. Chappelle, one of the country's most sought-after yet reclusive comedians after walking away in 2005 from his still-influential Comedy Central show, spent three recent nights onstage at the Cellar, sometimes joined by friends, including Chris Rock, Kevin Hart, Marlon Wayans and Paul Mooney.
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February 21, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Producer Walter Latham is best known for the "The Original Kings of Comedy" -- a successful comedy tour headlined by Bernie Mac, Cedric the Entertainer and Steve Harvey that resulted in a movie directed by Spike Lee. Latham cemented his reputation with television specials for HBO and Showtime -- including Chris Rock's "Bring the Pain," "Queens of Comedy" and "P. Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy" -- and by promoting the concert tours of Rock,...
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January 5, 2013 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Josh Gad found religion - along with huge laughs, rave reviews and an adoring fan base - as part of the original cast of "The Book of Mormon," the smash stage musical from the creators of "South Park. " The rotund actor was center stage as the overeager Mormon Elder Cunningham, dancing and singing his way to a Tony nomination for best leading actor in a musical. Gad has now traded Broadway for the Beltway. He stars in NBC's new comedy "1600 Penn," playing Skip Gilchrist, the bumbling member of a dysfunctional (and fictional)
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December 18, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
For the first time during a boisterous joint interview with Barbra Streisand, who plays his mother in the new comedy "The Guilt Trip," Seth Rogen seemed at a loss for words. The question posed was straightforward: Did he grow as an actor working with veteran Streisand ("Funny Girl," "The Way We Were," "Yentl," "A Star Is Born") in the buddy comedy opening Wednesday? But Rogen hesitated. "I don't know," said Rogen, 30. He looked over at Streisand, one of a relative handful of entertainers who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, sitting next to him on a sofa at a Beverly Hills hotel room.
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December 17, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Josh Gad, who was nominated for a Tony for "The Book of Mormon," is the co-creator and effectively the star of "1600 Penn," a new single-camera sitcom from NBC about the first family. It gets a preview Monday night to draft off "The Voice" before taking up a Thursday post in January. As in Comedy Central's "That's My Bush!" more than two election cycles back, the big idea is to stock the White House with characters familiar from a thousand years of situation comedy. We get a gruff and grumpy dad, the president (Bill Pullman)
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November 15, 2012 | By David Ng
Porn on Broadway? No, it's not the second coming of "Oh! Calcutta!" It's a new comedy called "The Performers," set amid the colorful vulgarity of an adult-movie awards show. The play opened Wednesday at the Longacre Theatre with a cast that includes Henry Winkler, Alicia Silverstone, Daniel Breaker and Cheyenne Jackson. "The Performers," by David West Read, follows a tabloid journalist (Breaker) who is attending the awards show to interview a former high school classmate (Jackson)
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October 16, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
I happen to like "Emily Owens, M.D.," the CW's new medical comedy, which is also its new medical drama. It is smartly written and well played and stars Mamie Gummer, who has been sneaking up on television via "John Adams," the short-lived "Off the Map" and a delightful recurring role on "The Good Wife. " But I can see that this series, which premieres Tuesday, is also going to be very much a matter of taste. If I call it a cross between "New Girl" and "Grey's Anatomy," an incomplete but not inaccurate comparison, well, I can already hear some doors slam shut.
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October 11, 2012 | By Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 7 - Oct. 13 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES Shark Tank:   Lori and Daymond compete for a piece of a California woman's line of dresses made from pillowcases (8 p.m. ABC). Grimm: Nick and Hank's (David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby) probe of a grisly murder leads them to a father (Josh Stewart) on the run with his daughter. Silas Weir Mitchell, Bree Turner and Sasha Roiz also star in this new episode (9 p.m. NBC)
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October 10, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
Comedian Tig Notaro's downtown Los Angeles loft is oddly intact considering she is moving across the country in the morning. She's about to start a new job with Comedy Central, she has a new book deal with Ecco, her debut comedy album, "Good One," is now No. 2 in its category on iTunes, and reporters from Vanity Fair and the New Yorker are calling later about a new comedy recording of hers on Louis C.K.'s website. Still, as she relaxes on the taupe couch that divides her industrial-modern kitchen and airy, sun-lit living room, Notaro seems utterly unflustered.
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September 25, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Jimmy Fallon had a vision: Three men stood at a bar, as men often do, but then they turned around and lo, it was revealed that each wore a Baby Bjorn, with an actual baby. He would call it "Guys With Kids," which after a sneak preview earlier this month premieres in its regular time slot Wednesday. It's not much to build a comedy on, as the pilot for NBC's "Guys With Kids" makes abundantly clear. But perhaps Fallon can be forgiven for viewing the fact that some men take care of their own children as earthshaking news because we keep treating it as such.
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