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SPORTS
June 4, 2005
Why are we still subjected to the NFL-to-L.A. stories? It simply isn't going to happen. May I suggest that instead of more stories detailing which stadium site has the inside track in this phantom derby, The Times should just run the comic with Lucy yet again yanking the football away from Charlie Brown at the last moment. Either way, we get the same punch line. Mark Backstrom Redondo Beach
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OPINION
October 18, 2002
"For Iraqis, Vote for Hussein Is an Exercise in Democracy" (Oct. 15) was frustrating to read. Not once did it attempt to explain the mechanism by which about 99% of the population votes for Hussein. I kept waiting for the punch line. Does the ballot have the voter's name on it? Does a camera note how the person voted? There was no explanation given: nothing, nada, zip. Andy Serrano Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2012 | By Charlotte Stoudt
Shame and the British. They go together like tea and crumpets, Sandhurst and Sid Vicious.  But South Coast Repertory's broad staging of Alan Ayckbourn's exercise in indignity, “Absurd Person Singular,” makes you yearn wistfully for more cheeky snaps of Prince Harry in Vegas. Ayckbourn's set-up is simple genius: Over three acts, we follow three couples at three Christmas parties in as many years, all seen from various kitchens. At the top, boorish entrepreneur Sidney (JD Cullum)
NEWS
February 2, 1999 | BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Judy Brown is one of a handful of stand-up comedy teachers in L.A. who believes anybody can be funny. A former comedy critic for L.A. Weekly, she recently wrote "Joke Soup" (Andrews McMeel, 1998), a collection of jokes from contemporary comedians that is now in its second printing. She also teaches an eight-session joke-writing workshop, which she began in 1991 through UCLA Extension but which is now independent. At a recent signing at Book Soup in West Hollywood, she shared some of her tips.
NEWS
January 29, 1999 | BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Judy Brown is one of a handful of stand-up comedy teachers in L.A. who believes anybody can be funny. A former comedy critic for L.A. Weekly, she recently wrote "Joke Soup" (Andrews McMeel, 1998), a collection of jokes from contemporary comedians that is now in its second printing. She also teaches an eight-session joke-writing workshop, which she began in 1991 through UCLA Extension but which is now independent. At a recent signing at Book Soup in West Hollywood, she shared some of her tips.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 1992 | ROBERT KOEHLER, Robert Koehler is a frequent contributor to Calendar
Q: Did you hear the one about the comedy theater in Manhattan? A: It got mugged, and moved to L.A. That's a punch line Steve Kaplan might get a chuckle from, especially if his lauded company, Manhattan Punch Line, avoids a mugging with its L.A. run of " 'Best of the Fest' Goes West" at the Coast Playhouse. Kaplan is the latest in a seemingly endless stream of New York theater artists to make the permanent move to The Coast.
OPINION
December 15, 2002
The punch line that Michael Ramirez missed in his Dec. 12 cartoon ridiculing Mike Farrell's and Martin Sheen's collective faux-military experience is that it's still more extensive than the combined military service put in by George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Trent Lott and Rush Limbaugh, when it was their time to serve. John D. Repka Laguna Beach How about this: "Wait! Don't burn the paper! You have to pay attention to me! I'm a cartoonist. I know about war..
NEWS
November 4, 1997
Re "It Must Be What Birth Is Like" by Mary Rourke (Oct. 22): I found the article both interesting and moving, but your readers should know that conversions go the other way, as well. I was raised Roman Catholic, but I knew by age 13 that it just didn't make sense. I searched for decades for a new religion before remembering an anecdote I'd read as a child, with this punch line: "Hercules' task was to clean out the Augean stables, not to fill them back up again." I realized that I couldn't find a believable deity in any religion.
HEALTH
October 19, 2009 | By Lillian Hawthorne
As we have grown older, my husband and I have developed hearing problems: For me, hearing requires more effort, while he cannot hear sometimes in spite of any effort. We both complain that young people today talk too fast or swallow their words or don't look at us when they speak. And we have difficulty in large groups where there are multiple conversations and different voices and background sounds. I manage through paying close attention, even straining, when people speak, or relying on context to help me understand words I do not hear clearly.
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