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MAGAZINE
January 26, 2003 | Gregory Orfalea, Gregory Orfalea last wrote for the magazine about Luigi Venti, his longtime barber.
Seventeen years ago, my family met its Sept. 11, but with no one to hunt down or indict. In the days following our catastrophe, local newspapers printed a few accounts (''Family Argument Turns to Tragedy''), but we were soon left alone to begin our years of sadness. We buried my father and my sister at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City in August, 1985. Aref and Leslie.
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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
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
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
September 19, 1994
It's a small world: Among David Letterman's Top 10 new names rejected for EuroDisney: * Euro Disaster. * El Biggo Mistake-o. * Never-Never-Profit Land. * Beaucoup de Crap Americain. * Boutros Boutros-Goofy. * Have-You-Forgotten-We-Saved-Your-Ass-in-World-War-II Land. Pick your punch line, Part I: Disney Records' will release an all-rap album, "Mickey Unrapped": * Comedy writer Mark Miller: "One of the cuts will simply be the sound of Walt spinning in his grave."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 1993
I'm one of those movie fans who have been asking friends about "The Crying Game," having found it fascinating and exciting that no one will reveal the "secret" in the film. Usually some one will blow it, just to show some sort of arrogant attitude, as if to gain pleasure like someone jumping in and blurting out the punch line to a favorite joke. While reading Calendar I was shocked to learn the "Crying Game" secret and felt very betrayed. I was stunned that someone in the media would blab.
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