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April 21, 1995 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
The Acme Comedy Players achieve a consistent level of inspired silliness in "Acme Snack Cakes," the group's first all-new mainstage show at its stylish new facility on La Brea Avenue. The evening's 20-odd original comedy sketches range from off-the-wall farce to more restrained, character-driven playlets. Occasionally, the humor goes over the top and performers wax so strident that one suspects they must have gotten wind of a "Saturday Night Live" scout lurking in the audience.
May 28, 2003 | Steve Carney, Special to The Times
He says many listeners still don't believe it's true, but half of the Southland's top-rated morning radio team is so uncomfortable with the area that he no longer lives here. Thirteen years after it debuted on KROQ-FM (106.7), the irreverent "Kevin & Bean Show" topped the most recent Arbitron ratings for morning drive, in the poll of listeners 12 and older from January through March.
March 26, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Having tackled drama, reality and talk shows, AMC announced Wednesday it was venturing into a new genre, comedy, greenlighting its first sitcom pilot and announcing development of projects with such established comedy names as Seth Rogen and John Leguizamo.  The network has ordered a pilot for the comedy "We Hate Paul Revere. " The project, written, executive produced and starring Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner, "tells the story of brothers Hugh and Ebenezer Moody and their struggle to find their place and the recognition they believe they deserve as they live in the shadow of history in Colonial Boston," according to AMC. It is scheduled to film later this year.  AMC also announced a number of other comedy projects in development.
The Acme Players have invaded the Groundlings' turf. The invasion actually began three years ago, when Acme Comedy Theatre set up shop in North Hollywood with comedy revues that resembled Groundlings shows in structure and spirit. But now the Acme challengers have moved near the Groundlings' Melrose headquarters. Just a few blocks separate the two laugh brigades.
September 2, 2003 | Mark Sachs, Times Staff Writer
After dropping out of law school, moving back in with his parents in Pittsburgh and securing a job delivering pizzas, Matt Kennedy Gould was in a rut. Sure, all those pickup basketball games filled many idle hours, but he needed something new in his life, a fresh goal that was both fun and challenging. So when he got word that Hollywood producers were in town auditioning prospects for a new reality series, young Gould figured he had found his ticket out of the doldrums, and he gave it a shot.
July 15, 1994 | RAY LOYND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Ray Loynd writes regularly about theater for The Times
"Acme Genuine Draft" is chiseled, clever, scripted sketch comedy. In fact, the 4-year-old Acme Players, performing at their North Hollywood Acme Comedy Theatre, are so talented, the company is even superior to Los Angeles' revered Groundlings troupe. Acme might have once been second-string to the Groundlings, but no more. Of course, to be fair, unlike the Groundlings, the Acme Players don't do risky improv (although they have an improv workshop).
March 14, 2003 | Steve Carney, Special to The Times
With developments cropping up hourly on the world stage, the arguments for and against attacking Iraq are swirling into a cacophony that Southland radio listeners can cut through, if they want to, by tuning in to direct lines for each of the polar opposites of the war debate.
March 28, 2003 | Steve Carney, Special To The Times
During their network's coverage of the Iraq war, National Public Radio executives say they're working hard to strike the right balance -- conveying the gravity of the situation without veering toward pacifism or jingoism. And that's just for part of the broadcast they believe most listeners notice only in passing. The music between segments on NPR's news programming is supposed to be unobtrusive, primarily serving as a cushion to ensure that every report ends the second it is supposed to.
October 3, 2003 | Steve Carney, Special to The Times
The rest of the country got to know them as Col. Hogan, or as that fellow embarrassing young couples with questions about whoopee, or as Powdered Toast Man, but Southland radio listeners were long familiar with them -- or at least their voices. Before he ever played a crafty POW on "Hogan's Heroes," Bob Crane had a long-running nighttime show on KNX-AM (1070). Bob Eubanks, before "The Newlywed Game," was the KRLA-AM (1110) disk jockey who brought the Beatles to the Hollywood Bowl in 1964.
July 22, 2009
Passes to Comic-Con sold out months ago, but for those making the trip to San Diego, here's a guide to some must-see panels and programming that will make the lines worth the wait. -- The One: James Cameron and 'Avatar' Thursday, 3 p.m., Hall H "The game-changer." That's the nickname in some Hollywood circles for "Avatar," the December alien-planet saga by James Cameron. Cameron is beloved in the fanboy sector for the first two films in the "Terminator" franchise, "Aliens" and the underwater (and underrated)
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