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October 15, 1989 | SHELDON TEITELBAUM, Sheldon Teitelbaum is Los Angeles correspondent for Cinefantastique and Present Tense magazine
When it comes to the Jewish spin on the American West, Kinky Friedman is especially fond of recounting that Anne Frank, not unlike many star-struck European girls her age, had a thing for American film cowboys. The young Dutch teen-ager would tack pictures of them on the wall over her bed in the Amsterdam warehouse that offered her family a lengthy, if sadly impermanent, refuge from the Nazis.
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October 29, 1997 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
Richard Friedman was in a reflective mood. Not that it was wildly out of character. But this man has spent most of his life answering to Kinky rather than Richard, and led a left-field country band called the Texas Jewboys in the '70s, and for the last decade has written and starred in a series of unapologetically loopy comic mystery novels. Richard the Thinker often is overshadowed by Kinky the Clown.
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October 29, 1997 | RANDY LEWIS, Times Staff Writer
Richard Friedman was in a reflective mood. Not that it was wildly out of character. But this man has spent most of his life answering to Kinky rather than Richard, and led a left-field country band called the Texas Jewboys in the '70s, and for the last decade has written and starred in a series of unapologetically loopy comic mystery novels. Richard the Thinker often is overshadowed by Kinky the Clown.
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October 15, 1989 | SHELDON TEITELBAUM, Sheldon Teitelbaum is Los Angeles correspondent for Cinefantastique and Present Tense magazine
When it comes to the Jewish spin on the American West, Kinky Friedman is especially fond of recounting that Anne Frank, not unlike many star-struck European girls her age, had a thing for American film cowboys. The young Dutch teen-ager would tack pictures of them on the wall over her bed in the Amsterdam warehouse that offered her family a lengthy, if sadly impermanent, refuge from the Nazis.
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May 24, 2004 | Randy Lewis
If Minnesotans elected a pro wrestler as governor and Californians put an action-movie hero in office, why shouldn't Texans make a country singer-turned-mystery writer their state's head honcho? That's humorist Kinky Friedman's thinking in launching a serious bid to become the Lone Star State's next governor in 2006 -- as serious as possible for a man whose campaign slogan is, "How hard could it be?"
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July 30, 2010 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Want to know how to tick off a funnyman quickly? Tell people not to take him seriously. Richard "Kinky" Friedman has staked out a career generating chuckles, guffaws and belly laughs. He started out singing often-outrageous songs in the 1970s fronting one of the few Jewish country music bands, Kinky Friedman & the Texas Jewboys, then for the last two decades he's kept readers smiling with his one-liner-filled mystery novels starring himself as a wisecracking but reluctant hero.
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November 2, 1994 | JONATHAN KIRSCH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If you missed a country and Western novelty act called Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys back in the 1970s, you may need a little background to get the extended inside joke that crackles and pops through the pages of "Armadillos & Old Lace," the latest title in a series of offbeat mystery novels by the man who calls himself "the Kinkster."
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