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December 27, 1988 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
The differences between the sexes and how those differences contribute to the trials and tribulations of romantic relationships have long provided grist for the comedy mill. But there's probably no one in contemporary stand-up who explores that territory more thoroughly--or expertly--than Ritch Shydner.
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December 19, 2006 | Marc Weingarten, Special to The Times
IT'S not normal, this business of comedy. Countless are the depravations and humiliations that come with the gig; it's hard to fathom why so many try to succeed at it. Few ever make it beyond the open-mike stage, and this is one of those diabolical occupations in which its practitioners find new ways to bomb on a nightly basis. And for the aspiring stand-up, there are few things worse than the dreaded seedy nightclub tour.
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October 18, 1990 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Rick VanderKnyff is a member of the Calendar staff of The Times Orange County Edition.
Ritch Shydner is known as a prolific writer. But he says that has less to do with discipline than with his inability to turn off the creative tap. "It's weird. Sometimes you have to put the jokes on a holding pattern," Shydner said in a phone interview from Washington. "I end up with miles and miles of concepts and I can't find a punch line."
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October 18, 1993 | GLENN DOGGRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even in a perfect world, relationships are tough. But when your spouse is traveling around the country telling thousands of people a month how your relationship is going, it can get really sticky. Kay Shydner knows the feeling well. Her life with husband Ritch gets a regular public airing in his one-man comedy show "The Romantic Adventures of Canyon Man," at the Improv in Brea this month.
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November 26, 1987 | Duncan Strauss
Ritch Shydner. Remember that name--including the t . Shydner, who opened a six-night stand Tuesday at the Irvine Improvisation, may be the best comic you've probably never heard of. You are more likely to recognize his face than his name: He has appeared in films ("Beverly Hills Cop II," "Roxanne") and on television. He was a semi-regular last season on the Fox Network sitcom "Married With Children," and he has made a handful of appearances on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."
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May 14, 1992 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who covers comedy regularly for O.C. Live!
Comedian Ritch Shydner hasn't performed in Southern California since the recent riots erupted in Los Angeles so, he said by phone from Birmingham last week, "I'm addressing it here in Alabama." He doesn't have a gun and he's not in favor of guns, he said, "but when the riots broke out I was calling the NRA, asking them if they made home deliveries." That line, Shydner said, has been going over big in Birmingham.
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January 21, 1993 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who regularly covers comedy for OC Live!
Couples who are married or living together are easy to spot at Ritch Shydner's one-man show, "True Love Confessions," at the Irvine Improv through Sunday. They're the ones who laughingly point at each other in recognition at one of the comedian's insightful observations about relationships, or whisper, as did one young man to his companion at a recent show: "You taking notes, baby?"
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 1990 | MARK CHALON SMITH
Ritch Shydner isn't the deepest or most unpredictable comic around, but he knows how to plumb a resource that just about everybody and his uncle (or aunt) can relate to: the trouble between men and women. Shydner brought his gruff-sounding but generally benign pronouncements to the Improvisation on Tuesday night, showing that while this is pretty familiar terrain for many comedians, few have marked out the territory as personally or thoroughly as he.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2006 | Marc Weingarten, Special to The Times
IT'S not normal, this business of comedy. Countless are the depravations and humiliations that come with the gig; it's hard to fathom why so many try to succeed at it. Few ever make it beyond the open-mike stage, and this is one of those diabolical occupations in which its practitioners find new ways to bomb on a nightly basis. And for the aspiring stand-up, there are few things worse than the dreaded seedy nightclub tour.
NEWS
January 21, 1993 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who regularly covers comedy for OC Live!
Couples who are married or living together are easy to spot at Ritch Shydner's one-man show, "True Love Confessions," at the Irvine Improv through Sunday. They're the ones who laughingly point at each other in recognition at one of the comedian's insightful observations about relationships, or whisper, as did one young man to his companion at a recent show: "You taking notes, baby?"
NEWS
May 14, 1992 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who covers comedy regularly for O.C. Live!
Comedian Ritch Shydner hasn't performed in Southern California since the recent riots erupted in Los Angeles so, he said by phone from Birmingham last week, "I'm addressing it here in Alabama." He doesn't have a gun and he's not in favor of guns, he said, "but when the riots broke out I was calling the NRA, asking them if they made home deliveries." That line, Shydner said, has been going over big in Birmingham.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 1990 | MARK CHALON SMITH
Ritch Shydner isn't the deepest or most unpredictable comic around, but he knows how to plumb a resource that just about everybody and his uncle (or aunt) can relate to: the trouble between men and women. Shydner brought his gruff-sounding but generally benign pronouncements to the Improvisation on Tuesday night, showing that while this is pretty familiar terrain for many comedians, few have marked out the territory as personally or thoroughly as he.
NEWS
October 18, 1990 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Rick VanderKnyff is a member of the Calendar staff of The Times Orange County Edition.
Ritch Shydner is known as a prolific writer. But he says that has less to do with discipline than with his inability to turn off the creative tap. "It's weird. Sometimes you have to put the jokes on a holding pattern," Shydner said in a phone interview from Washington. "I end up with miles and miles of concepts and I can't find a punch line."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 1988 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
The differences between the sexes and how those differences contribute to the trials and tribulations of romantic relationships have long provided grist for the comedy mill. But there's probably no one in contemporary stand-up who explores that territory more thoroughly--or expertly--than Ritch Shydner.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 1993 | GLENN DOGGRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even in a perfect world, relationships are tough. But when your spouse is traveling around the country telling thousands of people a month how your relationship is going, it can get really sticky. Kay Shydner knows the feeling well. Her life with husband Ritch gets a regular public airing in his one-man comedy show "The Romantic Adventures of Canyon Man," at the Improv in Brea this month.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 1987 | Duncan Strauss
Ritch Shydner. Remember that name--including the t . Shydner, who opened a six-night stand Tuesday at the Irvine Improvisation, may be the best comic you've probably never heard of. You are more likely to recognize his face than his name: He has appeared in films ("Beverly Hills Cop II," "Roxanne") and on television. He was a semi-regular last season on the Fox Network sitcom "Married With Children," and he has made a handful of appearances on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson."
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