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August 31, 1989 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
One of the byproducts of the Comedy Boom is that network television has been snapping up comics for roles in prime-time programming faster than you can say "sitcom." One of the many good things you can say about Rob Becker's performance Tuesday at the Irvine Improvisation is that he would do this trend proud: He belongs in a sitcom.
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October 14, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Men don't like to talk as much as women do, says Rob Becker. But he spends more than 90 minutes talking about it. That's not the only thing that Becker says in his "Defending the Caveman" comedy routine at the Pantages Theatre. One of his other observations of human behavior is that men aren't good at observing human behavior. Men like to focus on one goal at a time, he claims. Men negotiate with each other, while women cooperate. Men are like this, women are like that, ad nauseam.
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October 14, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Men don't like to talk as much as women do, says Rob Becker. But he spends more than 90 minutes talking about it. That's not the only thing that Becker says in his "Defending the Caveman" comedy routine at the Pantages Theatre. One of his other observations of human behavior is that men aren't good at observing human behavior. Men like to focus on one goal at a time, he claims. Men negotiate with each other, while women cooperate. Men are like this, women are like that, ad nauseam.
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October 10, 1999 | KRISTIN HOHENADEL, Kristin Hohenadel is a frequent contributor to Calendar
When Rob Becker was an unknown stand-up comedian and a newlywed in the late 1980s, he had his first lesson in turning domestic squabbles into comedy. "We had gotten married with really great intentions," says Becker, 42. "We thought we were going to be able to avoid fighting because we thought we were so similar. Then we were having these fights and it turns out we were pretty different, and that was shocking to us, as naive as that might sound."
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October 10, 1999 | KRISTIN HOHENADEL, Kristin Hohenadel is a frequent contributor to Calendar
When Rob Becker was an unknown stand-up comedian and a newlywed in the late 1980s, he had his first lesson in turning domestic squabbles into comedy. "We had gotten married with really great intentions," says Becker, 42. "We thought we were going to be able to avoid fighting because we thought we were so similar. Then we were having these fights and it turns out we were pretty different, and that was shocking to us, as naive as that might sound."
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August 30, 1990 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rob Becker thinks too many of his fellow comedians are getting cheap laughs at the expense of men. "I'm one of the few comics around who doesn't come out and say, 'Men are pigs,' " says Becker, who comes to the Irvine Improv Tuesday, Sept. 4. "I don't think men are pigs. I think women just misinterpret their actions." Pointing out the differences between the sexes has become the bedrock of Becker's act. "I used to think men and women were just alike," Becker says.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 1999
Theater: "Defending the Caveman," Rob Becker's one-man comedic look at men and women, closes Sunday at the Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Today and Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 5 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 3 and 7 p.m. $27.50 to $44.50. (213) 365-3500. Harold Gould headlines "Visiting Mr.
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September 30, 1999
* Pop Music. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival features performances by Beck, Chemical Brothers, Morrissey, Perry Farrell, John Spencer Blues Explosion and Spiritualized on Oct. 9 and Rage Against the Machine, Tool, Ben Harper, Pavement, Cibo Matto and Money Mark on Oct. 10. Empire Polo Field, 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio. $50 per day. (213) 365-6300, (714) 703-2525. * Theater. The new, critically acclaimed London production of "Amadeus" opens Oct. 10 at the Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N.
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August 7, 1998 | JAN STUART, NEWSDAY
"It's great to be back here, even though I've never been here," said Jerry Seinfeld minutes into his Broadway stand-up debut, "I'm Telling You for the Last Time." Despite the self-kidding words, Seinfeld cozied up so confidently to Wednesday's opening-night audience that it seemed as if he had played these streets before. The Broadhurst Theatre, at least, was thick with an air of deja vu.
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August 30, 1990 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rob Becker thinks too many of his fellow comedians are getting cheap laughs at the expense of men. "I'm one of the few comics around who doesn't come out and say, 'Men are pigs,' " says Becker, who comes to the Irvine Improv Tuesday, Sept. 4. "I don't think men are pigs. I think women just misinterpret their actions." Pointing out the differences between the sexes has become the bedrock of Becker's act. "I used to think men and women were just alike," Becker says.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 1989 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
One of the byproducts of the Comedy Boom is that network television has been snapping up comics for roles in prime-time programming faster than you can say "sitcom." One of the many good things you can say about Rob Becker's performance Tuesday at the Irvine Improvisation is that he would do this trend proud: He belongs in a sitcom.
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December 28, 1990 | RANDY LEWIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If the comedy boom of the '80s continues apace in the '90s, it won't be long before the opening of a new comedy club holds all the sense of occasion of a ribbon-cutting at a frozen-yogurt store. But for now, it's still noteworthy--if not quite front-page news--that the Improvisation's nationwide chain of chuckle factories on Wednesday opened its second Orange County operation, this one in Brea.
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January 10, 1998 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
"The Boise Club" is Bernard Baldan's contribution to the literature of embattled middle-aged white men who feel stranded by feminism and an ever-changing world that robs them of their once-unquestioned dominance. Note to Robert Bly, Tim Allen, Rob Becker, etc: You don't have to step aside just yet. It's not that Baldan has nothing to contribute to the genre. He actually has a couple of funny bits, a sketch, which he has fashioned into a play. A three-hour play.
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