October 10, 1999 |
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."
August 30, 1990 |
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.
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.
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.
August 7, 1998 |
"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.