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March 27, 1999 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You may not have immediately noticed if you tuned into "Saturday Night Live" last week. But television history was made. At least Robert Smigel--in his own mischievous way--thinks so.
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June 5, 2008 | Chris Lee, Times Staff Writer
NEW YORK -- Talk about your high-concept lowbrow humor. In the big-budget action-comedy "You Don't Mess With the Zohan" (which arrives in theaters Friday), Adam Sandler portrays the titular Zohan, an ultra-lethal Israeli counterterrorist operative who tires of his part in his country's war on terror, fakes his own death and comes to New York in pursuit of his dreams: He really wants to be a hairdresser. Equal parts Casanova and killing machine, he's loved by women and feared by men -- a guy with a terrible mullet who brushes his teeth with hummus, can catch bullets with his nostrils and dispatches Palestinian terrorists while wearing Daisy Duke cutoff shorts.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2008 | Chris Lee, Times Staff Writer
NEW YORK -- Talk about your high-concept lowbrow humor. In the big-budget action-comedy "You Don't Mess With the Zohan" (which arrives in theaters Friday), Adam Sandler portrays the titular Zohan, an ultra-lethal Israeli counterterrorist operative who tires of his part in his country's war on terror, fakes his own death and comes to New York in pursuit of his dreams: He really wants to be a hairdresser. Equal parts Casanova and killing machine, he's loved by women and feared by men -- a guy with a terrible mullet who brushes his teeth with hummus, can catch bullets with his nostrils and dispatches Palestinian terrorists while wearing Daisy Duke cutoff shorts.
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December 22, 2000 | FRAZIER MOORE, Associated Press TELEVISION WRITER
You know those snuff-tin-shaped novelties that, when turned over, let loose with a cow's moo or a cat's meow? Robert Smigel does. They crack him up. With a flick of his wrist, he pretends to invert such a toy, then provides his own "mooooooo" and bursts out laughing. "I'm very easily amused." However, not by Big Mouth Billy Bass, the battery-powered singing fish. A bit twee, in Smigel's view. "He's trying too hard."
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December 22, 2000 | FRAZIER MOORE, Associated Press TELEVISION WRITER
You know those snuff-tin-shaped novelties that, when turned over, let loose with a cow's moo or a cat's meow? Robert Smigel does. They crack him up. With a flick of his wrist, he pretends to invert such a toy, then provides his own "mooooooo" and bursts out laughing. "I'm very easily amused." However, not by Big Mouth Billy Bass, the battery-powered singing fish. A bit twee, in Smigel's view. "He's trying too hard."
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May 4, 2000 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They are two puppets, yes, but two puppets with lawyers and TV credits and egos. They are now enmeshed in a legal dispute closely watched by the nation's comics, who sense more than just a laugh building. It began, roughly, when Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, feeling aggrieved and violated, angry enough to swallow his trademark cigar, could contain his rage no longer. Wasn't he America's preeminent caustic dog puppet?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 1999
I was surprised to see that Greg Braxton devoted so much ink to a self-proclaimed moron ("Robert Smigel's 'Toons: 'SNL's' Secret Weapon," March 27). The fact that "Saturday Night Live" is going with Smigel's "blood, urine and vomit" brand of humor only attests to the desperation of those who now run the show. JIM RYAN Van Nuys
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September 19, 1989
The writing team from "Saturday Night Live" that earned the Emmy for writing in a variety or music program included Jim Downey (head writer), John Bowman, A. Whitney Brown, Gregory Daniels, Tom Davis, Al Franken, Shannon Gaughan, Jack Handey, Phil Hartman, Lorne Michaels, Mike Myers, Conan O'Brien, Bob Obdenkirk, Herb Sargent, Tom Schiller, Robert Smigel, Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner, Christine Zander and George Meyers.
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December 10, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week Dec. 9 - 15 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     CBS This Morning (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Christoph Waltz; Bruno Mars performs. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Scotty McCreery. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Kelly and Michael Mandy Patinkin; Lifehouse performs. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Martha Stewart; Big Boi and Kelly Rowland perform. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Talk Anjelica Huston; Taraji P. Henson; Andy Cohen.
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August 23, 2007 | Mike Flaherty
The 51-year-old's journey from beloved sitcom dad of "Full House" and ?ber-genial host of "America's Funniest Home Videos" to gutter-mouthed stand-up comedian has been one of Hollywood's longest, strangest trips. But, as Saget talked to us about his upcoming HBO comedy special, "That Ain't Right," premiering this Saturday night (the DVD will be released Tuesday), it became clear that he was always a pretty sick puppy. The second part of your career has been spent largely upending the first part.
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May 4, 2000 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They are two puppets, yes, but two puppets with lawyers and TV credits and egos. They are now enmeshed in a legal dispute closely watched by the nation's comics, who sense more than just a laugh building. It began, roughly, when Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog, feeling aggrieved and violated, angry enough to swallow his trademark cigar, could contain his rage no longer. Wasn't he America's preeminent caustic dog puppet?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 1999 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You may not have immediately noticed if you tuned into "Saturday Night Live" last week. But television history was made. At least Robert Smigel--in his own mischievous way--thinks so.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2006 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Creepy houses have long been fodder for children to taunt each other with dares, but no neighborhood has had a domicile like the one depicted in the scary animated "Monster House" (Sony, $29) -- a creaky pile with teeth, a tongue, mouth and eyes. The Halloween-set comedy finds three youngsters (voices of Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner and Spencer Locke) trying to unravel the house's secret. Steve Buscemi supplies the voice of the ogre-like homeowner.
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October 5, 2008 | Noel Murray
The Visitor Anchor Bay, $29.97; Blu-Ray, $39.98 Veteran character actor Richard Jenkins could be looking at an Academy Award nomination for his performance as a recently widowed college professor helping two illegal immigrants in "The Visitor," writer-director Thomas McCarthy's follow-up to 2003's "The Station Agent."
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