April 15, 1994 |
On the stage, a black comic is simulating receiving oral sex. As the black studio audience hoots, his body becomes a fast-pumping piston, his eyelids the fluttery blur of someone having a seizure, his voice a guttural expression of orgasmic grunts. Memo to critics of "South Central," the rewarding new Fox series about a heroic black single parent and her three kids battling for survival in a relatively volatile section of Los Angeles: Tune in "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam" on HBO.
November 16, 1995 |
LAUGHING IN THE HOOD Def Comedy Jam All-Stars make their way to the Universal Amphitheater this Wednesday night. With its in-your-face style, Russell Simmons' "Def Comedy Jam" on Home Box Office is one of the most popular comedy shows in the '90s. In rap lingo, def means excellent. Although all the comics are African American and much of the material is filled with references unfamiliar to mainstream audiences, HBO research reveals that two-thirds of the show's audience is not black.
September 17, 2000
ANYTIME Sundays: Workaholic Jay Leno continues appearing virtually every Sunday night at the Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach. Thursdays: Drew Carey, Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady and Greg Proops keep their improv act sharp and try routines that may turn up on their ABC-TV series, "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Thursdays at the Hollywood Improv. Fridays, beginning Sept.
August 7, 1994 |
The new host of HBO's "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam" isn't out to remake the show, just move it forward. " 'Comedy Jam' won't change much," says Joe Torry. "It's just a continuation, hipper, a new flavor. And," Torry adds with a laugh, "better looking." "Def Comedy Jam" producer Russell Simmons caught Torry's act in a comedy club and promised him a spot based on the strength of that performance.
February 20, 1994 |
Coming in June, in the raunchy, X-rated tradition of "Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam," is more ethnic humor with some real spice. The producers of HBO's "Loco Slam," the Latino version of the African American comedy show, are crossing their fingers that the show will be as big a boost for Latino comics as "Def Comedy Jam" has been for black comedians.
December 26, 2003 |
Ken Bright, a gym teacher in Little Rock, Ark., had a serious problem with one of his students. The class clown, a fifth-grader named Lil JJ, was always cracking jokes on everybody in class. He could bust up a whole class, wrestle the attention away from teachers. Bright's problem? He couldn't stop laughing. "He'd be ragging on other teachers, right there in class," Bright, 32, says. "I knew I shouldn't laugh, but I couldn't help it."