August 30, 2009 |
First in a series of occasional articles about how alternative comedy is fueling Hollywood. Four years ago, Harris Wittels was just another alternative-comedy nerd with big dreams, the kind of guy who started doing stand-up in junior high, revered the sketches on HBO's "Mr. Show" and could recite the late comic Mitch Hedberg's bits from memory. Now the 25-year-old tours with Louis C.K., hangs out with alt-comedy princess Sarah Silverman and writes for NBC's Amy Poehler comedy "Parks and Recreation."
January 24, 2013 |
Hey, Jimmy Kimmel, Matt Damon wants the last laugh - and Thursday night he's doing the kidnapping to prove it . First, a little background. OK, a lot of background. The actor has been made fun of repeatedly on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" over the years, a gag that started in the show's early days when guests weren't that great and Kimmel was trying to liven up the show by pretending they didn't have enough time for the movie star. (Kimmel later admitted that he did the gag simply to amuse a producer, because the show was so bad they would never have bumped any A-lister.)
September 13, 2009
Nice article on alt-comedy. ("The Comedy Pipeline," Aug. 30) Alt to what? Being funny? Alt-comedy princess Sarah Silverman? Somewhere there is a 7-Eleven missing a good clerk. A.J. Kallungi Kernville, Calif.
August 30, 2012
The party game Celebrity would be ever enlivened by the presence of actual celebrities. This being L.A., here's your chance. Sarah Silverman, Josh Homme, Busy Philipps and others join up for a round of "Celebrity Celebrity" to benefit the childhood cancer charity Pablove Foundation. Largo, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Sun. $50-$250. http://www.largo-la.com
September 23, 2010
More than 300 authors will read and present at the West Hollywood Book Fair, one of the preeminent publishing events on the West Coast. It'll cover fiction, poetry, graphic novels, science fiction, mystery and YA with guests including new memoirists Sarah Silverman and Molly Ringwald. West Hollywood Park, 647 San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood. 10 a.m. Sunday. Free. http://www.westhollywoodbookfair.org.
March 25, 2011 |
By turns flat and strained, "Peep World" is a collection of personality disorders in search of a story. On the evidence of the finished product, it's hard to judge what drew the strong cast ? Michael C. Hall, Rainn Wilson, Sarah Silverman and Judy Greer among them. Perhaps it was the opportunity to riff off one another, although under the direction of Barry W. Blaustein ("The Ringer"), there's barely a suggestion of comic energy, and Lewis Black's voice-over narration does nothing to up the ante.
December 10, 2006
IT constantly baffles me how certain performers become critic's pets. Currently, we have Sarah Silverman, Catherine Keener, Steve Carrell and now, Jack Black ["Funny in Love," Dec. 3]. I'm not saying that all or any of them aren't talented, but it is confounding how uncritical and worshipful outlets such as the Los Angeles Times are to these figures regardless of the quality of their current works. JOE STEMME Culver City
July 15, 2008 |
Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman have broken up, their publicists said Monday. "Jimmy and Sarah have no further comment," said Kimmel's spokesman, Lewis Kay. Silverman's publicist, Amy Zvi, also confirmed the breakup but didn't immediately respond when asked for further details. The pair dated for five years. Earlier this year, they took the Internet by storm with a video duel. Silverman, 37, debuted a clip of her and Matt Damon singing about their fake love affair on Kimmel's ABC late-night show "Jimmy Kimmel Live," and Kimmel, 39, later responded with a star-studded video declaring a romance with Damon's best friend, Ben Affleck.
August 27, 2013 |
How has Sarah Horn's life changed since she was randomly plucked from the audience at the Hollywood Bowl last Friday and brought onstage to sing an impromptu duet with her idol, Kristin Chenoweth? For one, type “Sarah” into YouTube's search box and the (until recently) completely unknown vocal instructor from Riverside is the second name, Web-wide, that pops up (after Sarah McLachlan, before Sarah Silverman!). The now-viral video of Horn and Chenoweth performing the song “For Good” from the musical “Wicked” has racked up more than 2 million views on YouTube so far. TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts Onstage at the Bowl, Horn more than held her own beside Chenoweth, belting out the song with stage presence, vocal depth and polish.