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.
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.
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
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.
February 4, 2007 |
"DON'T [screw] this up for me, Laura." Harsh words for a sister costar about to share the spotlight in a joint interview. Overhearing them, an outsider might well wonder: Is Sarah Silverman being a jerk, or just joking? But that's precisely what her fans like about her particular kind of humor. You just don't know. Like Sacha Baron Cohen ("Borat") she presents an obliviously offensive persona that serves, we hope, to comment on cultural taboos.