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October 23, 2005 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
"I'M still not a peaceful man," Shelley Berman said a few weeks ago. "I'm still not able to behave.... When somebody says 'Relax,' that really makes me nervous." The 80-year-old Berman, who is experiencing some bittersweet career redemption playing Larry David's alter-kocher father on the HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm," was sitting in the den of a friend's house at the top of Country Club Estates, a development just up the 101 from the Berman place.
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October 30, 2005
"REDEMPTION," Shelley Berman is quoted as saying in Paul Brownfield's piece, "is that finally people began to look at me and say, 'You know, he's not a prick.' " In my opinion, he has been redeemed 100 times over. I'm the artist in residence at Santa Susana School of the Arts Theater Academy in Simi Valley. It's a public magnet school that has a unique program that allows me to co-teach a comedy workshop for television, theater and film. I took a chance and e-mailed Shelley, never having met him previously, to ask if he'd like to speak to our class.
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April 15, 1994 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nobody ever drew more of a bum rap from show-biz history than Shelley Berman. When he first came up during the mid-to-late '50s, he was still too young for the Maniacal-but-Established category, which embraced people like Red Skelton, who once climbed a tree outside his Bel-Air home and waved a pistol at anyone approaching, and Sid Caesar, who once dangled Mel Brooks by his ankles outside a 10th-story window.
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October 23, 2005 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
"I'M still not a peaceful man," Shelley Berman said a few weeks ago. "I'm still not able to behave.... When somebody says 'Relax,' that really makes me nervous." The 80-year-old Berman, who is experiencing some bittersweet career redemption playing Larry David's alter-kocher father on the HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm," was sitting in the den of a friend's house at the top of Country Club Estates, a development just up the 101 from the Berman place.
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December 14, 1990 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Apaying audience of eight sat in rapt attention as Shelley Berman performed on a recent weekday evening. Three decades ago, when Berman was one of the hottest comedy acts in the country, the crowds that packed into a nightclub to see him perform might include the smart set, celebrities and even the President. But on this evening, it appeared that most of those watching Berman, 65, had not been born when the comedian was at the height of his popularity.
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July 5, 2001 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Y ou wouldn't believe, to look at this Jewish fellow, that he's over a hot tub canning tomatoes," said Shelley Berman, on the phone last week. For a comedian who was part of a watershed era in comedy that featured the likes of Mort Sahl and Nichols and May, vegetables are just a sidelight. But these days, in addition to acting, teaching and performing, Berman, 75, raises tomatoes and jalapenos at his Bell Canyon home.
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February 6, 1997 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Watching veteran comics Harvey Korman, Shelley Berman, Bill Dana, Ronnie Schell and Pat Harrington in "Yarmy's Army," at the University of Judaism's Gindi Auditorium is like watching the annual Old-Timers Game at Dodger Stadium. You're amazed that, even if Sandy Koufax has lost a lot of smoke off his fastball, that classic high-kick delivery is still there. So, Saturday night, even if Dana was still doing Jose Jimenez, he's still funny. And Berman is still a genius.
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March 30, 1991 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Why was this night different from all other nights? The Presbyterians were having a Seder. But they weren't entirely on their own. Their Seder, which marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover, was led by comedian Shelley Berman. "Can you believe me, in a church?" the Jewish comedian said Thursday night with a nervous laugh as he paced around the Fellowship Hall of the Woodland Hills Presbyterian Church a few minutes before the ceremonial meal was set to begin.
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October 30, 2005
"REDEMPTION," Shelley Berman is quoted as saying in Paul Brownfield's piece, "is that finally people began to look at me and say, 'You know, he's not a prick.' " In my opinion, he has been redeemed 100 times over. I'm the artist in residence at Santa Susana School of the Arts Theater Academy in Simi Valley. It's a public magnet school that has a unique program that allows me to co-teach a comedy workshop for television, theater and film. I took a chance and e-mailed Shelley, never having met him previously, to ask if he'd like to speak to our class.
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November 15, 1994 | AL MARTINEZ
Norby Walters is an ex-New York club owner and big-time agent who lives in a West Hollywood high-rise and knows every celebrity in town who is over 50. He himself is 62, but because of a ferret-like ability to dart in many directions at once, he seems younger than anyone around him and talks in bursts of words that whistle by your ears like .50-caliber bullets.
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July 5, 2001 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Y ou wouldn't believe, to look at this Jewish fellow, that he's over a hot tub canning tomatoes," said Shelley Berman, on the phone last week. For a comedian who was part of a watershed era in comedy that featured the likes of Mort Sahl and Nichols and May, vegetables are just a sidelight. But these days, in addition to acting, teaching and performing, Berman, 75, raises tomatoes and jalapenos at his Bell Canyon home.
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February 6, 1997 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Watching veteran comics Harvey Korman, Shelley Berman, Bill Dana, Ronnie Schell and Pat Harrington in "Yarmy's Army," at the University of Judaism's Gindi Auditorium is like watching the annual Old-Timers Game at Dodger Stadium. You're amazed that, even if Sandy Koufax has lost a lot of smoke off his fastball, that classic high-kick delivery is still there. So, Saturday night, even if Dana was still doing Jose Jimenez, he's still funny. And Berman is still a genius.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1994 | AL MARTINEZ
Norby Walters is an ex-New York club owner and big-time agent who lives in a West Hollywood high-rise and knows every celebrity in town who is over 50. He himself is 62, but because of a ferret-like ability to dart in many directions at once, he seems younger than anyone around him and talks in bursts of words that whistle by your ears like .50-caliber bullets.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 1994 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nobody ever drew more of a bum rap from show-biz history than Shelley Berman. When he first came up during the mid-to-late '50s, he was still too young for the Maniacal-but-Established category, which embraced people like Red Skelton, who once climbed a tree outside his Bel-Air home and waved a pistol at anyone approaching, and Sid Caesar, who once dangled Mel Brooks by his ankles outside a 10th-story window.
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October 30, 1991 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
The program at Theatre/Theater describes its new Sunday night series, "A Freeway Home Companion," as seeking "to bring a gentle Garrison Keillor-esque mode of bogus nostalgia, personal storytelling and local cultural reportage to Hollywood Boulevard in a 90-minute format." Stop right there, because I'm not sure about that word "bogus," or the " cultural reportage" (the italics are mine) or the "90-minute format."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1991 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Why was this night different from all other nights? The Presbyterians were having a Seder. But they weren't entirely on their own. Their Seder, which marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover, was led by comedian Shelley Berman. "Can you believe me, in a church?" the Jewish comedian said Thursday night with a nervous laugh as he paced around the Fellowship Hall of the Woodland Hills Presbyterian Church a few minutes before the ceremonial meal was set to begin.
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October 30, 1991 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
The program at Theatre/Theater describes its new Sunday night series, "A Freeway Home Companion," as seeking "to bring a gentle Garrison Keillor-esque mode of bogus nostalgia, personal storytelling and local cultural reportage to Hollywood Boulevard in a 90-minute format." Stop right there, because I'm not sure about that word "bogus," or the " cultural reportage" (the italics are mine) or the "90-minute format."
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October 6, 1995
Shelley Berman, Taylor Negron, Arlene Golonka and Richard Kline are among the celebrity cast set to perform staged readings of Malvin Wald's "Hollywood Trilogy" and Allan Byrnes' "The Elevator" at the Friars' Club in Beverly Hills on Tuesday as a benefit for the nonprofit West Coast Jewish Theatre. Monty Hall will also make an appearance. Tickets are $25 for the performance and reception; $50 with dinner. Reservations: (213) 466-1767.
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December 14, 1990 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Apaying audience of eight sat in rapt attention as Shelley Berman performed on a recent weekday evening. Three decades ago, when Berman was one of the hottest comedy acts in the country, the crowds that packed into a nightclub to see him perform might include the smart set, celebrities and even the President. But on this evening, it appeared that most of those watching Berman, 65, had not been born when the comedian was at the height of his popularity.
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