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May 11, 2011
MUSIC TV on the Radio Just days after releasing its fourth studio album, "Nine Types of Light," soulful art rockers TV on the Radio suffered a painful blow last month when bassist Gerard Smith lost his battle with lung cancer. After taking a hiatus, the band is getting back to its tour schedule, including this performance at the Music Box, rescheduled from May 3. All tickets from that date will be honored. Music Box at the Fonda . 7 p.m. $25. http://www.goldenvoice.com/ Elvis Costello The old-guard king of proto-New Wave is on tour with his band the Imposters, and he's got a neat trick up his sleeve for his appearance at the Wiltern.
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February 12, 2014 | Dennis McLellan
In a day before comedy was laced with irony and studded with mean-spirited barbs, Sid Caesar was more than funny. He was hilariously, outrageously, tear-inducingly, gather-up-the-whole-family-for-this funny . A veteran of the Catskills with an elastic face, a knack for gibberish and a mind that could find comedy gold in the workings of a Bavarian cuckoo clock, Caesar was the king of live television sketch comedy in the 1950s. Some of the best writers - Carl Reiner, Neil Simon and Mel Brooks - vied to work for him. No slouches at comedy themselves, they were dazzled by his genius and, at times, horrified by his temper; he once tore the sink from a hotel bathroom and threatened to throw Brooks out an 18th-story window.
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January 7, 1995 | GLENN DOGGRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fans wedded to traditional stand-up, don't panic. Fans looking for something different, same advice. 1995 promises plenty of both, and, as a rule, you'll find your stand-up in Irvine and your variety in Brea. As club-goers continue to loosen their embrace of stand-up comedians, the former fair-haired darlings of the circuit, promoters continue to look for ways to keep their rooms full without papering the clubs with free passes.
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October 18, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Into every generation a sketch comedy (sometimes two or three or more) is born. Indeed, we can write the cultural history of our times in their names, from Sid Caesar's "Show of Shows" to the variety shows of Carol Burnett and Flip Wilson, to "Saturday Night Live" and "SCTV," to "Kids in the Hall" and "In Living Color" and "Mad TV," to "Key & Peele" and "Incredible Crew," with many more in between and yet to come. The latest link in this chain of laffs is "The Birthday Boys," premiering Friday on IFC. Its eponymous stars work out of the L.A. Branch of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (see also: "Upright Citizens Brigade," the late-'90s Comedy Central series that featured UCB co-founder Amy Poehler)
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June 20, 2012 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
The heavy-duty Emmy "for your consideration" onslaught is in full, garish swing. Network and cable outlets are pulling out all the stops, weighing down the mailboxes of the voting members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with lavish DVD mailers. They're filling the landscape with billboards, bus wraps, newspaper ads and oversized posters touting the award-worthiness of shows such as NBC's "Smash," AMC's "Breaking Bad" and Showtime's"Homeland. " Even a long shot such as Whitney Cummings is prominently promoted, despite the fact that NBC's"Whitney" is not a hit with critics or audiences.
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August 27, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Don't let the retro styling fool you. Although they look like comic extra rejects from a '70s variety show with some heavy metal updating, the magician-trickster-funny-men of "Elephant Room" are goofy originals, very much of our makeshift moment. No point in trying to categorize the show, which opened Sunday at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Created by Trey Lyford, Geoff Sobelle and Steve Cuiffo, the entire production is a sleight of hand. With a smattering of magic, sketch comedy and cat-and-mouse with the audience, the trio of performers, working under the aliases Daryl Hannah, Dennis Diamond and Louie Magic, foster the illusion of a complete theatrical offering.
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October 16, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
When President Obama joins Mitt Romney on stage Tuesday for the second of three presidential debates, he no doubt hopes to put to rest the many questions raised by his lackluster performance two weeks ago: Has he completely lost his 2008 media mojo? Is he so addicted to the teleprompter that he can no longer handle a more spontaneous forum? And, perhaps most important: Is Luther anywhere in the house? Luther, for the uninitiated, is Obama's Anger Translator, a creation of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, stars of Comedy Central's "Key & Peele," who have done a series of hilarious skits that are this campaign's answer to Tina Fey's Sarah Palin.
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December 25, 2006 | Deborah Netburn, Times Staff Writer
It is generally accepted that doctors hate shows about doctors, lawyers hate shows about lawyers, and so on. So perhaps it's the order of things that many comedic writers appear to hate Aaron Sorkin's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," the dramatic series about a "Saturday Night Live"-like comedy show. But is it natural for them to take such pleasure in it? Take Ken Levine, a seasoned writer who has worked on "Frasier," "Cheers" and "The Simpsons."
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September 14, 2005 | A Times staff writer
Jerry Seinfeld is scheduled to appear, and Chris Rock, Ray Romano, George Lopez, Bill Maher, Dave Chappelle, Larry David and Jon Stewart have been lined up to perform Nov. 17 to 19 at the Comedy Festival in Las Vegas. The event, which promoters expect to become an annual affair, is organized by HBO, TBS and L.A.-based promoter AEG Live.
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May 17, 2012
MOVIES Comprised of Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, the original Upright Citizens Brigade helped shaped a generation's worth of sketch comedy with their now bi-coastal improv schools and Comedy Central series. Now reunited in a feature film directed by Besser, "Freak Dance" promises a glimpse of "the dirtiest of all the boogaloos," but like all the best in movement-based movies, it's all done in the name of saving a community center (so it's completely justified)
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March 6, 2013 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
IFC is out to prove that big things can come out of small, quirky shows. Sparked by the success of "Portlandia," the series poking gentle fun at Portland, Ore., and its offbeat residents that has charmed both critics and viewers, the basic cable network has enlisted A-listers Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller as it aggressively ratchets up in hopes of becoming a leader in alternative comedy fare. Ferrell, who is currently filming the sequel to his hit "Anchorman," and frequent partner Adam McKay, are executive producers of "The Spoils of Babylon," which will be produced by Funny or Die, their comedy video website that is an outgrowth of their production company.
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February 21, 2013 | By Philip Brandes
“That's not funny, that's sick!” was once a mission statement for National Lampoon's assaults on propriety and good taste. Some of that is-nothing-sacred irreverence still haunts the theatrical debut of “Sketches from the National Lampoon” at the Hayworth Theatre, though too often as a ghost of former greatness. Authenticity abounds under the auspices of producer Matty Simmons (who ran the business end of National Lampoon's various print, record, stage and film successes during its heyday in the 1970s and '80s)
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January 30, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
Jason Alexander is bringing a bit of the Borscht Belt to Los Angeles. The "Seinfeld" star, who's a Tony-winning actor as well as artistic director of L.A.'s financially challenged Reprise Theatre Company, is directing a new comedy-musical revue based on the 1960s humor albums "You Don't Have to Be Jewish" and "When You're in Love the Whole World Is Jewish. " The albums, written by the comedy team Bob Booker and George Foster, feature sketches, short bits and songs that poke fun at Jewish culture.
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October 16, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
When President Obama joins Mitt Romney on stage Tuesday for the second of three presidential debates, he no doubt hopes to put to rest the many questions raised by his lackluster performance two weeks ago: Has he completely lost his 2008 media mojo? Is he so addicted to the teleprompter that he can no longer handle a more spontaneous forum? And, perhaps most important: Is Luther anywhere in the house? Luther, for the uninitiated, is Obama's Anger Translator, a creation of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, stars of Comedy Central's "Key & Peele," who have done a series of hilarious skits that are this campaign's answer to Tina Fey's Sarah Palin.
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August 27, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Don't let the retro styling fool you. Although they look like comic extra rejects from a '70s variety show with some heavy metal updating, the magician-trickster-funny-men of "Elephant Room" are goofy originals, very much of our makeshift moment. No point in trying to categorize the show, which opened Sunday at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Created by Trey Lyford, Geoff Sobelle and Steve Cuiffo, the entire production is a sleight of hand. With a smattering of magic, sketch comedy and cat-and-mouse with the audience, the trio of performers, working under the aliases Daryl Hannah, Dennis Diamond and Louie Magic, foster the illusion of a complete theatrical offering.
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June 24, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Daytime television has "The View. " Now YouTube has its own chatfest called "IMO. " The Web show, whose initials are recognizable as "In My Opinion" to those fluent in messaging shorthand, deals with dating, texting faux pas and other pressing topics relevant to teens and tweens. Its hosts are nearly as well known to these young viewers as ABC's Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg are to an older generation. Before taking her seat on "IMO's" canary yellow couch, 16-year-old Bethany Mota launched a YouTube channel that has attracted nearly 85 million views of her fashion and beauty tips.
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April 15, 1996 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
The Roseanne anthem. . . . Oh! say can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly she hailed on Saturday late-night?) Here are the multiple choices: (1) Any judgment is premature. (2) The first show was not typical, and there's time to retrench and vastly improve the series during its six-week trial. (3) The first show was adored by the multitudes as a big belly laugh. None of the above can be discounted.
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March 19, 2009 | Ramie Becker
One night. Fifteen fierce female comics. And it's all premiering tonight at . . . the Echoplex? Exactly! Breaking out of the regular comedy club is part of the idea behind "Elle O Elle" (LOL), a new bimonthly comedy show taking up residence at the Echo Park music venue. Sponsored by feminist pop culture magazine Bust and put together by the production team Comedy Is the New Black, Elle O Elle is an experiment with not only venue but also format, bringing together some of L.A.'
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June 20, 2012 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
The heavy-duty Emmy "for your consideration" onslaught is in full, garish swing. Network and cable outlets are pulling out all the stops, weighing down the mailboxes of the voting members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with lavish DVD mailers. They're filling the landscape with billboards, bus wraps, newspaper ads and oversized posters touting the award-worthiness of shows such as NBC's "Smash," AMC's "Breaking Bad" and Showtime's"Homeland. " Even a long shot such as Whitney Cummings is prominently promoted, despite the fact that NBC's"Whitney" is not a hit with critics or audiences.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2012
MOVIES Comprised of Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, the original Upright Citizens Brigade helped shaped a generation's worth of sketch comedy with their now bi-coastal improv schools and Comedy Central series. Now reunited in a feature film directed by Besser, "Freak Dance" promises a glimpse of "the dirtiest of all the boogaloos," but like all the best in movement-based movies, it's all done in the name of saving a community center (so it's completely justified)
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