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January 17, 2013 | By David Ng
National Lampoon, one of the most recognizable names in comedy, but one that has seen its brand image suffer in recent years, is getting back into the stage business with a brand new production -- "Sketches from the National Lampoon" at the Hayworth Theatre starting Feb. 15.  Judging from the description provided by the company, "Sketches" will capitalize on public nostalgia for National Lampoon's heyday. The show consists of a series of favorite sketches, monologues and musical numbers from the company vault.
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May 17, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The 38th season finale of "Saturday Night Live" airs this weekend and with it come more than a few questions about the confirmed departure of one cast member, the possible departure of two others and the unpredicatable nature of the tempermental musical guest. Here a few things to be aware of as host (and two-time Oscar winner) Ben Affleck closes out the show's season. Bill Hader is definitely leaving. The eight-season veteran confirmed this week that this would be his final show as a regular cast member.
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August 8, 1996 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sketch shows written by comedy troupes are so omnipresent that, if L.A. were a country, it would be a major export item. The combination of the city's pressures, contradictions and talent pool makes this town an international capital of, well, sketchiness. It's a group endeavor that contrasts with the ongoing glut of solo shows.
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February 21, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Justin Timberlake is heading back to "Saturday Night Live" to perform and host for the fifth time! Mother lovers, rejoice! The singer-actor will appear on "SNL" on March 9, he confirmed on his Stipple page Thursday. Timberlake has been a crowd-pleasing and critical favorite on the sketch show and even won four Primetime Emmys for his previous runs. He's also cameoed in some of Andy Samberg's Lonely Island shorts. "... in a box," anyone? PHOTOS: Best & worst moments from the 2013 Grammy Awards Following his "SNL" appearance, the crooner will do a full week's worth of performances and "chatting" with Jimmy Fallon on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" during the week of March 11 to 15. Might we see another history of rap on the show?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2004 | Robert Abele, Special to The Times
People have been known to giggle when they spot actor-writers Matt Lucas and David Walliams on the streets of London. "It happened just today," Walliams says a little incredulously as he spreads clotted cream on a raisin scone in the tea room of the Art Deco hotel Claridge's on a gloomy May afternoon. "We were [hailing] a taxi, somebody saw us and just started laughing." Lucas, seated across from Walliams, adds, "And I shouted out, 'You're easily pleased! You can come back!'
ENTERTAINMENT
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
January 24, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Pasadena Playhouse artistic director Sheldon Epps is set to direct the world premiere of "Sleepless in Seattle -- The Musical," when the show opens at the theater in May. He replaces the previously announced Lonny Price. Jeff Arch, who wrote the original story and co-wrote the screenplay for the 1993 romantic comedy that starred Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, wrote the book for the musical. Ben Toth composed the music and Sam Forman wrote the lyrics. "I am pleased that a recent change in my own schedule allows me to take on the joy and excitement of directing this musical and working even more closely with Jeff, Ben and Sam," Epps said in a statement Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Justin Timberlake is heading back to "Saturday Night Live" to perform and host for the fifth time! Mother lovers, rejoice! The singer-actor will appear on "SNL" on March 9, he confirmed on his Stipple page Thursday. Timberlake has been a crowd-pleasing and critical favorite on the sketch show and even won four Primetime Emmys for his previous runs. He's also cameoed in some of Andy Samberg's Lonely Island shorts. "... in a box," anyone? PHOTOS: Best & worst moments from the 2013 Grammy Awards Following his "SNL" appearance, the crooner will do a full week's worth of performances and "chatting" with Jimmy Fallon on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" during the week of March 11 to 15. Might we see another history of rap on the show?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2006 | David C. Nichols;Daryl H. Miller
Laughter abounds in "Groundlings for a Thousand, Alex!," which returns in January after the troupe's first-ever holiday show in December. Smartly staged by Karen Maruyama, this latest melange of improvisations and sketches reminds us again why the comedy institution is more than the sum of its hilarious parts. Those parts include several breakout turns from the alternating writer-performers.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 1997 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"I'm personally not a fan of sketch comedy," said Anneliza Scott. She's talking about a show she is directing called "Late," opening Friday night at Third Stage in Burbank. Scott, who started her career with Chicago's Wisdom Bridge and Body Politic theaters, explains that sketch comedy serves its purpose, but it's not what she wanted to be involved with. So why is she? "The challenge for me," she said, "was to take the material and give it some continuity, and to give it fuller life."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Pasadena Playhouse artistic director Sheldon Epps is set to direct the world premiere of "Sleepless in Seattle -- The Musical," when the show opens at the theater in May. He replaces the previously announced Lonny Price. Jeff Arch, who wrote the original story and co-wrote the screenplay for the 1993 romantic comedy that starred Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, wrote the book for the musical. Ben Toth composed the music and Sam Forman wrote the lyrics. "I am pleased that a recent change in my own schedule allows me to take on the joy and excitement of directing this musical and working even more closely with Jeff, Ben and Sam," Epps said in a statement Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2013 | By David Ng
National Lampoon, one of the most recognizable names in comedy, but one that has seen its brand image suffer in recent years, is getting back into the stage business with a brand new production -- "Sketches from the National Lampoon" at the Hayworth Theatre starting Feb. 15.  Judging from the description provided by the company, "Sketches" will capitalize on public nostalgia for National Lampoon's heyday. The show consists of a series of favorite sketches, monologues and musical numbers from the company vault.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2012 | By Claire Zulkey
“How black is that?” was the refrain during Jamie Foxx's “SNL” monologue Saturday night, as he marveled at turns of events like President Obama's being elected to a second term and the fact that the comedian was hosting the show with musical guest Ne-Yo. And while race was never again explicitly mentioned throughout the rest of the show, it remained a constant theme, yet one handled in a lighthearted, often absurd manner. One of the criticisms most frequently lobbed at the late-night institution is that it lacks any real diversity in its cast and writing, but last night “SNL” resembled programs that do address race while enjoying diverse audiences, like “Key and Peele” or “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.” Foxx, more present in the episode than most hosts, was willing to be extremely silly in many of his sketches, relying upon his sketch show experience from “In Living Color” as he played characters like a Christmas tree pimp or a Hostess Ding Dong disgruntled by the amount of attention Twinkies have been receiving lately.
ENTERTAINMENT
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
January 30, 2011 | By Melissa Maerz, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from New York ? Where in America can "young people go to retire"? During the opening scene of a new comedy that premiered earlier this month on IFC, Fred Armisen of "Saturday Night Live" tells former Sleater-Kinney singer-guitarist Carrie Brownstein about this strange and wonderful place where "the dream of the '90s is alive," where people are still "talking about getting piercings and tribal tattoos" and "all the hot girls wear glasses,"...
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December 18, 2009 | By Joel Rubin
In the ongoing search for a serial killer who has claimed at least 11 lives in South Los Angeles since 1985, police officials released a series of sketches Thursday that picture what the killer might look like today. The three new sketches were based on a description given to police in 1988 by the only woman known to have survived an attack by the man. Deputy Chief Jim McDonnell, head of detectives for the Los Angeles Police Department, said he hopes the images will jog the memory of someone familiar with the killer.
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April 11, 1993 | N.F. MENDOZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some movies seem to go directly from theaters to television. Others seem to take forever. Finally, after 32 years, Disney's classic 101 Dalmatians makes its world television premiere. Featuring the voices of Rod Taylor and J. Pat O'Malley, the animated romance-comedy-adventure follows Pongo and Perdita and their search for their puppies, who are dognaped by one of Disney's nastiest villains: Cruella De Vil.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2012 | By Claire Zulkey
“How black is that?” was the refrain during Jamie Foxx's “SNL” monologue Saturday night, as he marveled at turns of events like President Obama's being elected to a second term and the fact that the comedian was hosting the show with musical guest Ne-Yo. And while race was never again explicitly mentioned throughout the rest of the show, it remained a constant theme, yet one handled in a lighthearted, often absurd manner. One of the criticisms most frequently lobbed at the late-night institution is that it lacks any real diversity in its cast and writing, but last night “SNL” resembled programs that do address race while enjoying diverse audiences, like “Key and Peele” or “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.” Foxx, more present in the episode than most hosts, was willing to be extremely silly in many of his sketches, relying upon his sketch show experience from “In Living Color” as he played characters like a Christmas tree pimp or a Hostess Ding Dong disgruntled by the amount of attention Twinkies have been receiving lately.
ENTERTAINMENT
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."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2006 | David C. Nichols;Daryl H. Miller
Laughter abounds in "Groundlings for a Thousand, Alex!," which returns in January after the troupe's first-ever holiday show in December. Smartly staged by Karen Maruyama, this latest melange of improvisations and sketches reminds us again why the comedy institution is more than the sum of its hilarious parts. Those parts include several breakout turns from the alternating writer-performers.
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