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ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2010 | By Saul Austerlitz, Special to the Los Angeles Times
An episode of "Saturday Night Live" contains, on average, 11 sketches. Given the 35 (!) seasons of "SNL" and an average of 20 episodes per year, that makes for approximately 7,700 sketches written, rehearsed and performed on the influential comedy show. Out of that enormous trove of raw material, a handful of sketches have received the honor of being bulked up to feature-film length. After a decade-long hiatus (anyone remember 2000's "The Ladies Man," starring Tim Meadows?), "SNL" returns to the big screen Friday with the action-film parody "MacGruber," featuring cast members Will Forte and Kristen Wiig (joined by Ryan Phillippe, Powers Boothe and Val Kilmer)
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NEWS
February 14, 1986 | BETTY GOODWIN
When designer Andre Laug died of a heart attack a little more than a year ago, his friends and associates had reason to believe that he had a premonition about his passing: He left behind some 4,000 sketches that could be used for future collections. Since his death, Laug's faithful coterie of employees has remained intact in his Rome atelier, and so has the Laug tradition of conservatively stylish, quality clothing.
NEWS
May 24, 1992 | STEPHEN BROWN, REUTERS
Sick of body odor on subway trains and chain smokers in restaurants? Had your car boxed in by double parking or a good film ruined by the couple in front chatting? Fed up with litterbugs and road hogs? Take heart. In Portugal at least, slobs and other public nuisances are getting their wrists slapped by a government television campaign telling them to mind their manners.
NEWS
March 21, 1985 | BOB WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
Pete Ambagtsheer, a 57-year-old former sailor who dances and sings for tourists at Ports o' Call village in San Pedro, is mourning the theft of his puppet collection, along with other art works created over a lifetime as an itinerant artist. Ambagtsheer said he suspects that a waterfront transient he befriended took the ancient camper truck he lived in with his near-life-size puppets, and "everything--my puppets, my tools, my sketches, my home!" ". . .
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 2009 | Christopher Smith
An English newspaper once described a soccer star as having "developed splendidly and then aged as well as could be hoped for." That might sum up another U.K. icon, Monty Python. Because while it's been 25 years since the seminal six-man English comedy troupe has produced any new material, its thoughtful silliness still resonates. Now the group is again among us, cheerfully exploiting its upcoming 40th anniversary with a Python-palooza of events on tap: a new play in Los Angeles based on its classic TV sketches, a six-part documentary on the IFC channel, a book describing its live performances and a rare coming together of the group's five living members for a Q&A session in New York.
BOOKS
January 26, 1986 | Charles Champlin
Even amid the endemic and fashionable gloom-unto-suicide of turn of the century Czechoslovakia, the melancholy of Rudolf Tesnohlidek was something special. His father was an animal skinner, and in a brief biographical afterword to "The Cunning Little Vixen," Robert T. Jones, one of the translators, says that Tesnohlidek as a boy would run screaming from the moans of the dying beasts. That might have given anyone a dark vision of existence.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Dennis McLellan
Sid Caesar, a television pioneer who reigned as the king of live TV sketch comedy in the 1950s with his inspired brand of mimicry, pantomime and satire on the classic comedy-variety series “Your Show of Shows” and “Caesar's Hour,” died Wednesday. He was 91. Caesar died at his home in Beverly Hills after a brief illness, according to his biographer and friend Eddy Friedfeld. A two-time Emmy Award-winning performer during his TV heyday in the '50s, Caesar has been hailed as “one of the great TV clowns,” “one of television's most inventive performers” and “a genius at making people laugh.” PHOTOS: Sid Caesar | 1922 - 2014 “Television had its share of comedy geniuses,” Times television critic Howard Rosenberg wrote in 1994.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 1987 | BILL STEIGERWALD
The most astonishing thing about "NBC Presents the AFI Comedy Special" isn't that it's so consistently and so pathetically unfunny. It's that NBC doesn't seem to have a clue that it's created yet another TV crime against comedy (tonight at 10 on Channels 4, 36, 39).
MAGAZINE
May 3, 1987 | ELIZABETH VENANT, Elizabeth Venant is a Times staff writer.
FRANK GEHRY OFTEN draws when he flies, in the time between lectures, meetings, interviews and dinners, in the spaces left in a life that, increasingly, is as crowded as a curio shop with the symbols of accomplishment. Consider his latest collection of honors: This month, he will be inducted into the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, which counts just 12 architects among its members.
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