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December 26, 1992
I agree with Rick VanderKnyff's observations on the sorry state of the local comedy club scene ("Stand-Up Downfall?" Calendar, Dec. 16). In the 1970s, I'd pay a $1 cover at the Comedy Store to see and hear the likes of David Letterman and Gabriel Kaplan, or an impromptu monologue by Richard Pryor. Fast-forward to 1992 in Orange County. Now I'm forced to pay $10 for three no-name no-talents. One evening last month, the price was $15 to see a ventriloquist I had never heard of. Without regret, I didn't waste my money.
April 15, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Perhaps Russia can be induced to pull its troops back from the border with Ukraine and to abandon efforts to destabilize what is left of that country after its illegal annexation of Crimea. It's not a sign of weakness for the United States and other nations to pursue those objectives through negotiations. But the U.S. and its European allies simultaneously need to make it clear that if Russia continues to threaten and intimidate Ukraine, new economic sanctions will be imposed not only on individual high-ranking Russian officials but also on entire sectors of the Russian economy.
July 6, 2003
Re "Echo of Laughter," by Paul Brownfield (June 22): First of all, Pauly Shore bashing? Isn't that a bit '90s? You might not have liked "the Weasel," but you gotta give the guy his props. He did what most people don't. He did the work. He put in the time. And he succeeded. And any person who has ever spoken in front of an audience, tried to do stand-up and make them laugh, knows how hard that is. Doesn't that count for something? Pauly, Peter and Mitzi Shore are still in the game. They're making sure the Store will continue to be what it was and is and hopefully always will be: a great place to do comedy.
April 13, 2014 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - Renewal of important expired federal tax benefits for homeowners took a major step forward recently, but the route to final congressional approval is beginning to look longer - and potentially bumpier - than previously expected. Here's why. The Senate Finance Committee overwhelmingly approved a package of tax code goodies that includes a two-year reauthorization of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, plus similar extensions for deductions of mortgage insurance premiums and energy-saving improvements to homes.
August 27, 2009 | Steve Appleford
They came from New York, the Midwest, the Southern states, a great exodus of young comics traveling west in search of a few minutes with Johnny Carson. That's all it took to begin the migration: In 1972, "The Tonight Show" moved from New York to Burbank, and stand-up comedy's center of gravity went with it. A shot with Carson could make a comic's career and lead to lucrative stand-up gigs, comedy albums and film roles. So they came to town by the hundreds, ambitious and penniless.
September 2, 1989
So CBS has announced that Dan Rather may stand to read the news. And Calendar reported this in an 8-inch article, plus a photograph ("Dan Rather May Try a Stand-Up Routine" by Jay Sharbutt, Aug. 19). Wow! Please continue to keep us informed of such earthshaking events. A breathless nation waits. TERRY FISHER, West Los Angeles
May 27, 1989 | SUE MARTIN
Craig T. Nelson has been a very busy man this year. Though one of his more salient roles was as the beleaguered father in the original "Poltergeist," he has this year been seen in HBO's "Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story," the Shelley Long feature "Troop Beverly Hills" and the yet-to-be-released "Turner and Hooch" with Tom Hanks. Nelson is working on a six-hour miniseries called "Desperadoes," about a Drug Enforcement Agency agent who was kidnaped and killed in Guadalajara, based on the book of the same name by journalist Elaine Shannon.
April 15, 1989 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
One can't help being a little leery of performers who adopt a showbiz moniker that's affected or corny, or that seems to promise too much. But Bob Zany couldn't have selected a more appropriate pseudo-surname. His performance Wednesday at the Laff Stop in Newport Beach observed the tenets of truth-in-advertising. It was plenty zany. If you demand stand-up with probing, sociopolitical relevance, go rent "Lenny" or something. Bob Zany aspires to something altogether different--and nothing to be denigrated as small achievement: He wants you to laugh, to have fun, and to walk out feeling great.
June 18, 1989 | By DAN SULLIVAN
Click/Click/Click/Click. It's the way we take our home entertainment now, and it has had its effect on the way we watch theater and movies. Maybe even on the way we watch life. A bad effect, in some people's view. Kids raised on "Sesame Street," teachers tell you, can't follow a traditional story. All they want is the ups. Others argue that it's just the reverse. TV has exposed us all to so many traditional stories that a couple of images give us enough to infer the rest. I tend toward the second view.
June 20, 2010 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
Everything old is new again, and that's good news for the surf industry, which is finding new markets — and new product categories — in a decidedly retro version of surfing. "The biggest thing in surf right now has got to be stand-up paddling," said Doug Palladini, president of the Surf Industry Manufacturers Assn. trade group and vice president of marketing for Vans. "It's becoming a major force in surfing — which is interesting because it's one of the oldest forms of surfing there is."
April 7, 2014
Charles Sumner 'Chuck' Stone Jr. Columnist and educator helped found association for black journalists Charles Sumner "Chuck" Stone Jr., 89, a longtime journalist and educator who was one of the founders of the National Assn. of Black Journalists, died Sunday at an assisted living facility in Chapel Hill, N.C., according to his daughter Allegra Stone. The cause was not given. Many who helped launch the association credited Stone as the driving force behind its founding, said its current president, Bob Butler.
April 7, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Stand-up comedian John Pinette has died at age 50. According to the Associated Press, the comedian, who was best known for his routine about an all-you-can eat Chinese buffet and for guest-starring on the series finale of "Seinfeld," was found dead of natural causes in a Pittsburgh hotel room. Pinette, who had struggled with his weight for decades, died of natural causes, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office. Pinette's personal doctor also signed off on the cause of death, meaning no autopsy is planned.
March 6, 2014 | Chris O'Brien and Andrea Chang
The day started with a possible answer to one of the digital era's greatest mysteries: Who created the bitcoin virtual currency that has become a multibillion-dollar global phenomenon? From there, with the unlikely revelation by Newsweek magazine that it might be Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, a 64-year-old Japanese American living in Temple City, the day only got wilder and weirder. It featured a media frenzy on his front lawn and a semi-comical car chase through multiple cities as Nakamoto rode in a Prius driven by an Associated Press reporter trying to elude other reporters.
February 27, 2014 | David Lazarus
The Generic Pharmaceutical Assn. says a proposed federal regulation that would allow makers of generic drugs to inform people about all known health risks would create "dangerous confusion" and have "harmful consequences for patients. " And why would that be? For the answer, the industry group pointed me toward a recent report from Matrix Global Advisors, an independent consulting firm. The report says the rule change would needlessly complicate the market and add $4 billion a year to already bloated healthcare costs.
February 5, 2014 | By Scott Collins
Thursday night is the end for "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. " After 22 years, the 63-year-old host is leaving NBC's legendary late-night talk show and handing over the reins to Jimmy Fallon. The Times recently spoke with Leno backstage at "Tonight" about his departure, his thoughts on comedy and the Conan O'Brien fiasco of four years ago, and what he'll do next. Here are some excerpts from the conversation: You've said that leaving "Tonight" now feels "about right. " But I can't imagine you're happy.
January 29, 2014 | By Jay Jones
A classic clash of man and nature will unfold next month as paddle boarders compete in the “Stand Up World Tour,” which returns to Oahu's North Shore. The winter months bring dramatic surfs to Oahu 's North Shore, and the world's best stand-up paddle boarders plan to seize the opportunity in a Feb. 8-16 competition as conditions allow. Male participants will compete off Sunset Beach ; women's events will be at the nearby Turtle Bay Resort . “Stand-up paddle boarding is an extension of surfing,” said Tristan Boxford, chief executive of the Waterman League , which sponsors the event.
June 25, 2010 | By Gina Piccalo, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If any staff in entertainment deserves a mental health day, it's the writing team behind Conan O'Brien. In the space of about a year, they got the promotions of a lifetime ( "The Tonight Show"!), moved their families cross-country, settled into their custom-made studio at Universal, only to watch it fall apart seven months later. And then — boom! — that redheaded smart aleck rocketed back with a comedy tour that summoned some kind of Team Coco movement and served as an opening act for his forthcoming talk show on TBS. Now, some of O'Brien's writers are taking their turn in front of the cameras.
March 3, 2010 | By Gina Piccalo
Until recently, Fahim Anwar had a pretty big secret. He carried it around for three years, from his colorless Long Beach office cubicle to the crowded Sunset Strip. He was, in fact, leading a double-life: Aerospace engineer by day. Comedian by night. "Having a dream like this is very fragile," Anwar reasoned. "It's very easy for people to write it off. It's better to keep that to yourself." Yet there was no sign of this mysterious duplicity Feb. 24 as the wiry 25-year-old bounded onstage for his first televised stand-up set on Comedy Central's "Russell Simmons Presents Standup Comedy at the El Rey Theatre."
January 10, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
By the time summer rolls around, moviegoers will have seen Kevin Hart in five films within a year. The stand-up comedian-turned-actor's BET sitcom "Real Husbands of Hollywood," meanwhile, has scored solid ratings. And then he was invited to spend seven precious minutes with President Obama. You'd think he'd be content with all that, but Hart wants more, and he believes it'll start coming to him next weekend. That's when "Ride Along," his buddy-cop comedy with Ice Cube, hits theaters - the first film in which he has a starring role.
December 30, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
If you can't win, you better learn, and the lessons that emerged from the Ducks' loss in San Jose on Sunday are expected to be put into effect in the New Year's Eve rematch at Honda Center. For one, playing physically is more effective than relying on finesse. The Ducks' lone goal in the 3-1 loss came from rugged fourth-line member Patrick Maroon , who was given 12 minutes 25 seconds of ice time and "was hitting everything that was moving," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said Monday after the team practiced at Honda Center.
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