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December 4, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
What the heck is up with Katt Williams? The comedian on Monday told a Seattle TV station that he's quitting his chosen profession. "I'm just going to go ahead and announce my retirement from stand-up," he told KOMO News in an interview as he exited what he said was the fourth hotel he'd been asked to leave in two days. "I'm kind of done. " PHOTOS: Celebrity protraits by the Times The 41-year-old, whose real name is Micah Williams, said he hadn't planned to give the news on a Seattle street, but rather back in L.A. at the offices of ICM or concert promoter LiveNation.
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December 6, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
For a short and breezy documentary narrated by Adam Sandler in which a group of famous comedians talk about themselves, "The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall" packs a surprisingly provocative punch. In these days of digital "stardom," when fame is tweet-fleeting and the goal too often seems more Simon Cowell-approved branding than original voice, the rigors of an old-fashioned comedy club seem historically artisanal, like candle-dipping at Colonial Williamsburg. In the post-"Seinfeld" years, stand-up comedy, once the province of the scruffy and outrageous, has become increasingly sleek and well fed. Ray Romano, Jay Leno, Bill Maher, Judd Apatow, Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, the Wayans brothers, Sarah Silverman, Kathy Griffin, Jimmy Fallon - the people reminiscing here about the Improv are among the media elite, with studio deals and television shows, car collections and famous divorces.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2012
COMEDY Though he may have become better known for his acting roles in "Diner," "Aliens" and TV's "Mad About You," Paul Reiser was there at the beginning of the stand-up explosion during the '80s. After dabbling in music over the last few years, Reiser returns to get in touch with his comedy chops. The Ice House, 24 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Sun. $25. http://www.icehousecomedy.com
BUSINESS
March 26, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Rita Rudner has applied her considerable comedic talents to the marketing of her Dana Point beach house and the result is a one-of-a-kind video. Who else would include a free tissue with the purchase of a five-bedroom, five-bathroom house priced at $8.975 million? Her husband, director-writer Martin Bergman, featured the Monarch Bay home in the 2011 film “Thanks,” in which Rudner acted. But Rudner may have her own hit on her hands with her YouTube parody . The actress takes viewers through a tour of the 5,000-square-foot contemporary, which looks out onto the ocean.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2011 | Deborah Vankin
Downtown Los Angeles may be exploding with bars, restaurants and art happenings, but it hasn't typically been a hub for live comedy — until recently. A vibrant, tight-knit, upstart comedy scene — largely catering to emerging comics, but also featuring big names from the alt-comedy world — is not-so-quietly kicking up dust in downtown's Old Bank District and just beyond. From established, pre-booked sketch and stand-up shows to looser, rollicking open-mike nights and one literally underground show in a loft basement, here's where to head for the laughs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1992
Tom H. Melody, who performed stand-up comedy in Los Angeles night clubs, has died at a North Hills hospital. He was 73. A resident of North Hills, Melody died Saturday of complications from a stroke, said his sister, Jean Gulick of Woodland Hills. Born in Rockwell City, Iowa, Melody came to California in 1936. In the Army during World War II, he was captured in the Philippines by the Japanese and taken by ship to a prison camp in Japan.
SPORTS
September 6, 2003
After reading Allen E. Kahn's Viewpoint commentary Saturday and T.J. Simers' article Tuesday, I have come to the conclusion that Mr. Kahn has the "gift" and T.J. gets paid to do it. I stopped reading T.J. on a regular basis when he left journalism for what he believes to be "stand-up" comedy. Perhaps you could trade T.J. and a couple of interns to be named to Mr. Kahn's employer ... to secure him for Page 2. Sounds to me like a better deal than the Dodgers got when they traded Grud and Karros for Hundley and a sack of magic beans.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2012
COMEDY Already one of the top performers today who took stand-up comedy into rock clubs in the '00s with the Comedians of Comedy Tour (also featuring Zach Galifianakis, Maria Bamford and Brian Posehn), Patton Oswalt made the leap into new corners of his craft since reaching greater fame in films such as Pixar's "Ratatouille" and "Young Adult. " Honed by his experiences as a new father, his latest album "Finest Hour" is aptly named, and here at his monthly set at Largo he'll be joined by fellow comics who will surely keep the laughs coming.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 1998
Kathy Buckley is truly a very interesting and talented lady, but I want to please clear up one small mistake ("All My Fears Went Away," by Diane Haithman, June 14). Yes, the stand-up comedy competition she entered 10 years ago was very important to her career. Your article said that "contest organizers had initially rejected her entry letter, but allowed her to participate as a favor to [Geri] Jewell." What happened was that the comics who entered the contest (to benefit United Cerebral Palsy)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 1989
I enjoyed Lawrence Christon's Oct. 22 Jay Leno article, which brought to mind two incidents. I tried stand-up comedy at San Francisco's Holy City Zoo at a beginners' "open mike" night in 1976. The task didn't seem daunting until the comedian before me exploded with brilliant improvisation. He closed by inviting the audience for ice cream across Clement Street. This left mercifully few patrons to see me bomb. I asked the bartender if this comedian really was a beginner. His answer: "This was only Robin Williams' second time here."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Producer Walter Latham is best known for the "The Original Kings of Comedy" -- a successful comedy tour headlined by Bernie Mac, Cedric the Entertainer and Steve Harvey that resulted in a movie directed by Spike Lee. Latham cemented his reputation with television specials for HBO and Showtime -- including Chris Rock's "Bring the Pain," "Queens of Comedy" and "P. Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy" -- and by promoting the concert tours of Rock,...
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February 9, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Veteran comedian David Steinberg, who has directed such hit TV comedies as "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Mad About You" and "Seinfeld," returns to Showtime on Monday evening for the second season of his interview series, "Inside Comedy. " This season he turns his lens on Louis C.K., Tina Fey, Bob Newhart, Jim Carrey and more. Do you think comedy can be dissected? I don't really dissect comedy. Nothing kills off humor more than overanalyzing it. On our show, it's just a conversation that I don't prepare for at all. Usually I know everyone because I've been around a lot, but the idea is to get their feeling about what it is that they're doing, the start, the middle and where they are now. What you get is very, very funny people who aren't switched on as they usually are on a talk show in front of an audience, so you can see how naturally funny they are. PHOTOS: Celebrity portraits by The Times I thought it was interesting when Jim Carrey told you he thought that comics come from mothers with some form of mental illness.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
What the heck is up with Katt Williams? The comedian on Monday told a Seattle TV station that he's quitting his chosen profession. "I'm just going to go ahead and announce my retirement from stand-up," he told KOMO News in an interview as he exited what he said was the fourth hotel he'd been asked to leave in two days. "I'm kind of done. " PHOTOS: Celebrity protraits by the Times The 41-year-old, whose real name is Micah Williams, said he hadn't planned to give the news on a Seattle street, but rather back in L.A. at the offices of ICM or concert promoter LiveNation.
NEWS
October 16, 2012 | By Chris Erskine
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2012
COMEDY Though he may have become better known for his acting roles in "Diner," "Aliens" and TV's "Mad About You," Paul Reiser was there at the beginning of the stand-up explosion during the '80s. After dabbling in music over the last few years, Reiser returns to get in touch with his comedy chops. The Ice House, 24 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Sun. $25. http://www.icehousecomedy.com
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe, Special to the Los Angeles Times
With stories that include forbidden crushes on Freddy Krueger, scheduling your first casual hookup and hiding in a bathtub with 72 slices of American cheese, Thursday night's show at the Bang Comedy Theatre is not your mother's idea of a comedy performance. Now celebrating its ninth installment, the monthly storytelling series "Don't Tell My Mother" pulls from a variety of corners of the entertainment industry, including actors, artists, screenwriters and, for good measure, a lawyer and a drag queen to spin true 10-minute confessions they'd never want their moms to know.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Producer Walter Latham is best known for the "The Original Kings of Comedy" -- a successful comedy tour headlined by Bernie Mac, Cedric the Entertainer and Steve Harvey that resulted in a movie directed by Spike Lee. Latham cemented his reputation with television specials for HBO and Showtime -- including Chris Rock's "Bring the Pain," "Queens of Comedy" and "P. Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy" -- and by promoting the concert tours of Rock,...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe, Special to the Los Angeles Times
With stories that include forbidden crushes on Freddy Krueger, scheduling your first casual hookup and hiding in a bathtub with 72 slices of American cheese, Thursday night's show at the Bang Comedy Theatre is not your mother's idea of a comedy performance. Now celebrating its ninth installment, the monthly storytelling series "Don't Tell My Mother" pulls from a variety of corners of the entertainment industry, including actors, artists, screenwriters and, for good measure, a lawyer and a drag queen to spin true 10-minute confessions they'd never want their moms to know.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2012
COMEDY Already one of the top performers today who took stand-up comedy into rock clubs in the '00s with the Comedians of Comedy Tour (also featuring Zach Galifianakis, Maria Bamford and Brian Posehn), Patton Oswalt made the leap into new corners of his craft since reaching greater fame in films such as Pixar's "Ratatouille" and "Young Adult. " Honed by his experiences as a new father, his latest album "Finest Hour" is aptly named, and here at his monthly set at Largo he'll be joined by fellow comics who will surely keep the laughs coming.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 2011
COMEDY The unpredictable Canadian goofball Tom Green first made a splash stateside with a self-titled comedy show on MTV, then tried his hand at film acting and most recently hosted an Internet talk show from his living room. Now the L.A.-based comedian is getting back to basics with a stand-up tour. Improv, 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine. 8 p.m. Thurs., 8 and 10 p.m. Fri., 7 and 9 p.m. Sat., 7 p.m. Sun. $22. (949) 854-5455. http://www.improv.com.
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