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March 8, 1999 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here among the heavyweights of comedy--everyone from Jerry Seinfeld, James Brooks, Martin Short and Neil Simon--what was Robert Evans doing at HBO's fifth annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival? Practically stealing the four-day event, which ended Saturday night, as it turned out. The legendary Hollywood player and producer of such demonstrably unfunny films as "The Godfather," "Chinatown" and "Love Story" gave a command performance Friday morning, collapsing onstage, though not from the altitude.
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November 23, 2006 | Robert Abele, Special to The Times
THE American Cinematheque on Tuesday will screen a 90-minute program of short live-action and animated films from March's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival (a.k.a. the HBO Comedy Festival) in Aspen, Colo., called "Best of the Fest." As with any shorts program, even one that has supposedly been sifted from a festival-wide selection (itself presumably representing the cream of the submitted crop), it's a mixed bag of one-note gags that don't work and artfully played-out jokes that do.
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March 25, 1995 | DAVID KRONKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Among the purposes of the first U.S. Comedy Arts Festival here is to provide "an invaluable opportunity for the meaningful exchange of ideas among peers and leaders of the theater, motion picture and television industries." Sure, it sounds good, and such a lofty aspiration is not to be sniffed at. But by Thursday, Day Two of the four-day festival, an even more impressive goal had been achieved: A mutual admiration society had been forged between Arianna Huffington and Hunter S. Thompson.
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March 2, 2001 | HILARY STUNDA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This quiet mining town is deluged with PIBs (People in Black). The local trustafarian (a hippie trust-funder who bears the Grateful Dead sticker on the back of a turbo Saab) has been displaced by another breed--the zealous PR agent. Stretch-limo Jeep Wagoneers and Range Rovers line the curb outside the St. Regis Hotel, the headquarters for the annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. The St. Regis has been transformed into a Who's Who of Comedy.
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March 2, 1996 | CONNIE BENESCH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With nimble-footed ease, Kivi Rogers fairly glided across the stage of the intimate Club Lodge, talking playfully about his "I'll-make-it-for-you dad." "Everything I got was homemade, right down to my Schlitz Malt Liquor beer can walkie-talkie," Rogers recalled, next regaling the audience with tales of the father who once had given him roller skates made from platform shoes for a Christmas present. "I didn't get real skate wheels, just some old wheels off an old couch. It was easy to spot me.
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August 28, 1998
The U.S. Comedy Arts Festival is looking for comedic films to showcase at its annual festival March 3-7 in Aspen, Colo. The festival provides a venue for comedy talent to screen their independent features and shorts, retrospectives and studio productions to industry insiders. Past screenings have included Michael Moore's "The Big One" and Trey Parker and Matt Stone's "Cannibal! The Musical" as well as tributes to Monty Python, Rob Reiner and Larry Gelbart. Submissions will be accepted from Sept.
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March 3, 1999 | SHAUNA SNOW
INTERNET Aspen Festival Opens: The fifth annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival gets underway in Aspen, Colo., today, but don't expect to see the festivities on TV. Although many festival events had previously aired on cable's HBO and Comedy Central, this year non-Aspenites will have to settle for Internet coverage. The Excite site (at http://www.excite.com) will feature several live events from the five-day festival, including Saturday's 8-9:30 p.m.
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March 2, 2001 | HILARY STUNDA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This quiet mining town is deluged with PIBs (People in Black). The local trustafarian (a hippie trust-funder who bears the Grateful Dead sticker on the back of a turbo Saab) has been displaced by another breed--the zealous PR agent. Stretch-limo Jeep Wagoneers and Range Rovers line the curb outside the St. Regis Hotel, the headquarters for the annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. The St. Regis has been transformed into a Who's Who of Comedy.
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March 2, 1998 | Compiled by Times Staff Writers and Contributors
"Cybill," benched by disappointed CBS officials in December, returns Wednesday on its new night, following "The Nanny" at 8:30 p.m. For a program that looked like a Monday-night hit three years ago before bouncing to Sunday and back again, the Cybill Shepherd vehicle's run this spring could be the final leg of a dispiriting journey. Asked to succeed "Murphy Brown" in CBS' key 9 p.m. Monday slot, "Cybill" struggled opposite NBC's "Caroline in the City" and Fox's surprising "Ally McBeal."
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February 14, 2000 | HILARY STUNDA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Comedy is really simple. It's based on mischief and silliness," Jerry Lewis said at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. "T.S. Eliot said simplicity is difficult because it requires nothing less than absolutely everything. That's comedy. Get the laugh, kid. And damn, get the laugh but not at the sake of losing your dignity."
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October 12, 1999 | JUDITH MICHAELSON
TELEVISION Dirty Pictures?: With the controversy over an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art still boiling, Showtime announced Monday that it has lined up James Woods to star in "Dirty Pictures," a TV movie about a similar conflict in 1990.
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March 8, 1999 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here among the heavyweights of comedy--everyone from Jerry Seinfeld, James Brooks, Martin Short and Neil Simon--what was Robert Evans doing at HBO's fifth annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival? Practically stealing the four-day event, which ended Saturday night, as it turned out. The legendary Hollywood player and producer of such demonstrably unfunny films as "The Godfather," "Chinatown" and "Love Story" gave a command performance Friday morning, collapsing onstage, though not from the altitude.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 1998
The U.S. Comedy Arts Festival is looking for comedic films to showcase at its annual festival March 3-7 in Aspen, Colo. The festival provides a venue for comedy talent to screen their independent features and shorts, retrospectives and studio productions to industry insiders. Past screenings have included Michael Moore's "The Big One" and Trey Parker and Matt Stone's "Cannibal! The Musical" as well as tributes to Monty Python, Rob Reiner and Larry Gelbart. Submissions will be accepted from Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 1998 | Compiled by Times Staff Writers and Contributors
"Cybill," benched by disappointed CBS officials in December, returns Wednesday on its new night, following "The Nanny" at 8:30 p.m. For a program that looked like a Monday-night hit three years ago before bouncing to Sunday and back again, the Cybill Shepherd vehicle's run this spring could be the final leg of a dispiriting journey. Asked to succeed "Murphy Brown" in CBS' key 9 p.m. Monday slot, "Cybill" struggled opposite NBC's "Caroline in the City" and Fox's surprising "Ally McBeal."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 1996 | CONNIE BENESCH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With nimble-footed ease, Kivi Rogers fairly glided across the stage of the intimate Club Lodge, talking playfully about his "I'll-make-it-for-you dad." "Everything I got was homemade, right down to my Schlitz Malt Liquor beer can walkie-talkie," Rogers recalled, next regaling the audience with tales of the father who once had given him roller skates made from platform shoes for a Christmas present. "I didn't get real skate wheels, just some old wheels off an old couch. It was easy to spot me.
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March 27, 1995 | DAVID KRONKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"I think it's long overdue," Albert Brooks joked, as he was honored by the American Film Institute for his career achievements. "Just make me a promise--no more tributes to Jack Lemmon." To the delight of adoring fans here Friday at the first U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, Brooks also read a mock-celebratory telegram from House Speaker Newt Gingrich: "I don't know what AFI stands for, but I'm lumping it in with everything else I'm canceling funding for."
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