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April 3, 1992 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Payam Eshraghian wants to know what happened to spring break in Palm Springs. A few years back, he said, there were "3,000 girls" there during the annual party-time college vacation. "Now," he lamented, "it's me and 5,000 GIs." Dave Hurwitz, meanwhile, is curious about some of the college clubs he sees advertised on campus at UC Irvine, like the Commuter Student Assn.: "That's kind of a loose basis for forming a club, isn't it?" he asked.
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April 3, 1992 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Payam Eshraghian wants to know what happened to spring break in Palm Springs. A few years back, he said, there were "3,000 girls" there during the annual party-time college vacation. "Now," he lamented, "it's me and 5,000 GIs." Dave Hurwitz, meanwhile, is curious about some of the college clubs he sees advertised on campus at UC Irvine, like the Commuter Student Assn.: "That's kind of a loose basis for forming a club, isn't it?" he asked.
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February 4, 1988 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
We pretty much knew, give or take a joke, how headliner Jay Leno would do Tuesday night. But what about the opening act: the UCI Comedy Club, as represented by members Tom Martin, Steven Franks and Phil Fleischmann? How did they do? The UCI student and two recent grads, picked from 15 club members who had tried out, were appearing before an audience that was anywhere from twice to 20 times the size of the largest crowd any of them had played to previously.
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October 6, 1989 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
Jim Hope shares a key trait with many of stand-up's new generation: He didn't grow up with a burning desire to be a comic. "I never thought I'd be a comedian," the 25-year-old says. "I thought I was going to be a college professor." But two things happened--both, ironically, in a college setting--that changed his outlook. When he was a sophomore at UC Irvine, he caught an on-campus performance by Bob Saget, a veteran comedian who now stars in the hit ABC sitcom "Full House."
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December 27, 1986 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
Here is a listing of Orange County spots that regularly present comedy: Cal State Fullerton (The Pub, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, (714) 773-3501). Comedy Night is offered the first Friday of each month when school is in session. Shows are at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Cost is $4.50 ($3.50 for students) in advance, $5 at the door. Gladstones 4 Fish (900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, (714) 760-0971). Comedy is offered each Monday. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. Cost is $3 to $5.
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January 4, 1987 | David Reyes
It was Christmas Eve and Jim Birge was busy. With less than 24 hours before his girlfriend's arrival at LAX, he spent anxious moments making last-minute preparations at his Irvine home. "I'm going to pick her up at the airport in my Santa Claus outfit and my daughter Kym is going as an elf. My girlfriend is gonna be dressed as an elf, too," he said. Welcome to the zany world of Jim Birge--actor, comedian and, since September, UC Irvine's community college outreach officer.
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November 20, 1986 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
Computer science and comedy may be an unlikely pair of interests, but as a member of the UCI Comedy Club, Donald Rose is pursuing both with equal vigor. Rose, a UC Irvine graduate student working on a degree in the artificial intelligence branch of computer science, is also an aspiring comedian who will perform tonight on campus with seven other Comedy Club members. The free 8 p.m. show, to be held in the Heritage Room, will also feature professionals Larry Willmore and Steve Briscoe.
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January 6, 1989 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
In the first few months of 1989, the local comedy scene will offer something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. --SOMETHING OLD: George Carlin, who has been a trooper in the comedy wars for more than 25 years, will appear tonight at the Celebrity Theatre in Anaheim. The veteran comedy team of Mack and Jamie is performing at the Irvine Improvisation through Sunday.
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December 30, 1987 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
Orange County got a lot funnier this year--on purpose. Of course, the most notable addition to the local laughscape was the Improvisation in Irvine, which opened in July. Generally speaking, to headline an Improv, a comedian needs to have logged some appearances on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" and/or "Late Night With David Letterman." So the Improv imported a steady stream of first-rate, well-known comics--like Jerry Seinfeld--behind the Orange Curtain.
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October 7, 1989 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
If Tom Martin makes it big in the funny business, it's safe to say he will be a reluctant star. Shy and self-effacing--kind of the introverted boy next door--he has been pretty reluctant each step of the way so far. "I had no intention of ever getting on-stage in my life," Martin says, remembering the period nearly four years ago when pal Jim Hope (the subject of yesterday's profile) was persuading him to join the first meeting of the UCI Comedy Club.
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October 5, 1989 | DUNCAN STRAUSS
OK, let's face it: While a number of prominent comedians have performed locally, Orange County isn't exactly thought of as a major spawning ground for comedic talent. On that front, the county's one big claim to fame is Steve Martin, who as a local lad developed his performing skills at Disneyland. In recent years, though, some aspiring comics who grew up or moved here have been joining the ranks of key players on the national stand-up scene.
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