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December 15, 2011
MUSIC KLOS morning duo Mark & Brian celebrate the holidays with a night steeped in comedy and old-school rock. Their annual variety show, benefiting the Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center, includes a legendary lineup: the Steve Miller Band, comedian Kathleen Madigan, Billy Idol and the Mark & Brian All-Star Band with Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Peter Frampton, Queen vocalist Paul Rodgers, Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and more. Nokia Theater, 777 Chick Hearn Court, L.A. 7:30 p.m. Thu. $49.55-$125.
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March 31, 2014 | Meg James
Spanish-language television personality Raul Gonzalez has joined Telemundo, where he plans to develop and host a weekly prime-time variety show that is scheduled to launch this fall. Until late last month, Gonzalez, a native of Venezuela, was a fixture at rival Univision Communications. He spent the last 12 years as a co-host of the No. 1 network's popular morning program "Despierta America. " Gonzalez, 42, left the Univision network in February, saying he wanted to relax after more than a dozen years rising at 3:40 a.m. to prepare for Univision's fast-paced live morning show.
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November 13, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
NBC can't shake its Maya Rudolph infatuation. The peacock network has ordered a pilot for a new prime-time variety series that will feature the "Saturday Night Live" graduate as its topliner, the network confirmed. It's a project Rudolph had been pushing for months after the cancellation of vexed comedy "Up All Night," in which she was a key cast member. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV The variety show pairs Rudolph with an old boss once more. She will serve as executive producer along with "SNL" mastermind and "Up All Night" producer Lorne Michaels -- as well as Erin David ("Up All Night")
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February 14, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - Outside Studio 6B at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the once and future home of "The Tonight Show," the smell of fresh paint and sawdust fills the air. Visitors to one of the last tapings of "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" are led up a back staircase by an NBC page, winding carefully past dusty drop cloths and dumpsters piled with construction waste. FOR THE RECORD: Jimmy Fallon: A Feb. 16 article about new "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon said that the program was returning to the same NBC New York studio where it resided for its first 15 years before Johnny Carson took the show to Burbank.
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October 29, 1992
In an effort to prove that people can have fun without alcohol or drugs, Hoag Hospital is putting on Ocsoberfest, a variety show. The hospital's Chemical Dependency Unit created the annual event to raise money to help patients pay for treatment and enter recovery homes. This sixth show, themed "High on Life," will begin Friday at 6 p.m. with a "coffeetail hour" and song-and-dance acts by members of Alcoholics Anonymous and the GTE Connection.
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May 15, 1998
The I Have a Dream Foundation and GEN ART invite the public to a special variety show performance by 80 elementary to high school at-risk students, Sunday at 4 p.m., as part of its "Culture to Kids" event at Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. The free show is the culmination of the students' participation in a day of arts workshops in writing, poetry, painting, music and dance conducted by local professional artists. Information: (310) 829-5854.
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April 28, 1994 | JON NALICK
Westminster School District's annual variety show to promote educational excellence will be held tonight at 7:30 and Saturday night at 8, district spokeswoman Audrey Brown said. Starting times released previously were incorrect. Money raised at the shows will help buy classroom supplies and fund mini-grants for teachers, Brown said. The show will be held at the Westminster Cultural Arts Center, 7571 Westminster Blvd. For information, call (714) 898-0074.
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October 15, 1994 | ALAN EYERLY
The Quiet Zone, a theater group consisting of hearing and hearing-impaired performers, will present a variety show featuring music, dance, skits and magic at 2 p.m. today at the Curtis Theater in the Brea Civic & Cultural Center. The 15-member group has performed at Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Anaheim Stadium, the Laguna Playhouse and the Queen Mary. Tickets for the variety show are $5. Information is available by calling (714) 990-7722. The TDD number is (714) 636-4327.
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June 4, 1997 | JOHN CANALIS
A variety show featuring singing, tap dancing, Irish dancing, ballerinas and comedy will benefit the Costa Mesa Senior Center on Friday. Masters of ceremonies for the biannual event are Mayor Peter Buffa and City Manager Allan L. Roeder. Though the show is a benefit for senior citizens, entertainers of all ages will perform. A party will follow.
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September 16, 1987 | CATHY CURTIS
If a restaurant puts a varied cuisine on the menu, the chef had better be able to make the blintzes taste just as good as the ham and eggs. That bit of wisdom evidently was ignored by Dance Diner, the disjointedly eclectic effort of a good-humored combo of choreographer-performers.
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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.
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February 12, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Sid Caesar was a comic pioneer on television, anchoring “Your Show of Shows” with his irreverent, often physical comedy. But the actor, who died Wednesday at 91 , also made his presence felt in a hit movie several decades later. In 1982's “My Favorite Year,” the character Stan “King” Kaiser (Joseph Bologna) is based on Caesar, a tough-minded actor on the movie's fictional variety show. Richard Benjamin's film looks at the arrival of a swashbuckling alcoholic actor named Allan Swann  (Peter O'Toole, channeling the spirit of Errol Flynn)
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November 18, 2013
Petula Clark was a frequent guest on musical variety shows as well as the star of her own network specials. "The Dean Martin Show" Clark was one of Dino's favorite musical partners, appearing 10 times on his NBC show. "Petula" The legendary Harry Belafonte was Clark's guest on her 1968 NBC musical variety-special. "The Ed Sullivan Show" Clark performed her hits in the 1960s on the long-running CBS series.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
NBC can't shake its Maya Rudolph infatuation. The peacock network has ordered a pilot for a new prime-time variety series that will feature the "Saturday Night Live" graduate as its topliner, the network confirmed. It's a project Rudolph had been pushing for months after the cancellation of vexed comedy "Up All Night," in which she was a key cast member. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV The variety show pairs Rudolph with an old boss once more. She will serve as executive producer along with "SNL" mastermind and "Up All Night" producer Lorne Michaels -- as well as Erin David ("Up All Night")
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2013 | By Meg James
It was a good week to be the queen. Queen Latifah's new talk show averaged 1.8 million viewers an episode during its premiere week, according to Nielsen ratings data. The hour-long talk and variety show, which debuted on Sept. 16, got off to a solid start. However, it has not delivered blockbuster ratings that some had hoped for. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Two more established talk shows attracted larger audiences during the week of Sept. 16. "Katie" with Katie Couric drew an average of 2.3 million viewers each day, according to Nielsen.
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July 23, 2013 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Since it was first produced in London almost 40 years ago, “El Grande de Coca Cola,” a farcical revue set in a third-rate cabaret somewhere south of the border, has been widely produced worldwide. Alan Shearman and Ron House, who share co-writer credits with Diz White and John Neville-Andrews, both starred in the hit 1973 off-Broadway run, which ran three years, and a subsequent, less successful 1986 revival. Now, Shearman and House return to their inspired folly in a reprise production at the Ruskin Group Theatre.
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June 18, 1988 | JESS BRAVIN, Times Staff Writer
South Coast Repertory's Hispanic Playwrights Project has an easier time finding Latino writers than it does a Latino audience, officials at the Costa Mesa theater company lamented recently. So to gain attention for the project, while raising funds for the program as it moves into its third year, SCR is hosting a variety show of Latino comedians, dancers and singers Monday night titled "Una Noche del Teatro"--or "A Night of Theater."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Carol Burnett, the trailblazing comedienne whose variety show was a top draw on CBS for over a decade, was named the winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Tuesday. Burnett, 80, will receive the award in an Oct. 20 in a ceremony to be broadcast Oct. 30 on PBS. “It's almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington,” said the star, who clearly hasn't lost her sense of humor, in a written statement. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Despite a career that spans Broadway, film and television, Burnett remains best known for “The Carol Burnett Show,” which ran from 1967 to 1978.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In Sunday's Calendar (and online here ), I review "Flip: The Inside Story of TV's First Black Superstar," a worthwhile new biography of the late comedian by Kevin Cook ("The Last Headbangers," "Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet on Everything"). The sprightly Wilson, who died in 1998 of liver cancer at the age of 64, is not exactly unknown today: "The Flip Wilson Show," which aired from 1970 to 1974 on NBC, reran on TV Land from 1997 to 2005 and currently may be seen on Magic Johnson's Aspire network.
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