March 5, 2012
Wheeler and Woolsey Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey re-created their comedic Broadway roles for the 1929 film version of "Rio Rita" and became one of the most successful teams until Woolsey's death in 1938. The Ritz Brothers Al, Jimmy and Harry were a vaudeville comedy-dancing team who starred in such films as "Life Begins in College" and "The Three Musketeers. " Ted Healy and His Stooges Moe, Shemp and Larry were part of the vaudeville team with Healy.
March 28, 2011 |
The grand Pantages Theater began its storied life as an Art Deco movie palace on June 4, 1930. Originally, the theater designed by B. Marcus Priteca and built by vaudeville giant Alexander Pantages presented vaudeville acts between screenings of first-run movies. Pantages sold the theater to Fox West Coast Theaters in 1932, and 17 years later Howard Hughes ? who, legend has it, haunts its offices ? bought it for his RKO Theatre Circuit. The theater was also home to the Academy Awards from 1949 to 1959.
October 13, 1990 |
Julia Rooney Clinton, the vaudeville singer and dancer once dubbed the "princess of hoofers," has died of complications of old age. She was 102. Miss Rooney died last Saturday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. "You only had 12 minutes, and when you got out there, if you didn't grab your audience right now, you didn't get them," she reminisced about vaudeville in a 1983 Times interview. "We got them," she said, "because the minute we hit the stage, we were fun, we were fun."
September 12, 2013 |
Danny DeVito and Judd Hirsch blow into a downtown steakhouse like a comedy hurricane. They've arrived straight from rehearsal for their upcoming show, "The Sunshine Boys," at the Ahmanson Theatre, and the tone of their entrance shtick owes something to the rapid-fire joking favored by the vaudeville comedians they play in the show. Hirsch is tall and thin with a full head of mussed salt-and-pepper hair. DeVito is short and round and sports a Friar Tuck-like ring of longish white hair.
August 18, 1991
I just read Josh Getlin's profile of me ("The Ed Koch Show," June 27). I will limit my comments to one overwhelming factual error on the part of Mr. Getlin. He says that I "once criticized news anchorman Dan Rather for allegedly insulting Saudi sensitivities during the Persian Gulf War." That is totally (at) variance with what happened. I prepared a commentary saying that both Rather and CBS owed the American soldiers and their families an apology for having revealed that the soldiers were being entertained in traditional American vaudeville fashion with women participating in the show.
October 13, 1985
I can't understand how all those actors and actresses have the incredible nerve to participate in the Emmy Awards. "Night Court" is good for a laugh, but how is John Larroquette's performance worthy of an accolade for best supporting actor in a comedy? The show is nonclassic vaudeville, or burlesque at best. The awards are the equivalent of junk-food manufacturers getting together and handing out awards for best "cream filled" or "most outstanding shelf life," etc. I like to think Larroquette has not peaked with "Night Court."
December 10, 2010 |
Do you know Neil Hamburger? I think he's very funny. He writes such cutting jokes. I'm a fan of characters and I like things that are a little beyond reality. I like a little razzle-dazzle. Have you ever seen him? He's this guy named Gregg Turkington, who's this cool hipster guy who plays this old vaudeville kind of salty, greasy [guy] ? he wears a suit and tells these one-liners, as people usually boo or are confused. He has a show at Spaceland once a month. And he was just on tour with Tim and Eric.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1997
A Brea Youth Theater production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" will run through Feb. 1 at the Curtis Theater. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, an eclectic mix of vaudeville, country and 1950s-style rock-and-roll, will be performed by a cast of about 100 local youths. Performances are Fridays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m., with one Thursday matinee at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 30. Tickets are $9.50 for adults and $7.50 for children.
September 8, 1986 |
The San Diego Guild of Puppetry, headed by Puppet Lady Marie Hitchcock, presents performances every Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m., and on the third Friday of every month at 10:30 a.m. in the Puppet Theatre, Balboa Park. Cary Prescott's puppets are frequent guests on the KFMB-TV (Channel 8) show "Let There Be Light," on Sundays at 6:30 a.m., where Forest Pathfinder and friends once helped the show's host, Dick Duncan, win an Emmy Award for a special puppet-populated program.