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Arts, Public Spectacle Elayne Boosler: Laughs for Lassie

Elayne Boosler: Laughs for Lassie

One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2013 issue. Check out our entire People 2013 issue here. "Doesn't she look like Audrey Hepburn?" asks Elayne Boosler of Jazzy, a visiting pit bull–Weimaraner mix. Boosler does an impression of Jazzy as Hepburn, playing off the way the actress...…
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Calendar, Archive She's So Heather

She's So Heather

Do we really need another entry in the crowded Mommy Lit genre? Books about filling the sippy cup with happy hour chardonnay and blowing off baby CPR are all over the place — but has anyone ever been as acerbic on the topic of motherhood as Erma Bombeck was in...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Best Comedy Shows in L.A. This Week, Including Brian Regan

5 Best Comedy Shows in L.A. This Week, Including Brian Regan

See also: *10 Best Stand-Up Comedy Shows in L.A. *12 L.A. Comedy Acts to Watch in 2013 5. TopTune A comedy songwriting competition hosted by Jonathan Menchin and Tom Tully. With songwriters Dan Bern, Annie Boxell, Robert Morgan Fisher, Logan Heftel, Phil Ward and Chelsea Williams. Commentators: Julie Christensen, Dom...…
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Calendar, Archive Julie Brown Doesn't Care About the Super Bowl, But Will Watch the Half-Time Show, "Because That's Always a Train Wreck."

Julie Brown Doesn't Care About the Super Bowl, But Will Watch the Half-Time Show, "Because That's Always a Train Wreck."

What's Julie Brown — the comic genius behind the brilliant Madonna spoof Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful — been up to recently? Quite a lot. "Lately, I've been an actress and consultant on Melissa & Joey. I've been writing a pilot for a Japanese company, and I'm playing Frankie Jonas's...…
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Calendar, Archive Make Us Laugh, Funny Boy!

Make Us Laugh, Funny Boy!

If you want to read a brutally scathing expose of what it's like to be on Saturday Night Live, read Jay Mohr's Gasping For Airtime: Two Years In The Trenches Of Saturday Night Live. Nowadays, he has a lively blog, Mohr Stories, a radio show on Fox Sports Radio and...…
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Calendar, Archive Ol' Blue Eyes is Back

Ol' Blue Eyes is Back

Judy Collins may be known as folk's first waif, but she actually started her musical career as a classical pianist. After she heard the roots sound of Woody Guthrie, she'd, of course, go on to become a folk music pioneer. Collins brought other writers' songs -- including Stephen Sondheim's "Send...…
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Calendar, Archive I Just Called to Say, "Go Fuck Yourself"

I Just Called to Say, "Go Fuck Yourself"

True story: Less than a week before Valentine's Day, 1976. First serious boyfriend Eric Basart (real name) calls. "Go listen to the last song on side one of Silk Degrees." (The Boz Scaggs album that was huge at the time.) He hangs up. I already knew what song he was...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Best Comedy Shows in L.A. This Week, Including Todd Barry Messing With the Audience

5 Best Comedy Shows in L.A. This Week, Including Todd Barry Messing With the Audience

See also: *10 Best Stand-Up Comedy Shows in L.A. *12 L.A. Comedy Acts to Watch in 2013 5. An Evening of Butthurtt April Winchell and Rob Paulsen perform "some of the angriest and most poorly spelled Regretsy hate mail from the last three years." The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club; Fri.,...…
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Calendar, Archive Make Us Laugh, Funny Boy!

Make Us Laugh, Funny Boy!

If you're not the type of person who likes to be singled out during a comic's performance, it's best to sit way in the back for Todd Barry's The Crowd Work Tour show. The NYC-based comic hits Largo on Sunday. L.A. WEEKLY: For your Largo show, it's "an entire show...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Best Comedy Shows This Week, Including Sarah Silverman's Friends and Nick Kroll in the Flesh

5 Best Comedy Shows This Week, Including Sarah Silverman's Friends and Nick Kroll in the Flesh

In our list of best comedy shows this week ... some famous people, and some non-famous ones, too. 5. Don't Tell My Mother "True stories you'd never want your mom to know" with With Baron Vaughn, Annabelle Gurwitch, Hasan Minhaj, Claire Titelman, Nikki Levy, who will tell the story about...…
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Calendar, Archive Someone's in the Kitchen with Dine L.A.

Someone's in the Kitchen with Dine L.A.

Hundreds of restaurants. Twelve days. Lunch menus are $15, $20 or $25; dinners $25, $35 or $45. The impetus behind dineLA's Restaurant Week is "showcasing Los Angeles as a premier dining destination and highlighting the diversity of culinary experiences L.A. has to offer." Didn't we already know that? So when...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Best Comedy Shows in L.A. This Week, Including Spanish Comedy Hit El Tenorio Comico

5 Best Comedy Shows in L.A. This Week, Including Spanish Comedy Hit El Tenorio Comico

5. Kathleen Madigan Classic sample Madigan: "My parents never noticed anything, ever. I could have been paralyzed from the waist down, and my father would have said, 'That's our lazy kid.'" Comedy & Magic Club; Thurs.-Fri., Jan. 17-18, 8 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 19, 6:45 & 9:30 p.m...…
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Calendar, Archive He's OK, We're OK

He's OK, We're OK

"I just shit my pants for the last time this year," Marc Maron announced on his final WTF podcast of 2012. It was a fantastic year for the veteran (a word most comics probably hate to see before their name) standup. WTF — produced in his garage in Highland Park,...…
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Calendar, Archive Forget Your Troubles, Come On Get Hava

Forget Your Troubles, Come On Get Hava

April Hava Shenkman wants to re-begin the New Year with you. She and Jason Jenn, both celebrating December 29 birthdays, have dreamed up The Happy Happy ReBegin Day Celebration! "This year we decided to join forces and expand our personal New Year celebrations with that of the universal new year,...…
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Calendar, Archive The Not Inappropriate Show,

The Not Inappropriate Show,

Do you remember what used to make you laugh so hard as a kid that milk spewed out of your nose? (Arte Johnson on Laugh In.) For the past few years, Bob and Naomi Odenkirk have turned their impeccable comic taste on assembling The Not Inappropriate Show, a collection of...…
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Calendar, Archive Wild About Garry

Wild About Garry

It's staggering to look at Garry Marshall's credits as a writer, director, producer: The Odd Couple, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, The Flamingo Kid, Beaches, Pretty Woman and The Princess Diaries. And on and on. He's also never lost that great Bronx accent (remember "Santee Claws" from...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Best Comedy Shows in L.A. This Week, Including Making Fun of Crappy Gifts

5 Best Comedy Shows in L.A. This Week, Including Making Fun of Crappy Gifts

5. Chop Schtick 2012 Oh, holy night! All Jewish comics on Christmas Eve -- and egg rolls, too! Wendy Hammers hosts, with Eric Schwartz, Monica Piper, more special guests and a sing-along. Genghis Cohen, Mon. Dec. 24, 7 & 9 p.m...…
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Calendar, Archive A Different Kind of Holiday Variety Show

A Different Kind of Holiday Variety Show

Today you could see It's a Wonderful Life at the Aero, or a double Charlie Chaplin bill at the Egyptian. You could also go skating at any number of outdoor holiday-festooned ice rinks. But wouldn't you rather go to a comedy club and see a wonderfully oddball chick with a...…
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Calendar, Archive Have Yourself a Harry Shearer Christmas

Have Yourself a Harry Shearer Christmas

Holiday variety shows are always more cuddly when rooted in family ties. Harry Shearer and his lovely singer wife, Judith Owen, don't have a brood like the Osmonds, but they do have a slew of cool friends. What began as a homey holiday hootenanny in their living room has become...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Best Comedy Shows in L.A. This Week, Including Greg Behrendt and Dave Anthony's Podcast

5 Best Comedy Shows in L.A. This Week, Including Greg Behrendt and Dave Anthony's Podcast

5. The Incubator Sean Conroy and Kyle Kinane present this "open mic but without all the uncomfortable silence, crickets and yawning." Nerdmelt at Meltdown Comics, Mon., Dec. 17, 9 p.m...…
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