We all know that look. You're at a bar, a barbecue or a bar mitzvah, and you and your new friend are getting along swimmingly. That is, until he drops a bomb. "Oh...," you say, trying not to let your face betray your disgust. "You live in the Valley?" Annie Choi knows that look. She lives in Brookly ... More >>
Whether you love it or hate it these days, it's still tough to compete against Saturday Night Live. Although the show certainly has seen much better and much funnier days, you still can't knock it off its perch after all these years. The powers that be that created Fridays, an L.A.-filmed series th ... More >>
When the invitation went out from the Writers Guild of America, It seemed too good to be true. Norman Lear, Carl Reiner, James L. Books, Steven Bochco, and more, all on the same panel? And yet last night at the WGA Theater in Beverly Hills, to celebrate the organization's 101 Best Written TV Series ... More >>
You don't need me hurling the "nice guys finish last" clichÃ© anywhere near this post, but it's utterly unavoidable after the latest series of Dodger disappointments and I just can't help it. So apologies all around. Yes, Don Mattingly is a good guy, ostensibly supported "to a man" in the clubhouse ... More >>
Ronald Reagan may have been the Great Communicator, but Ted Habte-Gabr is obsessed with conversation. Habte-Gabr produces Live Talk Los Angeles, a series of events that pair interesting names -- often of the literary world -- for sit-down interviews in front of hundreds of people. His first event ... More >>
Over the weekend, Improv Olympic became a Scripted Olympic. From Thursday through Sunday, Hollywood's iO West Theater hosted its first annual L.A. Scripted Comedy Festival, featuring a collection of talent from across the country showcasing sketch, variety, storytelling, stand up and short films. ... More >>
In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad. "Among the topics? Secret burger menus, fair food, ostrich omelets and plenty of old guys in the desert." Top 5 Huell Howser Food Episodes: In Memoriam. "4. Eat a meatball sub any time someone thanks Harvey Weinstein." Tina ... More >>
Those zany gal pals Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have come up for a drinking (and eating and stripping) game for the 70th Annual Golden Globes, which they will be hosting this Sunday on NBC. As Fey told the Hollywood Reporter, "When you get a bunch of people in a room who don't eat much, and you give th ... More >>
The leaves are turning, the pumpkin lattes are over-caffeinating and the comedy calendar is packing in shows and releases like snot-nosed children onto the back of a hayride wagon. Here are a few of the upcoming highlights.
A few weeks ago, Dahlia Lithwick wrote a piece for Slate in which she set forth The Muppet Theory of Humanity: We all can essentially be described as a Kermit or a Miss Piggy, a Bert or an Ernie, or, more generally, an Order Muppet or a Chaos Muppet. She applied this theory to everyone from Chief J ... More >>
You probably know him as Damian, the flamboyant scene stealer from the 2004 film Mean Girls, where various quips ("I want my pink shirt back") earned Danny Franzese a modest cult following consisting primarily of tweens and queens. While his film cohorts Tina Fey and Lindsay Lohan graduated to 30 Ro ... More >>
Tina Fey got nominated this year! (Or at least we assume -- we haven't checked yet) Guess what? HBO dominated the Emmys again. Another way the Emmys are predictable: the nominees' reactions. Or at least how they convey their reactions. We don't really know people's real reactions -- we know ... More >>
Jena ArdellTiny Fey and Steve Martin share a few laughs with the audience. "The first thing I am going to do is something that Dave Barry, the great comedy writer, said never to do unless you have medical records from a doctor and a medical report from the hospital, and that is ask a woman i ... More >>
Hate to break it to youThe New York patriots at the Village Voice news blog -- our counterpart on America's crappier coast -- have been tooting their own horn so loud lately that we heard it all the way over here in Los Angeles. So, re: 50 Reasons to Be Pretty Damn Euphoric You Live in New Y ... More >>
OK MagazineSecond-generation MILF in redTea Party mascot and walking pro-choice ad Bristol Palin can't seem to catch a break. First, Mama Palin's strict hockey-mom platform ruled out an abortion. Next, Bristol had to call it quits with baby daddy when the world found out she wasn't the only ... More >>
We've brought you the Top 10 Men With Meat Names and the Top 10 Men With Salad Names. But what about women? And what about fruit? Well, now is the moment for both, as pomiculture and nomenclature come together for the debut female-themed edition of our "People with Food Names" series. Of course, the ... More >>
From Yale drama to his latest film, there's more to this multiplex master than meets the eye
Also, La Mission, Godspeed, Mid-August Lunch and more
Winner-watching with cynicism and subversion
Singing, dancing, politicizing and still the ratings rose
... because they have zero integrity and credibility
It's funny -- every weekend in Los Angeles we promise ourselves we're going to relax, do chores, catch up on some sleep, but it never happens. Monday arrives and we're more exhausted than when the weekend began. I guess if your Friday night kicks off with The Roots live at the Palladium and an absin ... More >>
Jon Voight appears in support, declaring, "I'm blessed to have met John McCain"
The other O.C.
It's a hairy Halloween; why don't you just comb over?
Mr. Saturday Night
Tina Fey’s stillborn surrogate- mommy comedy
Plus, Baby Mama, Deception and other April 25 releases
As the voters of Texas, Rhode Island, Vermont and Ohio filed to the polls yesterday to help decide the Democratic Party's nomination for President, will.i.am., the capitalization averse mastermind of the Black Eyed Peas continued his steadfast efforts to help elect Senator Barack Obama of Illinois ... More >>
Shout outs and murmurs
It’s East Coast 30 Rock against the West Coast heavyweights of Studio 60
Women critics in sexually retro America
Mean Girls, though entertaining, could be meaner