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Andrew Gumbel

Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani formed his own Axis of Evil.; Credit: Ted Soqui

Arab Adventures in Hollywood

On an otherwise unexceptional night at the Comedy Store a couple of Fridays ago, an Iranian-American performer named Maz Jobrani got up and almost immediately h...

The Ultimate Product Placement

YOU COULD BE FORGIVEN, in this town, for thinking David Beckham is just some English bloke who plays a sport most Americans don’t follow. You could also be forgiven for thinking that the five-year, $250 million package that will bring him to Los Angeles to play for Major League Soccer’s......

Can You Hear Them Now?

Photos by Slobodan Dimitrov The deliberations of the West L.A. Planning Commission may not sound like anyone’s idea of a rip-roaring good time, but on a recent Wednesday evening they gave rise to a strangely gripping piece of community theater. Flooding the room were more than a hundred incensed residents......
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