Tag Archives: Comedy

Budd Friedman’s New Book ‘The Improv’ Chronicles Stand-up Comedy’s Greatest

The history of stand-up comedy in the US would be a lot different without Budd Friedman. In his new book, The Improv, Budd, along with co-author Tripp Whetsell, tells about the evolution of stand-up, from the days of the Catskills … Continue reading

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‘Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally’ There Hasn’t Been a Phone Invented Like This One

‘Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally’ is an extremely funny, sad and highly original coming of age story written by playwright Kevin Armento and directed by Peter Richards. The play features an unconventional narrator: the phone belonging to a troubled … Continue reading

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‘Grey Nomad’ Hop Aboard for a Really Fun Ride

Australian playwright Dan Lee came up with the idea for “Grey Nomad,”  a couple of years ago. He was living in the Australian town of Boome and noticed that every year during the dry season, 15,000-60,000 baby boomers would descend … Continue reading

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‘Pterodactyls’ A Hilarious Touching Play About a Very Dysfunctional Family

Pterodactyls’ written by the award winning playwright Nicky Silver, is a play that you’ll be thinking about way after the curtain falls. When the play opens we meet the Duncans, an affluent but super dysfunctional  family living in the Main … Continue reading

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‘Logan Lucky’ An Hilarious Comedy from Academy Award Winning Director Steven Soderbergh

Divorced and desperate for money, unemployed West Virginia coal miner Jimmy Logan (the wonderful Channing Tatum) hatches a wildly elaborate scheme to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway in neighboring North Carolina during a NASCAR race. He convinces his one-armed bartender … Continue reading

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‘Rainbow Bridge’ A Comedy About a Mother, a Sister and a Dog

‘Rainbow Bridge’ directed by Mike Myers and written by Ron Nelson is a new comedy now playing at Santa Monica’s Ruskin Theatre. When the play opens, we meet Jerry (Paul Schackman) a lawyer who is at his vet, Dr. Klein’s … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Delightfully Silly “Lost In Paris”

“Lost In Paris” is a whimsical new film from Oscilloscope Pictures, starring married comedians Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon. The couple portrays Dom, a (sort of) lovable French tramp, and Fiona, an awkward but sweet Canadian librarian. The movie blends Buster Keaton-style … Continue reading

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Adam Carolla’s Launch Party For Endless Rant IPA: Hey Party People, it’s Time To Drink Up!

I’m sure you all know about the bigger-than-life persona of comedian and pundit Adam Carolla through his podcast and his iconic presence on KROQ’s Loveline. Birthed out of a night of drinking and ranting, an alliance was forged between the … Continue reading

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Beat Recommends: Jay Mohr Live @ The Gaslamp; Long Beach 01/23/2016

How many stand-up comics tour around performing material written by their spouse? Jay Mohr does. Having released 2015’s Happy. And a Lot. written completely by his wife, actress Nikki Cox, the release is nominated this year for a Grammy award: … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Call Me Lucky”

“Call Me Lucky” is an award-winning documentary on influential comedian and political activist Barry Crimmins, directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. The movie follows the life of the famously grumpy, often abrasive comedian who played a critical role in establishing the 1980s … Continue reading

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