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John Callahan, the quadriplegic cartoonist whose famously politically incorrect humor generated both praise and criticism, has died. He was 59. Callahan died Saturday at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Ore., after undergoing surgery and treatment...
Ernst Katz, who nurtured thousands of young musicians during 72 years as the founding conductor of the Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra of California, died of natural causes Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to his nephew, Gary S. Greene. He was...
Tags: Pat Boone, Obituaries, Entertainment, Music Industry, Jack Benny
'I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-up Comedy's Golden Era' by William KnoedelsederThey came from New York, the Midwest, the Southern states, a great exodus of young comics traveling west in search of a few minutes with Johnny Carson. That's all it took to begin the migration: In 1972, "The Tonight Show" moved from New York to Burbank,...
Tags: Entertainment, Jay Leno, Damon Runyon, Labor Disputes, New York
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterKatt Williams takes exception to the mournful lament from a recent Oscar-winning song, "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp." The self-proclaimed "pimp" comedian would likely substitute the word "hilarious" for "hard." Employing a furious high-pitched delivery...
No surprise here, but Snoop Dogg is not a big worrier. Tucked into a banquette at a Hollywood nightclub last week, the rapper seemed entirely at ease about the prospects of his new MTV variety show, “Dogg After Dark.” "The people that tune in...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIN his costarring turn in the urban comedy "First Sunday," due in theaters Friday, Tracy Morgan delivers a performance that's bound to surprise the career funnyman's fans. Which is to say, the seven-season "Saturday Night Live" alum, who is currently on a...
Sentinel movie criticA funny thing happened on the way to "supporting roles only" in Dwayne Johnson's movie career: Kids. The struggling action star did The Game Plan, a comedy for Disney, and all of a sudden he's big box office and every child's best bud. He did Cory in the...
Los Angeles Times Staff WritersFriends and colleagues today mourned George Carlin, the acerbic, Grammy-winning comedian whose career spanned more than 50 years. Carlin, 71, died of heart failure after being taken to St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica on Sunday evening. The...
They say that timing is everything in comedy. What "Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America" (Twelve: 384 pp., $45) makes clear is what a time and place 20th century America was for the art. In this chock-full-of-photos volume, authors Laurence...
Tags: Lucille Ball, Mae West, Entertainment, Buster Keaton, Jack Benny
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterAMERICANS more than just believe the health information they get from fictional television shows. Spurred by what they see on shows like "ER" or "The Bold and the Beautiful," surveys suggest, they take action. They go to the doctor. They tell a friend...
Rudy Ray Moore, the self-proclaimed "Godfather of Rap" who influenced generations of rappers and comedians with his rhyming style, braggadocio and profanity-laced routines, has died. He was 81. -------------------- FOR THE RECORD: The obituary of...
Zap2It.comBefore all the hoopla surrounding Dave Chappelle's abrupt exit from his cable series, there was his comedy. Before rumors swirled that he required psychiatric or rehab stays, there was the comedy. And before anyone forgets that, they should tune in to...
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