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By Michael J. Arvizu, michael.arvizu@latimes.com | July 14, 2010
The first season of "Safety Geeks: 3D," a new Web series produced by Burbank-based Lumen Actus, is being touted as the first live-action comedy Web television series presented in a three-dimensional format. The 3-D version of the show, produced by Lumen Actus partners and comedy duo Tom Konkle and Dave Beeler with digital effects engineer Mike Smith, was announced in Santa Monica in June. "Safety Geeks: 3D," Konkle said, is for the Web, but was shot to be shown like a network series.
NEWS
July 23, 2003
Maurice Barnfather Glendale Centre Theatre's 56th anniversary season production of "Tons of Money" reminds us why playwright Alan Ayckbourn was once dubbed, by a German critic, the Moliere of the middle classes. Marshaling his forces with great skill and a sharp eye for detail, George Strattan's revival, in spite of occasional uncertainties of tone, builds up a tremendous head of comic steam and is, quite simply, shamelessly enjoyable. "Tons of Money" was one of the most successful London plays during the 1920s and the first of what came to be known as the "Aldwych farces," a series of absurd comedies that played until 1933.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2007
Fans of Andy Samberg and the TV show "Saturday Night Live" may get a rise from Samberg's first feature film, "Hot Rod." The majority of you should spend your Saturday night elsewhere and wait until this low-flying comedy comes out on DVD or cable. Samberg stars as Rod Kimble, a self-proclaimed stunt man who plans to jump 15 school buses on a motorcycle to raise money for his dying and abusive stepfather, Frank. Rod only wants Frank to get better, so he can fight him one last time and finally win. This is an oddball comedy so I'm not going to dump on the plot.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Phillip Hain | June 11, 2008
Although there is no definitive line between a movie with a large box-office gross and one that is considered to be well made, the dichotomy seems to be more common. ?The Promotion? exemplifies this sad state of filmmaking because it is a fresh, funny comedy that will probably not gain a huge audience or make a lot of money. This is the case where a simple idea is well conceived and executed. Doug Stauber (Seann William Scott) is an assistant manager at a fictional Chicago-area supermarket named Donaldson?
NEWS
October 2, 2002
ROMANTIC COMEDY FEATURES GREAT CHARACTERS Tracy Kaufman is an office assistant for the studios and lives in Burbank. "Sweet Home Alabama" is a refreshing romantic comedy that is truly a delight to watch. The engaging cast is lead by Reese Witherspoon as a woman torn between two men, the likable Josh Lucas as her husband and the charming Patrick Dempsey as her fiance. Candice Bergen is wonderfully wicked as Dempsey's mother and mayor of New York.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Matt Bellner | November 26, 2005
If you like the comedy of Sara Silverman, you will enjoy "Sara Silverman: Jesus Is Magic." I can't be anymore clear. All right, I'm done with my review. Enjoy your week. Hold everything ... I can't do that to my ever-expanding audience, so here is my take on this low-budget comedy. "Jesus Is Magic" stars Silverman in a film that intertwines her stand-up show with skits and musical numbers. The title is not a slight on Jesus but a reference to a joke she tells in the movie.
NEWS
July 10, 2002
Mary Mallory A postmodern take on Roman comedy, updated for the 21st century, "The Brothers" is a lighthearted, entertaining production that also contains fine acting by the Action Reaction Theater Company. While a little suggestive in its double entendres, it also provides a fun evening in Brand Park. Based on a comedy of manners by Terence, the story relates the struggles between two brothers over how to raise their sons. The patrician, libertine Micio, allows his son, Aeschinus, to roam and live freely, while his younger, overbearing brother, Demea, worries about these influences on his son, Ctesipho.
ENTERTAINMENT
By James Petrillo | April 16, 2008
The Falcon Theatre continues its all-comedy season with the world premiere of David Landsberg’s “An Act of Love.” It’s a uniquely modern comedy surprising for its depth and unpredictability. Landsberg takes a formulaic setup and turns it into something believable and resonant. What starts as the familiar story of a neurotic son barely dealing with his overbearing mother splinters off in several directions almost immediately. Luckily, a seasoned cast of mostly TV veterans keeps the action from veering too far off course.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 2005
I'm taking a break from my trip home to Longview, Texas, to write you a review. I dragged along some friends to see "The Ringer." Did I like it? Let's find out. "The Ringer" stars Johnny Knoxville as lovable loser Steve Barker. In order to pay a medical bill, his Uncle Gary (Brian Cox) comes up with a plan to enter Steve as a competitor and "fix" the Special Olympics. The plan is simple: Steve pretends to be mentally challenged, Uncle Gary makes a bet and Steve wins the Olympics.
NEWS
July 21, 2004
Maurice Barnfather Rarely has Glendale Centre Theatre offered a play that is so funny it brings tears to the eyes, like it does here with "Beau Jest." James Sherman's joyous and modern romantic comedy takes a humorous but loving look at Jewish life and the problems of inter-faith relationships. It's one of literature's universal themes -- individuals fighting tradition -- but like a "Seinfeld" situation comedy, the gags come thick and fast in "Beau Jest," producing a kind of comic delirium.
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By Steve Appleford, steve.appleford@latimes.com | February 26, 2014
Alan Zweibel has been funny for at least four decades, launching his career into the stratosphere in 1975 as a writer for the first incarnation of NBC's "Saturday Night Live. " On his first day there, he met Gilda Radner, who would become one of the comedy show's breakout stars and his closest friend. Together, they created the characters Roseanne Roseannadanna and Emily Litella, and maintained a special friendship until her death from ovarian cancer in 1989. Five years later, Zweibel recounted the relationship in the book "Bunny, Bunny: Gilda Radner - A Sort of Love Story," which he soon transformed into a play that mingles comedy and a quirky romantic tension that has seen multiple productions since its off-Broadway debut in 1997.
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By Bryan Mahoney and By Bryan Mahoney | October 30, 2013
The influences in young Andrew Duvall's life carried many names, each more powerful than the last. Uhura. Sulu. McCoy. Spock. Kirk. Great-grandmother. Starting at about age 6, Duvall would visit his great-grandmother in a town just outside Toronto, where the two would take in the latest rerun of "Star Trek. " He didn't know it then, but the show would spark a lifelong love of sci-fi that would eventually lead him to Burbank and national TV. First, he had to get through school, a slog made more arduous by a compelling lack of interest in school subjects.
COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | September 25, 2013
The Kids' Community Dental Clinic will benefit from its annual fundraiser called “A Night of Laughs, A Lifetime of Smiles” from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday at Flappers Comedy Club. " The event will be hosted by Fritz Coleman and will offer a line-up of seasoned comedians. Tickets are $75 per person with all proceeds going to the Kids' Community Dental Clinic, which annually serves hundreds of lower-income children and families from Burbank and surrounding communities. For tickets, call (818)
COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | March 19, 2013
The 2013 Leadership Burbank Class is planning a comedy night to raise funds for its community project, “31 Violins”, a program to expand instrumental music instruction to Burbank's elementary schools. The event, “Laughs for Leadership Burbank,” will take place on March 28 at Flappers Comedy Club and Restaurant, 102 E. Magnolia Blvd. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling (818) 845-9721 or visiting www.flapperscomedy.com . Leadership Burbank offers leaders and emerging leaders the opportunity to enhance their personal and professional skills, gain a deeper understanding of community dynamics, and cultivate civic involvement.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lynne Heffley | September 16, 2012
If you've ever been put off by a job interview that was intimidating, demeaning or just plain strange, be thankful you weren't among the candidates for a job at Burnham & Burnham, the fictional Fortune 500 company in “The Grönholm Method,” Catalan playwright Jordi Galcerán Ferrar's expectation-defying comedy at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank. An American premiere, with translation by playwrights Anne Garcia-Romero and Mark St. Germain, this fierce satire of today's brand of corporate whip-cracking begins with a simple premise: In the tastefully monochromatic conference room of Burnham & Burnham's Wall Street headquarters, three men and one woman are awaiting their fourth interview for a high-level executive job. Or are they?
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph, joyce.rudolph@latimes.com | September 4, 2010
Local comedians will cast out their best shtick during grand opening shows Sept. 9 to 11 at the Flappers Comedy Club. The grand opening evening shows will be emceed by Samuel J. Comroe. Comroe plays up his Tourette's syndrome that, he said, inspires lots of laughs from the audience. "In the beginning, I didn't do too much on Tourette's syndrome, but I was told by Barbara [Holliday, the club's owner] and other comedians to take advantage of it," he said. "It separated me from others and provided me uphill success from there.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph, joyce.rudolph@latimes.com | September 1, 2010
It's no secret the Flappers Comedy Club is nearing its opening date of Sept. 11. The 1920s-inspired marquee is up and turning quite a few heads on the corner of Magnolia Boulevard and First Street, according to partners of the new dining and comedy performance venue. "The signage is so large, people think we own the whole block," quipped Barbara Holliday, co-partner of the venture with Dave Reinitz. "It feels perfect. People are driving by commenting that we look old school — like we've been here forever.
NEWS
By Michael J. Arvizu, michael.arvizu@latimes.com | July 14, 2010
The first season of "Safety Geeks: 3D," a new Web series produced by Burbank-based Lumen Actus, is being touted as the first live-action comedy Web television series presented in a three-dimensional format. The 3-D version of the show, produced by Lumen Actus partners and comedy duo Tom Konkle and Dave Beeler with digital effects engineer Mike Smith, was announced in Santa Monica in June. "Safety Geeks: 3D," Konkle said, is for the Web, but was shot to be shown like a network series.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Laurell | June 16, 2010
T he all-day roar of classic cars transitioned into the roar of evening laughter on Sunday as two respective events were staged to raise funds for various local charities and the John Burroughs High School Football program. The day began as the Burbank Road Kings roared into Johnny Carson Park to present their 21st annual Picnic in the Park and Car Show. To rev up the event, Gino Gaudio sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the U.S. and California flags were unfurled by Boy Scout Troop 50. With the event then dutifully underway, Tony Wade headed up a pancake breakfast before taking to the grill for a lunch of burgers and hot dogs with the help of his wife, Donna , and supporters and members of Kiwanis For Fun and the Burbank Kiwanis Aktion Club including Jan Loporchio, Steve, Joe and Danny Harris and Ricky Hernandez . Along with the food and fun of perusing more than 650 various makes, models and years of hot rods and custom and factory muscle cars, the day's events also included numerous vendor booths, drawings, and a silent auction.
BUSINESS
By Christopher Cadelago | May 19, 2010
CITY HALL ? Life in downtown Burbank is about to get a whole lot funnier. The City Council has approved a business-assistance loan for Flappers Comedy Club to take over a vacant restaurant at Magnolia Boulevard and First Street. Councilman David Gordon was the lone dissenter. The $190,000 loan agreement with the Burbank Redevelopment Agency would transform the defunct Romano?s Macaroni Grill into a 1920s-style room with two stages, a restaurant and full bar. Owners Barbara Holliday and Dave Reinitz, who for nearly a decade have produced comedy shows at the Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, have tentatively set Labor Day for their grand opening.
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