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April 26, 2006
If you're in the mood for laughs and have cash to blow, round up some friends and see "Scary Movie 4." Parents and grandparents can skip this flick. They won't be amused. "Scary Movie 4" is a comedy-spoof mix of horror movies and pop culture. If you've seen the previous three films, you know what I'm talking about. As expected, there isn't much of a plot, just a bunch of jokes thrown together making fun of films ranging from "The Village" to "War of the Worlds." Even though the film has "Scary Movie," in the title, the only scary things are the bad jokes and the dull humor.
ENTERTAINMENT
By James Famera | February 17, 2010
Comedy is not easy. Just ask any professional comedian. Whereas so much relies on the jokes, the energy in the room is just as important. Let?s face it, people like to laugh, but not when nobody else is. ?Comedy Night in Glendale? may be the only place in town to watch live stand-up, but if what I saw Friday was supposed to make me or anyone else in attendance laugh, then go with the safe bet and take in a movie. You?ll chuckle more with the ensemble cast in ?Valentine?s Day?
FEATURES
By MICHAEL ARVIZU | October 17, 2009
When was the last time you laughed during a difficult moment in your life? You?ve probably often heard the old adage, ?Laughter is the best medicine.? Well, it truly is. There is nothing like a good belly laugh, a silent giggle or the reaction to a bad joke to lessen the stress of any situation. Difficult moments are the most difficult to find a laugh in, but if you can manage it, it feels like a ton of bricks have magically disappeared from your shoulders. Several years ago I had a friend who was in the hospital with a potentially life-threatening condition.
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
February 23, 2000
Very, very funny Carolyn Howard-Johnson of Glendale is a freelance writer, who has just completed a novel and a screenplay. I went to see "The Whole Nine Yards" with few expectations. You know, another movie in which the laugh quotient is equal to what could fit into the trailer. I was wrong. From the opening credit to the closing beat of Gershwin's "They All Laughed," I did, too. Bruce Willis does his tough-guy persona tempered by the warm fuzzies we saw him project in "The Sixth Sense."
NEWS
August 2, 2000
Jenna Bordelon MAGNOLIA PARK -- Playing to a packed house who could remember a good variety show and all the words to "Donkey Serenade," the Senior Superstar Showcase wowed folks with a little song, a little soft-shoe and some off-color jokes. With a feather boa, cigarette holder and a blond wig that looked like she had stuck her finger in a light socket, Fran Tygell was the spitting image of Phyllis Diller. She could tell a mean joke, too. "When I go to the beach," she said, "even the tide won't come in!"
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By Patrick Caneday | July 18, 2009
There are views that look out across great expanses of land. There are views that look out across vast stretches of time; past, present and future. And once every so often, if you’re lucky, you find yourself in a place where you get both in the same moment. I am so lucky. Brit Trydal is a second mother to me. Not a stepmother or a mother-in-law, but a family friend known so long there isn’t a place in my memory without her. She and my mother have been friends more than 40 years.
NEWS
April 16, 2005
Jacqui Brown If you're looking for a few laughs and a little political satire to break up the week, check out the Casting Call Lounge at the Burbank Holiday Inn. Highly acclaimed comedian John Roarke, known as the man of a thousand faces, is strutting his hilarious impressions of George Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and other well-known political figures and television celebrities beginning at 8 p.m. every Tuesday...
NEWS
January 12, 2002
Laura Sturza BURBANK -- The fictitious psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane might look to several factors in David Jackson Willis' life for clues about his career success. Whatever the diagnosis, the cast of the television show "Frasier" is thankful to have Willis around. As its warmup comedian, he gets the audience in the mood to laugh before the actors come on stage, and between takes. Growing weary after years of performing on the road, the eight-year Burbank resident was fortunate to find the unique post, which lets him stay in Los Angeles.
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COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | April 9, 2013
The 2013 Leadership Burbank Class laughed while they raised funds for this year's community project “31 Violins” to support music education in the local elementary schools, said class member Amy Albano. More than 100 guests packed the Flappers Comedy Club in Downtown Burbank for the event on March 28. “Specifically, we are hoping to buy 31 violins and music stands for Providencia and Roosevelt elementary schools, and any extra money we have will go in general to support the program,” Albano said.
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COMMUNITY
By David Laurell | February 27, 2013
“As an advocate of homeless animals, it is great for all of us with the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter (VBAS) to see so many people be extremely generous and willing to help us do what we do,” said Alexis Cole who serves as the organization's director of development. Along with being generous and willing to help the VBAS achieve their goals - to provide medical, social, behavioral and financial care for animals at risk and to eliminate animal homelessness in Burbank - the people referred to by Cole were also interested in enjoying an evening of comedy, cocktails and culinary delights as the VBAS staged their “Third Annual Laugh Your Tail Off” fundraiser at Flapper's Comedy Club last Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dink O¿Neal | July 29, 2011
Hilarity ensues when a retiring English teacher and a headstrong student lock horns in “Sex & Education,” currently playing at the Victory Theatre Centre in Burbank. During a senior English final, Joe Marks, the high school's graduating star basketball player, is caught passing a profanity-laced, sexually charged note to his cheerleader girlfriend. The communiqué contains a number of vulgar insults referencing their instructor, Miss Edwards. Realizing the power of her position, Miss Edwards decides that her educational swan song will be to lead this cocky pupil to a personal epiphany, and as such, the battle is on. Playwright Lissa Levin's script, making its West Coast premiere, is intelligent, biting and wickedly funny.
SPORTS
By Emin Avakian, Special to the Leader | April 9, 2011
MCCAMBRIDGE PARK — When the Burbank High softball team's offense came up short in driving home the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning, it simply meant extra innings in an already thrilling game with rival Burroughs in a Pacific League showdown Thursday night. Looking deeper, however, it meant giving Burroughs' Shannon Trujillo one more opportunity to do what the slugger has been doing all season thus far for the first-place Indians — leading her team to victory.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lance A. Wawer | October 23, 2010
So, a horse walks into a bar and the bartender says "Why the long face?" The first time I heard that joke it made me chuckle. For days later it put a smile on my face when I thought about it. Because of the genius of its simplicity, combined with its offbeat sensibility, it has become one of my favorite jokes of all time. I am having a similar reaction to my experience at Arbuckle's Bistro in Burbank. Arbuckle's is the restaurant attached to the recently opened "Flappers Comedy Club" and sports a clean and clever 1920s/Prohibition-era theme.
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 James Famera | February 17, 2010
Comedy is not easy. Just ask any professional comedian. Whereas so much relies on the jokes, the energy in the room is just as important. Let?s face it, people like to laugh, but not when nobody else is. ?Comedy Night in Glendale? may be the only place in town to watch live stand-up, but if what I saw Friday was supposed to make me or anyone else in attendance laugh, then go with the safe bet and take in a movie. You?ll chuckle more with the ensemble cast in ?Valentine?s Day?
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph | February 13, 2010
Couples married for 20- to 50-plus years say they keep the spark in their romance through communication, humor and patience. Marj and Bob Overstreet of Burbank were married Sept. 6, 1958, and are John Burroughs grads — he in 1955, she in 1957. They met on a double date. “His good sense of humor is what first attracted me to him,” Marj Overstreet said. “He seemed to know what he wanted in life.” Parents of three grown boys, the Overstreets say they have kept their marriage romantic by making private time a priority.
NEWS
By David Laurell | November 24, 2009
There is no doubt that Burbank has staked its claim as the entertainment capital of the world. Since the 1920s, some of the most classic films and iconic television shows ever projected or broadcast have been produced within the city’s borders. From “Casablanca,” “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Mary Poppins” to “The Mickey Mouse Club,” and the Johnny Carson and Jay Leno-hosted versions of “The Tonight Show,” Burbank has served as fertile ground for the imagination, creativity and technology that through the camera’s lens has made the world think, learn, laugh and cry. While a list of all the films and shows produced in Burbank would fill this entire paper, there is one production that has been more closely associated with the city than any other — “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In.
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