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By Joyce Rudolph | February 18, 2009
Frank Jacobs is the first to admit that his parodies of pop culture found in MAD Magazine are more familiar than his name, but that doesn’t stunt his prolific creativity. “I’m the least-known writer of hysterical light verse in the United States,” the Burbank resident said. He just submitted a comic piece for the humor magazine’s 500th edition coming out in April, and there is no end of that career in sight, he said. When he began writing for the magazine in the early 1960s, he was one of seven people writing 90% of the material.
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November 5, 2003
James Petrillo Sometimes oil and water do mix. Or in the case of "Gunmetal Blues," produced by The Colony Theatre Company in Burbank, it's dark satire and romantic songs that prove to be disparate complementary elements. A unique combination of film noir parody and straightforward musical, "Gunmetal Blues" takes some time to warm up to, but eventually wins you over with its crackerjack dialogue and piano-straddling showstoppers. Stale cigarette smoke and shattered dreams pervade the Red Eye Lounge, where a piano player, a bevy of blonds and a private eye converge late one night to sort out a mystery.
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November 20, 2002
Dink O'Neal Tree trimmed? Halls decked? It's time for a CBS Christmas special chock full of your favorite Hollywood stars. Not nearly so benign, the Victory Theatre's world premiere of "Judy's Scary Little Christmas" twists that fondly recalled genre of annual holiday airings with wicked results as we attend Judy Garland's 1959 yuletide television taping. Surrounded by a chorus of four singer/dancers and a cavalcade of celebrities, Connie Champagne resurrects our star with an uncanny grasp of vocal and physical mannerisms, if not necessarily a dead-on facial resemblance.
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By James Petrillo | December 22, 2009
Matt Walker’s Troubies have been mashing up pop culture with the back catalogs of music icons since 1995. The well is running dry on worthy source material, but “Frosty the Snow Manilow” at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank proves that barely matters anymore. Walker and his impressive company take their game up a notch and reach a state of grace forever balanced between reverence and rudeness. His players take no prisoners in their pursuit of laughter, even if it’s at the expense of audience members or fellow cast-mates.
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October 22, 2005
When I was in London eating muffins at Starbucks -- one of the few breakfast places I could afford -- I snagged myself a London "Times" from a punker sitting next to me drinking tea (naturally). In it was an article reporting on a recent study. It seems that the ability to appreciate satire is genetic. The upshot was that we poor Americans have this biological reason why we can't keep up with Rex Harrison when it comes to humor. Considering the intentional absurdity inherent in my new friend's mode of dress, I was obliged to agree.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2006
If you smoke cigarettes, like satire and you're a fan Aaron Eckhart, you should fire one up for the comedy, "Thank You For Smoking." If you're trying to quit the habit or your under 18, skip this film and buy a pack of gum instead. Eckhart stars as Nick Naylor, a tobacco lobbyist on a mission to prove that cigarettes are not bad for you. The film is based on the book of the same title and it chronicles Nick's life as he does his job to "pay the mortgage." Nick also brings his son with him so he can show the boy what he actually does for a living.
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By Robert Phipps | December 9, 2009
It?s time for The Talk ? first mine to you, the parents, then yours to your middle-school kids. I don?t mean the sex-education talk or the drug talk. I?m talking about the one condemning bullies. For the past couple of weeks, I?ve been reading about red-haired middle school students being beaten up by their classmates in celebration of Kick a Ginger Day. In 2005, the show South Park aired an episode titled ?Ginger Kids,? in which gingers, or redheads, were persecuted by their peers for the color of their hair and skin.
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July 20, 2005
James Petrillo Justin Tanner's latest uproarious yet overly scatological comedy finally reaches the breaking point of how much an audience can withstand in an under-100-seat theater. The talented writer of "Pot Mom" and "Wife Swappers," usually so adept at self-referential humor and fearlessness of subject matter, has painted himself into a corner with "Oklahomo!" The debut production by Third Stage Company at Third Stage in Burbank, this sporadically hilarious satire follows a cursed company attempting to stage a send-up of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic "Oklahoma!"
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By Ani Amirkhanian | June 14, 2006
Using an assortment of colored chalk, Burbank artist Randall Williams turned the street into a canvas Saturday at the Downtown Burbank Fine Arts Festival. A crowd of children gathered around him and watched as he sketched a mermaid and some fish. "It's pretty, I like it," said Katie Lee, 10, as she sipped on her soda. The festival, which featured about 80 artists at booths along San Fernando Boulevard between East Magnolia Boulevard and East Orange Grove Avenue, drew about 10,000 visitors.
NEWS
June 2, 2001
Gary Moskowitz MAGNOLIA PARK -- Sara Haakana isn't wasting any time. The winner of Wednesday's fifth annual district spelling bee is investing her $50 cash winnings in a retirement fund -- right away. Haakana's nightly, hourlong ritual of spelling words with her parents paid off when she quickly spelled "acceptable" and "reservoir" in front of about 60 students, parents and educators Wednesday night. "It feels really cool," said the 10-year-old Haakana after receiving her cash prize, a $50 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble Booksellers and $5 in Burger King burger bucks.
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By James Petrillo | December 22, 2009
Matt Walker’s Troubies have been mashing up pop culture with the back catalogs of music icons since 1995. The well is running dry on worthy source material, but “Frosty the Snow Manilow” at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank proves that barely matters anymore. Walker and his impressive company take their game up a notch and reach a state of grace forever balanced between reverence and rudeness. His players take no prisoners in their pursuit of laughter, even if it’s at the expense of audience members or fellow cast-mates.
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By Joyce Rudolph | February 18, 2009
Frank Jacobs is the first to admit that his parodies of pop culture found in MAD Magazine are more familiar than his name, but that doesn’t stunt his prolific creativity. “I’m the least-known writer of hysterical light verse in the United States,” the Burbank resident said. He just submitted a comic piece for the humor magazine’s 500th edition coming out in April, and there is no end of that career in sight, he said. When he began writing for the magazine in the early 1960s, he was one of seven people writing 90% of the material.
NEWS
November 5, 2003
James Petrillo Sometimes oil and water do mix. Or in the case of "Gunmetal Blues," produced by The Colony Theatre Company in Burbank, it's dark satire and romantic songs that prove to be disparate complementary elements. A unique combination of film noir parody and straightforward musical, "Gunmetal Blues" takes some time to warm up to, but eventually wins you over with its crackerjack dialogue and piano-straddling showstoppers. Stale cigarette smoke and shattered dreams pervade the Red Eye Lounge, where a piano player, a bevy of blonds and a private eye converge late one night to sort out a mystery.
NEWS
November 20, 2002
Dink O'Neal Tree trimmed? Halls decked? It's time for a CBS Christmas special chock full of your favorite Hollywood stars. Not nearly so benign, the Victory Theatre's world premiere of "Judy's Scary Little Christmas" twists that fondly recalled genre of annual holiday airings with wicked results as we attend Judy Garland's 1959 yuletide television taping. Surrounded by a chorus of four singer/dancers and a cavalcade of celebrities, Connie Champagne resurrects our star with an uncanny grasp of vocal and physical mannerisms, if not necessarily a dead-on facial resemblance.
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