April 8, 2008
by Robin Goldsworthy Practical jokes were abundant this past Tuesday. I don’t know if you had the chance to check out the banner on the construction site for the La Cañada Town Center at Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill Boulevard. The proclamation that a Hooters was coming to the area caused residents to burn the phone wires as they called city councilmembers to voice their concern. Turned out that the whole thing was the mother of all practical jokes, giving us with an overworked funny bone yet another reason to laugh.
July 17, 2003
Editor's note: Doug English, who graduated from Crescenta Valley High in 1999, began trying out for the U.S. World University Games team in Colorado Springs, Colo., on June 27. Well, I had a meeting with the coaches on Saturday, and they were supposed to tell us where we stood as far as making the team. But I still have no idea what is going on. I could be back as early as next Saturday, or in late August. I, as well as some other guys who are on the bubble, were disappointed in the meetings.
March 2, 2007
The bumbling cops from Reno, Nevada's Sheriff Department in Comedy Central's hit show "Reno 911" have now been unleashed on the big screen. When all the cops at an American Police Officer's Convention are quarantined, the only law enforcement officials not locked down are sent into action- Reno's Sheriff Department! The eight officers hit Miami with new cars, new locations, and new shorts. And Miami hits back. Resembling the "COPS" parody TV show that has been ongoing for four years, scenes are broken into individual disturbance calls with cameras following the officers into action.
February 24, 2006
"Curious George" the movie based on beloved children books written by Margaret Rey, was quite a surprise. Many people might think this movie to be as childish and simple as the books were. But this film is great. The Man in the Yellow Hat (voiced by Will Ferrell), now named Ted, works at a museum that is going bankrupt. He has an idea to go to Africa and find a lost idol in the form of a 40 foot ruby monkey. When Ted gets to the spot where the idol is said to be hidden he finds a three inch tall ruby monkey.
August 4, 2004
Marla Martin Want something fun to do on a Monday or Tuesday evening? Something inexpensive, casual, local, with great parking, nice food and nonalcoholic coffee drinks? How about something you could even do with your (older) teen? Try the Laffter Effects comedy show at Higley's Coffee House in La Canada Flintridge. It's very entertaining, and you'll probably even leave laughing! On the evening I attended, there were four excellent comedians, one of whom acted as the master of ceremonies and did smaller sets in between the other performer's, then introduced them.
August 4, 2006
Clowns on bikes, corny jokes and Monty Python references ? what else could this be but teacher Lynn McGinnis's summer school class at Rosemont Middle School? McGinnis took a break from his normal teaching of eighth-grade history to have some fun in the field of drama. The class "...And The Oscar Goes To..." was part of the Glendale Community College Summer Enrichment program, fee-based courses at Rosemont Middle School. "The kids designed and built the sets. They wrote some of the skits.
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.
July 18, 2003
Gary Moskowitz The Rev. James Whitcomb Brougher Jr., a longtime pastor at the First Baptist Church of Glendale, died Sunday in his sleep. Brougher, who had been receiving 24-hour home care for nearly two years, was 101. Family and friends this week remembered Brougher as a devoted, hard-working man who loved to tell jokes. "Dad had a phenomenal life," said Brougher's son, Frank. "He loved to tell stories and jokes with a lot of humor, and loved to throw in truths and lessons for life.
April 24, 2000
Marlene Hitt At a program given by speaker Willis Osborne, it came to the attention of the Little Landers Historical Society that on the old Ridge Route cars used to have to back up hills. And why would that be? About the Ridge Road: "This 20-foot ribbon of concrete wound over ridges and through canyons so steep that cars and trucks with no fuel pumps often had to back up the hills." So that's why gran-daddy backed up hills. It wasn't an eccentric habit!
June 10, 2009
The revival of “Fellowship!” at the Falcon Theatre touches down this week amid extremely friendly surroundings. The Burbank venue has recently become a showcase almost exclusively for musical parodies of pop culture benchmarks. After a show about “Happy Days” and lampoons of Shakespeare and other classic stories set to Billboard hits, J.R.R. Tolkien’s endless saga about a magical ring is the latest to get the royal mistreatment. Maybe I’ve been overly spoiled by the scorched-earth anything-goes mash-ups from Matt Walker’s Troubadour Theater Company, but the featherweight and obvious satire of “Fellowship!