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  • Cartoonist captures comics

    By Jay Firestone

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The deep-wrinkled smile of Mel Brooks, the sadly nervous stare of Woody Allen and the loud-mouthed plasticity of Joan Rivers -- Drew Friedman doesn't just paint these icons, he captures their wit, charm and the poignancy of their careers.

    "The history of their lives is written on...

  • Comedy: Getting back at life with a one-two punchline

    By Jay Firestone

    March 20, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Mo Mandel had difficulties fitting in as a child. He grew up in the rural town of Boonville, more than 100 miles north of San Francisco, where his Jewish parents were hippies and he didn't have many friends.

    Between finding ways to rebel against his family and being the butt-end of...

  • The world according to Mort Sahl and friends

    By Tom Tugend

    March 20, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Half a century after Mort Sahl packed in Berkeley undergrads and hip San Franciscans at the hungry i nightclub, the man who revolutionized stand-up comedy hasn't mellowed.

    For instance, "Hillary [Clinton] is running on an entitlement ticket because she happened to be married to a...

  • Richard Lewis, comedian from heaven

    By Jay Firestone

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The husband from hell. The uncle from hell. The comedian from hell. Richard Lewis is fully aware he has problems. And by the end of his set, his stand-up audiences know he has problems.

    Known as comedy's "Prince of Pain," he is a comedian who feeds off his own neuroses and is doing...

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  • Funny and frum

    By David Suissa

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    On a recent evening at a private home in Beverlywood, a group of Orthodox Jews listened to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talk about issues like terrorism, crime prevention, anti-Semitism, a vision for the city for the next century, fixing LAX and so on. People asked...
  • Laughing Through the Years and Tears

    By Dan Pine

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Esther Weintraub is a stand-up comic who can't stand up.

    After all, Weintraub is 87. She has to use a walker or wheelchair to get around. She has a bad back, a busted hip and, not long ago, barely won a scary skirmish with cancer.

    Better she should sit.

    Plus, her husband died a...