| Jan 7, 2013
Within the first three minutes of our conversation, Marlon Wayans mocks my shoes, imagines an ethnically diverse array of naked women surrounding him, describes the peaceful way to strangle a cow and his plan to delay sitting on the toilet in order to...
| Oct 8, 2012
| 8:35 AM
Mr. Willy Wonka himself, Gene Wilder, will be appearing at the Avon this Wednesday for a screening of the 1980 film Stir Crazy, which he starred in alongside Richard Pryor. The pair play a couple of unemployed guys that take a promotional job that...
| Oct 17, 2012
In the excellent new drama “Mr. Sophistication,” veteran comedian/actor Ron Waters (Chicago-native Harry Lennix) is tempted by the notion that fame means he exists on a different level in society.
“I think any honest celebrity would see...
| Nov 13, 2012
Anyone looking for the loud, boisterous version of Chris Tucker may be disappointed. Asked to tell me a joke, Tucker’s delivery is so understated I react late to the punchline, expecting something juicier than, “I went to a psychic and she...
| Aug 9, 2012
| 4:20 PM
As AMC's Western "Hell on Wheels" rides back onto TV Sunday, star Anson Mount's character, Cullen Bohannon, is a shadow of the man so driven to avenge the murders of his wife and son.
Reeling after he killed the wrong man at the end of Season 1, the...
| Jan 22, 2012
| 7:23 PM
Fifteen minutes before the Bulls and Charlotte Bobcats faced off at the United Center Saturday, comedian Kevin Hart was on his phone, trying to get an extra ticket to the game for his friend.
Hart didn’t expect to make it to the game by tip-off. He...
| Apr 16, 2011
Giorgio Baldi, 66, whose Santa Monica trattoria was a favorite among celebrities such as Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn and Rihanna, died Monday while on vacation in Mexico, his family said. The cause of death was...
| Dec 18, 2010
You couldn't avoid Ricky Gervais right now, even if you wanted to.
The English comedian has a new stand-up special premiering on HBO on Saturday, just weeks before the DVD release of the first season of "The Ricky Gervais Show," an animated incarnation...
| Jun 11, 2011
He's been called the godfather of Rodeo Drive. And it's not all hyperbole. Before Beverly Hills was the land of designer logos, before it was teeming with tourists and rolling with Rolls-Royces, the city was home to Fred Hayman, the proprietor of the...
| Sep 5, 2010
Robert Schimmel, a critically acclaimed comedian who made audiences squirm and then laugh with X-rated explorations of sexuality and vulnerability usually drawn from his own life, has died. He was 60.
Schimmel died Friday at a Phoenix hospice from...
| Aug 16, 2011
Vic Dunlop, a zany and irreverent standup comic with a natural flair for making people laugh, has died. He was 62.
Dunlop died of complications of diabetes Saturday at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, said his wife, Linda.
| Dec 12, 2011
| 2:12 PM
"Unspeakable," a unauthorized show about the late comedian Richard Pryor, will be performed before an invited audience at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Chicago on Friday. The non-public performance is an attempt to secure backers for a commercial...