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Larry Gelbart

Caesar's Mt. Rushmore of Comedy Writing Set the Bar

Steve Young | Posted 04.19.2014 | Comedy
Steve Young

What I would hope people take from Sid Caesar's life work was his willingness to take the risk that led to something new and hysterically wonderful.

Talking Comedy and Television With Sid Caesar

Barbara Isenberg | Posted 04.15.2014 | Comedy
Barbara Isenberg

"Plain luck is that you were in the right place with the right people at the right time. Then the rest is up to you. Laughs are not insured."

Grandparents.com: Taking Care of the Ones We Love Most

Bill_Robinson | Posted 09.17.2012 | Parents
Bill_Robinson

Sunday, September 9th was National Grandparents Day and September is National Grandparents Month. I thought everybody should know because like many I tend to get involved in the struggles of everyday life and forget those that are most important to me.

The Circus of Life

George Heymont | Posted 10.19.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Time flies when you're having fun. It's hard to believe that half a century has passed since A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum debuted at the Alvin Theatre on May 8, 1962.

Some Memories of Hollywood Great Hal Kanter

Michael Russnow | Posted 01.08.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

The great writer/director/bon vivant wit Hal Kanter died on Sunday at the ripe old age of 92. And it got me to remembering, and I decided to share the thoughts with you.

The Power Of A Punchline

Darryle Pollack | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Darryle Pollack

The real gift was the power to harness humor as a weapon in my battle against cancer, to feel the power to laugh in the face of what scared me most.

Escaping Tolerance

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

In a recent Forbes.com article, "How Obama Thinks," by Dinesh D'Souza, the right wing commentator links the president's political philosophy to his Kenyan father in ludicrous, derogatory fashion.

Oh God (2010). Starring Glenn Beck

Steve Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Steve Young

"You give these answers to Reverend Big Mouth and you tell him that God says he's a phony...Personally tell him to shut up." God (George Burns) telli...

The Our Gang Oscars

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

This year's Oscar producers, Adam Shankman and Bil Mechanic, were so dedicated to the quixotic task of luring in young viewers, that we were given a show full of presenters that appeared to have gone through puberty during the rehearsals.

Q & A With Mel Brooks by Tom Teicholz

Tom Teicholz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tom Teicholz

[This interview originally appeared in print in The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles in the issue dated Feb 26- March 4, 2010. Go to www.JewishJournal.co...

Exquisite Japanese Food in Beverly Hills

Jay Weston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Tiger Sushi follows in the tradition of Nobu, not just in being a sushi/sashimi/robata place, but also in embracing Western specialties with an Asian twist.

Dead Folks, 2009: The Missed and the Not Missed

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

Here's my own brief look at some of the more notable celebrity deaths of 2009. As always, they fall into two categories: "The Good Riddance List" and "The Folks We'll Miss List."

Gelbart and Schulberg: Two Writers Depart an Ever Stranger Land

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Winship

Recent illogical bloviation by politicians and pundits brings to mind the summer's passing of two writer friends and colleagues, each of whom had a sure grasp of mass hysteria.

Adieu Larry Gelbart...and Laugh Tracks

Anna Jane Grossman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Anna Jane Grossman

Gelbart, who wrote Tootsie and many of the early episodes of M*A*S*H, spent years rejecting the industry's efforts to manipulate TV-watchers into emitting less-than-sincere laughs.

My Friend Larry Gelbart

Alan Alda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alan Alda

His genius for writing changed my life because I got to speak his lines -- lines that were so good they'll be with us for a long time; but his immense talent for being good company -- that's a light that's gone out.

Larry Gelbart: How CBS Bastardized "M*A*S*H"

Vanity Fair | By Mike Sacks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

You know what's so interesting about M*A*S*H? When Twentieth Century Fox decided to issue it on DVD, they included the option of watching it without t...

Larry Gelbart, In Memoriam

Ken Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ken Levine

Enjoy the work of Larry Gelbart. You will laugh until you hurt. And for those of us who were blessed to have known him, we will hurt until we laugh.

Exit Laughing

Jonathan Tolins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Tolins

Larry Gelbart was a terrific and generous teacher. I didn't know him well, but he made a tremendous difference in my life. He knew how to do that because he understood writers. And he loved them.

Larry Gelbart -- RIP ... Make The Heavens Laugh

Steve Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Steve Young

Mostly a writer behind the scenes, Larry had the timing and performance of a great standup. I will miss his writing, but most of all I will miss him. A good guy with a brilliant sense of humor and great human compassion.

Larry Gelbart: The Mold Was Just Broken

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Robert J. Elisberg

He was an amazing writer and probably a better person. There may have been more renowned writers in a single medium, but his versatility was breathtaking.

Larry Gelbart Dead: `M-A-S-H' Writer Dies At 81

AP | CHRISTY LEMIRE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — Larry Gelbart, the award-winning writer whose sly, sardonic wit helped create such hits as Broadway's "A Funny Thing Happened on t...

Weapons of Mass Distraction

Lee Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lee Schneider

Execs put garbage on TV because people watch it -- its more relaxing to watch garbage than to actually take it out.

The Third Screen: Larry Gelbart on the Future of Media

Vickie Karp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Vickie Karp

In the American media landscape, human viewers may be the only constant, but it remains hard to tell if media is about them and for them, or only, well, about money. Does it matter?