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  • Nat Faxon on 'Married,' for better or worse

     Nat Faxon on 'Married,' for better or worse
    Nat Faxon is that rare breed of actor best known for his writing. Along with writing partner Jim Rash, whom Faxon met while part of the Groundlings comedy troupe, Faxon is otherwise known as the Oscar-winning writer behind the 2011 George Clooney-...
  • Theater, Improv Backgrounds Help Build Emmy-Nominated Comedy Casts

    Crafting an ensemble cast that has chemistry and serves a series takes experience and skill to a degree, but it can entail a healthy dose of risk-taking and finger-crossing as well. When Jeanne McCarthy and Nicole Abellera first began assembling the cast...
  • Faces to Watch 2014: TV | Jonathan Groff, Annet Mahendru and more

    Faces to Watch 2014: TV | Jonathan Groff, Annet Mahendru and more
    The Times asked its reporters and critics to highlight figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in 2014. Here’s who they picked: Jonathan Groff | Actor He closed out last year as the voice of the rugged mountain man romantic...
  • Our guide to the 2014 Sketch Comedy Festival

    Our guide to the 2014 Sketch Comedy Festival
    When the 13th annual Sketch Comedy Festival kicks off at Stage 773 next week, it will mark the return of Danny Pudi, who performed in the first few installments of the fest before landing the role of Abed on NBC's "Community." This is the first time...
  • Kristen Wiig's character studies come in handy for 'Hateship Loveship'

    Kristen Wiig's character studies come in handy for 'Hateship Loveship'
    In the new movie "Hateship Loveship," Kristen Wiig's character, an introverted, thirtysomething housekeeper named Johannna practices kissing herself in the mirror. It's a moment of loneliness that Wiig and director Liza Johnson envisioned as a sad beat in...
  • Kathy Griffin Talks Twitter Threats at Groundlings Anniversary

    Comedian Kathy Griffin has noticed an interesting trend in the people who threaten her life on social media. "It's amusing to me that many of Demi Lovato's fans will threaten my life, and if you look at their profile, it says 'hashtag no bully zone,'"...
  • The Groundlings: improving improv in L.A. for 40 years

    The Groundlings: improving improv in L.A. for 40 years
    It's raucous backstage at the Groundlings after a Tuesday evening improv show — red wine and buckets of salty snacks will do that to a roomful of comedians, as will having just killed it onstage. A fluffy border collie lumbers through the crowd,...
  • Cheryl Hines's Dreams of Stardom Couldn't be Curbed

    Growing up, Cheryl Hines always felt like she belonged somewhere else. "I have a journal I wrote in, in high school," she says. "Our teacher told us to write down what we wanted to be in ten years and I wrote that my goal was to make a living as an...
  • L.A. theater openings, Feb. 2-9: Miwa Matreyek at REDCAT

    L.A. theater openings, Feb. 2-9: Miwa Matreyek at REDCAT
    Miwa Matreyek makes more animated magic with "This World Made Itself" at REDCAT, Mike Daisey explores "American Utopias" at Royce Hall, and Christopher Durang channels Chekov in "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" at the Taper. China: The Whole...
  • Melissa McCarthy: Critic Rex Reed was 'swimming in so much hate'

    Melissa McCarthy: Critic Rex Reed was 'swimming in so much hate'
    Melissa McCarthy has finally responded to a scathing review of her acting and body image from New York Observer film critic Rex Reed. The film critic trashed the "Identity Thief" star in April in his review of the zany comedy that costars Jason...
  • Why folk music? Why not?

    Why folk music? Why not?
    Sneakers, drugs and everyday life. That's what Tracy Newman's albums are made of. "I usually mention tennis shoes and some kind of drug in my CDs," she said. "I was dating a guy whose tennis shoes were all over the place and I was always tripping on...