As a Mormon growing up in small-town Idaho, Ryan Hamilton found escape in comedy. He watched the classic standup series Evening at the Improv regularly, read Gary Larson’s “Far Side” cartoons and fell in love with Steve Martin’s work early. That attention to the art form has paid off richly, as Hamilton has become a regular opening act on Jerry Seinfeld’s tours in addition to having his own one-hour Netflix comedy special called Happy Face. He will perform this Saturday at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center Thousand Oaks (formerly the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza) as part...Read More
Author: Carl Kozlowski
There are not many rock bands that have lasted 50 years without taking a major break or losing their key leaders. The Rolling Stones and The Who spring to mind as the most prominent of those fortunate die-hards. But Emilio Castillo is proud to note that he and co-founders Stephen “Doc” Krupka and David Garibaldi have kept their band Tower of Power going strong as well. In fact, the horn-driven funk legend is currently engaged in a year-long world tour celebrating its five decades as a band, bringing the show to the Libbey Bowl in Ojai on Friday night....Read More
In Los Angeles’ cutthroat comedy scene, it practically takes a miracle to break through and get noticed. More than 100 comics sign up weekly for just 20 spots at the Comedy Store’s open mic, while comics line up for hours ahead at the Laugh Factory and Improv for their shot at the stage. The Ice House in Pasadena almost exclusively works with talent established elsewhere. Thus, the Ventura Comedy Festival (VCF) has stood as a beacon of hope for hundreds of Southern California comedians in the nine years since its inception. More than 100 comedians are accepted into preliminary...Read More
There’s an old saying that goes, “the family that prays together stays together,” but Fuse Henry and his family have put a unique spin on that concept. They’ve adopted the adage “the family that plays together stays together,” as the five-member clan have formed an ace rock band called The Rockin’ Henrys that is fast becoming a real-life, modern-day version of The Partridge Family. Relatively rockabilly With Fuse on guitar and vocals, his wife, DeeDee, on upright bass, autoharp and vocals, 19-year-old daughter Kylah on drums, guitar and vocals, 18-year-old daughter Kieren on guitar and vocals and 10-year-old Oz...Read More
There was a time when Andrew Dice Clay was perhaps the most divisive man in entertainment. He was the first comedian in history to sell out Madison Square Garden on two consecutive nights, drawing a massive audience of 35,000 fans to the vaunted arena. At the same time, his act was deemed so offensive that he became the only comic ever to be banned from both Saturday Night Live and MTV’s Video Music Awards. When the white-hot spotlight of controversy faded, Clay proved himself to be a savvy enough performer to maintain a healthy career performing in clubs and...Read More
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