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The Groundlings are bringing a bright spot to the dark tragedy of the shootings at Orlando, Florida’s Pulse Nightclub. The Los Angeles Groundling troupe has organized “Love Is Love,” a special night of improv and sketch comedy to celebrate the Lgbt community and to benefit the victims’ families. Tickets are $15 for the June 20 show taking place at 10 p.m., and all proceeds will be donated via Equality Florida. The cast is set to include Michael McDonald of “Mad TV” fame, Tim Bagley, Chris Eckert, Michael Hitchcock, Kevin Kirkpatrick, Jim Rash, Mitch Silpa, and Greg Worswick. The non-profit organization has been providing the L.A. area with improv and sketch comedy since 1974, and also houses the comedy training ground, the Groundling’s School. To learn more about the organization, click here. Visit groundlings.com for more information on how to purchase tickets. If you are unable to attend the show, please consider donating at gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund. Do you want to one day perform at Groundlings for a cause? Learn how torefine your comic persona! »
The new, somewhat improved TV Land brings back a comedy that was one of 2015’s pleasant surprises, “Younger,” and introduces another that scores high marks for audacious humor, “Teachers,” featuring improv group the Katydids. Combined, they certainly represent a step up in class for a network once most frequently associated with “Andy Griffith Show” reruns. Yet in a sign of how quickly things can change, the new show exhibits the greater promise, while Darren Star’s series, although still fun and watchable, already feels as if repetition is causing it to not age particularly well.
Actually, even an admirer of “Younger’s” first season could see trouble ahead, inasmuch as the story felt very much like the kind of romantic comedy that’s neatly resolved after 90 minutes or so. Instead, season 2 finds Liza (Sutton Foster) seeking to perpetuate her masquerade as a twentysomething assistant at a New York publisher, when »
- Brian Lowry
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