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Laugh Factory Owner Seeks Peace Through Humor With Comic Competition

16 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jamie Masada garnered 15 more minutes of fame in August — appearing on the “Today” show, CNN, etc. — for a depressing reason: The death, premature and tragic, of Robin Williams, a comedian he had known for years.

The toll of such events, coupled with the not-terribly-funny state of world affairs, has made the owner of the Laugh Factory seem wistful. Always conscious of giving back to the community — both the one composed of comedians and society at large — for blessings he has enjoyed as an immigrant from Iran, Masada has turned his attention toward a bigger stage and more idealistic legacy.

Having presided over the club for 35 years, he’s eschewed the customary back-patting exercises, such as an anniversary special, to commemorate the milestone. Instead, he has thrown his energy into a venture with no less than world harmony as its underlying message, and, sure, maybe a few laughs and bucks along the way. »

- Brian Lowry

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