Nu Roots Community Engagement Fellowship Director Zack Lodmer said Love Angeles takes the premise of Tu b’Av and updates it for the contemporary Los Angeles Jewish community.
“We like to remix and reimagine Jewish customs and life,” he said.
“And comedy is a great way to get to a younger audience. With the political climate, it’s a nice reason to laugh and kind of get out of such seriousness, but also raise money for a good cause.” From left: Michael Gruskoff, Lainie Kazan and Richard Benjamin took the stage July 27 at the Laemmle Royal in West L. following a 35th anniversary screening of “My Favorite Year.” Photo by Rob Eshman Hollywood director Richard Benjamin, actors Lainie Kazan and Joseph Bologna, and producer Michael Gruskoff took the stage July 27 at the Laemmle Royal in West Los Angeles for a discussion after the 35th anniversary screening of “My Favorite Year.” The story of a hapless young Jewish comedy writer who must chaperone a wild, drunken film star, played by Peter O’Toole, before that star’s appearance on a live TV program in the 1950s, still had the audience howling.
During the discussion, Gruskoff told how Mel Brooks had Norman Steinberg write the script based on Brooks’ experience on “Your Show of Shows.” Bologna said working on the movie was one of the great joys of his career.
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