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Man About Town: A new stage for National Lampoon
Man About Town: A new stage for National Lampoon

Like to laugh, don't care why or where. Don't care the occasion, formal or otherwise, though the formal ones always — to quote Jack Nicholson — "bring out the devil in me." Like to laugh with people and at people and for people, which is what I found myself doing the other night, laughing in support of the National Lampoon's new stage show, playing for the next month at a little theater near MacArthur Park, a landmark probably best known for gang activity, including the lunchtime hordes at the nearby Langer's. I'm not about to police your life. Just be aware that, as you slide into a booth at Langer's, the place is full of cops, including (frequently) Chief Charlie Beck himself. My own...

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