Three Generations of Classical Kanters

It happens more often than not — I go to work on a post about someone in show business, and the tunnel leads to a rabbit warren of similarly accomplished relatives and/or collaborators. Thus this post about one guy has exploded into one about three generations of a single remarkable family, whose work, it’s safe…

The New York Times Movie Review: Jokes, Served Up Over a Meal

It’s all knishes and kibitzing in “Lunch,” Donna Kanter’s charming documentary about a Hollywood institution more enduring than most sitcoms. Every other Wednesday for 40 years a bunch of legendary comedy writers and directors — whose career highlights alone would fill a showbiz encyclopedia — have been meeting for a prandial catch-up session. The location…

Rising Comedy Star, Scott Palmason, Hosts LUNCH on the YouTube Premiere of The Hollywood Times LIVE!

By Victoria Stevens Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 06/15/2020 – THT/tv launches on YouTube with the premiere of The Hollywood Times LIVE, brought to you by Factor’s Deli, on Saturday, June 20th at 7 pm PDT featuring filmmaker Donna Kanter and cast member John Rappaport,  and post-documentary lunch bunch members Carl Gottlieb – JAWS, The Jerk, “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour”, and Howard Storm – “The Redd…

Have LUNCH with the Guys Who Made America Funny – Carl Reiner, Sid Caesar & John Rappaport? Oh My!

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) June 10, 2020 – “They say that  breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I disagree. I think it’s lunch,” quips HalKanter.  Kanter is best known for creating the groundbreaking TV series “Julia” with Diahann Carroll; writing and directing Elvis’ Blue Hawaii, and three decades penning the script for the…

LUNCH Reviewed In NY Times!

From: The New York Times It’s all knishes and kibitzing in “Lunch,” Donna Kanter’s charming documentary about a Hollywood institution more enduring than most sitcoms. Every other Wednesday for 40 years a bunch of legendary comedy writers and directors — whose careerhighlights alone would fill a showbiz encyclopedia — have been meeting for a prandial…

LUNCH Takes First Place: National Entertainment Journalism Awards!

Dear Friends, Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, we are delighted to share that LUNCH took First Place in Sunday’s National Entertainment Journalism Awards, Feature Documentary category (http://lapressclub.org/awards/neja). Here is what the judges wrote: “’Lunch’ should be consumed ravenously. There’s enough wisdom, laughter and comedic insight to satisfy any appetite. The Heavyweights at this 40 year-old…

LUNCH Review In L.A. Times!

“The documentary “Lunch” is just what it describes, a seat at the kibitz table with a gathering of acclaimed showbiz writers, performers and directors whose Golden Age of You-Name-It comedy pedigrees are remarkable: Sid Caesar, Hal Kanter, Carl Reiner, Arthur Marx, Matty Simmons and Rocky Kalish, to name a handful.” Click to read more about…