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…

LUNCH Was Every Other Wednesday: A Lovely Afternoon With Documentary Filmmaker Donna Kanter

The documentary Lunch, written, produced, and directed by Donna Kanter, the daughter of famous writer and director Hal Kanter, highlights the hilarious group lunches that all of these talented men were a part of. Lunch dives into the directing and writing histories of everyone within it and intercuts their unique backgrounds with their bi-monthly, raucous…

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…

The Life and Times of Hollywood Stories From Classic Hollywood

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed getting to know the great comedy minds in the entertainment business. It has been a pleasure listening to the great stories of some of the men and women who created many of the great films, radio and television shows. I’ve learned much at the hands of masters from tv comedy…

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…

KCBS Los Angeles Story on LUNCH

On every other Wednesday for the past 40 years, a group of legendary old-school Hollywood comedians join together for lunch. CBS2’s Paul Magers reports.

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…