Arts & Entertainment

Who is the funniest person in the world? You and the Laugh Factory decide

On Monday night comedians from around the world will face off at LA's Laugh Factory for a chance to advance to the final round of the competition for world's funniest person set to take place Friday in Las Vegas. The public can watch and vote online.

Bowers Museum displays rare 3,000-year-old Chinese bronzes

The exhibition, "China's Lost Civilization: The Mystery of Sanxingdui," features elephant tusks, ancient jades, monumental bronzes and a life-sized statue of a nobleman.

Missing actress Misty Upham's body confirmed by medical examiner

The King County medical examiner has confirmed that a body found in a ravine in the Seattle suburb of Auburn is that of missing actress Misty Upham.

Lena Dunham gives a boost to local singer-songwriter, Marissa Lauren

The creator and star of HBO's "Girls" chose the Redondo Beach musician to be the opening act at the Pasadena tour stop for her book.

How director Jorge Gutierrez got Guillermo del Toro to produce 'The Book of Life'

The young filmmaker survived "the worst pitch of all time" to persuade one of his heroes to come onboard for the animated family film about the Day of the Dead.

'Birdman': 5 actors with superhero pasts (other than Michael Keaton)

From "The Hulk" to "Bored To Death," several cast members from "Birdman" have played characters related to the wacky world of superheroes and science fiction.

William H. Macy makes directorial debut with 'Rudderless'

The film "Rudderless" focuses on Sam, played by Billy Crudup, a father whose life falls apart when he loses his son to gun violence. After discovering of a box of his son's demo tapes and lyrics, he's set off in a whole new direction.

Legendary TV producer Norman Lear got Americans laughing — and talking

Norman Lear — who wrote, produced and created shows like "All in the Family," "Sanford and Sons," "The Jeffersons" — says he feels he got America to talk to each other.

'Gertie the Dinosaur' deserved a bigger 100th birthday party

"Gertie the Dinosaur" was arguably Winsor McCay's greatest achievement, and a watershed in the history of animation. Nobody bettered it for 20 years.

7 fun and almost-free things to do this weekend

It finally feels like fall in L.A. In our time off, we're chilling with zombies, seeing a live Quantic show and eating too many carbs.

Body found near river could be actress Misty Upham, police say

Police in the Seattle suburb of Auburn said Thursday that they believe they have found the body of missing actress Misty Upham.

Dael Orlandersmith: A daughter's travails and the salvation of art

The playwright and performer's latest work, "Forever," details a troubling relationship with her mother and how creativity gave her a family.

'Dreaming Sin Fronteras' removes border between real life and art

The stage production tells the stories of undocumented youth in their own words in a collaboration with musicians including Shawn King of DeVotchka and singer Ceci Bastida.

'Song Exploder': Dissecting the theme from John Oliver's show

Hrishikesh Hirway is the creator of the podcast "Song Exploder," in which artists take apart their own songs. Dave Hill of the band Valley Lodge explains how "Go" made its way to HBO.

Del Casher invented the wah-wah pedal and changed rock history

Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, George Harrison — none of them would sound quite like they do without Del Casher, who lives in Burbank.

Auto museum offers free admission before closing for over a year

Los Angeles's Petersen Automotive Museum will be closing its doors Sunday for a renovation project that will extend almost through the end of 2015.