May 14, 1990 |
Comic Relief '90, Saturday night's televised parade of comedians, actors and even the Rockettes so far has produced pledges of at least $4.7 million to help the homeless. The previous three Comic Relief specials raised nearly $9 million in total for the cause. This year's Home Box Office special, which moved to New York's Radio City Music Hall after three years in Los Angeles, was again hosted by comedians Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams. The three opened the show with impersonations that needled New York celebrities.
September 30, 1993 |
Production began Monday on the revamped Bob Newhart series, "Bob," that returns - with numerous cast and storyline changes - to the CBS schedule at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22. Newhart is being joined by new cast members Betty White, Jere Burns ("Dear John"), Eric Allan Kramer ("Down Home") and Megan Cavanagh ("A League of Their Own"). In addition, Carlene Watkins returns as Bob's wife, as well as Cynthia Stevenson as their daughter. A year ago, the series storyline had Newhart playing a comic-book artist.
July 2, 1996 |
Fox, which has powered up its Nielsen ratings with such Marvel-inspired series as "The X-Men" and "Spider-Man," has made a long-term production agreement with the comic-book factory. "This groundbreaking agreement gives [the Fox Children's Network] unparalleled access to one of the world's most successful creators of comic characters," FCN honcho Margaret Loesch said of the deal. Fox has committed to the production of at least four Marvel properties over the next seven years, including Silver Surfer, Daredevil and Captain America.
May 16, 1986 |
High atop the Montserrat Restaurant, surrounded by a pleasantly offbeat exhibit of fabric art ("That one there," says resident wiseguy Brian Kerrigan, "I call 'Pope on a Stick' "), lives a new, six-member improvisationa l comedy troupe called Comic Relief in a tiny new space called the Peak Theater. On any given Saturday night on South Street, you are likely to see Kerrigan portray the coked-up running back, Johnny "The Wad" Jackson, making his game-winning, Baryshnikov-like, 99-yard run while fellow-Comic Reliefer Gini Staudt blocks and the offstage announcer provides a running commentary on The Wad's history of drug abuse.
September 1, 1998 |
Like most Jersey kids, Tony DiGerolamo grew up with the story of the Jersey Devil - the legend of the big, grotesque, devilish creature that roams the Garden State. The tale is a scary standard, told around campfires and clarified in classrooms. But it has lost some of its bluster in recent years. The name is now used in video games and tagged to the hulking athletes of New Jersey's National Hockey League franchise. DiGerolamo, 32, of Lindenwold, is trying to keep the frightening folklore alive by creating an independent comic-book series featuring Jersey's reputed boogeyman.
February 28, 1999 |
The Trilby String Band performs at the First Union Spectrum. The group took 12th place in the annual Mummers Show of Shows. This year, the event featured 16 groups. First place was awarded to the Quaker City String Band, which was led by captain Bob Shannon Jr. The theme was Reflections of Old Moscow. Other groups had themes such as Simply N'Awlins, Side Show Shenanigans, Creature Double Feature, Comic Relief and A Scarecrow's Wish . . . A Role in the Hay.
March 29, 1986 |
The biggest TV event tonight is the live Comic Relief benefit hosted by Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams. It's put on by HBO, but even cable subscribers who don't pay for HBO should be able to watch the program. HBO has allowed local cable companies to transmit the show free on a vacant channel. DAYTIME HIGHLIGHT DEJA VIEW VOL. 2 (5 p.m., Ch. 3) - There's one clever video in this second collection of '60s songs given the '80s video treatment: "I Can't Get Next to You," starring David Ruffin and Eddie Kendrick of the Temptations, and featuring actor Bronson Pinchot.
January 12, 1998 |
It was 30 minutes before curtain time, and the panic was palpable. Theater director Loretta Wehbe LaCasse had just noticed that the two pizza box props, which were supposed to be indistinguishable, were not. "Oh, my God!" exclaimed actress Mary Filippone, an eighth grader at Springfield's Richardson Middle School. "You got a different pizza box!" cried LaCasse. The behind-the-scenes scare passed several minutes later when set designer Frank Reali, 16, returned with a used pizza box that perfectly matched the original.
July 1, 1992 |
If Eddie Murphy wants to become the next Cary Grant, he's going to need more than a bow tie and the script he was handed for "Boomerang. " The sarcastic, profane and occasionally cruel comedian has trouble passing himself off as the suave, urbane ladykiller he is required to play in "Boomerang. " Scenes of an earnest, remorseful Murphy romancing a woman with the whispered words, "I can't breathe without you. I can't breathe, I can't breathe" have a suffocating effect on all of us. "Boomerang" is intended to be a jazzy and glamorous romantic comedy, but that mood is constantly undercut by the coarse, raunchy moments used to provide comic relief.
December 3, 1986 |
It's a slow night: The networks don't have much to offer other than St. Elsewhere, and HBO subscribers have only mildly interesting alternatives. Channel 12 has dug up two helpings of a classic mini-series. EVENING HIGHLIGHTS HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN (8 p.m., Ch. 3) - Eddie Albert guest-stars as a cynical senator who does his best to block Jonathan and Mark's efforts to save a little girl with a rare disease. NBC. UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS (9 p.m., Ch. 12) - There's very little to say about this classic PBS mini-series that hasn't already been said.