July 16, 2015 |
Jenny and Matt Stuetz have two things on their mind at all times: her cancer and their children. The Willow Grove couple were devastated when Jenny, 43, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. But their focus since then has been on keeping her healthy while also keeping the lives of their children - son Jackson, now 8, and daughter Madison, now 7 - as normal as possible. So for at least one week this summer, the children were able to shed some of their worries at Camp KIDS, a program of Gilda's Club in Warminster.
October 10, 2014
TO A LARGE degree, the story of modern-day comedy has been written primarily in a handful of towns. New York and Los Angeles, obviously, are among them, but two others are just as important: Chicago and Toronto. Both are permanent residences of Second City, the groundbreaking improvisational-comedy troupe that has been the training ground for a mind-boggling number of comedy megastars from Joan Rivers and Robert Klein to John Belushi and Gilda Radner , from Martin Short and Catherine O'Hara to Tina Fey and three current "Saturday Night Live" cast members.
January 6, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY Ready . . . aim . . . thonk ! The first fruitcake hit the target, and the small crowd whooped. Never mind the snow-covered beach, which forced the event onto a sheltered porch at Resorts Casino's LandShark Bar & Grill. Never mind the frigid conditions. The celebration of National Fruitcake Toss Day in Atlantic City had made its wacky start. First up was Don Guardian - the gay Republican sworn in Wednesday as Atlantic City mayor - who said that when he heard about the fruitcake toss, he was "thrilled they were talking about the cake, and not me. " He said the event showed that even on a day that began with the mercury at minus 3 degrees, breaking a record set in 1918, "bundling up and coming out can be a whole lot of fun. " Apparently, there were few rules.
October 2, 2013 |
The second act of the career of comedian Gilda Radner (1946-1989) is longer than the first - and growing. Her legacy continues in Philadelphia. Bunny Bunny , written by quondam Saturday Night Live writer Alan Zweibel, is at Indepedence Studio on 3 at the Walnut Street Theatre through Oct. 27. It's staged by 1812 Productions, long dedicated to the traditions of American comedy. Written in 1997, the play was given its world premiere by the Philadelphia Theatre Company. It celebrates the friendship between Radner - she of the famed "freshman class" of SNL , 1975-1980 - and Zweibel, show writer and fellow freshperson.
September 28, 2013 |
Long before the Manic Pixie Dream Girl - that flighty, unstable film and television trope beloved by sensitive young men, reviled by feminists - had a name, Saturday Night Live comedy writer Alan Zweibel had Gilda Radner. After the comedian's death from ovarian cancer at age 42 in 1989, Zweibel wrote Bunny Bunny , a memoir of their almost-relationship and long friendship, and later adapted it for the stage. The show premiered at Philadelphia Theatre Company in 1997. But with this more intimate revival, 1812 Productions - a company helmed by Jennifer Childs, another very funny woman - makes a better fit. Zweibel's script has some issues.
September 27, 2013
THE FIRST staff meeting of what would eventually become "Saturday Night Live" was, in and of itself, a momentous occasion in show business annals. But that summer-of-1975 gathering in the office of "SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels was a red-letter day in the life of comedy writer Alan Zweibel for reasons that transcend the 38-year-old comedy-variety show's pop culture importance. For that was the day he met the late, great Gilda Radner . It is that fateful occasion and its aftermath that are at the heart of the 1812 Productions presentation of Zweibel's "Bunny Bunny - Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy," which runs through Oct. 27 at Independence Studio on 3, at the Walnut Street Theatre.
July 15, 2013 |
Diane Strassle and Marcy McGuire, Reiki practitioners from Gilda's Club Delaware Valley, greeted Patsy Walker kindly as she was wheeled into a conference room at Abington Memorial Hospital. This was to be her first experience with the Japanese healing art, an alternative treatment that uses gentle, sustained touch to transmit energy. Walker, a striking woman with long blond hair, was silent, her head down. "Take a deep breath," McGuire told her. "Let out all that tension. " "I have pancreatic cancer," Walker, 60, whispered.
April 19, 2002 |
Turning 40 holds no terrors for Jodie Foster, who reaches the milestone in November. She said in London yesterday, "I think women are more interesting in their 40s. They've lived longer, they're more confident about their choices, and they don't have to be hip and cool anymore, which I think is a godsend - you make really bad choices when you are trying to be hip. " Foster, whose latest film, Panic Room, has been a box-office hit, said: "You...
February 5, 2000 |
Rapper/talk-show host Queen Latifah will get busy in town Monday. First is a cohosting stint at TV's Good Day Philadelphia from 8 to 9 a.m. on Fox - home of her talk show, picked up for a second season. She will follow that with a short radio stint on WUSL-FM (98.9). Then it's on to a South Philadelphia school (whose location is being kept under wraps because it's a surprise), where she will tell the kiddies how she made it in The Biz. THERE SHE IS . . . MRS. LT. GOV. Miss America plans to become a Mrs. this fall.
November 8, 1996 |
Alan Zweibel met Gilda Radner behind a fake tree at a planning session for a new TV show called Saturday Night Live. He was a young writer, she a young improvisational actress, and both were terrified of what lay ahead. From that inauspicious encounter came a friendship that lasted 15 years, ending with Radner's death from ovarian cancer in 1989. She called him Zweibel; he decided to call her Gilbert - because everyone else, including strangers on the street, called her Gilda. The friendship is the subject of Zweibel's funny and ultimately touching play, Bunny Bunny, on view through Dec. 1 at Plays and Players Theatre in a Philadelphia Theatre Company production.