August 18, 2000 |
As the summer of 1999 will be remembered for the stealth horror of The Blair Witch Project and The Sixth Sense, the summer of 2000 is shaping up as comedy's black family reunion. Close on the teetering heels of Martin Lawrence's cross-dressing caper Big Momma's House came Keenen Ivory Wayan's ticklish horror spoof Scary Movie and Eddie Murphy's multiple-personality-disorderliness in The Nutty Professor II. It says a lot that The Original Kings of Comedy, the sidesplitting concert film headlined by Steve Harvey and D.L. Hughley and elegantly directed by Spike Lee, boasts the highest laughs-per-minute ratio of any in this season's hilarity.
January 6, 2000 |
As Philadelphians looked towards the future with the arrival of the new century, the Jokers Fancy Brigade slipped back into time for the theme that earned them a first-place finish in the 2000 Mummers Parade. They found it in a book written in 1895 by the British writer considered to be the father of modern science fiction, H.G. Wells. Their theme was borrowed from one of Wells' most chilling fables, "The Island of Dr. Moreau. " "It was one of six themes submitted. Our costume committee knew we were onto something because the Doctor Moreau fable was so creative and so original," said Jokers Captain Fred Keller.
July 2, 1999 |
The night before, Jumaine Jones, the last of 16 players invited by the NBA to sit in the "green room," could have been excused for not laughing. Yesterday, Todd MacCulloch made sure everybody kept laughing. Those are your 76ers draft choices and they appeared together at the First Union Center for a late-afternoon news conference. There was some news. Mostly, there were easy questions because the answers won't be known for some time. Jones, the 6-7 sophomore from Georgia, supposedly was rated 13th on the Sixers' draft board.
March 31, 1999 |
Many companies forbid April Fool's Day festivities. Based on real-life past experiences, it's not hard to see why. Some examples: Office doors covered with drywall to make it look like the offices never existed. Stripping an office of all its contents and furniture the night before April 1. A total systems shutdown simulation for a network administrator. Displaying banners that say the company has been bought by a competitor. These examples come from a survey of facility managers across the country by the International Facility Management Association.
October 9, 1998 |
If this was political theater, it lacked suspense. Republicans and Democrats played their roles like actors droning lines by rote. Act I, Scene I of the impeachment of William J. Clinton was dreary as the hard rain falling outside the Capitol. The only novelty was was Clinton's mood. In every previous jam, he'd been confident he could extricate himself with energy, strategic guile, persuasive gab. Now, like a gambler down to his last chips, he seemed resigned to the dice roll.
December 28, 1997 |
Jay Billups, a welder by trade, is a big man, and he makes quite a picture as he swivels across the floor. His hips wiggle, his shoulders jiggle, and his head thrusts forward and back. The V-neck of his white T-shirt reveals curly chest hair; droplets of sweat pile up along his brown mustache. He is preparing for the Mummers Parade on Thursday. In a break from tradition, part of the New Year's Day festivities will be held in the Convention Center, and the groups have been practicing inside its cavernous halls.
May 3, 1995 |
Penncrest's Terasha Franklin has tried her best to corrupt Sandy Kestner, a track teammate and fast friend. Franklin, an outgoing junior and one of the top middle-distance runners in the state, is the team's resident prankster and instigator. On Monday, during a party for the team's seniors, she led a full-layered cake assault on coach Larry Simmons. "I always try and get Sandy to go along," Franklin said. "Sometimes it works, if she knows we won't get in trouble. But usually she finds a way to conveniently leave.
September 3, 1994
Last week in Philly, the major-party candidates for governor cracked wise at a Variety Club benefit. Republican Tom Ridge, clad in biking attire to spoof his campaign-opening ride across the state, listened while Democrat Mark Singel zinged him. It was a pretty good show. But somebody needs to tell these guys that Candidates' Comedy Night is over. The next day, the two campaigns launched into bizarre repartee over Mr. Ridge's use of a bicycle built outside of Pennsylvania. The Singel camp attacked, and the Ridge camp replied, with all the straight-faced depth of Pat Paulsen.
August 30, 1994 |
Ben Chavis' fall from grace as executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People reinforced the fateful fact that this nation remains screwed up when it comes to race relations. Chavis mishandled just about everything - the organization's finances, its public relations, possibly even its employees - but refused to shoulder the blame. Instead, he played the race card, citing "forces outside the African- American community" - presumably whites and especially Jews.
August 24, 1994 |
Take my pulse . . . please! The jokes were deadly down in Old City last night at Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky's 4th annual Candidates Comedy Night. If you weren't laughing, it was only because you don't appreciate a well- aimed fistful of mud. Thankfully, this event is for a good cause - namely, the Variety Club's charitable programs for children. Otherwise, the casual observer would be excused for wondering what possessed: GOP gubernatorial hopeful Tom Ridge to strip down to a cutoff denim jacket and bicycle shorts.