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.
March 11, 1990 |
Lower Makefield resident Henry Ford's decision to become a professional actor two years ago cost him a bundle. It all began in 1983, when Ford took a small part in a play staged at a high school. "When I walked out on stage at age 49, I thought, 'Why didn't I do this before?' " In 1988 he sold his executive job search firm, H.R.F. Associates of Newtown - along with one of his two houses and the silver - to finance his "fascination with the arts. " He said his career change had cost him $250,000 so far in lost income.
March 6, 1988 |
As you may recall from 1978's National Lampoon's Animal House, nudity and sexual humiliation loom large in the sophomoric humor of director John Landis. His taste hasn't changed much in the intervening years, as his 1986 movie Amazon Women on the Moon bears witness. How's this for hilarity? A "Pet-house Plaything" centerfold strolls along the streets of Los Angeles totally nude and no one looks askance; in ditzy voice-over she says it's a city where she "can be herself. " Or this?
January 31, 1990 |
If you enjoy entertaining and adhere to the principle that limited kitchen time, health consciousness and casual atmosphere are essential to home cooking, Dinner Party (Harper & Row, $27.50) is a road map to the perfect gathering. Food writer Jane Freiman has assembled 165 menus with more than 200 recipes designed for entertaining with ease and good taste. It's a book geared to mixing and matching courses to accommodate a variety of tastes and to accomplish the task of serving simple yet sophisticated food.
May 24, 1990 |
Easttown Township local businesses and services are bracing for some excitement as well as a few headaches during the 94th annual Devon Horse Show and County Fair. More often than not the headaches will involve parking. "Sometimes it's a problem, sometimes it's not," said Ed Zarasian, who runs the Sunoco service station adjacent to the fairgrounds. "There is enough space, but people don't listen to what the horse show people tell them. They want to save a couple of dollars. The horse show guys organize (parking)
March 10, 1995 |
"What we're doing," said Bob Andre, "is bringing back real show business. None of that jive. Sure, we can be contemporary, but this is the real thing - real entertainment. What we try to do is fill people's bellies with entertainment. " Bob Andre is half of the team called Andre & Cirell, and they are starring in their own mini-revue featuring the Castle Dancers in the King's Court Showroom at Trump's Castle through March 19. The show is called Just Kidding. Bob Andre and Frank Cirell have been a team for the last 20 years, and, as Andre stressed, there aren't that many comedy teams left these days.
January 16, 2012 |
The first thing anybody needs to know about Ludwig Live! is that the cabaret show, playing at the Kimmel Center's Innovation Studio, has little to do with Beethoven or even having laughs at his expense. Using tired devices such as the clash of high and low art, Ludwig Live! , which opened Friday, explores how intentionally ramshackle showbiz somehow holds the stage. The concept is that cranky old Beethoven - played by Charles Lindberg, in the cheapest wig imaginable - is somehow back from the dead and taking his story on the road with a troupe of actors.
December 24, 1990 |
Allen Shore found his inspirational message, the one that turned his life around and made him "angelic," in the Wall Street Journal. He was drinking coffee from a big mug that morning in 1984 with the newspaper spread across his desk. A lean, athletic-looking businessman, he was, at age 57, successful, active and almost happy. Then he saw the message that would make him happy. "It was a little ad, saying they were looking for someone to invest in the making of an original-cast record album," Shore recalled, drinking coffee from a big mug on his desk at the Elkins Park headquarters of his company, Perfect Host Enterprises.
December 6, 1986 |
The smell of smoke still hung yesterday over what little remained of the costume shop owned by Elaine Scanlan and her mother, Doris Jester. But the pair insisted that the Merry Makers troupe would still march up Broad Street in the Mummers Parade. "While I stood and watched the shop burn, Mom was on the phone in the restaurant across the street getting the measurements so we could remake the Mummers outfits," Scanlan said at her home, where the family set up a makeshift sewing factory almost immediately after the Monday morning fire.
January 30, 1987 |
Liberace. When you say the name, people either smile with pleasure . . . or smirk with disdain. The name conjures up his wide toothy grin, his elaborate, foppish outfits, his rhinestone-studded piano with candelabra on top. He has been Big Box Office in America for 35 years now - ever since his dimples made their debut on a network TV show in 1952. Today, at the age of 67, he lies gravely ill at his Palm Springs, Calif., mansion, breathing through an oxygen mask, with doctors at his bedside round the clock.