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Comedian Bill Engvall Draws Inspiration From Bill Cosby

Comedian Bill Engvall Draws Inspiration From Bill Cosby

April 10, 2014

You may remember comedian Bill Engvall as part of the successful "Blue Collar Comedy" concert films or on "The Jeff Foxworthy show" or as a finalist in last season's "Dancing With The Stars."

  • Creative Duo Walter And Linda Wick 'Taking A Break'

    April 3, 2014

    You'll probably be seeing a little less of one of Hartford's most creative and altruistic power couples from now on. Walter and Linda Cheverton Wick are taking a bit of a break.

  • Author Will Haygood Offers Behind-Scenes Look Of 'Butler'

    March 26, 2014

    When Washington Post writer Wil Haygood met the late Eugene Allen in 2008, his intent was to write a feature story tied to the country's election of its first black president, then-senator Barack Obama. The result was his feature story "A Butler Well Served By This Election," the story of Allen's work as a butler who for 34 years, served eight presidents from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan.

  • Brzezinski, King To Be Main Speakers At First 'Know Your Value' Conference For Women

    March 13, 2014

    It may look like a former local newscasters' reunion or a celebrity-gals blitz. But the bottom line is there are some talented and powerful female journalists with Hartford roots coming to town in May to share their knowledge and experiences at the first "Know Your Value" Conference for Women.

  • At State's Diners, Meals Served With Fellowship

    December 25, 2013

    You'll find more than "Adam and Eve on a log" and "a cup of mud" at Connecticut diners across the state.

  • Connecticut Dancer Tony Dovolani Of 'DWTS' 'All Of A Sudden' Has Hope

    November 14, 2013

    Connecticut resident and professional dancer Tony Dovolani and his partner, actress Leah Remini, are causing a ballroom stir on season 17 of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." The couple, who was less than impressive at the start of this season, have amped up their skills and performances, garnering good scores from judges and solid support from viewers who are voting each week to determine who moves on in the competition. Dovolani, the married father of three, and Remini are headed to the show's semi-finals. The 40-year-old professional dancer who won the show's coveted "mirrorball" award just once before, was between show rehearsals on the West Coast recently, when he Spilled the Beans with Java.

  • Hartford Stage Memories From Richard Thomas

    November 5, 2013

    Hartford Stage is celebrating its Golden Anniversary and doing it in style with a slew of events, including the celebration Monday, Nov. 4, at the Hilton in downtown Hartford that was a reunion of sorts. Familiar faces who have appeared at Hartford Stage over the past 50 years including Dana Ivey, Kate Forbes, David Patrick Kelly and Bill Raymond were on the guest list for the party that included an evening of performances by the esteemed actors and a dinner. Also on the list was the award winning Richard Thomas, best known for his role as "John Boy Walton" on "The Waltons" television series. Thomas is equally passionate about and a master of Shakespearian theater and proved it in several roles at Hartford Stage including "Hamlet" and "Richard III." He recently Spilled the Beans with Java, before the Hartford Stage gala.

  • Author Sue Grafton Still Pondering What Happens After 'Z'

    October 3, 2013

    Sue Grafton, author of the popular 'alphabet series' that began with "A is for Alibi" and features private investigator Kinsey Millhone, is coming to New Haven's Schubert Theater on Oct. 9. She, along with fellow blockbuster authors Alice Hoffman, Scott Turow and David Baldacci will be featured at the Mark Twain House & Museum's "Mark My Words" benefit that begins at 8 p.m. Grafton, an author and screenwriter before publishing the first of her alphabet series novels, is the daughter of the late detective novelist, C. W. Grafton. Ready to release the newest in the series, "W is for Wasted" the 73-year-old Grafton had just arrived to her Louisville, Ky., home from a book tour when she kicked back and shared Kinsey's story and her plans for her heroine as the end of the alphabet looms and as she Spilled the Beans with Java.

  • Hole In The Wall Anniversary Gala In NYC Attracting Such Stars As Zellweger, Willis

    September 27, 2013

    The late, iconic actor Paul Newman considered himself a very lucky man both in his personal and professional life. So lucky that he wanted to parlay that "luck" into something that would benefit others. So In 1988, the Connecticut celebrity established his Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, a place where seriously ill children could have "normal kid" fun.

  • Longtime 'Simpsons' Writer Finds Humor In Angst Of Guy Trapped In 'Rubble'

    August 23, 2013

    "Alvin, an aging comedy writer with one last shot at a network meeting, is trapped under rubble by an LA earthquake. A hilarious look at TV, theater, Heaven and Hell — from one who's been there."

  • Hartford's Top Leaders Under 40 Named For 2013

    July 22, 2013

    They are considered the Hartford area's movers and shakers, the politicians, the athletes, the executive director's, the financial whiz kids and non-profit leaders who have already racked up a few accomplishments in their young lives and are expected to do more as they continue their efforts. They are the Hartford Business Journal's "40 Under 40" class of 2013.

  • CPTV Celebrates 50th Anniversary

    June 9, 2013

    It may have started as a small educational programming station back in 1963, but in 2013, the now CPTV celebrated its 50th anniversary Saturday, a celebration that left no doubt as to how much its grown.

  • Quinnipiac Student Wins 'American Idol' Ticket

    March 19, 2013

    A Wallingford resident and freshmen engineering major at Quinnipiac University has started the trek to fame on the next season of "American Idol."

  • Steve Carell Visits ESPN

    March 14, 2013

    When they weren't laughing, the show hosts at ESPN were oozing compliments like "comic genius" Thursday, March 14, during a visit from actor and comic Steve Carell, whose new movie with Jim Carrey, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," opens Friday.

  • Spilling The Beans With ... Hannah Storm

    January 5, 2013

    It was just a little more than three weeks ago that ESPN SportsCenter anchor, author and broadcaster Hannah Storm was seriously burned in a propane gas grill accident at her Fairfield home. Storm suffered second-degree burns to her chest and hand and first-degree burns to her neck and face, losing half her hair, her eyebrows and eyelashes after she attempted to reignite a gas grill and residual fuel caught fire. The accident was kept under wraps until earlier this week when it was announced that she would still host ABC's New Year's Day telecast of the 2013 Rose Bowl Parade. The Notre Dame alum, who poignantly and graphically explained her accident on air, expects to return to her duties at ESPN next week. But while healing on a beach with her family in San Diego, the mother of three daughters, who is married to sportscaster Dan Hicks, took some time to reflect on the accident and underscore the importance of grill safety as she Spilled the Beans with Java.

  • Tony Danza Coming To Connecticut With New Book

    September 11, 2012

    Tony Danza was everybody's favorite taxi driver on the TV show "Taxi" and everyone's favorite single dad and housekeeper on "Who's The Boss." Now the former boxer and Broadway star is also known for his books, including his newest, "I'd Like To Apologize To Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year As A Rookie Teacher at Northeast High."

  • Esquire Features Story On William Petit

    May 26, 2011

    An in-depth feature on Dr. William Petit titled "Survivor" is featured in the June/July issue of Esquire magazine that hits the stands on Monday.

  • Paul Pendergast Honored For 'Passion, Inspiration & Hope'

    February 16, 2011

    If it weren't for Lillian Kandel at St. Francis Hospital, the University of Connecticut wouldn't have the $50 million it needed for a sports complex, and the St. Francis Hospital Foundation wouldn't have its president. In fact, who knows what Paul Pendergast would be doing today?

  • Fox CT Expanding News Team

    January 10, 2011

    Two new faces will join the Fox CT news team in the next two weeks, the Hartford TV station announced Monday.

  • Honoring Hartford's Dean Of Sports On His 60 Years In Broadcasting (Archive)

    July 16, 2008

    The "Dean of Sports," Arnold "Arnie" D'Angelo, held court at Maneeley's in South Windsor Monday as his fans feted him on his 60th year in the broadcast business.

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