| Apr 11, 2014
| 8:30 AM
On Broadway, you can't throw an unusually opulent opening night party without people gossiping. Take the shindig for the musical "Bullets Over Broadway" after its April 10 opening: The rumor that night was that the event at Gotham's Metropolitan Museum of...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 10:00 AM
Mel Brooks will appear in a one-man autobiographical show at the Geffen Playhouse on Monday, "Mel Brooks: Live at the Geffen." The show will have only one performance.
It will be the 87-year-old Brooks' first solo stage production. The Tony and...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 12:32 PM
"Is it hard to be a comedian?" asks Nick Gaza at "The Nasty Show" at the Laugh Factory last Saturday night. "No, it's hard not to be a comedian."
It reminds me of something Mel Brooks once said, that "life literally abounds in comedy if you just look...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 8:00 PM
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| Jan 27, 2014
| 2:00 PM
"A good countenance is a letter of recommendation," wrote Henry Fielding, the author of "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling," in 1749. It's a timeless truth understood best by those of us whose countenance is, to put it generously, mediocre.
To be in...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 5:12 PM
In a day before comedy was laced with irony and studded with mean-spirited barbs, Sid Caesar was more than funny.
He was hilariously, outrageously, tear-inducingly, gather-up-the-whole-family-for-this funny.
A veteran of the Catskills with an...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Veteran TV director Michael Pressman got a surprising response when he asked students in his film directing class to describe their dream jobs.
“Your job,” he said they told him recently. “We want to be the director in charge of a TV...
| Nov 10, 2013
In truth, there has been just one big new Richard Pryor pop-culture artifact of recent vintage, this year's Showtime documentary “Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic.” But even that feels like a cavalcade, because Pryor lived such a vivid life,...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 5:24 AM
Your favorite jokes would be very different — you certainly wouldn’t tell them the same way — if it were not for a generation of Jewish comedians who helped define America’s sense of humor in the Catskill Mountains from the 1930s...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 8:30 PM
Lensing will begin next year on Brian Epstein biopic "The Fifth Beatle," with Peyton Reed on board to direct.
Producers are touting "The Fifth Beatle" as the first-ever film about the Beatles to secure music rights to the Lennon/McCartney music catalog....
| Jan 10, 2014
The director of the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival for only six months, Ellen Wedner says she has already dispeled the perception that it is "another doom-and-gloom Holocaust festival."
"I think all Jewish film festivals get pigeonholed by people...