March 13, 2008 |
Billy Crystal came prepared. Black maple bat in hand, the New York Yankees newcomer brought a well-worn glove with his name neatly stitched on the side too. The hitting and fielding part, the comedian felt confident about. It was the drug test that had him worried. "I'm supposed to bring blood and urine to the umpire tomorrow," he kidded Wednesday. "I might test positive for Maalox." Quite a 60th birthday present for the actor, director, Oscar host and lifelong Yankees fan: A chance to play in an exhibition game today at Legends Field in Tampa, Fla. Crystal certainly looked the part during his day-before workout.
February 20, 2008
WHEN Jon Stewart hosted the Oscars two years ago, it reaped its second-lowest TV ratings ever, and the reviews he got as emcee were mixed. How do you think Jon Stewart will do this year? Readers weighed in at the Gold Derby blog at TheEnvelope.com and offered up some advice: Leave politics out of it. Some excerpts below: He'll be wonderful! -- johnbfleming Before Jon takes any potshots during the show against the war, he should do some research, or at least listen to Sen. McCain and understand that the surge is working to make President Bush's invasion of Iraq the success it was always meant to be. Jon must realize that his far-left humor is only appreciated by a tiny minority of Americans.
October 26, 2007 |
The key numbers from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (D-N.Y.) birthday extravaganza Thursday night were 60 -- her age -- and $1.5 million, the approximate amount of cash she raked in for her presidential campaign, thanks to entertainers Elvis Costello and Billy Crystal. The Clintons have always blurred the lines between personal, political and financial, and Thursday night's party at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre, with 3,000 paying guests, was perhaps the crowning example. "Happy Birthday, Mrs.
October 13, 2007 |
Carl Reiner, Steve Martin and Whoopi Goldberg have all won it. Now, to borrow a famous movie line he wrote, Billy Crystal is having what they're having. The comedian, actor, Broadway star and Yankees fan's many talents and passions were celebrated Thursday night at the Kennedy Center in Washington as he accepted the 10th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. "Does this mean I have to retire now?" Crystal asked as he cradled the award, a bust of Twain.
October 1, 2006 |
What do Queen Latifah, Billy Crystal, Jerry Seinfeld, Caroline Kennedy, Madonna, Lynne Cheney, Jorge Posada and Paul McCartney have in common (besides sizable incomes)? Well, if you have young kids, you probably already know the answer: children's books. It seems like every time you walk into a bookstore, some other celebrity has joined the craze. Jamie Lee Curtis alone has seven titles available, some bestsellers.
January 14, 2006 |
Call it: When Billy Met Tony. Billy Crystal has won multiple Emmy Awards, all for playing himself as emcee of the Academy Awards telecast. So it's no surprise that for his stage debut -- a one-man show that last year played to sold-out crowds on Broadway and won a Tony Award for best special theatrical event -- he chose to play the role he knows best: Billy Crystal.
January 8, 2006 |
"700 Sundays" began as a sad calculation. Right before my 50th birthday, I found myself thinking about how life has been like an express train whizzing by as I stand on the platform watching the blur, the wind and noise almost knocking me over. I thought of my father and our all too short relationship. He died when I was just 15 years old. He worked at two, sometimes three jobs, and our one day together was Sunday. I remember doing the math on a piece of paper and figured that we had roughly 700 Sundays.
September 30, 2005 |
Billy Crystal will bring his one-man memory play, "700 Sundays," to the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills from Jan. 6 to Feb. 18. The show, written by Crystal with additional material by his friend Alan Zweibel, centers on his family, recounting memories of growing up on Long Island and mixing with jazz notables.
May 30, 2005 |
More trade shows should be this fun. Book Expo America -- the publishing industry's annual get-together -- begins Thursday in New York City with an appearance by Billy Crystal, whose hit one-man Broadway show "700 Sundays" will be published in November by Warner Books. Last year in Chicago, former President Clinton launched the expo, and the shift in opening speakers reflects a broader change in publishing as the 2004 election-year flood of political books has ebbed.