July 28, 1992 |
Comedian Robin Harris was on the verge of a major breakthrough when he died of heart failure two years ago at 36 in a Chicago hotel room. The public at large knew him only from a couple of small film roles, principally his oracular Sweet Dick Willie in "Do the Right Thing," but in the Los Angeles African-American community he was a sensation, one of the hottest club secrets in black America.
August 27, 1989 |
The entertainment industry--particularly the comedy part--is so rife with recycled product and self-cannibalism that a genuinely new talent presents an almost startling freshness and an instant prize. That has to be one of the reasons for the success of Roseanne Barr; it certainly underlies the eager rush to make the most of comedian Robin Harris.
October 22, 1997 |
Antoine Harris slips a videotape into a VCR in an assistant football coach's office at USC, hits a button and puts life in rewind. On stage, his father is rolling again, just as he always did: * "Man says to me, 'You got any spare change?' I want to know what the . . . spare change is! Get yourself a spare job, then you'd have some spare change." "I wear my wedding ring on the wrong finger. [Pause] That's because I married the wrong woman." "Look, press-on nails!"
August 1, 1992 |
When comedian Robin Harris died of a heart attack two years ago at age 36, he left behind a CD recording of a live performance in which he played himself, stuck with taking some obstreperous youngsters to an amusement park. Harris' "Bebe's Kids" (citywide), based on that tale, has now become the first animated theatrical feature with exclusively African-American characters as principals.
May 24, 2009 |
On Christmas Day, 1987, the 30-year-old Brooklyn-based filmmaker Spike Lee started working on the script for his third feature. His first, the 1986 surprise hit "She's Gotta Have It," was a trailblazing romantic comedy about young upscale African Americans, and his sophomore effort, "School Daze," a musical look at black college life, was in the can and set to be released two months later.
May 26, 1996 |
The late comedian Robin Harris' routine about a guy stuck with taking some obstreperous youngsters to an amusement park has been deftly developed by writer Reginald Hudlin and director Bruce Smith into a pure delight in what is the first 1992 animated theatrical film with exclusively African Americans as principal characters (Cinemax Wednesday at 3 p.m.).