January 17, 2013 |
National Lampoon, one of the most recognizable names in comedy, but one that has seen its brand image suffer in recent years, is getting back into the stage business with a brand new production -- "Sketches from the National Lampoon" at the Hayworth Theatre starting Feb. 15. Judging from the description provided by the company, "Sketches" will capitalize on public nostalgia for National Lampoon's heyday. The show consists of a series of favorite sketches, monologues and musical numbers from the company vault.
December 16, 2012 |
Gorgeous, full-color illustrations of costumes from "My Fair Lady," "Cabaret," "Cleopatra," "Bonnie and Clyde" and "Vertigo" are just a few of the goodies in Deborah Nadoolman Landis' new book, "Hollywood Sketchbook: A Century of Costume Illustration" (Harper Design, $75), which shines a light on the under-appreciated field of costume illustration. "These are the products of talented individuals who are part of our business. It's truly the art of Hollywood," Landis says. The book features the work of 100 Hollywood artists, including costume designers who did their own sketches and illustrators who sketched for and collaborated with designers.
November 19, 2012 |
Guy Fieri's Times Square restaurant may have taken a beating last week in the New York Times - critic Pete Wells review was so scathing it has had folks talking for days now - but at least he got some equal time over the weekend on "Saturday Night Live. " Well, almost . As in, it was almost Fieri on the air, and the sketch almost made it on air. Alas, Bobby Moynihan's take on the celebrity chef will have to live forever in the dress rehearsal where it was performed, and of course, online.
October 16, 2012 |
When President Obama joins Mitt Romney on stage Tuesday for the second of three presidential debates, he no doubt hopes to put to rest the many questions raised by his lackluster performance two weeks ago: Has he completely lost his 2008 media mojo? Is he so addicted to the teleprompter that he can no longer handle a more spontaneous forum? And, perhaps most important: Is Luther anywhere in the house? Luther, for the uninitiated, is Obama's Anger Translator, a creation of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, stars of Comedy Central's "Key & Peele," who have done a series of hilarious skits that are this campaign's answer to Tina Fey's Sarah Palin.
September 16, 2012 |
Sketches about funny voices and the 2012 election dominated the opening of "Saturday Night Live's" 38 th season. Host Seth MacFarlane, creator and voice actor of “Family Guy” and “Ted,” tended to rely upon his vocal characters for most of his starring scenes (a dark sketch about a damaged puppet class attendee was arguably the most successful in terms of both humor and originality), although the host did take a stab at celebrity impression during a fond Weekend Update tweak at the genial dimness of Olympics star Ryan Lochte.
August 27, 2012 |
Don't let the retro styling fool you. Although they look like comic extra rejects from a '70s variety show with some heavy metal updating, the magician-trickster-funny-men of "Elephant Room" are goofy originals, very much of our makeshift moment. No point in trying to categorize the show, which opened Sunday at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Created by Trey Lyford, Geoff Sobelle and Steve Cuiffo, the entire production is a sleight of hand. With a smattering of magic, sketch comedy and cat-and-mouse with the audience, the trio of performers, working under the aliases Daryl Hannah, Dennis Diamond and Louie Magic, foster the illusion of a complete theatrical offering.
August 19, 2012 |
Long known for being genteel and charmingly indifferent to headline news, the New Yorker in recent years has earned a reputation of skewering political and cultural figures with its cover art. Barry Blitt's infamous 2008 Barack and Michelle Obama fist bump cover poking fun at the perception of the then-presidential candidate, for instance, spawned countless satiric imitations. With "Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See" (Abrams), art director Françoise Mouly gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the selection process.
June 24, 2012 |
Daytime television has "The View. " Now YouTube has its own chatfest called "IMO. " The Web show, whose initials are recognizable as "In My Opinion" to those fluent in messaging shorthand, deals with dating, texting faux pas and other pressing topics relevant to teens and tweens. Its hosts are nearly as well known to these young viewers as ABC's Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg are to an older generation. Before taking her seat on "IMO's" canary yellow couch, 16-year-old Bethany Mota launched a YouTube channel that has attracted nearly 85 million views of her fashion and beauty tips.
June 20, 2012 |
The heavy-duty Emmy "for your consideration" onslaught is in full, garish swing. Network and cable outlets are pulling out all the stops, weighing down the mailboxes of the voting members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with lavish DVD mailers. They're filling the landscape with billboards, bus wraps, newspaper ads and oversized posters touting the award-worthiness of shows such as NBC's "Smash," AMC's "Breaking Bad" and Showtime's"Homeland. " Even a long shot such as Whitney Cummings is prominently promoted, despite the fact that NBC's"Whitney" is not a hit with critics or audiences.
June 15, 2012 |
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Inside the courtroom of Jerry Sandusky's trial, the testimony is graphic. Intimate touches. Oral sex. Shower scenes. The news media has descended on the Centre County Courthouse to capture the trial in words and images. But because Pennsylvania bans cameras in most courtrooms, a trio of sketch artists employed by the media organizations offers a peek into an emotional world. One captures a distraught accuser with his face in his hands after an aggressive cross-examination.