March 21, 2010 |
One in a series of occasional articles about how alternative comedy is fueling Hollywood. When asked what makes them laugh, comedy scouts will all give some version of the same answer: authenticity. The slick, one-two, punch-line act ripped from the day's headlines that might woo the two-drink minimum crowds in Cincinnati probably won't land you a spot on "The Office" or earn you a stand-up set at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. But hop up on stage in a wife-beater shirt, hair parted down the middle, as comedian Jon Daly does, and spend seven minutes riffing in a thick Brooklyn accent on the phrase "Come on now," until your audience starts wondering whether you've lost your mind -- then, you just might get somewhere.
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October 9, 2009 |
Shelby Singleton, a maverick country music mogul and talent scout who launched the careers of Roger Miller and Ray Stevens before resuscitating the fabled Sun Records label to give new life to recordings by 1950s Sun discoveries including Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, has died. He was 77. Singleton died Wednesday in Nashville following a battle with brain cancer. He had been admitted to St. Thomas Hospital a week earlier after suffering a seizure, his longtime friend and associate Jerry Kennedy said Thursday.
January 14, 2009 |
The 15-year-old was as thin as a bat and about as smooth as sandpaper. But the scout saw something special in his hands, in his arms. So he carved an infield into a corner of the cow pasture outside his front door and hit the boy 300 grounders a day through the spring rainstorms and the oppressive summer heat.
May 9, 2005 |
For NBA scouts, general managers, coaches and agents, a few events every year qualify as unofficial conventions, when those in the business convene to evaluate players, talk deals and swap stories. This weekend, the EuroLeague final four here became just such a "must-attend" event, confirming the increasing respect and attention paid to European basketball. "It's about talent," Clipper Coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We're here to see players."
April 20, 2003 |
On clear weekends here, a boisterous bazaar sets up along the sidewalks that bracket Broadway and Canal Street, and anyone in the market for a gold chain, a bootleg DVD or a Rolex of questionable pedigree can haggle up and down the block. One of the fixtures on this scene is a salesman -- he identifies himself only as "J" (it's even on his business card) -- who stacks underground rap CDs on a folding table, most priced at $10.
March 17, 2002 |
In a salute to the NCAA tournament, here's my annual mock draft of every amateur (European/salaried, NCAA/pure or whatever) in the world. Personally, I'm with Billy Packer. None of the young guys are ready. No one was ready when everyone stayed in school the whole four years, so the youth thing is a mixed blessing for the NBA, not to mention a disaster for Packer's NCAA. Unfortunately, it's not up to us but the youths, who routinely choose millions over an education. Go figure.