March 2, 2001 |
This quiet mining town is deluged with PIBs (People in Black). The local trustafarian (a hippie trust-funder who bears the Grateful Dead sticker on the back of a turbo Saab) has been displaced by another breed--the zealous PR agent. Stretch-limo Jeep Wagoneers and Range Rovers line the curb outside the St. Regis Hotel, the headquarters for the annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. The St. Regis has been transformed into a Who's Who of Comedy.
February 14, 2000 |
"Comedy is really simple. It's based on mischief and silliness," Jerry Lewis said at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. "T.S. Eliot said simplicity is difficult because it requires nothing less than absolutely everything. That's comedy. Get the laugh, kid. And damn, get the laugh but not at the sake of losing your dignity."
October 12, 1999 |
TELEVISION Dirty Pictures?: With the controversy over an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art still boiling, Showtime announced Monday that it has lined up James Woods to star in "Dirty Pictures," a TV movie about a similar conflict in 1990.
March 8, 1999 |
Here among the heavyweights of comedy--everyone from Jerry Seinfeld, James Brooks, Martin Short and Neil Simon--what was Robert Evans doing at HBO's fifth annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival? Practically stealing the four-day event, which ended Saturday night, as it turned out. The legendary Hollywood player and producer of such demonstrably unfunny films as "The Godfather," "Chinatown" and "Love Story" gave a command performance Friday morning, collapsing onstage, though not from the altitude.
August 28, 1998
The U.S. Comedy Arts Festival is looking for comedic films to showcase at its annual festival March 3-7 in Aspen, Colo. The festival provides a venue for comedy talent to screen their independent features and shorts, retrospectives and studio productions to industry insiders. Past screenings have included Michael Moore's "The Big One" and Trey Parker and Matt Stone's "Cannibal! The Musical" as well as tributes to Monty Python, Rob Reiner and Larry Gelbart. Submissions will be accepted from Sept.
March 2, 1998 |
"Cybill," benched by disappointed CBS officials in December, returns Wednesday on its new night, following "The Nanny" at 8:30 p.m. For a program that looked like a Monday-night hit three years ago before bouncing to Sunday and back again, the Cybill Shepherd vehicle's run this spring could be the final leg of a dispiriting journey. Asked to succeed "Murphy Brown" in CBS' key 9 p.m. Monday slot, "Cybill" struggled opposite NBC's "Caroline in the City" and Fox's surprising "Ally McBeal."