I first met and worked with him many years ago. While chatting backstage, I told him about my favorite of his routines — a rarely performed pantomime of a clown applying and removing his makeup. It was a very poignant and powerful piece.
The sadness of watching the devastation from Hurricane Harvey on the news was softened somewhat by seeing Good Samaritans come forward to help rescue friends, neighbors and absolute strangers – along with their beloved pets. That’s Texas for you. Nowhere is that inspirational spirit more evident than in Beaumont and Port Arthur. I know it first-hand.
It was just over 30 years ago that I spent some time there on location for a film with longtime friend Paul Sorvino, Abe Vigoda, Lorne Greene, Ina Balin, June Wilkinson, John Moskoff and many others.
I still have such fond memories of the warm hospitality and gracious welcome we received from the good folks of Beaumont while we lived, worked and played there for several weeks.
Ironically, as we were heading back to Los Angeles after weeks in Beaumont, Continue reading “Happier Days in Beaumont, Texas”
Fondly Remembering HARRY “THE HIPSTER” GIBSON…
… On His 102nd Birthday.
Frantic and eccentric … Rockin’ and Rollin’ twenty years before Elvis, Harry was a true master of boogie woogie piano — and every other musical style, too!
BILL DANA WAS AN ENORMOUS COMEDY TALENT – BOTH ON AND OFF CAMERA – FOR OVER A HALF CENTURY. HE WAS MY 1st “ESCORT” TO THE COMEDY STAGE.
During production of “13 East,” (NBC. 1989-90), I regularly practiced my trumpet in my dressing room – despite the protests from Diana Bellamy, whose dressing room was next-door.
Rose Jackson (then Rosemarie Jackson) was added as one of several new cast members for the second season of “13 East” (NBC 1989 – 90). She immediately became one of my favorite “playmates” – both on-camera and off. Continue reading “True Confesssion: I GOT NAILED BY ROSE JACKSON!”
The Cult Entertainment Icon Celebrates Spring – and Wayne Powers!
Not unlike Soupy Sales and long before Pee Wee Herman, Floyd Vivino took New Jersey – and later the country – by storm with his cult “Kiddie TV Show” for adults, which ran for an amazing 24 years, spawning a record album and many singles.
THE JAZZ CAT SWINGS, STRUTS & CROONS ABOUT THOSE CATS OF THE FELINE VARIETY
Combing the archives turned up this fun recording done several years ago with some extraordinary talented folks.
Give yourself a “Cheshire grin” and check it out right meow!
Add some “culture” to your life. It’s the perfect day to take a moment and focus on truly artful verse:
“There was a young lady called Harris,
That nothing could ever embarrass;
Till the bath-salts one day
In the tub where she lay
Turned out to be plaster of Paris.”
– Ogden Nash.
(Okay, so it’s a limerick, not poetry in the purist sense. But at least it doesn’t start with, “There once was a girl from Nantucket…”)