This Sunday is the 30th MTV Video Music Awards. The show's come a long way from the days of Bette Midler and basic-cable bedlam--it's one of the most influential award shows on television. Youth driven channel that it is, MTV itself seldom looks back at yesterday in favor of focusing on the future, ... More >>
Just in time for the Oscars, along comes You Like Me, the riotous recreation of celebrity awards acceptance speeches, created by Michael Schulman and Rachel Shukert. Next Saturday night at Ars Nova--the night before the actual Oscars--you will gag to the procession of performers re-enacting the gra ... More >>
There are more and more of them, all loudly conversing into thin air as they bizarrely breeze past you. Psychos? Acute schizo nutjobs? No. You quickly realize that they must be talking into some invisible gizmo or other which actually connects them with another human being. You hope.
And I'm thrilled because I find it as essential as a substantial breadbasket at a corner booth in a neighborhood deli. The humor was in full force at last night's tribute to Susan Lucci at the Friars Club. The MC, Stewie Stone, provocatively said his microphone "looks like Ben Vereen's schlong." ... More >>
I was so full of gratitude at the "You Like Me!" show consisting of performers recreating famously effusive awards acceptance speeches over at Ars Nova. I was mainly grateful that in doing the 1999 speech Susan Lucci gave after copping the Emmy on her 19th try, I remembered every single word withou ... More >>
Kvetching with my favorite mother-daughter yenta duo
I like it just as much as my other favorite relatively new channel I told you about. This one is Investigation Discovery (ID) -- it's 23 on my dial -- and it fills the void left by truTV not showing Forensic Files as much as they used to, for some reason that should be illegal.
I cornered the amazing Susan Lucci at her book party at the Friars Club last night to tell her I'd turned on All My Chidren the day before and saw her doing a hilarious scene with TV legend Carol Burnett (who brought her Verla Grubbs character back for Tuesday's episode). "It was beyond fun, ... More >>
This week's column has my invigorating talks with various award nominees who sparkled up the Broadway season. Here are some extra tidbits from the stars: How did Mark Rylance (above), the volcanic actor who's Tony nominated for Jerusalem, feel about not also being nominated for his perform ... More >>
It's been canceled! I haven't watched the show in about 25 years, but I still never thought this day would come any more than I expected stretch marks! (One Life To Live too! It's the end of an era!) But at least the horrifying termination has prompted me to snuggle up with memories of my ... More >>
The worst thing that ever happened to Susan Lucci was finally winning the Emmy award in 1999. It suddenly made her less interesting than she was as a perennial bridesmaid, always longing for the validation of her peers. But she's still a legend--and really nice, despite the fact that her Al ... More >>
Not only do the Guerrilla Ice Cream guys make excellent ice cream, they know how to juggle, too. Both the sun and the crowds turned out in force for the sixth-annual Vendy Awards, which were held on Saturday on Governors Island. Some twelve hundred people showed up to patronize 18 food truck ... More >>
That could actually happen, seeing as P.J. Brash, who's written for soaps for years and has won an Emmy and several Writers Guild Awards, has concocted a script with me as the central character! I'd play a bitchy gossip columnist who's basically hiding a lot of heart (a real stretch). My character m ... More >>
Plus the Hookies, contrary Mary, and Jerry's real kids.
He's joined forces with the South, whether you like it or not
Elvis sightings, ethnic humor, and tomcat cruising, plus a peek at Jodie Foster's panic room