Category Archives: News

Remembering the funny

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Comedy is acting out optimism. — Robin Williams

Family business

The broadcast and online media outlets have all gone gooey-eyed over the way NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams announced his own daughter Allison’s casting in the plum role of Peter Pan in the network’s upcoming live action production –

No tears here.

I demand that the full investigative reporting resources at NBC News be hurled at this story, which reeks of nepotism, entitlement and…dare I say, piracy.

J.M. Barrie said it best:

“Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you your daddy will sacrifice everything else for it.”

Little green men

You see a little bit of everything here in New York City. I’ve always chalked it up to our open-mindedness and the spirit of creativity that is so much a part of this, the greatest city in the world.

Turns out — it could be aliens.

Did you know that that the state of New York ranks #5 in the Top 10 states reporting UFO sightings?  It’s true.

There’s a chart:

UFO sightings

So, if you’re celebrating World UFO Day, NYC potentially has a lot to offer.

Plus Broadway.

Crittercism

Did you know that ferrets have been banned in New York City for over 15 years?

I didn’t.

Then Mayor Rudy Giuliani banned the critters. And Michael Bloomberg upheld his decision.

But now thanks to Ariel Jasper, a Brooklyn College student, that may all change. She petitioned the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Wednesday to consider an amendment to the Health Code. And since our current Mayor Bill de Blasio is an animal lover, most people think the ferret has a pretty good chance of returning to Manhattan households.

And, seriously, why not? Ferrets are legal pets in 48 states, including the remainder of New York.

ferret raspberry So take that, Rudy.

And Michael.

Goobers.

 

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Respect

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Happy Armed Forces Day!

Hat’s on

Congratulations to Ray Romano!

He’s signed a deal to appear in the pilot of a new HBO drama that centers on the world of rock-and-roll in the sexy, druggie 1970s.  Ray will play the right-hand man to a record executive (portrayed by Bobby Cannavale).

This is amazing news!  I think someone deserves a new hat…

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Living (or dying) a double life

Archie is dead.

life with archie 36Or he will be when Issue #36 of “Life with Archie” hits stores in July.

That’s the word from CNN and Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater, the son of the comics’ creator.

Apparently Archie, always the nice guy at Riverdale High, dies saving a friend.

Now, I read a lot of Archie Comics as a kid…so I was super sad when I first read the news.  Then I found out that the “Life with Archie” series has been telling stories about Archie’s possible ‘future lives’ and ends, appropriately enough, with his death.  The regular Archie Comics set in his teenage years at Riverdale will continue on.

Umm…that seems like a bit of a cheat.  Or maybe a stunt to get some readers like me back who don’t know the difference?

Archie — say it isn’t so.

Oh wait, you’re dead.  Well, one version of you is dead…or will be soon.  I’m so confused.

 

 

 

To the letter

david lettermanHere’s to you, David Letterman –

The late night host of my generation.

Sure, I’m old enough to remember Johnny Carson.  I was even old enough to be indignant when Johnny chose Jay Leno to take over his desk instead of Dave when he retired.

‘Cause Dave was the new guard…and Jay was just more of the same.

Dave threw things off of the top of tall buildings just to watch them explode. Dave made celebrities out of the neighborhood deli employees long before Jimmy Kimmel made his parking attendant Guillermo a star. Dave was surly and controversial and random (well, before he had a child).

He made it okay for late night hosts to be unique and adventurous.

That’s why his future replacement should honor his philosophy — already does, in fact, by blowing up the idea of what a late night show should be every single night:

Craig-Ferguson-Doctor-Who Yes, you heard me right.

Craig Ferguson

And if he keeps the show here in New York City, I will be very, very, very excited.

Very. Excited.

Squeak!!

 

 

 

One to watch

For me to mention Fancy Farm, Kentucky on this blog — or the annual Fancy Farm Picnic — is no surprise.

I grew up there.

But for Politico Magazine to list this year’s Fancy Farm Picnic as one of the 14 dates to watch in 2014?

fancy farm picnic speechIt’s crack-a-lackin!’

There are no Fancy Farm natives on staff at Politico.  No, the Picnic earned its spot on merit — namely, the race for minority leader Mitch McConnell’s seat in the Senate.

If he survives the GOP primary in May, picnic goers can expect even livelier than usual stump speeches between McConnell and his Democratic challenger,  Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

And you didn’t just hear it from me.

My mom said

My only memories of John F. Kennedy’s assassination are my mother’s.

Here’s her story.

high chairMom was mopping the kitchen floor with the radio on. Only nine months old, I was watching the proceedings from my perch in my high chair.

A radio announcer broke into the music with the news of the President’s death in Dallas. Mom immediately dropped her mop and walked out into the front yard. All the other moms on her street were standing in their yards, sobbing.

Much later she remembered I was sitting alone in the kitchen, surrounded by drying suds.

I think I can cut her some slack.