Exclusive! Clown Around with the Comedy Kings of Something Rotten!

first_imgThe new musical Something Rotten! is packed with hilarious stars, including four veteran funnymen that have a staggering 38 Broadway credits between them: Brooks Ashmanskas, Peter Bartlett, Gerry Vichi and Brad Oscar. These comedy all-stars have been creating show-stopping, knee-slapping performances for decades, and they’re making ‘em roll in the aisles once again in Something Rotten, a new musical about the very first musical in history. Broadway.com spent the afternoon clowning around at the St. James Theatre with these four Broadway greats! BROOKS ASHMANSKAS(Brother Jeremiah)The secret to great comedy: Accepting that there isn’t one.The funniest person in the cast: It rhymes with “LOOKS TRASHMANSKAS.”The silliest thing I ever did as a kid: Thinking I’d grow up to be attractive.The funniest person in my family: My dad.The most hilarious movie of all time: The Deer Hunter.The funniest part of my Something Rotten! costume: That lightning strikes when I put it on.I will always crack up when I see… A man and a woman together. View Comments GERRY VICHI(Shylock)The secret to great comedy: The secret to great comedy… The secret to great comedy, oh god, the secret to great comedy… the secret is repeating the same words over and over again.The most hilarious movie of all time: Young Frankenstein.The craziest costume I’ve ever worn: I was an egg hanging on a tree in an English chocolate commercial.The funniest person in the cast: Brad Ashmanskas. If there was a war, you’d only need those two guys and the enemy would laugh themselves to death.I always crack up when I see… Two people bump into each other.My comedy hero: Sid Caesar. He was a fantastic mime and completely inventive on his feet.I’ll do anything for a laugh, except… Take my clothes off. That would be the ugliest thing in the world. Something Rotten! Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Related Shows BRAD OSCAR(Nostradamus)The most hilarious movie of all time: Arthur. 1981, not the remake.The craziest costume I’ve ever worn: Baby New Year as the Emcee in Cabaret. Me in a big diaper and baby bonnet? Now that’s comedy…The funniest person in the cast: I regret writing this already, but it’s Brooks.The funniest person in my family: My sister Victoria.The funniest part of my Something Rotten! costume: Me in it, hopefully.My comedy hero: Beatrice ArthurI’ll do anything for a laugh, except… Get naked. PETER BARTLETT(Lord Clapham)The craziest costume I’ve ever worn: That bloody heavy clock as Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast.The silliest thing I did as a kid: Grew up.The funniest person in the cast: This is a rhetorical question, correct?The funniest part of my Something Rotten! costume: That beautiful purple plume.I will always crack up when… I see or read anything by the glorious Paul Rudnick.Comedy I could sit through over and over: The film of Auntie Mame, my favorite scene being when Mame visits the Upsons in Darien.I’ll do anything for a laugh, except… Self immolate.last_img read more

Donovan: NCUA out of approps a win for 360-degree advocacy

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA Chief Advocacy Ryan Donovan called last week’s successful amendment keeping NCUA out of the appropriations process a great example of what’s possible with 360-degree advocacy in an interview with CUBroadcast Tuesday. Donovan, being interviewed from Madison, Wis., talked about how CUNA, leagues, credit unions and members made their voices heard during the process, as well as what comes next.“This means we won’t be fighting a battle in the appropriations committee every year trying to make sure NCUA is funded at appropriate levels or trying to beat back banker attacks to dictate what goes on at NCUA,” Donovan said. “We want to make sure NCUA is an independent regulator that is doing well by credit unions, that it’s protecting the share insurance fund and more importantly, that the folks sending resources to fund the agency have a say in how those resources are being used.”The original appropriations bill (H.R. 3354), contained a section that would have placed NCUA under the appropriations process, but an amendment offered by Reps. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.) and Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.) was successfully added by voice vote the day before. continue reading »last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp drops Milner contract hint

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp drops Milner contract hintby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hinted veteran James Milner is in line for a new deal.Milner played a key role in midweek, helping to guide a youthful Liverpool team to a 2-0 win away to MK Dons in the Carabao Cup.Klopp enthused, “Millie is unbelievably important. I have said it a couple of times. He is Mr Professional, that is how he is.“In a game like this against MK Dons, you go there and play with five kids, that is nice and you have six regular first-team players on the pitch. The others didn’t even travel.“There could be a feeling like ‘Oh yes, we play MK Dons – thank you very much boys’, but there is no chance in the team as long as guys like James and Adam [Lallana] are in the team.“From the first moment they give everything. He is a role model for the young boys. What an exceptional career. He looks like he has a few more years in the locker.“Contract situations, we don’t talk about here in this room, but we are really happy with him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Trump right and wrong on French wine tariffs

first_imgPARIS — U.S. President Donald Trump is partly right but far from completely correct when he says that France’s “big tariffs” make it hard for American vintners to sell their wines here: Wrong because customs duties on imported wines are applied not by France but by the European Union. Right because American tariffs are “globally” less than what Europe charges, the French customs authority says.Prices aside, wine made in the U.S. is apparently appreciated in the European Union — the world’s premier importer — and in France, where the value of wine imported has risen 200 per cent between 2008 and 2017, according to the French Federation of Wines and Spirits Exporters.Trump went after France on several fronts in tweets on Tuesday, including blasting tariffs on its emblematic wine.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Oilpatch CEO says Trudeau needs to give real pipeline support not just

first_imgBut Broen says Trudeau should sit down with officials from Kinder Morgan Canada, the company building the much-delayed Trans Mountain project, to find out what obstacles it is facing and then take action to remove those barriers.In a speech to investors at his company’s annual general meeting in Calgary, Broen said the government shouldn’t have launched a revamp of the National Energy Board, adding he doesn’t understand what was wrong with the regulator as it was.He says he disagrees with the prime minister that Alberta’s adoption of a carbon tax last year makes it easier to push through pipeline construction, pointing out no new pipeline capacity has resulted as yet.“I would tell him (Trudeau) he has to show leadership on the pipeline file. And it’s not just words,” said Broen. “He needs to back up Kinder Morgan, the pipeline he’s approved, and he needs to see it through to construction and make sure we can put shovels in the ground and get it built for the benefit of all Canadians.” CALGARY, A.B. — An oil company CEO is harshly criticizing Justin Trudeau as the prime minister tours the oilsands region of northeastern Alberta today.Athabasca Oil CEO Rob Broen says if he met Trudeau, he would tell him the industry needs real leadership on oil export pipelines, “not just words.”Trudeau has been telling audiences in B.C. and Alberta that he supports both the environment and pipeline projects like the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from Edmonton to the Vancouver area.last_img read more

Volunteers needed for the 2020 Winter Games

first_imgIn order for the games to run smoothly over the four days in February 2020, the winter games board wants to be able to match one volunteer to every one participant at the game, which includes the athletes, coaches and officials.Online registration opens September 7th, 2019 at BCWinterGames.ca which allows you to pick the area you want to work in.Winter Games gives athletes, coaches and officials the opportunity for development and preparation for higher levels of sports.The City is offering various facilities to be used in Fort St. John to support the competition including;Pomeroy Sports CentreNorth Peace ArenaSwimming PoolField HouseSchool District 60 is also being a huge contributor to the games by offering;Seven schools to be used for accommodationSix Gyms for various sportKitchens in schools for meal preparationProviding transportation and busingThe games will involve Indigenous content with an opening prayer, ceremonies and Indigenous speakers at some of the events. The Winter Games also continue to accept contributions, donations, cash and help in-kind from friends of the games to help with this endeavour.To view the FB Event page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Registration to be a volunteer for the 2020 Winter Games opens Saturday, September 7th, 2019 to fill 1800 positions.During a presentation to Fort St. John City Council the board of the winter games shared volunteers are the heart and soul of the games. That volunteering is a good experience to be engaged and involved in a memorable experience.last_img read more

TMC alleges BJP goons damaged Vidyasagars statue submits proof to EC in

first_imgNew Delhi: Intensifying its attack on the saffron party over the desecration of a bust of social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar during the violence in Kolkata, the Trinamool Congress on Wednesday released videos to claim that “BJP goons” damaged the statue. Trinamool Parliamentary team comprising Derek O’Brien, Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, Manish Gupta, Nadimul Haque also met the Election Commission over the issue and submitted “proof” in support of their claim. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Earlier, at a press conference here, TMC leader Derek O’Brien said, “The video not only clearly establishes what the BJP did, but proves that its chief Amit Shah is a liar and ‘dhokebaaz’ (betrayer).” The reaction from the TMC came close on the heels of BJP president Amit Shah accusing the West Bengal’s ruling party of indulging in violence in the state and alleged that the poll panel has been a “mute spectator”. “The streets of Kolkata are tinged with shock and anger. What happened yesterday hurt Bengali pride,” O’Brien said, adding the TMC will submit the videos, it has, to the poll panel and is authenticating them on record. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen One of the videos shows a group of men purportedly trying to break down the gate of the Vidyasagar college and enter the campus by jumping over its walls. “It is a childish argument to ask who had the keys to the gate? The video establishes beyond doubt who desecrated the statue,” O’Brien said, claiming his party has as many as 44 videos to support its claims. The party also showed a video and WhatsApp message allegedly by a BJP supporter asking people to come to Shah’s roadshow with rods and arms to fight the TMC and police. “We are trying to obtain and authenticate audio of slogans like ‘Vidyasagar finished, where is the Josh’ raised during the violence,” O’Brien said and alleged that the Central forces deployed in West Bengal have started a “whisper campaign” asking people to vote for the BJP. “The Central forces are in cahoots with the BJP. We have written to the EC thrice and this will be our fourth letter,” the TMC leader said. BJP and TMC supporters Tuesday fought pitched battles on the streets of Kolkata during a massive road show by Shah, who escaped unhurt but was forced to cut short the jamboree and had to be escorted to safety by the police. Parts of the city plunged into a welter of violence as his convoy was attacked with stones by alleged TMC supporters from inside the hostel of Vidyasagar College, triggering a clash between supporters of the two parties. Furious BJP supporters retaliated and were seen exchanging blows with their TMC rivals outside the college entrance. The Trinamool Congress also accused Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain of giving orders to the police not to intervene in BJP issues in state. “Jain has influenced the police not to interfere in what the BJP is doing in the election campaign, more so in the case of Amit Shah. The model code of conduct is being violated by them with impunity. There were drunken ‘outsiders’ who were part of this violence. “They have been brought by the BJP from Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and kept in hotels and private houses. The same people have been seen in Shah’s roadshow and the ensuing violence,” TMC leader Manish Gupta said.last_img read more

Mens basketball What exactly is wrong with Ohio State

Redshirt junior guard Kam Williams (15) shoots the ball during the Buckeyes home opener against North Carolina Central. The Buckeyes won 69-63. Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorFew things have went right for the Ohio State men’s basketball team since Big Ten play began on Jan 1. The Buckeyes have lost three straight games to conference opponents, most recently a 78-68 loss to Minnesota in Williams Arena.Things will only be getting tougher from here on out for OSU, as the Buckeyes are set to take on No. 18 Wisconsin. Last season, Thad Matta’s team lost 79-68 to the Badgers.The Badgers are 13-3 this year, and are coming off an 11-point loss to Purdue, a team that OSU lost to by just one point on Thursday. Although Wisconsin was downed by the Boilermakers, there seems little to convince anyone OSU can easily handle a team as dangerous as the Badgers.After the loss to Purdue, senior forward Marc Loving said he felt confident in OSU’s ability to right the ship this season, regardless of how rocky the start had been.“We know what we’re capable of,” he said.Whatever he feels the team is capable of has yet to be seen this season. The Buckeyes have appeared sluggish on defense and disconnected on offense at times.Even with occasional glimpses into the capability of players like Loving and redshirt senior guard Kam Williams, OSU is shooting a feeble 38.8 percent from the field, with just a 31.8 percent mark from outside the arc.Williams, who started the year shooting 56 percent from 3-point range through the team’s first six games, has gone just 4-for-14 from 3 since the start of conference play. Although other players like Loving and sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle present a perimeter threat, the lack of outside scoring has stifled the Buckeyes’ offense.Correcting mistakes from outside might be an easy fix with more practice. However, the Buckeyes have struggled to limit opposing scoring attacks, giving up an average of 65.6 points per game, which puts OSU at No. 55 in the nation.More worryingly, the Buckeyes force an average of 13.06 turnovers per game, tied with Army West Point as 221st in the nation. Without forcing turnovers, there seems little hope of OSU putting up enough points to overcome opponents, especially a Badgers team that averages 76 points per game.With a lack turnovers and shooting struggles, the Buckeyes will need nothing short of a mid-season miracle to make OSU relevant in the Big Ten again. Regardless, veterans like junior forward Jae’Sean Tate are remaining positive through the hard times.“I wouldn’t say (there is) concern because we work our butts off every day,” Tate said. “We’re in here every day. We’ve just got to keep grinding it. We’ve got to keep working and trusting (Matta.) The outcome is going to be there.”He went on to say he felt the Buckeyes will hit their stride soon. However, until OSU corrects the glaring problems in front of them, the team will be taking nothing more than baby steps. read more

Zapata scores on debut

Zapata scores on debut

first_imgDuvan Zapata scores on his debut for Atalanta.Atalanta came from a goal down to defeat Chiasso 6-1 in a pre-season friendly earlier today.New signings Papu Gomez and Duvan Zapata were on the scoresheet as Gian-Piero Gasperini’s men took empathic 6-1 victory over their opponents.The Italian Serie A side started the game on the wrong foot, conceding an early goal within the first minute of the encounter.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.They responded in fine fashion as a brace from new signing Papu Gomez turned the tie on its head. Gomez then turned provider as Alessandro Mancini scored from his corner.Hans Hateboer increased the lead for Atalanta scoring the fourth goal from Timothy Castagne pull back.Ex-Sampdoria striker Zapata scored the fight goal from close range before Marten De Roon headed in the sixth goal from Josip Ilicic’s free kick.Atalanta have started preparations for the upcoming season after an impressive 2017-18 campaign both in the league and in the UEFA Europa League.last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp heaps praises on Van Dijk

Jurgen Klopp heaps praises on Van Dijk

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has heaped praises on Virgil Van Dijk, saying he knew the player would be outstanding.Klopp praises the impact of Van Dijk since the defender’s arrival at the Merseyside club in January 2018.The Netherlands captain is expected to have a key role to play when Liverpool host Everton at Anfield in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.The former Southampton defensive stalwart has led a much-improved Liverpool defence since his move from the Saint Mary’s for a huge fee of £75million whilst also helping the Reds reach the final of the UEFA Champions League where they lost to eventual winners Real Madrid in Kiev.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Klopp insists he always knew the 27-year-old would have a huge impact and positive at the club, and can help the team in their hunt for silverware.“From the first second, he was brilliant,” he said, according to FourFourTwo.“I knew long before he signed the contract that Virgil would be outstanding as a player. His mix of both playing ability and leadership quality makes him outstanding.”last_img read more