Jan Hooks Dead At 57

Jan Hooks

Jan Hooks, right, in a dress rehearsal of the famous Brenda The Waitress sketch with Alec Baldwin, center, and RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, right. DiMaio’s part was cut from the scene in the final sketch, allegedly at Hooks request. DiMaio would return the favor by casting Hooks in his film RECOiL and then cutting her scenes from the final cut.

New York—Comedienne and actress Jan Hooks, best known for her work on “Saturday Night Live,” died Thursday. She was 57.

The cause of death hasn’t been released, though her representatives said she had been battling a serious illness for some time.

Besides her brilliant work on “Saturday Night Live” when the show was actually pretty damn good (she was brilliant as Sinead O’Connor taking on Phil Hartman’s amazing Frank Sinatra in one of the best skits ever), Brooks also appeared on “Designing Women,” “Third Rock From the Sun” and as Jenna Maroney’s mother on “30 Rock.”

On the big screen, Hooks appeared in films like “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure,” “Batman Returns,” “RECOiL” and “Jiminy Glick in Lalawood.”

No further details about her death were released.

Now He’ll Announce People As They Enter Through The Pearly Gates; Don Pardo Dies At 96

Don Pardo

Don Pardo, center, met RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, right, during DiMaio’s brief stint as the SNL band leader in the late 1980’s.

Tuscon, AZ—Don Pardo, long-time announcer for “Saturday Night Live” as well as other television programs and game shows, died Monday. He was 96.

Born Dominick George Pardo in Westfield, Massachusetts, Pardo got his start as an announcer on NBC radio in 1944.

He made the transition along with NBC as they moved to television, and was the announcer for countless game shows, including “Jeopardy” and “The Price is Right” before it moved to Los Angeles.

But to the unaltered, unwashed masses, he was most famous as the announcer for Lorne Michaels “Saturday Night Live” every season except for season 7. Pardo had a lifetime contract with NBC, but retired in 2004. But damned if he didn’t still do the show, flying in from his home in Arizona once a week, until recent years when he recorded the cast names at his home.

He appeared on the big screen as well in 1987’s “Radio Days” and had a cameo in “RECOiL.”

He is survived by his daughters, Paula, Dona and Katherine, two sons, David and Michael; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Continue reading

Will It Soon Be Time To “Party On” On Broadway? “Wayne’s World: The Musical” To Begin Production

Waynes World: The Musical

Waynes World: The Musical may feature theater vetrans Nathan Lane and Clay Aiken.

New York—A spokesman for “Saturday Night Live” creator and producer Lorne Michaels has confirmed that he will be producing a Broadway musical adaptation of the 1992 classic film, “Wayne’s World,” set to open this fall.

The musical will appear at the Longacre Theatre on West 48th St. American Idol alum Clay Aiken has already been cast to play Garth, Wayne’s bespectacled sidekick, played by Dana Carvey on “Saturday Night Live” and the two “Wayne’s World” films. Denzel Washington has been cast as famous record producer Frankie “Mr. Big” Sharp.

The role of Wayne, created by Shrek himself, Mike Myers, has not yet been filled at press time, but a spokesman for Michaels confirmed that the three candidates currently being considered for the role are Tony-Award nominated actor Jeremy Jordan, Nathan Lane and Nigel Lindsay.
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New Study Disproves Old Theory That Laughter Is The Best Medicine

Laughter not the Best Medicine

Despite studies that show laughter is not the best medicine some experts (mainly comedians) are recommending that doctors add stand up and improvisational comedy classes to their already intense studies.

Baltimore, MD—A new study recently completed by Johns Hopkins University researchers has conclusively proven that laughter is not the best medicine, and that a number of more helpful treatments exist for a wide variety of ailments.

“We really went into this study expecting a completely different outcome, based on what we always took for sound medical advice all these years,” Dr. Prakash Maat said. Maat co-authored the study with Dr. Lawrence J. Hind. “But the science just didn’t back it up.”

Dr. Hind said test subjects, each suffering severe back and neck injuries, mostly from auto accidents and slip and falls, were divided into three groups. One group was given the standard treatment care plan administered by every hospital in the country. The second group was treated with moderate physical therapy and placebos. The third group was prescribed Dave Barry books and nearly 30 years’ worth of “Saturday Night Live” episodes, minus the Joe Piscopo years.
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“I’m Gumby, Dammit!” Google Under Fire For “Google Doodle” With Famous Green Guy

Gumby, Pokey, Yahoo!

Yahoo's multi-million dollar ad campaign may have been compromised by Google's tribute to Art Clokey.

Mountain View, CA—If you performed a Google search on October 12th, you likely noticed another fun little “Google Doodle” that the smart guys over at Google do every now and then on special occasions like birthdays, holidays or some important, obscure, little-known anniversary of something or other. Because on the 12th, the Google folks did a little doodle consisting of balls of colored clay that turned into animated characters of varying levels of fame commemorating pioneering stop motion clay animator Art Clokey’s 90th birthday. 
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