TV Review: “Hacks”

TV Review: “Hacks”

I’ve written several times how movies and TV shows about standup comedians almost always fail when it comes to scenes of the comics on stage doing their acts. The problem begins with the casting of actors who have never done standup comedy. Acting like a comic...
Five Random Thoughts

Five Random Thoughts

NBC announced yesterday that it will no longer air the Golden Globes because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association hasn’t done enough to address diversity issues. Considering the awards show wouldn’t have lasted this long without the network — and...
Three Stories

Three Stories

My wife and I had our first-in-a-long-time inside-a-restaurant meal Friday night, returning to our favorite Italian place, Paul Manno’s. We had continued to support Paul over the last 14 months by picking up some of his delicious food at curbside every few...
Book Review: “Mike Nichols — A Life”

Book Review: “Mike Nichols — A Life”

Mike Nichols had an extraordinary career. On Broadway, he won Tonys for directing “Barefoot In The Park,” “Luv,” “The Odd Couple,” “Annie,” “Spamalot,” “Death Of A Salesman,” and a few more. In...
You Paid Billions For What?

You Paid Billions For What?

Verizon announced a few days ago that it has sold AOL and Yahoo to a private equity company for $5 billion, just a few years after paying $9 billion for them. Frankly, I’m surprised the pair of online services went for that much, considering how the peak of...
POTD: Is That The Special?

POTD: Is That The Special?

From the “Restaurants My Wife Would Never Go Back To” file. Note the woman standing on a chair while everyone else at her table remains seated. Possible caption: “Yes, I know you co-starred in ‘The Freshman,’ but you can’t be in...