The Anniversary Party
In a glossy media city that values professional polish, NY1, Time Warner’s no-frills news channel, enjoys a certain cult following, as evidenced by the high-profile fans who gathered at the New York Public Library last Thursday to celebrate two decades of “weather on the ones.”
The event reflected the unassuming charms of the station, where anchors style themselves and pan-away shots reveal a bullpen that is more Community than The Newsroom. Though there was an open bar, the wine glasses had thick stems, and the hors d’oeuvres, while tasty, might have arrived straight from Trader Joe’s.
“You can’t listen to other people,” said the actress Anne Meara, on the phone from the Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood. She may be the wife of TV-sitcom star Jerry Stiller, and the mother of high-grossing movie star Ben Stiller, but there was no mistaking her sandpapery, Brooklyn-inflected voice as she offered up that bit Read More
The day after Mel Brooks’ musical adaptation of The Producers opened to rave reviews in
late April, its own producers broke the Broadway money barrier by raising most
prices to $100 a seat. Six months later, on Oct. 26, they announced that 50 Producers seats a night would sell for
$480 a pop, in an Read More
“Jerry, you comfortable there?”
From the Friars Club pulpit, Susie Essman stared down at fellow comedian and sitcom actor Jerry Stiller as he squirmed in a massive leather armchair that had been set out on the dais.
“Not really,” Mr. Stiller replied. He was slumped against one side of the chair, mashing his Read More