Arts & Entertainment

This month's highlights.



Just for Laughs

 

Got the winter blues? Try laughing. Check out one of these nearby comedy performances:

 

 

  • Screwball Saturday Night Live alum Norm MacDonald visits the Ridgefield Playhouse on February 3. He’ll be there to support his long-awaited album, Norm MacDonald: Ridiculous, which Punchline Magazine says “delivers an evenly entertaining and hilarious collection of skits.”

 

  • Though he’s not a household name and has never had his own television show, Brian Regan nonetheless has managed to rack up an impressive set of credentials, including winning the American Comedy Award for Best Comedian in 1996. His “You Too” tour comes to the Stamford Center for the Arts on February 8.

 

  • Bobby Collins, the comedian who picked up the mic after Rosie O’Donnell on VH1’s Stand-Up Spotlight, will perform at the Tarrytown Music Hall on February 17. The New York Times recently called Collins “the most natural comedian working today.”

 

5 Questions For…

 

Actor Tim Jerome (Professor Porter—Jane’s dad—in Disney’s Tarzan on Broadway)

 

 

As Professor porter, the British Scientist who leads the expedition through the jungle that uncovers the legendary Tarzan, Tim Jerome of Yonkers plays the father of Jane (as in “Me Tarzan, you Jane.”). “Now that I am ‘the older guy,’ all the parts I get seem to be girls’ fathers,” says the 63-year-old. He has performed in 16 Broadway shows.

 

Did you have to wait tables before you got to go on stage?

“I was a singing waiter during grad school—only. I’ve been a working actor for forty years, and I’m one of only about five percent of all union actors who are able to make a living in theater.”

 

Is it hard to keep up the veddy, veddy British accent?

“Not at all. I have a good ear for accents. I practiced by imitating my grandmother’s Yiddish accent and studying opera.”

 

Your favorite roles?

“Mr. Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank and as an ensemble member in Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème. Even though I was in the chorus, it was an exalting experience. The music is so beautiful, and there’s something about singing Puccini night after night.”

 

Your most unusual gig?

“The part of the cherry pie in a TV commercial for Vytorin, a cholesterol drug. I’m the one dressed up in an outfit like a golfer with a red plaid tam-o’-shanter.”

 

Your favorite local hangouts?

“I love Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers, alongside the Hudson River in Tarrytown, and the restaurant Harvest on Hudson in Hastings-on-Hudson. And on McLean Avenue in Yonkers, east of 87, there’s a whole Irish community, including a bunch of coffee shops. I like to pop into one for breakfast.”

Laurie Yarnell

 

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