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2012-2013 Season

Celebrity Autobiography

November 5 at 8 p.m.

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As seen on Bravo TV, audiences will enjoy a night of non-stop laughter as they experience a variety of jaw-dropping vignettes inspired and torn straight from the pages of the most unforgettable celebrity tell-alls: from the “he-said, she-said” accounts of Burt and Loni… how Tiger Woods strokes his putter… Mr. T’s acting tips… the Britney Spears Diary… Justin Bieber’s backstage confessions… the re-enactment of Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson’s courtship, to the most famous love triangle in Hollywood history – Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.

Mario Cantone

MARIO CANTONE returns in the role of wedding planner extraordinaire, Anthony Marentino in the highly anticipated release of the Sex and the City 2.

The celebrated New York stage actor and stand-up comedian, Mario Cantone gained critical acclaim with his Tony-nominated one-man show Laugh Whore, from its appearance at the Cort Theatre on Broadway to the Showtime special. The previous theatre season saw Cantone starring in the Tony-winning Assassins by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman. Both of hit shows were directed by four-time Tony-winner Joe Mantello.

An accomplished stage actor, Cantone has appeared on Broadway in the role of “Buzz” in Terrence McNally’s award-winning dramatic comedy, Love! Valor!Compassion!; and “Stephano” in Shakespeare’s The Tempest at the Public Theater. Off Broadway, Cantone was the original “Terry” in The Crumple Zone, and played “Benny” in June Moon and “Grumio” in the Shakespeare in the Park production of The Taming of the Shrew.

He starred in the June release of Sony’s animated film, Surf’s Up, and appeared in the hilarious film The Aristocrats. On television, Cantone can currently be seen as Anthony, Charlotte’s wedding-planner-with-attitude, now that HBO’s Sex and the City is in syndication on TBS, while Cantone is also a frequent guest on The View. On Comedy Central, Cantone’s performances have been featured on The USO Comedy Tour, Chappelle’s Show, and Premium Blend as well as his own special, Comedy Central Presents: Mario Cantone.

Cantone has performed his irreverent stand-up comedy at a wide range of venues, including Carnegie Hall, where he warmed up jazz great Shirley Bassey, to performances at Atlantic City “Resorts,” and Caroline’s on Broadway. Peter Marks of The New York Times wrote of his work, “In the realm of outrageously joyful stand-up, there is the shrieking, windup-toy sensibility of Mario Cantone, a comedian of extravagant tantrums and extravagant gifts…he is a proponent of the comedy of outrage.” Over the years his routines have included musical parodies of Judy Garland, Jim Morrison, Peggy Lee, Bruce Springsteen and Liza Minnelli.

Cantone got his start hosting the local New York children’s show Steampipe Alley, where the comic slipped in sly pop culture innuendo that adults could enjoy. His other television credits include appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, Oprah, Martha, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and NBC’s Ed. The actor was also featured in the films Quiz Show and Mousetrap.   Cantone’s other film credits include Crooked Lines (Cannes 2003) and Last Request.

Carol Kane

Carol Kane was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Joy, a jazz singer, teacher, dancer, and pianist, and Michael Kane, an architect who worked for the World Bank. She attended the Cherry Lawn School, a progressive boarding in Darien, Connecticut, until 1965. She attended the Professional Children’s School, in New York City, and made her professional theatre debut in a 1966 production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, starring Tammy Grimes.

Kane’s film roles include, Allison Portchnik in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall, The Princess Bride and Scrooged with Bill Murray. Other notable feature films include, The Bounty Hunter, The Pacifier, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Love in the Time of Money, Jawbreaker, The Pall Bearer, Addams Family Values, The Lemmon Sisters, The Muppet Movie, Carnal Knowledge, The Last Detail and The World’s Greatest Lover just to name a few… and most notably Kane was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actress for her performance in the film Hester Street.

In television circles, Kane is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Simka Dahblitz-Gravas, wife of Latka Gravas (Andy Kaufman), on the television series Taxi.  Her portrayal of Simka earned her two Emmy Awards.  In addition to her numerous television guest star appearances some of Kane’s series regular turns include the series, All Is Forgiven, American Dreamer and the sitcom, Pearl, costarring Rhea Perlman.

More recent television credits include The Year Without a Santa Claus, Monk, a recurring role on Law & Order: SVU as well as Homicide, Ellen, Chicago Hope, Seinfeld and Two and a Half Men. In March 2010, Kane appeared in the TV series Ugly Betty as Justin’s acting teacher. Most recently she was cast in the animated series Bob’s Burgers for FOX.

She has also appeared on the NY stage on and off-Broadway in The Vagina Monologues, Family Week, Manhattan Theatre Club’s The Debutante Ball, Lincoln Center’s Macbeth and the Tempest. She also starred alongside Shelley Winter’s in The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.

In more recent years, Kane is most notably known in theatrical circles for her portrayal of evil headmistress Madame Morrible in the Broadway musical Wicked. She starred in various productions from 2005 to 2009 including Broadway and Los Angeles. To this day she holds the record for the most performances as Madame Morrible. Kane’s most recent theatrical credit is her portrayal of the role of Gingy in the off-Broadway hit Love, Loss and What I Wore written by Nora and Delia Ephron.  She also starred in the 1990 movie My Blue Heaven which was also written by Nora Ephron.

Eugene Pack

EUGENE PACK is the creator of the Off-Broadway hit comedy sensation “Celebrity Autobiography” which won him the Drama Desk Award in the category of “Unique Theatrical Experience.” Pack is also an Emmy Award-nominated writer and Producer.  He was nominated for Outstanding Writing for Variety, Comedy or Music for the special “America: A Tribute to Heroes,” which won the Emmy for Outstanding Special.  Pack is the creator and executive producer of the popular CMT series “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team,” now in its fifth season, “Back to the Grind” (TV Land), “What I Hate About Me” (Style Network), “Signs of Life” (VH1) and the Bravo special “Celebrity Autobiography” in which he also appeared.  He has written and performed the critically acclaimed one man comedy shows “The Senior,” “Something Flexible With Meaning,” and “Undisputed: My Night with the Queen of Soul.”   His full-length play “Stan The Man,” developed at Theatre West, was optioned for the screen and is slated to open in NY next year.  His most recent work “Columbus and Amsterdam” was workshopped with the Naked Angels at Vassar College’s NY Stage and Film Company.  Pack collaborated with Motown founder Berry Gordy on the autobiographical musical “To Be Loved.”  TV appearances include “Relativity,” “The War at Home,” and “Doogie Howser, MD.”  He is a graduate of NYU where he studied with David Mamet and the Practical Aesthetics Workshop and Playwrights Horizons.

Dayle Reyfel

Dayle Reyfel is the winner of the Drama Desk Award and the Bistro Award, both for her work in “Celebrity Autobiography.” She  has developed  ”Celebrity Autobiography” along with Eugene Pack since the beginning of the project. Ms Reyfel is one of the original stars of the show and has performed in, directed and launched  the touring companies in  New York, Los Angeles, Edinburgh, London’s West End and  soon Australia.   Dayle has performed at San Francisco’s Sketchfest, the HBO Workspace, Long Wharf, Old Globe, London’s Leicester Square Theatre and the Edinburgh Comedy Festival.  Her television credits also include executive producing  the critically acclaimed Bravo special Celebrity Autobiography, in which she also appeared, E! Entertainment’s In Their Own Words, in addition to her work on Bravo’s A list Awards  and the G4 Network. Dayle is also an award-winning playwright for her play “Slip/Knot.”

Sherri Shepherd

Sherri Shepherd:  Whether on stage or scree, Daytime Emmy Award-winner Sherri Shepherd’s magnetic personality and hilarious sense of humor never fails to delight audiences.

As one of the co-hosts on “The View,” she was part of groundbreaking history in August 2009, when the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host was awarded to the multiple talk show hosts of “The View.”  That same year the co-hosts were chosen as one of the  “100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time while Forbes ranked “The View” #11 among “30 of the Most Influential Women in Media.”

Sherri, in addition to daytime, has been a memorable player in primetime for years.  She is currently a frequent guest star on the Emmy award-winning series 30 Rock as Tracy Morgan’s wife, Angie Jordan.  She was the Executive Producer and star of her own sitcom “SHERRI” on Lifetime and has made laugh out loud appearances in Less than Perfect, Everyone Loves Raymond, Joan of Arcadia, Suddenly Susan and The Jamie Foxx Show.

Sherry will next be stealing the spotlight on the silver screen in One for the Money, based on the best-selling book series by Janet Evanovich.  She most recently wrapped production on Steve Harvey’s Think Like a Man and has appeared in such feature films as the award-winning film Precious based on the novel Push by Sapphire as well as Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Guess Who, Who’s Your Caddy, Beauty Shop and Cellular.

She is the author of a humorous autobiography, Permission Slips: Every Woman’s Guide to Giving Yourself a Break (Grand Central Publishing) and has also had a successful run in the critically acclaimed, off-Broadway hit, “Love, Loss and What I Wore.”

Sherri is a celebrity spokesperson for March of Dimes and helped kick off 2010’s “March for Babies” by ringing the bell of the New York Stock Exchange.  She is also the national spokesperson for the YAI National Institute.

She has a six-year-old son Jeffery and recently married Lamar Sally.  The wedding was captured by The Style Network and “Wedding Fabulous: Sherri Shepherd Gets Married” garnered the highest ratings for a wedding special on the network.

They reside in New York City.

Alan Zweibel

An original Saturday Night Live writer who the New York Times says has “earned a place in the pantheon of American pop culture,” Alan Zweibel has won multiple Emmy, Writers Guild of America, and TV Critics awards for his work in television which also includes It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, Monk, PBS’s Great Performances, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

A frequent guest on talk shows such as The Late Show with David Letterman, Alan’s many theatrical contributions include the Tony Award winning play 700 Sundays which he collaborated on with Billy Crystal, Martin Short’s Broadway hit Fame Becomes Me, and the off-Broadway play Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy which he adapted from his best-selling book.

Alan has written the 2006 Thurber Prize winning novel The Other Shulman, the popular children’s book Our Tree Named Steve, and a collection of short stories and essays titled Clothing Optional. His humor has also appeared in such diverse publications as Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Op-Ed page, The Huffington Post and MAD Magazine.

The co-writer of the screenplays for the films Dragnet, North, and The Story of Us, Alan recently received an honorary PhD. from the State University of New York and in 2010 the Writers Guild of America gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Alan is currently working with Billy Crystal on the feature film version of 700 Sundays to be directed by Barry Levinson, executive producing a documentary mini-series for Showtime with Steve Carell and David Steinberg and writing a novel titled Lunatics with Dave Barry which Putnam is publishing in January.  And on the TV screen he will be appearing as a new character in the upcoming season of Curb Your Enthusiasm and in a short film for Funny or Die.

But the production that Alan is most proud of is the family he’s co-produced with his wife Robin, their children Adam, Lindsay and Sari, Adam’s wife Cori, and their grandchildren Zachary and Alexis.

www.alanzweibel.com

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