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Posts Tagged ‘Patti Labelle’

From a South Central Barbershop to TV’s Top Ranks

At the top of episode #60 of the ScriptMag-sponsored TV Writer podcast, Toronto-based host Gray Jones reminds that he will soon be headed to Los Angeles. And that he’s looking for donations to support the move.

When he does finally arrive here, perhaps he will make his own good luck like guest Devon Shepard. The veteran writer of such shows as Weeds, Everybody Hates Chris, Mad TV and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air started out after CSUN graduation as an intern on Entertainment Tonight. He was later working as an aspiring stand-up and hanging out at a certain establishment at 43rd Street and Crenshaw Blvd.:

His big break came when he met Rob Edwards (The Princess and the Frog) at a barbershop in South Central LA. Because he was always cracking jokes on whomever sat in the barber chair, Rob thought that he was funny and asked him to interview for a writer’s trainee job on Out All Night starring Patti LaBelle, Viveca A. Fox and Morris Chestnut. Devon was hired for the job and has been working in television ever since.

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Win Tickets to Patti LaBelle at the Bowl Tomorrow

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Patti LaBelle, Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue

With a career that ranges from soulful songbird to R&B belter, the ever-glamorous and elegant Patti LaBelle returns to deliver a night of pure pop, funk, soul and lush ballads as only this diva with a four-decade career can.

Be the first person to send us an email with “LaBelle my belle” in the subject and two tickets to tomorrow’s performance is yours.

For tickets and information, visit HollywoodBowl.com

Sundown on Sunset

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Paris Hilton goes to jail on Monday, barring any side trips. And she is the Hottest Billionaire Heiress, as well as the only one with a felony conviction. Thus far.

Patti LaBelle is a Diva-betic!

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GLAAD Awards: The Paarty Never Ends

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The GLAAD Media Awards nominations have been announced, and these selections are a lot more fun than the Oscars or the Golden Globes. Nominated for best wide-release feature is Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, along with Little Miss Sunshine, V for Vendetta, Running With Scissors, and The Night Listener. Borat is not mentioned, not that anyone expected it to be.

Special awards will be presented to Patti LaBelle, Martina Navratilova, Tom Ford, and Spanish language jouranlist and writer Jaime Bayly. Navratilova’s the best tennis player ever, LaBelle’s an icon, Bayly’s received death threats in his native Peru and Ford just released a very stinky perfume, so we’re a tich confused about why Ford gets an award, but whatever. He looks great all dressed up, and that’s what counts at a party.

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When Rolling Stone Tried TV the First Time: Dancing Strawberries and Donny Osmond

While the Rolling Stone/MTV reality show is sure to be engrossing, if you like that sort of thing, it’s not the first TV venture for the mag. In 1977, Jann Wenner launched a 10th Anniversary Special. Directed by Steve Binder, written by Steve Martin and Mason Williams, Donny Osmond was in the lineup, along with Ted Neeley (the guy who played Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar), Patti Labelle, Yvonne Elliman and Garfunkel, minus Simon. Check out the dancing strawberries in the Beatles tribute, minus the Beatles.

Wenner wanted a prime-time special despite CBS exec’s pleas to do a late night show. He’d alienated so many major stars, according to those who were around back then, that the network had to drag in some non-music talent, namely Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek.

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