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PAGE B-6 THE MUNCIE STAR SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 10, 1990 CBS Dumps Kathleen Sullivan Absolutely Wright Concert Review Deadpan Comic By ELIZABETH JENSEN New York Daily News NEW YORK After months of denials from the network, embattled CBS This Morning co-anchor Kathleen Sullivan is being removed bered." Scanlon said the network had offered no reason for her replacement. He said Sullivan is discussing "other opportunities within CBS, and hopes that there will be positive results to those conversations." the remarks were meant to be private, Sullivan's microphone was on and the comments were heard on CBS's closed-circuit TV system. In October, while appearing as a guest on Donahue, Sullivan said, "The ax is right there. If we don't get viewers, my days are num Makes Some Noise With Emens Crowd from the third- By RODNEY RICHEY Star Staff Wntef rated show, with s-p Ji 1 I you didn't know me, would you think I was a stranger?" Steven Wright I raj a year remaining on her contract Sources said CBS is negotiating with Paula Zahn, co-anchor of ABC's World News This Sullivan could not be reached for comment.
Scanlon, speaking for her, said, "She's obviously disappointed. She has been very pleased with her contributions to the show, but it's a change that management wanted to make at this time. Kathleen will cooperate fully with the timing." It is unclear when Sullivan will leave the show, which has suffered constant anchor turnover through the years in a fruitless quest for ratings. The change comes on the heels of a similar change at NBC's Today show, where long-time anchor Jane Pauley was replaced by Deborah Norville at the end of last year. Sullivan has been embroiled in two controversies in recent months.
In September, while traveling for the show, she made derogatory comments about her employer, referring to CBS as the "Cheap Broadcasting System." Although PickAHeartWith Every Puppy Purchase. Each Heart Is Worth Up To $25M in Supplii 'bcnt-MtUI-ltflUIMTIK Or Money Off Pu ImnMdiite fifttnc HwiltUt MERYL STREFP ROSEANNE BARR OffwEipirnMl-M Morning, to sullivan replace Sullivan. ABC News had no comment on the negotiations. CBS News spokesman Tom Goodman said, "We have no announce ment, and I cannot confirm or deny the ut Sullivan spokesman John ScanLn confirmed that she is being replaced. Muncie Mall 284-6412 AN OdtON PtCTUKES NCLEASt Tonite: 1.00 Nominees Announced for Writing Awards A DON BLUTH FILM All Dogs Tonite: Go To graffiti in the womb." "24-hour banking? I don't have time for that." "In my living room I've got a decaffeinated coffee table." "If you shoot a mime, should you use a silencer?" "I saw a sign on the highway that said, 'Rest Area: 25 I thought, 'Wow, that's pretty Popping up occasionally in his act, though, were longer bits, jokes that couldn't be told in one or two sentences.
This reviewer's guess would be that Wright's trying to diversify his material, so that his rhythm doesn't get monotonous: "I was driving a hundred miles an hour down the highway. A cop pulled me over and said, 'Why were you going so I said, 'I had the accelerator pressed all the way to the floor. Sends more gas through the carburetor. Car just takes off. See this thing? This steers In fact, he opened his act with a fairly long bit: "Two babies are born on the same day in the same room in the same hospital.
Their parents take them away and they never see each other again until 40 years later, when they're both involved in terrible accidents. They're lying in the same hospital, in the same room, on their death beds. One looks at the other and says, 'So, what'd you The new material works like a Swiss watch, like his other stuff. Of course, Wright is one comic whose off-center style could be an acquired taste. He doesn't beat down the walls to ingratiate himself to the audience.
He works his way into your psyche just like he does his act: slowly, methodically, deliberately. In fact, the only thing that seemed to rattle him during the hour-long set was a microphone shorting out during a song he was singing, although singing, in his case, might be too strong a word. One wondered how long he could go just remembering jokes off the top of his head. At one point, he stopped, rubbed his forehead and muttered: "I lost my place. Now I'll have to start all over again.
Two babies are born From the ovation Steven Wright received as he walked off, the Emens crowd probably would've sat through it gladly. This Show e-oo All Times mm vfleaven THE asked the crowd Friday night in Emens Auditorium. Well, yes, Steven. At least a little stranger. Wright performed before an audience of about 1,800 mostly collegiate types who warmly welcomed the mumbling, deadpan comic.
"Quitlookin'at me," Wright muttered suddenly at one point, catching the crowd off guard. That's basically what Wright does. His entire act depends on the element of surprise, blurting out his eccentric, borderline mystical perceptions of life. "I've got a friend who does voodoo acupuncture," Wright began. "You don't even have to go.
You'll just be walking down the street and say, 'Oh, yes, that's much better. Warming up for Wright was Mike Donovan, a funny comedian who watered down his laughs with a bit too much reliance on pointless references to sex and some dated material. The cheap laughs cheapened an otherwise solid set, one that even included some Steven Wright-type humor: "When I answer the phone at my house, sometimes I say, 'Hello, is Bill His biggest laugh in fact, the biggest laugh of the whole evening came during a moderately long diatribe about working at McDonald's and being asked by his supervisors to speed things along. "For $3.20 an hour? Yeah, sure. Hey, minimum wage equals minimum effort." The crowd seemed to identify.
Donovan also posited a curious theory: that the cynicism of Ball State alum David Letterman is a distant result of the patronizing tone of the Middletown sociological studies. Wright, originally from Boston, hummed along in his usual, unperturbed, barely conscious manner, tossing off one-liners: "I knew before I was born that I wasn't the first child. There was Tonite: M.00 UJI2HRP It's moreli than a game. LEO The greatest Dreams, based on the novel Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella), Kevin Jarre (Glory, based on several sources) and Shane Connaughton and Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, which was based on the book by Christy Brown).
Drug Awareness Forum Planned Addressing the drug crisis in America and developing an effective policy aimed at stopping the spread of drugs will be the focus of the National Issues Forums to be held locally starting this month. A press conference will be held at WIPB Channel 49 studios on the Ball State University campus at 10 a.m. Wednesday to announce details of the program. The format of the forums will be greatly expanded this year with the first of several community forums to be held at 9 a.m. Feb.
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