Sunday, November 18, 2018

Amy Sedaris Honored by Dallas VideoFest with the Ernie Kovacs Award - Save the Date

Writer, actress and Second City alum Amy Sedaris will receive the Ernie Kovacs Award at Dallas Videofest on December 8. Sedaris is the first woman to receive the Kovacs Award and will accept it in person at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson. Reserve your seat today. Tickets are $25 and are available online.

“Amy Sedaris so firmly embodies Ernie Kovacs’ cockeyed aesthetic that she is a natural to win The Ernie Kovacs Award,” said Joshua Mills of Ediad Productions and the Estate of Ernie Kovacs. “Not only are Amy’s outrageous characters such as the Wine Lady and the Hobo very Kovacsian, but she excels in front of the camera, on radio and as a writer too just like Ernie.”

Born in Endicott, N.Y., and raised in Raleigh, N.C., Sedaris honed her natural talent for comedy at The Second City in Chicago. Sedaris met and began working with comedians Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello at Second City; the three went on to collaborate on the short-lived Comedy Central program Exit 57 and later worked together on Strangers with Candy, a spoof of the after-school specials and that were popular in the 1970s, in which Amy played Jerri Blank.

Sedaris’ current television show is At Home with Amy Sedaris on truTV. Her long list of television credits includes appearances on Sex and the City, The Good Wife and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Her voice is heard as the pink cat talent agent, Princess Caroline on BoJack Horseman. Sedaris’ extensive movie career includes roles in STRANGERS WITH CANDY (2005) ELF (2003), SCHOOL OF ROCK (2003) and the voice of Cinderella in SHREK THE THIRD (2007).

Sedaris also authored several satirical lifestyle books, including I Like You: Hospitality, Under the Influence and Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People.

The Ernie Kovacs Award recognizes the career and talents of some of television’s greatest visionaries. Kovacs’ work in the 1950s and early 1960s summed up the spirit of innovation and the development of the language of television as art. The Dallas VideoFest and the Video Association of Dallas announced the first Ernie Kovacs Award at the 1997 festival. Comedian Joel Hodgson of Mystery Science 3000 was the first recipient and subsequent honorees have included Terry Gilliam of Monty Python; Robert Smigel, writer/performer of Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Conan O’Brien; Paul “Pee-wee Herman” Reubens; Martin Mull; Mike Judge; George Schlatter, creator of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In; Harry Shearer, Spinal Tap and The Simpsons; Michael Nesmith; and in 2017, Dave Foley and Kevin McDonald of The Kids in the Hall. Actress Edie Adams, Kovacs’ wife, came to Dallas to host the awards program annually until her death in 2008. Today, Edie’s son, Joshua Mills, runs Ediad Productions, the video and audio archive of both Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams.

Friday, November 2, 2018

University of Texas at Arlington's Department of Theatre Arts Presents COMPANY - Nov. 14 - 18, 2018

The University of Texas at Arlington’s Maverick Theatre Company presents its first musicalof the 2018-19 season, Stephen Sondheim’s COMPANY. From musical theatre’s most renowned composer, COMPANY is largely regarded as a trailblazer of the dark-comedy, modern-musical genre and the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Lyrics and Best Book. On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor, Robert, contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding, his friends – “those good and crazy people [his] married friends” – explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.

COMPANY will be presented in the UTA Mainstage Theatre (Fine Arts Building, North Section, Room 174) located at 502 South Cooper Street on the UTA campus. Performances of COMPANY are November 14th, 15th, 16th, & 17th at 8:00 p.m. and November 18th at 2:30 p.m.. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $10 for students/senior citizens/UTA faculty & staff. For further information, please contact the UTA’s Department of Theatre Arts box office at 817.272.2669.