Doris Roberts Leaves ’em Laughing, but No One Knows Why

Doris Roberts is the kind of dinner partner who can keep you laughing through the French onion soup, the Waldorf salad, the poached salmon and even the strawberry short cake, although afterwards you wonder what it was she said that made everything so funny. I pondered the subject over a glass of cognac one gentle summer evening during a party at the home of a mutual friend while Roberts entertained a guest on her other side who, later, also couldn’t …

‘Old Jews Telling Jokes’ – What’s Not to Like?

In celebration of the 500th performance of the Off-Broadway hit Old Jews Telling Jokes, we grabbed a few minutes with cocreator Daniel Okrent. Okrent, 65, is a journalist with a long career, including a stint as the New York Times’ first “public editor,” or ombudsman. He’s recently written a book about the history of Prohibition. And he’s also a self-described “old Jew” who loves telling funny stories. About five years ago, several friends emailed him about a website called “Old Jews …

Behind the Seams: Costume Designer Debra McGuire

Meet Debra McGuire, the megawatt costume designer who with nearly 30 years of professional experience is a comedic director’s dream. She has designed theater, film and TV, and secured her place as one of the fashion industry’s most talented people. With two Primetime Emmy Outstanding Costume nominations under her belt and an undying passion to her craft, McGuire took a break from her current television project, The Exes (TV Land, Wednesday, 10:30 p.m. ET), to reflect on her career and …

Stiller and Meara at the Oscars

I want Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller to hit the red carpet and interview stars at this year’s Oscars. I think they are fabulous and frankly, I don’t know why they are not already a go-to team for this sort of thing. They are Hollywood icons.  They are hilarious. And they produced one of the best things going in show business: Ben Stiller. This would be a great way to make up for last year’s Oscar invite snub (see the …