On Monday, Ellen DeGeneres and Samuel L. Jackson helped honor their pal Steve Harvey in Los Angeles as the comedian and TV personality received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The veteran entertainer donned a flashy yellow suit as he celebrated the achievement with friends and fans before thanking his wife Marjorie and their children for their never-ending support.
Snakes On A Plane actor Jackson was on hand to photograph the occasion, as was TV psychologist Phil McGraw, and comedienne DeGeneres delivered a few remarks, joking, “When they asked me to come and do this today, I didn’t have to think – I said yes right away, then I realized that I wasn’t getting paid and I tried to back out, but I couldn’t, it was too late. So I’m here.”
The Tony Award-winning Family Feud host admits he was overcome with emotion to be recognized for his lengthy radio and television career – telling Eonline.com, “People call it luck, but what luck actually is – luck is when hard work runs up into opportunity and people describe it as luck. I do work very hard, I kid you not – but I’m also a recipient of a lot of grace and mercy.”
NEW YORK (AP) — There are apparently a few more Sundays left in Billy Crystal.
The star of “City Slickers” and “When Harry Met Sally” said Tuesday he will reprise his funny and poignant one-man autobiographical show, “700 Sundays,” on Broadway for a nine-week stand this fall.
“700 Sundays” was a Broadway success during the 2004-2005 season, playing to sold-out houses and winning a Tony Award for special theatrical experience. Mr. Crystal took it on the road, both in America and abroad.
Previews of its return engagement will begin Nov. 5 at the Imperial Theatre, with an opening night set for Nov. 13. The final performance is scheduled for Jan. 5.
In a statement, the New York-bred Mr. Crystal said the show — which makes its first return to New York since its Broadway debut — will mark its final performances.
“I’ve now decided to tell this story one last time in my own backyard, where it all took place,” he said. “It is a privilege to return to Broadway to say goodbye to one of the greatest thrills of my life.”
Loss triggers the stories in “700 Sundays,” the centerpiece being the death of Mr. Crystal’s father, Jack, who died of a heart attack at age 54 when his son, Billy, was 15.
The show’s title comes from a calculation by Mr. Crystal that father and son spent that many Sundays together before Jack Crystal died. Sunday was the one day of the week the two had to enjoy each other’s company since the elder Crystal always held two or three jobs.
Other relatives from Mr. Crystal’s suburban Long Island childhood pop up, too, in “700 Sundays”: Uncle Milt, who founded the legendary Commodore Records; Uncle Berns and Aunt Sheila; and others.
The show, written with good friend Alan Zweibel, will also feature its original director, Des McAnuff. It became the highest grossing nonmusical in Broadway’s history.
In 2009, Mr. Crystal reprised the show with engagements in six major cities, including Philadelphia, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta and Washington. The work was also turned into a book.
Mr. Crystal forged his comedy career in such diverse television shows as “Soap” and “Saturday Night Live” and movies such as ” Deconstructing Harry” and “Analyze This,” as well as gigs on the Academy Awards.
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