Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Old Town Upland, a wicked beastly little place, ha ha

On Tuesday evening I ended up watching an infomercial for a Carol Burnett DVD collection that featured appearances by Steve Martin and Alan Alda. In other words, brand spanking new material.

Don't believe me? Look who's scheduled to play the Grove Theatre in Upland:

Jo Anne Worley of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in" fame will be performing her one woman show, "Keep Laughin'" September 19 and 20 at The Grove Theatre, 276 E 9th St. in downtown Upland.

To be fair, Worley's career didn't end when Rowan and Martin left the airwaves.

Worley is also known by her work as the voice of the wardrobe in "The Beauty And The Beast," "Wicked" in Los Angeles and "Drousy Chaperone" on Broadway.

I was vaguely familiar with the fact that she was in Beauty and the Beast, but I was unfamiliar with her "Wicked" appearance:

Jo Anne Worley played the imposing Madame Morrible, headmistress of Shiz University - the school Galinda and Elphaba attended together. According to the Playbill biography she has an impressive number of acting credits. Unfortunately, Madame Morrible appears to be the one role that doesn’t have at least one dedicated song. I am not sure how Worley sings but I can say she was convincing as the crotchety, old Morrible. In person she was also extremely kind as she helped out all of the fans waiting for autographs.

And among Worley's other credits, she appeared on Dick Clark's $20,000 Pyramid in 1979. Her partner was a young comedian named David Letterman. Enjoy.

P.S. No this isn't an empo-tymshft, but it could have been.

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