WHAT HAPPENED TO
"THE LAST LAUGH"
Emmy Award-winner Camryn
Manheim ("The Practice") stars in
a contemporary "Cyrano de
Bergerac" tale of an aspiring stand
-up comic in an original, made-for-
television movie, "Kiss My Act,"
premiering MONDAY, APRIL 23
(8:00- 10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC
The film also stars Scott Cohen
("10th Kingdom," "NYPD Blue" ),
Emmy Award-winner Dabney
Coleman ("Stuart Little" ), Academy
Award-winner Marlee Matlin ("West
Wing," "Children of a Lesser God" )
and Alexondra Lee ("What Women
Want," "Party of Five"). Ms. Manheim
is also co-executive producer of the
movie, the first time she has served in
that role on a project.
Samantha "Sam" Baker (Ms.
Manheim), bartender at a popular New
York comedy club, can't find the
courage to perform her own smart,
edgy material. Having spent her life as
a "big" girl in a beauty-obsessed world,
she's convinced that only petite, curvy
girls get successful careers in show
Therefore her strategy is to give her
best one-liners to Jennie (Ms. Lee),
one of the club's wannabe stand-up
comedians. Jennie is decidedly talent-
free, but she expertly compensates
with bathing-suit-model assets. When
Michael True (Mr. Cohen), the talent
scout for the U.S. Comedy Arts
Festival, makes his annual visit to find
prospects for this major career-making
showcase, he is captivated with Jennie
--both on and off-stage.
Jennie begs Sam to help her keep
Michael interested and amused. She
agrees, but soon finds herself falling in
love. Michael is too, but is it with Sam's
razor-sharp wit or Jennie's knockout
looks? Is love - like beauty -- only skin
deep? Sam herself is not lacking for
friendly support. Comic legend Henry
Rooney (Mr. Coleman), who suffers from
his own performance phobia, makes
valiant efforts to get her to take the stage.
And very pregnant best friend Casey (Ms.
Matlin) encourages Sam to see herself
as truly beautiful. As the final selections
for the festival are made, Sam discovers
the true importance of love, friendship
and an audience's ovation.
In a special appearance, Phyllis Diller
portrays herself as host of the comedy
Also starring are Christopher Shyer as
Tommy Keane, Wayne Federman as
Wayne Frommer, Fred Stoller as Fred
Stillman, Pablo Francisco as Pablo
Fernandez , Heath Hyche as Heath
"Kiss My Act" is directed by Duane
Clark ("The Practice," "Family Tree,"
"The Protector" ) from a script by
Kevin Hench. Laurence Mark ("Center
Stage," "As Good As It Gets," "Jerry
Maguire" ) and Ilene Amy Berg ("Sophie
and the Moonhanger," "Cracker," "Baby
M" ) are executive producers of the film.
Ms. Manheim serves as co-executive
producer. Greg Copeland is the
co-producer. "Kiss My Act" is a production
of Laurence Mark Productions and Berger
Queen Productions distributed by
Columbia TriStar Television Distribution.
submitted by Kristen Uhrig
WHERE TO WATCH FOR
The Odyssey Channel has listed
Scott appearing in '10th Kingdom'
on Saturday, April 14, parts 2
through 5 (aired consecutively).
I'm assuming they left off part 1 by
mistake. That being the case, the
entire '10th Kingdom' (parts 1 thru
5) will air from 12:00 noon through
10:00 p.m. (eastern time) on
Saturday, April 14 on the Odyssey
cable channel. Ten glorious hours
of Scott in one day!
Tv Now also listed that Scott will
appear in two episodes of 'The
Gilmore Girls' (both reruns) on the
WB network: 1) Monday, April 2 at
9:00 p.m. (eastern) -- 'Love and War
and Snow' (episode 1.8--Scott's 3rd
appearance) 2) Thursday, April 12 at
8:00 p.m. (eastern) -- 'Paris Is Burning'
(episode 1.11--Scott's 4th appearance)
The A&E network will re-air the 'Law
& Order' trilogy in which Scott plays
Eddie Newman, a movie director whose
ex-wife is murdered. It will be aired in
three consecutive days:1) Monday,
April 2 at both 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
(eastern) --'Judgment in L.A.: D-Girl'
(episode 7.15, originally aired 3/13/97)
2) Tuesday, April 3 at both 1:00 p.m.
and 7:00 p.m. (eastern) --'Judgment in
L.A.: Turnaround' (episode 7.16,
originally aired 3/20/97)
3) Wednesday, April 4 at both 1:00
p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (eastern) --
'Judgment in L.A.: Showtime' (episode
7.17, originally aired 3/27/97).
submitted by Kristen Uhrig