“It was time to rearrange the furniture,
go back to old conventional style comedy,” said Bob Sumner co-creator of the highly successful HBO “Def
Comedy Jam,” which helped to launch the careers of such comedians as Chris Tucker, Martin Lawrence and Joe
Torry). “I was instrumental in the success of HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam”. We received a lot of
criticism for the language. Comedy is not about four letter words it’s a point of view.”
February 18, 2014 Bob Sumner launch a new comedy series for up-coming comics on ASPIRE network which airs on Tuesdays
at 10 p.m. EST titled “LAFF MOBB’s We Got Next.” Sumner on this show is highlighting
"I always speak on the difference in comics and comedians,” Bob pointed
out. “Comics are in a box and comedians can go anyway.”
clean comedians for the “LAFF MOBB’s We Got Next” Sumner said he chooses them as if it was a sports
“I am always out on the road scouting…taking notes on what can work,”
he said. “It’s easy to look at comedians live, tapes can be edited.”
Bob believes a good clean comedian is really a great story teller. He wants to take comedy back
to the times of Ed Sullivan where the whole family can watch.
On the show Sumner is the host and
is joined by Brely Evans (“Being Mary Jane”), Carlos Koustas (Bob’s “right hand man”),
DJ Mike Smoove, and Red Grant (“First Sunday”) who debates on who’s next before a live audience.
Thirty-two comedians were chosen for the comedy showcase series and in episode two aired February
25th of “LAFF MOBB’s We Got Next” the four comedians hand picked by Sumner to be showcased
were Reyna Amaya (California), Tony Baker (Michigan), Austin Hall (Washington, DC), and Kevin “Damn Fool”
Simpson (Illinois). Learn more
about the show my logging into www.Aspire.tv.
Brazilian actress Rebecca Da Costa stars in The Bag Man with
Robert DeNiro, in theaters now
Brazilian actress Rebecca Da Costa stars in the Cinedigm presentation of The Bag Man, a modern day crime thriller with Robert
DeNiro, John Cusack and Crispin Glover. Rebecca plays Rivka an intriguing mysterious woman who seeks the help of
a hit-man Jack is hired by mob boss Dragna (DeNiro) to retrieve a bag, but to not look inside. Just as he is about
to deliver the bag to a backwater motel in the Delta Bayous he meets Rivka and the two partners up to escape the
crime boss and survive a night of murderous havoc.
The Bag Man hit theaters February
28 and was written by David Grovic and Paul Conway and produced by A TinRes Entertainment. Rated R The Bag man will
be on DVD via Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
“Rivka is Rebecca in Hebrew,”
said Da Costa about her character. “She is very mischievous, sharp and always on. She has a since of humor…kicking
ass, a driven character…she’s amazing.”
Rebecca said that the director David
Grovic, also one of the writers, allowed her to influence how Rivka looks in the film.
“I was 5’11” at 13 so my mother signed me up in a modeling contest and I won,”
Rebecca says about how she got into entertainment. While in high school she found a love for entertainment by participating
in theater by starring, writing and directing. Her modeling career gave her the opportunity to travel the world
modeling for L‘Oreal, Nokia and Yves Saint Laurent.
Currently a resident of
Los Angeles Rebecca’s credits include HBO’s “Entourage,” “Free Runner,” “Mind
Games,” and “7 Below” along side Val Kilmer and Ving Rhames. She recently ended filming on Breaking
at the Edge starring with Milo Ventimiglia and Andie MacDowell.
more information about Rebecca Da Costa follow her on Twitter at @BeccadaCOSTA and for more information about The
Bag Man log onto www.TheBagManTheMovie.com.
Africa meets America in the debut self-titled album of Offiong
“This is my debut,” said Offiong Bassey (pronounced as it is spelled) a Nigerian-American R&B/Jazz/Gospel
singer, songwriter and poet. “I have been a guest on other projects…this is mine. I have always been
singing and writing music, always creating art. I felt it was something kind of unique I wanted to say. I have influences
from across the world as who I am.”
The world-music influence is clearly
heard in this album of 12 selections and refreshingly most of the songs perfectly combine the traditional African
sound with the contemporary American sound. Executively produced by Bassey and produced by Blethy Emmanuel Tiegnon,
“Offiong Bassey” is distributed on the Moonlit Media Group imprint.
been an interesting process,” she said about recording her debut. “To do it yourself…your standard
of quality. I learned to be patient. It’s been a long road. My music…Jazz, Gospel, African…it’s
a unified piece of work.”
"Offiong Bassey” debuted at #2 on the CMJ New World
Music Chart and #4 on the SoulTracks Album Chart. Bassey has a nine-piece band and is a graduate of Yale.
My favorite cuts on the debut album includes “Edidem” for its pure African
flavored sound; “Owo Iba Me Ita” another one with a great African flavor with a great message of love
and outstanding horn support by Derek Friesen; “Conclusions” for its horn support again by Derek and her
Spoken Word performance, and “Efik Praise Medley” again for the African flavored sound and again the horn
support makes it a very powerful selection.
Learn more about Offiong
Bassey by logging onto www.OffiongBassey.com or www.MoonLightMedia.com.
Columnist: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse
of Entertainment – she is also a Public Relations/Business consultant and Promotions Director (at-large)
for The Baltimore Times. Her Event: Baltimore "Uplifting Minds II" free one day
national entertainment conference (seminar panel & talent competition showcase) at Security Square Mall Sat.
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