Recent Events

Simpsons’ night w/ Mike Reiss

August 17, 2018

On Monday, August 13th, 2018, The Lambs’ was jammed packed with members and guests for a book talk by Mike Reiss, 30-year writer/producer of the hit animated TV show, The Simpsons.

Mike keep the overflowing crowed laughing for an hour has he joked, punned, and revealed backstories about the most popular animated series in the history of Earth. Using video clips form the show, Mike revealed just a few of the stories inside his book, Springfield Confidential: Jokes, XSecrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons. After his talk Mike greeted friends, fans and Lambs as he signed copies of his book. Among the guests were comedian Jackie Martling, writer Alan Zweibel, and Eric Schoenberg.

Later Mike and his wife, Denise, joined others in the pub to enjoy drinks and dinner. This evening was made possible by our friends at Harvardwood and Spence Porter. Everyone who attended agreed it was one of the most laughed-filled events in recent years. Readers may buy copies of his book online HERE.

Marilyn Michaels’ Visit

August 8, 2018

Multi-talented Marilyn Michaels and her son, Mark Wilk, sat down with Lamb Magda Katz at The Lambs  to talk about their new book, How Not To Cook, for the Rest of Your LifeTheir book is an ANTI-cookbook: equals parts biography, self-help, and scrimp-n’-save philosophy.

This laugh-out-loud rant, served up by America’s premier comedienne/impressionist, is a no holds barred empowerment-driven read. This humorous tutorial also comes with anecdotes about Woody Allen, Orson Welles, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Burt Reynolds, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Donald Trump, and dozens more—as well as priceless money-saving advice on curtailing the dollars you would normally blow on trivial things like weddings, summer camps, shrinks, and platform shoes… and using them for hiring a personal chef or housekeeper. Watch the video below.

 

Neverwuzez wuz at The Lambs

June 26, 2018

The Lambs and The Lambs Foundation pride themselves in creating an atmosphere that encourages the creative spirit by providing a “place where they come to enjoy each others’ company, and to display and hone their crafts in an atmosphere of creativity and support, and to nurture creative endeavors.” That’s part of our mission statement. Last night, June 26, 2018, was a perfect example when a staged reading of The Neverwuzez went up before a packed house at The Lambs.

Written by Ian Finkel, this dramedy featured Lamb Bob Greenberg, Cheryl Ann Allen, music and puppets. Ian is no stranger to The Lambs – his father, Fyvush Finkel, was a Lamb. In fact, Ian brought his father’s old Lambs’ membership card…and he brought his whole family! Not as audience members but as active players in this event. Ian wrote the book and music, and his brother, Elliot Finkel, provided incidental music on the piano. The actress in the production was not only well cast, but Ian’s wife, Cheryl Ann Allen. Dara Finkel, Ian’s daughter, was the puppeteer for ‘Wheezle’ along with her partner Sam Alicea, the puppeteer for ‘Beezle.’ Ian’s grandson, Landen Finkel, was the stage manager. Even though this was the first time on its feet with only a few rehearsals, The Neverwuzez is well on its way!

Among the packed house were Lambs, guests, Finkel fans, and the Amazing Kreskin, the well-known television mentalist. Attendees made generous donations that benefit The Lambs Foundation.

The below photos by Lamb Dave Konig and Shepherd Marc Baron.

Lambs History at AMDA

June 19, 2018

Jun 18, 2018: New York
Marc Baron, Shepherd of The Lambs ,along with new Lamb Maya Avisar, gave a brief talk on the remarkable history of The Lambs at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA)
The Lambs, founded in New York in 1874, is the first professional theatrical club, and the oldest professional theatrical organization in America . The social club had origins in London in 1869, and has had major impact on American Theatre for 143 years.  Members of The Lambs were founders of the Actors Fund of America, ASCAP, Paramount Pictures, Actors’ Equity and Screen Actors GuildStalag 17 and Mark Twain Tonight first hit the boards at The Lambs, and Lerner and Loewe first met in Club’s Pub.
AMDA celebrates more than 50 years as one of America’s premier conservatories for the performing arts, and is recognized throughout the industry for its rich history and tradition of launching some of the most successful careers in theater, film and television.
Fred Loewe left The Lambs Foundation a portion of his royalties to Brigadoon, and the Foundation remains active today supporting non-profit theater and education in the Arts.  In 2017 the Foundation started its Scott Glascock Scholarship at AMDA, which includes two awards for tuition assistance plus a 1-year junior theatrical membership to The Lambs.  Lamb Avisar, a 2017 scholarship recipient, talked about her experiences as a young member of The Lambs.
Similar talks on the Brief History of The Lambs have been presented at the Long Branch Historical Society of NJ, and the Bayside Historical Society of Queens, NY. Organizations interested in the talk may request so by email to [email protected], and may have the presentation on-site or at The Lambs.
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