Students at Saint Mary’s will be treated to series of lectures, workshops and a live show when two veteran comedy writers visit campus this week. Tom Leopold and Bill Persky will visit the College on Sept. 12 and 13 to teach and discuss writing and comedy. Persky is a five-time Emmy Award winning director, producer and writer for famous television shows such as “That Girl,” “The Cosby Show,” “Who’s the Boss,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “Kate and Allie.” He visited Saint Mary’s last April with Adriana Trigiani, a television writer, author and member of the Class of 1981. The pair taught master classes and discussed their careers with the College community. Persky said he is looking forward to returning to campus and interacting with the students and faculty. “I had such a great time last time,” he said. “There’s a sense of being at home when I’m at Saint Mary’s and feeling like I belonged. I felt like I was amongst friends.” Senior Elizabeth Elsbach attended Persky and Trigiani’s lectures and private classes last spring. As an English writing major, Elsbach said she is eager for another opportunity to work with Persky and to meet Leopold. “Bill Persky is an inspiration for any writer who wants to break the mold, and his guidance, to Saint Mary’s alumnae and to current students, is invaluable,” she said. “I personally have gained a greater insight into my own writing and writing as a career due to Bill Persky’s advice from last year.” Persky said he is excited Leopold will be with him this week as he visits the College. “Tom brings a whole new element to the lectures and classes,” he said. “He’s one of the funniest people I’ve ever met, and I’m excited to [see] the audience react to him.” Leopold’s career as a comedy writer spans nearly four decades. He has served as writer, producer and story editor for a number of television shows including “The Chevy Chase Show,” “Cheers,” “Seinfeld,” “Will and Grace,” “Hope & Faith,” “Ellen” and “Caroline in the City.” He has also worked with famous entertainment personalities such as Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Billy Crystal and Chevy Chase. On Thursday evening at 7:30, Leopold will present his new one-man show, “When a Comedy Writer Finds God,” about his conversion from Judaism to Catholicism. Persky, who helped Leopold write it, will introduce Leopold before the performance. Leopold said his show, which includes original songs, has wide appeal. “It’s my journey of faith and finding grace,” he said. “It’s about what led me to Jesus. There are lots of laughs and jokes, but I think people will find the story touching, too.” Elsbach said she is happy for the opportunity to meet the pair and learn from them. “I am looking forward to Tom Leopold and Bill Persky’s workshops on humor because I have found that often writers, especially new writers, find humor difficult to articulate,” she said. “Being able to tell a joke is different than putting a joke to a page. I’m looking forward to the workshop in order to improve my style of writing in this particular genre.” English, communication studies and theatre students will enjoy private master classes and lectures with Persky and Leopold on Wednesday and Thursday. After Leopold’s show, Persky will be signing and selling copies of his book “My Life is a Situation Comedy,” and Leopold will sign copies of his CD, “Just the Hits,” featuring original songs, including some from his one-man show. “I always knew I was funny, but I didn’t know I could write; that was a lucky thing,” Leopold said. “Writing comedy is a high because everyone laughs at the same stuff.”
“The Black Lives Matter event had finished some three hours previous and was by all accounts a very well conducted peaceful demonstration and this is not a connected attack with that whatsoever,” Jason Brock, the head of the local council authority, told the BBC.Current coronavirus restrictions mean venues like pubs are closed, so many people in Britain gather in parks in the evenings to meet friends.”Incidents of this nature are very rare, though I know that will be of little comfort to those involved and understand the concern that this incident will have caused amongst our local community,” said Chief Constable John Campbell of Thames Valley Police.A witness said the attack began when a man suddenly veered toward a group of about eight to 10 friends and began stabbing them. The nature of the attack was reminiscent of a number of recent incidents in Britain that authorities considered to be terrorism.In February, police shot dead a man, previously jailed for promoting violent Islamist material, who had stabbed two people on a busy street in south London. Last November another man who had been jailed for terrorism offences stabbed two people to death on London Bridge before he too was shot dead by police. Topics : A stabbing rampage in the southern English town of Reading, in which three people were killed and three others were seriously wounded, is being treated as terrorism, police said on Sunday.A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder after the stabbings on Saturday evening in a park in Reading, which is about 65 kilometers west of London..A security source told Reuters that the man, who remains in police custody, is a Libyan. “Counter Terrorism Policing can now confirm that the stabbing incident that happened in Reading last night has now been declared a terrorist incident,” Thames Valley Police said in a statement.Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has described the incident as appalling, held a meeting on Sunday with security officials, senior ministers and police to be updated about the investigation, a spokesman for Johnson said.Initially police and the government had said the incident did not appear to be terrorism and they were keeping an open mind as to the motive. They said they were not looking for any more suspects in relation to the incident.The stabbings took place on a sunny evening hours after a rally by anti-racism protesters in the park, Forbury Gardens, but appeared to be unrelated to that.
Submit Share Betfred debuts new rockabilly TV campaign promoting ‘Nifty Fifty’ live draws July 31, 2020 Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Top 50 clubs suffer €751m decline in brand value July 31, 2020 Richard McGuireIssuing a governance statement, London-listed betting systems provider Sportech Plc has today announced that it is seeking a corporate sale of its entire enterprise.Its decision follows a comprehensive strategy review undertaken by Sportech governance with a view to maximising shareholder value.Launching its bidding process, Sportech informs that it has appointed London investment firm Canaccord Genuity as lead financial advisor for its planned sale.Canaccord Genuity will work alongside Sportech’s Takeover Panel reviewing bids which will bring optimal value for the firm’s investors. Updating the media and stakeholders, Richard McGuire, Non-Executive Chairman of Sportech, commented:“We announced last month a comprehensive strategic review to assess options to enhance shareholder value. Further to this investigation, we have today launched this formal sales process. Whilst we note there is no certainty that an offer, or suitable offer, will be forthcoming, our confidence in our businesses, in our growth opportunities and in our dedicated professional colleagues means that a potential sale is only one of the strategic options open to the Company.”In its latest H1 interim statement, Sportech governance detailed that the company had undertaken a ‘transitional period’ for its business, having agreed to sell-off its Football Pools division for £83 million (March 2017) and having further been cleared of its £97 million tax dispute with UK HMRC.Throughout 2016/2017 Sportech has pushed for the company to expand its services internationally, focusing growth within the US market for its racing systems division ‘Sportech Racing & Digital’ services.Last September, Sportech’s leadership duo of CEO Ian Penrose and CFO Mickey Kalifa informed the board that their intended departures. Kalifa resigned with immediate effect, whilst Penrose is expected to maintain the position of Sportech leader until 31 December.Moving forward with its sale, the Sportech board will publish a full strategic review with its corporate trading statement on 9 November.
Maritzburg United chairman Farook Kadodia aims to appoint Steve Komphela head coach of the club before Wednesday.Komphela, who parted ways with Free State Stars at the beginning of December, is poised to succeed Clinton Larsen at the Team of Choice.Larsen was fired last month after picking up five points from nine games at the helm following his return to United from Bloemfontein Celtic in mid-October.”Yes, we are interested to sign Steve Komphela,” Kadodia confirmed to KickOff.com.”We hope to finalise the deal before Wednesday.”Black Stars defender Awal Mohammed plays for Maritzburg