A Buffoon Gets on SNL
More evidence to suggest that the Charleston Comedy Festival is a place where good acts come to get better. Bobby Moynihan, one of the three legs of the Upright Citizens Brigade's Buffoons, slayed audiences here at Theatre 99 during this year's Comedy Fest. He's been tapped as a new addition to Saturday Night Live, E! Online reports. Congrats, Bobby. —John Stoehr
New Theater Group Gets Naked?
It's called The Deuce Theatre. Relocated to Charleston from New Jersey, it bills itself as "a new experimental theatre company in the S.C. Lowcountry." The company gets started with a show (Oct. 24-Nov. 2) at the North Charleston Cultural & Civic Complex at the Old Navy Yard. The Emperor is Naked?, based on the work of Hans Christian Anderson, is an original production of political satire that relies on audience participation to lampoon the politics of the past and present (and maybe the future, too). The Emperor is Naked? promises to be extremely funny and extremely relevant, especially in light of the upcoming presidential election. —Myles Hutto
Cell Phone Tours
The Gibbes Museum of Art began offering cell phone audio tours last month. The new service allows visitors to customize their museum experiences by selecting specific information of interest via their hand-held devices. The tour will include The Charleston Story, an exhibit that tells the history of Charleston through paintings, sculptures, and prints. The Charleston Story audio tour features first-hand accounts from current Charleston artists like Jill Hooper, Juan Logan, West Fraser, and Leo Twiggs. The museum is also offering a cell phone audio tour of Hands On! for visually impaired visitors. —Myles Hutto
Wheel of Time Goes Hollywood
Universal Pictures bought The Wheel of Time fantasy series by the late James O. Rigney, Variety reports. Rigney's series has sold more than 44 million copies. Rigney, who wrote under the pen name Robert Jordan, died last year at the age of 58 while he was in the process of writing the 12th installment. The last book will be completed by writer Brandon Sanderson from Rigney's notes and tapes. It is expected to be released in 2009. —Myles Hutto