Monday, November 28, 2005

New Show Spotlights Celebrity Autobiographies

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Any great actor can handle William Shakespeare but it takes a special talent to read excerpts from Sylvester Stallone’s autobiography.

That’s what comedian Eugene Pack has learned in seven years hosting a weekly stage show, Celebrity Autobiography: In Their Own Words, where actors perform the collected works of Paris Hilton, David Cassidy and Madonna.

The show comes to TV via Bravo on Dec. 9 and features Cheryl Hines, Kel Mitchell and Fred Willard as well as Jay Mohr reading a chapter from Cassidy’s autobiography about the time he almost had sex with Partridge Family costar Susan Dey.

Pack says he instructs actors not to imitate the celebrity but to interpret the words in their own style. He admits that can be a challenge when you’re “reading the chapter in Stallone’s book where he discusses what’s in his refrigerator.”

Some celebrities actually attend the live performances, such as Star Trek’s Sulu, George Takei, who appears on the Bravo show.

Pack, who performs the Takei monologue says the actor later admitted, “I can’t believe I wrote it.”

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