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By Dave Donnelly

Wednesday, February 23, 2000

Comedy of the
absurdest sort

ENTERTAINER Jimmy Borges was reminiscing about the great comedic entertainer Moms Mabley, and how she got her start performing with Arthur Fiedler in Boston. It was billed, he deadpanned, "Moms and the Pops." Pun-dit Borges' use of such pun-gent pun-ishment maligning that wonderful old singing group is enough to send the late Mama Cass Elliot Mug shotspinning in her grave. Which may account for those earthquakes on the Big Island ... Then there's Fox, the network that brought you that prime-time propositional phrase, "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire." They left a final syllable off the question - it should have read "Millionaire-head." Apparently I was one of the few to avoid the show, which lured millions of people to watch some scary-looking comedian and "stage nerd" pick some poor blonde with dollar signs in her eyes to be his bride there and then. She'd not laid eyes on him prior to the wedding, and they went off on what had to be the weirdest honeymoon in history on a cruise ship with separate staterooms and a chaperone. On his return - alone - Rick Rockwell said of his bride, "I like her a lot." Wow, what an endorsement! I hope she'll be happy with that ...

PROMOTER Bill Yee was so happy with the turnout at his second Downtown Jazz Festival at the Post Office courtyard that he's already planning Fest No. 3 on Feb. 11, 2001. Will the planned Galleria Shopping Center be open by then, as the signs promise? That, he says, is in the hands of the Galleria developers, Russell Allen and Harold Spector ...

Gutzi performance

SINGER Shari Lynn has been dependent on a lot of subs this week, and we're not talking sandwiches or Atlantis or the U.S. Navy. Shari is doing her cabaret show at an awards dinner in Newport Beach, Calif., tomorrow, and called for a little help from her friends. First off, she enlisted Broadway performer Mary Gutzi, in town to direct Diamond Head Theatre's "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," to take over her 7th grade music class at La Pietra School for Girls. And last night, Al Romero subbed for her at the Hale Koa. Aaron Aronita, who plays for Shari on Saturdays at the Kahala Mandarin, is also in L.A. this week attending the Grammy Awards. Both will be back in time for Saturday's gig, and on the plane Lynn will be studying lines. She's also a part of the Reader's Theater Company at Fort Shafter's Richardson Theatre, and Sunday they open Sandra Deer's play, "So Long on Lonely Street." Doesn't sound like Shari has time to get lonely ...

THAT was Anthony Ruivivar, son of Society of Seven founder Tony Ruivivar, appearing on the Rosie O'Donnell show Monday to help her plug her appearance on his television series, "Third Watch." ... "Fame," the musical that opens March 28 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall, has a book, music and lyrics written by three different people, but the most famous thing it has going for it is the title song, written by Honolulan Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore, brother of "It's My Party" singer Leslie Gore ...

Bills and coins

THE Hawaii State Numismatic Association will hold its 10th collectibles show Friday through Sunday at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. On display (and for sale) will be un-cut sheets of bills right from the U.S. Mint. More than 7,000 coin collectors attended last year and they're shooting for 10,000 this year ...

Dave Donnelly has been writing on happenings
in Hawaii for the Star-Bulletin since 1968.
His columns run Monday through Friday.

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