Meet Hand to God Star Steven Boyer!

first_img “I was a hyper kid. I did impressions and told a lot of jokes. I was the comedian in my family, and I couldn’t just tell a story. I had to ‘do’ the people. It started with impersonation and mimicry, but deepened into something more real.” “My parents were OK with me being an actor because they knew that if it didn’t happen, I would go insane. I would’ve become an accountant. And I’d have been that weird accountant who has a puppet show while you’re doing your taxes.” Current Role: Religious teen Jason, whose foul-mouthed hand puppet, Tyrone, takes on a devilish life of its own in the Broadway premiere of Robert Askins’ Hand to God. “I knew Hand to God was legitimately funny when I read it for the first time. But then the climax is horrifying. I love a story that can go from piss-your-pants laughter to sheer terror to real heartfelt cathartic emotion. It’s the Grand Guignol of modern plays.” Hometown: Columbus, OH Related Shows Stage & Screen Cred: Boyer has been with Hand to God since the play’s first reading over four years ago. He made his Broadway debut in I’m Not Rappaport, and starred off-Broadway in Modern Terrorism, The Explorers Club and King Lear. His film and TV credits include stints in The Wolf of Wall Street and Orange Is the New Black. View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 “During Leonardo DiCaprio’s monologue [in The Wolf of Wall Street], I had to come up with something to do because I was in the shot. It ended up being like a silent film comedy performance. My mugging helped me get into the film.” “High school was a chance to reinvent myself. I decided early on I wasn’t going to conform to any of the groups in high school. I was going to be friends with everyone in every group. I wanted to be Ferris Bueller.” “I proposed to my wife Emily at the first NBA game either of us had ever been to. It wasn’t like, ‘Baby, basketball’s been a part of our love from the beginning.’ It was ironic. She wanted me to surprise her, so I knew that doing it on a kiss-cam would do it.” Hand to God Age: 35last_img read more

NBA All-Star Saturday Night: Come see if another man can fly … over a car

first_img NBA All-Star weekend: L.A. is already the center of the hoop world AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersGriffin won the Slam Dunk Contest at the 2011 All-Star Weekend with the greatest stunt in the history of the NBA’s annual midseason celebration. Technically, it was just another dunk off a lob pass from one Clipper to another. The car added an element that catapulted Griffin to superstardom, though.Griffin went on to become Rookie of the Year, a five-time All-Star, a pitchman, the face of a franchise that was on the rise and, ultimately, a tradeable asset. The Clippers dealt him last month to the Detroit Pistons in a franchise-altering move.So much has changed in the seven years since that career-defining moment. Griffin won’t be a participant in either the dunk contest Saturday or the game Sunday at Staples Center. A new generation of dunkers has emerged, including former Lakers leaper Larry Nance Jr., now with Cleveland.Larry Nance Sr., won the 1984 dunk contest in Denver, the NBA’s first.Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers, Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz and Dennis Smith Jr. of the Dallas Mavericks also are entered in the premier event on All-Star Saturday Night. The NBA also will conduct a skills contest and a 3-point shooting contest. For NBA All-Star Weekend, here’s our lineup of All-Southern California NBA All-Stars Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets, Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons) Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), Buddy Hield (Sacramento Kings), Al Horford (Boston Celtics), Lauri Markkanen (Chicago Bulls) and Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets) also will compete in the Skills Challenge.Harris averaged a career-high 18.1 points before the Clippers acquired him from the Pistons. Overall, he’s averaging 18 points on 45 percent shooting, plus 5.3 rebounds and 2 assists in 54 games in 2017-18, including six with the Clippers.In addition to Harris, Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns), Wayne Ellington (Miami Heat), Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder), Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets), Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors) will compete.Gordon is the defending champion. The younger Nance would have been a hometown favorite, but the Lakers traded him and Jordan Clarkson to the Cavaliers in exchange for Channing Frye, Isaiah Thomas and a first-round draft pick at the trade deadline Feb. 8. Nance is still likely to get a lot of support, though.Two Clippers highlight the other events.Guard Lou Williams will participate in the Skills Challenge and forward Tobias Harris, acquired along with Avery Bradley and Boban Marjanovic and two draft picks in the Jan. 29 deal that sent Griffin to Detroit, will compete in the 3-point Contest.Williams is the league’s leading scorer while playing n a reserve role, averaging 22 points. Overall, he’s averaging career-bests of 23.2 points and 5.3 assists while shooting 37.8 percent on 3-point shots and 89.5 percent from the free-throw line.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — The last time it was here a man jumped over a car and dunked a basketball.Baron Davis piloted a KIA onto the Staples Center court as a choir assembled at midcourt to sing, “I Believe I Can Fly.” Blake Griffin accepted a lob pass through the sun roof from Davis, soared over the hood and slammed the ball through the basket as the raucous sellout crowd roared.Charles Barkley then dared on TNT to say it wasn’t that great of a dunk.Come on, man. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Juninho: Pjanic is the Best Free-Kick Taker on the World

first_imgLegendary Juninho Pernambucano is probably the best free-kick taker in the history. He scored 44 of 100 goals for Lyon from a free kick, and a total of 75 during his career. The Brazilian said for L’Equipe that Miralem Pjanic is the best free-kick taker today.“It’s difficult to compare him to me, because I don’t like talking about myself too much, but Mire has incredible quality. He’s maybe the best free-kick taker in the world today. No I’m sure of it – he is the best,” said this 40-year-old Brazilian.“He’s very efficient and above all consistent. That’s the most difficult part. He has a lot of variation in his strikes. He’s able to shoot in different ways depending on the distance. I imagine he’s working a huge amount. I said to him at the time that repetition of the action was the most important thing in order to become a great free-kick taker. It’s tiring but it’s really the most important part,” said Juninho, who hung up his shoes last year, and reminded himself how Pjanic learned from him.“Mire was always interested in my shooting technique on free-kicks and by that exercise in particular. Unfortunately we didn’t rub shoulders with each other for very long because I left one year after he arrived from Metz in 2008. He always stayed with me after training for free-kick practice. We discussed things a lot,” said Juninho.This season, Pjanic scored 4 goals from free kicks, three in Serie A and one in the Champions League.(Source:, read more