"Mama I Know You Ain't Santa" is getting strong responses— Dolly Parton cried upon hearing it and the LA Times named her song, Mama I Know You Ain't Santa one of the saddest Christmas songs
Hard traveling is an admired trait of folk singers, and Tracy Newman took a long journey to her gig this week in Irvine — even if it didn't quite adhere to Woody Guthrie's mythical highways.
Founded in 1974 as an outgrowth of an acting class taught by Gary Austin, a veteran of San Francisco's The Committee improv troupe, the Groundlings Theatre has launched hundreds of careers in TV and the movies. Since the casting of Laraine Newman in 1975, Groundlings alumni have profoundly influenced the direction of Saturday Night Live: The characters made famous on the show by Julia Sweeney, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Chris Kattan, Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri and others were born on the Groundlings' stage.
For Tracy Newman, the transition from Emmy Award-winning television writer to acoustic country-folk troubadour came naturally.