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Martin Short

Martin Hayter Short is a Canadian-American actor, comedian and writer. He is known for his work on the television programs Saturday Night Live, he has starred in comedy films such as Three Amigos, Three Fugitives, Father of the Bride, Pure Luck, Captain Ron, Father of the Bride Part II, Mars Attacks!, Jungle 2 Jungle, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. He created the characters Ed Grimley. In 1999, he won a Tony Award for his lead performance in a Broadway revival of Little Me. Short was born in Hamilton, the youngest of five children of Olive Grace, a concertmistress of the Hamilton Symphony Orchestra, Charles Patrick Short, a corporate executive with Stelco, a Canadian steel company, he and his siblings were raised as Catholics. He had three older brothers, David and Brian, one older sister, Nora. Short's father was an Irish Catholic emigrant from Crossmaglen, South Armagh, who came to North America as a stowaway during the Irish War of Independence. Short's mother was of Irish descent, she encouraged his early creative endeavours.

His eldest brother, was killed in a car accident in Montréal, Québec, in 1962 when Short was 12. His mother died of cancer in 1968, his father two years of complications from a stroke. Short attended Westdale Secondary School and graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work in 1971; when Short graduated from McMaster University, he intended to pursue a career in social work. Among other members of that production's cast were Victor Garber, Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas, Andrea Martin. Short stated in the documentary Love, Gilda that he and Gilda Radner dated each other on and off during that time, he was subsequently cast in several television shows and plays, including the drama Fortune and Men's Eyes. He worked in Canada through 1979. In 1979, Short starred in the US sitcom The Associates about a group of young novice lawyers working at a Wall Street law firm. In 1980, he joined the cast of I'm a Big Girl Now, a sitcom starring Danny Thomas. Canova was offered the sitcom because of her success playing Corinne Tate Flotsky on ABC's Soap and left Soap shortly before Short's newlywed wife Nancy Dolman joined it.

Short was encouraged to pursue comedy by McMaster classmates Eugene Levy and Dave Thomas, whom he joined in the improvisation group The Second City in Toronto, Ontario, in 1977. He came to public notice when the group produced a show for television, Second City Television or SCTV, which ran for several years in Canada the United States. Short appeared on SCTV in 1982–83. At SCTV, Short developed several characters before moving on to Saturday Night Live for the 1984–85 season: Talk show host Brock Linehan, based on the Canadian interviewer Brian Linehan Aged songwriter Irving Cohen thought to be loosely based on American composers Irving Caesar and/or Irving Berlin, but inspired by Sophie Tucker Entertainer Jackie Rogers, Jr. Current-events commentator Troy Soren Industrialist and art patron Bradley P. Allen Defense attorney Nathan Thurm Oddball man-child Ed Grimley featured on SNL and in his own short-lived animated television series entitled The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley.

The show, produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and aired for a single season in fall 1988, is the only animated series adapted from an SCTV character and a Saturday Night Live character to date. Short joined Saturday Night Live for the 1984–85 season, he helped revive the show with his many characters for season ten. "Short's appearance on SNL helped to revive the show's fanbase, which had flagged after the departure of Eddie Murphy, in turn, would launch his successful career in films and television." His SNL characters included numerous holdovers from his SCTV days, most notably, his Ed Grimley character, depicted on Saturday Night Live as a geeky everyman who finds himself in bizarre situations rather than a miscast bad actor in several film and TV show parodies. He did impressions of such celebrities as Jerry Lewis and Katharine Hepburn. In addition to his work on SCTV and SNL, Short has starred in several television specials and series of his own. In 1985, Short starred in the one-hour Showtime special, Martin Short: Concert for the North Americas.

This was Short's first live concert, interspersed with studio sketches and a wraparound featuring Jackie Rogers Jr. Co-produced by the CBC, this aired as The Martin Short Comedy Special in Canada in March 1986. In 1989, Short headlined another one-hour comedy special, this time for HBO, I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood, Short's classic send-up of all things Hollywood, it featured many of his characters including Jackie Rogers Jr.. Short has had three television shows called The Martin Short Show, including a sitcom, The Martin Short Show, 1994. Short starred as Jiminy Glick on Comedy Central's Primetime Glick, he interviewed celebrities as the character Jiminy Glick. The New York Times in 2002 referred to the character as "the most unpredictable and hilariously uninhibited comic creation to hit TV since Bart Simpson was in diapers."In addition to his own series, Short has guest starred on several shows including Arrested

Katsu (band)

Katsu was an American rock band from State College, from 2001 to 2006. Their musical style was self-described as a cross between hip hop and the music of Bob Dylan, along with mixtures of classic rock, alternative rock, punk rock and ska. Many of the band's themes dealt with "explorations of life, broken hearts and lost innocence in blue-collar America". Singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist Dennis Fallon, bass guitarist Frank Yarnal, guitarist William Love, drummer Ralph Jones formed the band Forty Pound Test in State College in 1999; the band was named after an avid fisherman. When Jones left the band in 2001, the remaining members reformed as Katsu and added Eric "Z" Rozzi as replacement drummer; the band's new name derived from a quote in Phillip Toshio Sudo's book Zen Guitar: "KATSU: A shout that emanates from the soul. Martial artists call this kind of shout katsu. Katsu is the roar of a person who knows what it means to be alive." Katsu began playing as a cover band in popular bars and taverns in downtown State College, such as The Rathskeller, The Saloon, The Lion's Den, although they reinterpreted cover songs and included original songs into their performances.

Along with Dylan, other artists who influenced the band's sound included the Beastie Boys, Mike Ness and Tom Petty. The band chose "Katsu is watching you!" as their slogan for use on their website and bumper stickers. The band released a basement bootleg album retroactively called Songs for Jake in 2001. Katsu was featured on Penn State's student radio station, WKPS - The Lion 90.7 FM on an afternoon show titled "State Your Face", which featured rock, punk and ska. They had a number of in-studio performances in 2004 with WKPS DJ Kip Talley. In December 2001, the band began recording their first album Gorgeous Mess. Bret Alexander and Paul Smith of The Badlees produced the record. Love was replaced with heavy metal guitarist Mark Klein; the record, chosen as the best independent album by Pennsylvania Musician magazine in 2003, included the songs "Leave Me", "Anymore" and "Walkaway", an anthem rocker about growing up in Pennsylvania. Yarnal explained the band's success: "Our live show is energetic.

We like to interact with the crowd. We have a lot of catchy sing-a-long choruses. There is never a dull moment."Rozzi left the band after the record's completion and was replaced with Keith Lingenfelter, a high school friend of Klein. After completing Gorgeous Mess, the band began writing new songs, which led to another basement bootleg album in 2003, Elvis in Furs. Katsu was signed to The Badlees' record label Saturation Acres Music of Danville and from August – October 2003 recorded their second album Disaster at Saturation Acres Studio, again under the production of Alexander and Smith; the record, released in 2004 featured the punk rocker "Cold Stop", "Down The Line" and the southern rocker "Prison Break". Lingenfelter left the band shortly after the album's release and was replaced with drummer Josh Troup, giving the band its final lineup. During the band's existence Katsu played throughout Pennsylvania, including the Grape Street Pub of Manayunk, popular for its original music performances, the Hard Rock Cafe in Pittsburgh, as well as playing in Cleveland, Ohio.

Katsu featured at the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon and served as the opening acts for The Presidents of the United States of America and Jason Mraz. Regarding the latter act, Fallon said, "Yeah, we played a show with all the screaming 12-year-old girls. We opened for the'80s metal band FireHouse. We don't match that scene, either, it was pretty wacky." State College remained the band's base, despite the propensity of a rural university town for cover songs. Fallon explained, "State College is our base of operations; this is where we learned how to play." For the MTV-produced compilation album Lit Riffs: The Soundtrack in 2004, Katsu supplied a stripped-down cover version of Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five's "The Message". In 2005 the band released the EP The Basement Albums Vol. 3, a collection of new tracks and recordings of older songs from live shows. Chris Rosengrant, manager of The Lion's Den, praised the band that year by saying, "Their music is fantastic and their interaction with the crowd is great."In January 2006, the band released the EP A World on End, a compilation of songs from earlier recordings with the new song "Please Don't Start".

Katsu disbanded in May 2006. Along with three other State College musicians and Yarnal formed the band Lowjack in June 2006. On September 28, 2007, Katsu reunited for a single show at The Rathskeller. Songs for Jake Gorgeous Mess Elvis in Furs Disaster The Basement Albums Vol. 3 A World on End

Philippines–Venezuela relations

The Philippines–Venezuela relations refers to the diplomatic relations between Venezuela and the Philippines. The two countries share a Hispanic heritage and relations between the two countries has been warm and friendly since it formal establishment of ties on 27 August 1968. Venezuela has an embassy in Manila and the Philippines has an embassy in Caracas. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made a state visit in the Philippines in 1999 and signed the RP-Venezuela Memorandum of Understanding on Tourism Cooperation and a Memorandum of Understanding on Trade and Investment. Venezuela is the Philippines' 5th largest trading partner in South America with Philippine exports increasing to 38 million dollars in 2004, compared to just 1.6 million dollars of 2003. The Philippines is willing to work with Venezuela in both energy and power industries