Originally created 05/27/05

People in the News



LOS ANGELES - Yo mama's so poor, you asked for a PlayStation and she took you to the bus station and said, "Go ahead, play."

That's the kind of humor you'll find in a new trading card game created by Shawn, Marlon and Keenen Ivory Wayans, based on an old neighborhood pastime: "Yo mama" jokes.

"The Dozens" is played with cards that come with a sticker and a piece of bubble gum. Players score points by one-upping each other with the funniest jokes.

"We grew up in the Garbage Pail Kids era with the Wacky packs," Shawn Wayans said recently. "We miss that kind of fun we used to have when we were kids, flipping through the packs and chewing the gum and reading the funny little jokes."

The cards, manufactured by Topps, are supplemented with a cell phone version created by Bonus Mobile. The cards will be available on an exclusive basis at Blockbuster video stores for 60 days starting June 1 and at other retail outlets after that.

While the brothers promote their new game, are they also working on a sequel to their 2004 movie, "White Chicks"? Keenen directed the film starring Shawn and Marlon as bumbling FBI agents who enlist a crack makeup team to transform them into All-American princesses.

"I don't know why we would want to sit through makeup again for six hours," Marlon said. "People really responded to it, really enjoyed the movie and we have a really good take on the sequel, so it's possible."

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LONDON (AP) - Simon Callow, Jane Horrocks and other celebrities will perform for Queen Elizabeth II at a concert marking the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Some 12,000 people, including other royals, lawmakers and veterans, will attend the concert on National Commemoration Day, July 10, the government said Wednesday.

The event, which will be broadcast live by British Broadcasting Corp. television, will be held in the Horse Guards Parade near Buckingham Palace.

Callow, who appeared in the movie "Four Weddings and a Funeral," will perform along with Horrocks, star of the film "Little Voice" and television's "Absolutely Fabulous" comedy series. Horrocks does a celebrated imitation of wartime songstress Gracie Fields.

Also appearing will be singers Petula Clark and Claire Sweeney.

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden, longtime "Nightline" anchor Ted Koppel and ABC/ESPN sportscaster Mike Tirico are being honored by their alma mater, Syracuse University.

They are among five Syracuse graduates who will be given the university's George Arents Pioneer Medals, the highest alumni honor the school bestows.

The medals will be presented at a dinner June 4, the school announced Wednesday.

Also receiving the award, named after a former chairman of the university's board of trustees, are IBM executive Nicholas Donofrio and Joyce Hergenhan, a longtime senior communication executive with General Electric.

Past winners include TV host Dick Clark, former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato and singer-actress Vanessa Williams.

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