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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeitung p Thursday June Attractions TELEVISION CLOSEUP Rick Reynolds By Eirik Knutzen Copley News Service Somehow dysfunctional does not adequately describe the early years of Rick Reynolds life But he put a comedic spin on it five years ago and wrote a successful oneman stage show based on the tatters of his childhood called Only the Truth is Enamored with his creation Reynolds worked closely with NBC to develop the shows premise into a sitcom titled My Although hailed by dysfunctional television critics the networks brass deemed the characters in the project a bit too dysfunctional and pulled the plug after the pilot was in the can All Reynolds got out of the experience was a healthy chunk of money a highly amusing comedy CD called Only the Truth is Funny and an Emmy Award nomination It allowed him to spend several years at home in the San Francisco area making money by selling three feature film scripts though none have been produced so far and watching his two sons grow He also wrote and performed another oneman show All and No Place to which now serves as the model for Life and Stuff a sitcom enjoying a sixweek trial run on CBS The oneman show is basically about my real life marriage falling apart and therapy saving Reynolds explains I weave humor with my philosophy and a therapeutic message as I dredge up a lot of very sad stuff a fairly funny and cathartic continues the former stand up comedian The network wants the sitcom version to be just funny so thats what were trying He portrays Rick Boswell a stressedout advertising executive opposite Pam Dawbers Ronnie his equally harried wife and fulltime mother of their two young boys Their quest is to maintain a spark of passion in their marriage as the outside forces of the 90s chips away at it Reynolds 45 has kept the sitcoms concept very close to reality As in the show my wife and I live in the Bay area with two sons Ronnie and Rick have been married 10 years Lisa and I for 14 years Tanner Lee Prairie Jerry and Brandon Allen Shawn basically play our sons Cooper and Jack 6 and 4 A therapist saved our marriage Martin Mull plays a therapist trying to save our screen Although Life And Stuff has a little more edge than most sitcoms according to the whispy haired Reynolds it has a much greater chance of reaching mainstream audiences than My Family ever did It was way too he admits in retrospect I had me Both drank He was in and out for a while There were uncles and awful people living with us for periods of time My third dad Don Chase who really was a great guy stuck around until I was in high owed to Las Vegas gambling interests Thats when Don disappeared for a Reynolds recalls My mother actually heard on the radio that he was wanted for bank robberies He went to Rick Reynolds with Pam Dawber an incredibly dysfunctional childhood in Wood Village a workingclass bedroom community of Portland My biological father drowned when I was less school But then he started robbing He had an inkling that something was wrong when two Mafiatypes with bent noses showed up at the house to collect money prison for a long time and my mom divorced him When he got out he died of Despite the horrors of being a battered child Reynolds claims that his Despite the horrors of being a battered child Reynolds claims that his relationship today with his mother is very than a year he continues matteroffactly My mothers second marriage ended in divorce He was abusive to my mother and she in turn beat American Legion Post 179 4io w Coil New Across from the library 6250179 I f i I u Memorable Gifts OMAS RESTAURANT Seniors Childrens Menu Open every day for lunch and dinner Es Schmeckt Gut 210 6253280 JUST OFF IH35 EXIT 189 ON HWY 46 I JM relationship today with his mother is very They still see each other at least twice a year I understand why she did it she didnt have the tools to cope with me and shes sorry it he says She was clinically diagnosed as a depressive I remember while in high school picking her up from the hospital after a shock treatment She didnt know who I was for several By some miracle he graduated in 1970 from Reynolds High School in Troutdale where he was voted best actor and most talkative It led directly to a bachelors degree in philosophy at Portland State University six years later I picked it because philosophy is a really easy degree to get and it was something that I was very interested says Reynolds laughing Its fun to get a degree in something you sit around late at night talking to your friends about anyway particularly when youre so sophomoric that you think youre smart The drawback is that there is very little money in philosophy You just cant open a little philosophical boutique and hope to make a living selling bumper stickers that say things like Honk if you exist or My other soul is Severely career challenged Reynolds spent short periods of time as a disc jockey and touring limited portions of the state as the lead singer in a rock band called the Teens He also published an alternative newspaper called The Oregonite for a year or so then wound up writing a TV column for a weekly newspaper Always the funniest guy in his immediate social circle he finally entered a Portland comedy competition in 1981 and won due to the fact that everybody sucked but I sucked a little less First prize was a trip to play The FRIDAY SATURDAY JUKEBOX POOL SHUFFLEBOARD SATURDAY PRIVATE PARTY SUNDAY BRETT GRAHAMCOUNTRY NO Cover 625HALL 255 Saengerhalle STEAKN SHRIMP 6oz Steak Fries or Boked Potato Si m THUR Al Barlow FRI Mfllt Toon ilC SAT Blue Sky Punchline in San Francisco I got the bug and at 29 I sold everything and moved to the Bay area to start a new occupation Its the bravest thing Ive ever Like everybody else in the comedy business he started out making 10 per gig then until he was headlining two years later at approximately per week After 10 years on the road he was ready to settle down to the joys of parenthood and high mortgage rates But before they found the ideal house in Northern California Reynolds and his wife spent six years in Los Angeles I was on the road a lot and Lisa had a good job in the development department for Imagine Entertainment but we had to go where there was a real he explains In you cant meet a waiter or a janitor who isnt trying to sell a script In San Francisco they still have professional Well go the oceans depths for you at We do a lot of fishing to get the best in tasty seafood shrimp fish selected seafoods Creoles paellas and pastas all served with fresh seasonal vegetables variety of delicious salads fresh breads and scrumptious desserts Only per person children under 12 eat price Come by and scoop some off our Friday Night Seafood Buffet 1051 IH 35 East New Braunfela TX 6258017 GIFT BOOKS AVAILABLE All showsbefore Adults Kids WALNUT 6 629640O IH 35 and Walnut Ave KIDS SHOW Thursday All Seats PlNOCCHIO OH 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