Here’s a review of this week’s questions:
- Who is the Cincinnati-born stand-up comedian that headlines arenas across the country and has also appeared in the films, “Friday After Next” and “Norbit”?
- Who was the Reds’ left fielder known by his nickname, “The Big Donkey”?
- What 2015 movie was filmed in parts of Cincinnati that “portrayed” 1950s New York and New Jersey?
And here are the answers:
- Katt Williams. Born Michah Williams in Cincinnati in 1971, Katt Williams started his career as a nightclub comic and quickly grew his reputation as an outrageous and provocative comedy superstar. After appearing on BET’s Comic View, he filmed two HBO comedy specials and made his acting debut on “NYPD Blue.” His biggest role was as “Money Mike” in the 2002 Ice Cube movie, “Friday After Next.” Katt Williams has also offered his talents to the music industry and appeared as a roastmaster in Comedy Central’s 2007 roast of Flavor Flav.
- Adam Dunn. Even though he played for the Diamondbacks (2008) and the White Sox (2011-2014), as well as several other MLB teams, it was as a Cincinnati Red that Adam Dunn gained notoriety and acclaim, starting in 2001. Drafted as a high-schooler out of Texas in 1998, Dunn showed prowess as a rookie in the majors, and quickly became a primary component of the team’s heavy-hitting lineup. He set numerous records, including 46 home runs in 2004, and joined the legendary Joe Morgan as the only Reds players to score 100 runs, drive in 100 runs, and draw 100 walks in a single season. He was a two-time All Star and is now a member of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.
- “Carol”. The highly regarded and Oscar-nominated film, “Carol,” starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, tells the story of two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. The Cincinnati neighborhoods of Over-the-Rhine, Eden Park, and Hamilton were among many locations used for filming. The movie was directed by Todd Haynes and based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith and garnered six Academy Award nominations, even though it did not win any.