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(April 2003)

Up and comers. A couple of actress that have tickled The Toast's fancy.

Alyson HanniganAlyson at Band CampWe first saw Alyson Hannigan in the charming science fiction movie My Stepmother Is an Alien (from 1988 with Dan Aykroyd and Kim Basinger). She was a cute kid with a flair for comedy and a killer smile. Later she settled in as the trusty sidekick Willow to TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. As the sometimes comic relief, her perfect comedic timing has been shown many times. Besides her regular TV appearances, she can be seen in American Pie (1999) and American Pie 2 (2001). Her "band camp" routine had all of us here at The Toast rolling in the aisles.

Megara (Meg)We first heard Susan Egan as the voice of Megara in the rollicking Disney animated film Hercules (1997). Her smoky femme fatale and wise-cracking attitude was one of the best things about the movie. The Toast sat up and noticed. Susan is not only an actress but she's a an award-winning singer. On the stage, she's done everything from Bye, Bye Birdie to Triumph of Love. She won wide acclaim as Belle in the Broadway production of Beauty and The Beast and played Sally Bowles in the stage revival of Cabaret. Susan could be seen Sunday nights on The WB. Susan EganShe played a Las Vegas dancer along side Nikki (Nikki Cox) and was a cynical, wise-cracking, tough talking dame, and was terrific. The Toast is not much of a television watcher but we caught Susan Egan in the TV show Nikki as often as we could. It's hard now because the show has been cancelled. We're looking forward to new appearances of Susan Egan.

Our Founder at The AcademyFinally, our founder (bless his heart) just spent a month at the California Highway Patrol Academy in Sacramento, Ca. Why was he there? It’s a long story. But we would like to thank the staff, the instructors and especially, the personnel in the mess hall that kept him so stuffed and satisfied with fine cuisine.

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