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Roger Ebert’s death yesterday caught me by total surprise. I did not realize his Tuesday column was, in essence, his farewell.
I will try to write a tribute or an essay of some kind. But for now, I will save his one-of-a-kind 2011 TED Talk. To hear him “speak” of saying his last words and not realizing it was his last spoken words, is heartbreaking.
With the exception of The New Yorker coverage, this CBS Sunday Morning piece likely is the most in-depth and insightful coverage I have seen Brendan O’Connell receive.
Really happy for him, obviously. And after this post, I really need to work on getting some non-O’Connell posts on here before he accuses me of stalking him. Congrats again, Brendan.
I am sure someone I have interviewed in the past has appeared on The Colbert Report, but this is the first time to my knowledge I interviewed someone before they appeared on the show.
Also, according to the Kickstarter website, O’Connell is slated to appear in an upcoming People magazine, and an episode of CBS Sunday Morning.
February 27 is going to be a great day for writer Adam Szymkowicz for two reasons. First up, previews will start on the Pipeline Theater Company production of his clown noir play, Clown Bar (February 27 & 28 at 8PM) at the Parkside Lounge (317 E. Houston St., New York, NY) before starting a run of Fridays & Saturdays at 9PM performances from March 1 – March 23, 2013.
Secondly, the first episode of the Szymkowicz-written web series, Compulsive Love, will premiere on February 27. Compulsive Love has the great tag line of “A show about a man being punched in the face by love and the women wearing the brass knuckles.” In this interview, we discuss both projects.
Tim O’Shea: Am I correct in thinking that Clown Bar is partially a musical? Did you always envision the project having music?
Adam Szymkowicz: It has four songs in it. There is a character who is the singer in the bar and he sings all the songs. Sometimes I like to put one or two songs in my shows, though I can’t say why this play has four songs in it except to say it always did.
This interview has been a long time coming. I have been wanting to interview professional artist Brendan O’Connell for years. O’Connell and I went to high school together–and thanks to social media, we got back in touch with each other back around 2007 or so. I have covered him here a few times at the blog. While most of this interview is focused on O’Connell’s work, O’Connell and I finally got together to talk because of his latest educational and artistic endeavor, Everyartist. O’Connell is one of the founding partners of Everyartist.
“In 2013, Everyartist will create a national, collaborative art event that engages elementary school children across the country – the largest art event in history. Our platform of events, digital content/tools and retail products empowers ArtTeachers, ArtMoms and ArtAngels to spark and sustain the creativity inside every ArtKid.”
Garry Shandling is a fellow always seemingly ready with a laugh. But in this video excerpt where he recalls Gilda Radner’s appearance on his show, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, there’s a vulnerability about him.
As he notes, Radner was dying of cancer. Radner was also a longtime, close friend of the show’s co-creator, Alan Zweibel.
As the comedians note in tribute to David Letterman (from last night’s Kennedy Center Honors on CBS), it is fun to see Dave be uncomfortable. People (namely Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Kimmel and Ray Romano) complimenting and honoring him definitely makes him squirm.
This tribute was great to watch, except the end, when producers made all four presenters interact in a scripted manner. That was awkward for everyone.
This video, part of the Academy Conversations on Facebook, proves I can watch Rob Reiner doing anything. Someone in the Oscars social media department (or heck maybe it was Reiner himself) decided it would be a good idea to film him standing up in his office. So while getting to hear Reiner opine on various subjects (including an interest in a Spinal Tap sequel)–as great as that is–it is not so great to look up Reiner’s nose. You may disagree.
Really, it’s awkward. Funny, but awkward.
Imagine a British comedy, slightly influenced by the old 1960s Get Smart, but with a tinge of Arrested Development/family dysfunction to round out the edges–then you have the 2011 comedy series (now available on Hulu) called Spy.
It may be only a sitcom–and I only may be four episodes into the series, but I love that there has already been some minor character development. The characters do not stay static for the sake of comedy.
It is hard to pick my favorite moment from the Americana Music Festival 2012, which recently aired on PBS (and can still be viewed here).
The festival was hosted by Jim Lauderdale (who also performed with Buddy Miller). Around the 30-minute mark Guy Clark captures your attention/breaks your heart with a tune dedicated to his late wife and creative collaborator Susana Clark (who died earlier this year). While Bonnie Raitt made Crazy Thing Called Love a hit, I have always considered it a John Hiatt song–so I was pleased as punch to see the two of them perform the song together. The best was saved for last, when all the performers joined together on The Weight, in tribute to the late Levon Helm.