Being a showrunner has many unexpected perks. But being a matchmaker is seldom one of them.
Posts Categorized: Comedy
An interview with Chuck Kozlowski and Phoef Sutton on HEART ATTACK AND VINE
Groucho Marx and Alice Cooper became fast friends when they met, performing a duet of “Lydia the Tattooed Lady” at birthday party for Frank Sinatra.
I’m taking the time to thank people whose work I value. While they’re alive to appreciate it. Today it’s TOM LEHRER, the great satirist and songwriter.
Living Masters. Bob Newhart, Richard Thompson, Rick Baker, Vin Scully, Ralph Stanley, Ennio Morricone.
I just saw Angela Lansbury play Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit at the Ahamanson, in downtown Los Angeles. She was terrific, the play was marvelous. It reminded my how much I love Noel Coward.
Turner Classic Movies is showing a new CARRY ON movie every Saturday. As there are over thirty of them, the festival could go on for many, many months. I know these films are an acquired taste, but I love them dearly. Full of low-brow, music-hall-style humor, they’re sort of the British equivalent to Abbott and Costello movies. The stories are loosely structured to allow a variety of English comedians a chance to do their bits.
BATMAN dresses up like a bat to fight crime. Isn’t that just a little absurd? Not if you ask Christopher Nolan. His Batman is deadly serious. Just listen to his voice.
But if you ask Lorenzo Semple Jr? Then you end up with the Adam West BATMAN TV series of the ‘60s. Now, I ask you, which is more true to life?
INTERVIEW WITH BARBARA HALL
Barbara Hall is a veteran TV producer (Judging Amy, Joan of Arcadia). What’s more, she’s also an accomplish novelist. What’s more she’s also a recording artist. I get exhausted just thinking about it.
There is no name for it. It happens every year. It’s one of the few really classy, unselfish traditions left in Hollywood. Television writers put in hours of work on their friend’s comedy pilots for NO MONEY. JUST BECAUSE THEY’RE FRIENDS.