Please paint me Jimi Hendrix explaining to an owl on his shoulder what a stick of chalk is, near a forest.
O Pioneer!: Work -
That Gawker Media gets a bad rap is no surprise to me. I worked there for some four years, and bigger than that, I cut my teeth there — Nick Denton is the man to whom I owe my career; he taught me to write fearlessly, though oftentimes the writing I did is stuff that I’m ashamed of to this day. I…
Mullaney: Patrick Stewart joins Improvised Shakespeare Company for a night, proves they're the best improv group on the planet -
Last night’s Improvised Shakespeare Company show in New York had a special guest: Patrick Stewart. He’d never improvised with the group before—wherein a handful of guys creates a spontaneous play in the style of William Shakespeare—and I have a feeling he had absolutely no…
Future husband! Lose the four-eyes and let’s party.
Ten years ago today, I stepped into my first class at the UCB Theatre. I signed up for classes on a whim–there was one class with an opening on Saturdays from 9-12, the only time I could guarantee I wouldn’t have to be at work, and I figured I could meet some interesting people. I could write for days on what followed, but suffice it to say, it was probably the best thing I’ve ever done. Personally and professionally, nothing has been more fulfilling than the relationships I’ve developed and the experiences I’ve had in and around the theater. If you’re from UCB, basically, we’re family, thank you for everything, and I’ve got your back. This much should be clear by now.
Which brings me to my next point. A little over eight years ago, I started a variety show, School Night. Back then, there weren’t a lot of places to perform outside of the UCBT, and people were frustrated with their opportunities to develop as improvisers. I had an idea on the way home one night for a show with short, low-pressure improv sets, emailed Owen Burke when I got back to my apartment, and two weeks later, we started what is now the longest running variety show in New York. School Night is my baby, and I love it very much.
But, I live in New Hampshire.
For the last eight months or so, I’ve been happy to book the show, and have been graced with some of the most awesome guest hosts a guy could ask for. But to keep the show vital and consistent, I’ve got to hand over the keys. And I can’t think of anyone who can drive the show forward than Sasheer Zamata. So I’m very pleased to welcome her as the new host of School Night! Sasheer is an amazing performer, a charming host, and a skilled producer, and I can’t wait to see what she does with the show. Please join me in welcoming her, and thank you all for an amazing decade at the UCB. Looking forward to starting the next one!
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Out of Sight (1998)
Terrifying horse mask has the greatest customer image gallery on Amazon
Over the course of editing today’s “When The Commentariat Attack” Inventory I ran across this terrifying horse mask. What I didn’t realize until now is that the terrifying horse mask has an amazing gallery of customer images. My favorite is above. There are eleven pages of such photos. Enjoy, and sleep well.
Cartoonists Matt Groening and Lynda Barry the 1980s. Photo by Lynda who is sticking her arm out.
Her newest book, Blabber, Blabber, Blabber, is dedicated to Matt. They met in the late 70s at The Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington.
“I See What You Did There” of the day
(apologies for the eye-strain, click to enlarge)
Film Comment’s Laura Kern finds a clever way to cut her workload in half, doubling her vitriol for 2 new films in the process.
for what it’s worth, your humble host doesn’t think that either of these films deserve such scorn, but… ya know… i see what you did there.