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Every so often I come across someone who’s doing something really different or has what I consider to be extraordinary talent. Such is the case with a group called “Cult Comedy Pictures.”
It’s a whole gang of guys, who mix their skills both behind and in front of the camera to come up with some very funny short videos!
And if you don’t believe me see for yourself!
The troupe is made up of Lance Rizzo, George Gaffney, Jake Hart, Brent Katz, Justin Williams, Jackie Brown, Mark Baker, Jose Vega, Akash Bhasin, Patrick Kendall, Albert Elmazovski, and Michael Huss, and they call in other actors (male and female) to play parts in scripts that they write.
I had the good fortune to be in one of them, and playing myself again as I’ve been doing a lot lately on things like Comedy Central’s hit “Kroll Show” in a sketch with Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, and in a red carpet scene in John Gallagher’s new film called “Act, Naturally.”
I’m actually heading out to LA next week to shoot yet another Kroll Show episode where I will also be playing myself on the red carpet***. (***Note that I said “playing myself” not “playing WITH myself!” LOLOL)
The Cult Comedy Pictures video was kind of a faux documentary, written by George Gaffney, about a hack comic who goes by the name of “Count Hackula” played perfectly by Akash Bhasin, a comedian of Indian descent, who really nailed the Transylvanian accent of Count Hackula. He had a fantastic costume complete with fangs, one of which kept slipping off during the shooting and made for a lot of laughs!
Hackula’s been around for centuries and never bothered to even write one new line. My job was to interview him as I do for Comedy Matters TV and we shot the thing in my place in Manhattan. My “main squeeze” was with me and was played by the lovely and talented Brianna Dunphy who is also an accomplished burlesque dancer!
They shot us on the couch and then lounging in bed, which is where I do some of my best work! (LOL)
When I asked Count Hackula if in all the centuries that’s he’s been performing he ever even had representation, he laughed and said ” Agents and managers, … they’re all bloodsuckers!”
Cult Comedy came in with a crew and very sophisticated equipment, by the standards of most of the shoots I’ve seen. Everyone was very dedicated to their craft, and George Gaffney who is also a performer, wrote the script, but was very cool about letting the actors improvise, which often makes for a better product.
This day he spent lots of time on the computer writing and re-writing to get the script just where we wanted it.
Everyone had patience galore which is what you need on one of these things, and we shot from morning to night so that we could get it all done in time for the live show coming up at The Duplex on Saturday, June 8th at 7 P.M.
I’m proud to say I will also be in that show, and am coming back from LA early just to be in it! I believe in these guys, and think they have something very cool, very different, and very hip to offer! Plus we had a blast as you might be able to tell from some of these photos.
Special thanks to Albert and Brent for their spectacular audio and visual work!
I can’t wait to see the finished product and also to attend and perform in the live show coming up on Saturday, June 8th, at 7 P.M. at The Duplex on Christopher Street, (http://www.theduplex.com)
Netflix, the world’s leading Internet television network with more than 36 million members in 40 countries, is going all out to promote the fact that it’s bringing back the highly anticipated return of the hit show “Arrested Development”, with a fourth season this coming Sunday, May 26th.
Starting in London, they are launching the Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Stand Worldwide Tour. As of May 8th, Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Stand will pop up in different locations around London on May 8th, 9th, 15th and the 21st. The banana stand will then come to the US and appear in different cities leading up to the show’s debut on May 26th.
The series was created by it’s Exec Producer Mitch Hurwitz, and all 15-episodes of the Emmy® Award-winning comedy will be available for Netflix members to watch instantly at launch in all territories where Netflix is available – U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland, Latin America, Brazil and the Nordics. The first three seasons of “Arrested Development” are currently available to stream in all Netflix territories.
The storyline of “Arrested Development” centers around Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) and his eccentric family comprised of his son George Michael (Michael Cera), his father George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor), his mother Lucille (Jessica Walter), his brothers George Oscar Bluth II (Will Arnett), Buster Bluth (Tony Hale) and sister Lindsay Funke (Portia de Rossi), Lindsay’s husband Tobias (David Cross) and their daughter Maeby (Alia Shawkat).
Along with Mitchell Hurwitz, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Jim Vallely and Troy Miller are also executive producers on “Arrested Development,” and it is produced by Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox Television for Netflix. Some pretty heavyweight names!
The hit series originally aired on FOX from 2003-2006, but in this new season each episode will be told from the point of view of a different character, which Hurwitz said made it easier to get the original stars to return. There’s also been rumours of a possible Arrested Development movie.
Details on the banana stand’s location and other activities can be found on Twitter at @ArrestedDev
David Cross is best known for his stand-up, and for his HBO hit show “Mr. Show” that ran from 1995-1998 and co-starred Bob Odenkirk. Bob recently did a very serious role on HBO’s hit show “Breaking Bad” where he played a sleazy lawyer, and did it very well I might add!
I recently interviewed David Cross, who plays Tobias Funke, (two dots over the “u”, which I’m not sure how to do so just try and picture that in your mind! LOL), at an event at The Friars Club:
My kids love to read and laugh at the book “Alexander and the terrible no good very bad day”. It’s a favorite in our house. But I can guarantee I got that shit topped.
My morning started out at 5:45am with my five year old kicking my bedroom door in like a military commander and demanded juice. My husband of course pretended not to hear anything the whole time so I had to get up and accommodate the terrorist.
Once occupied with his juice I gave him a sketch pad and said “you can draw quietly until everyone else wakes up.” He said “Can I draw a penis?” At that point I honestly didn’t care if he drew a blueprint for an Al Queda plot operation, I just wanted to go back to sleep.
I slept in until the late morning hour of 6:45am and began waking my other two children. It would likely be easier to rouse a heroin addict who topped off the night with an Ambien then these two comatose kids.
Within 45 minutes I was screaming at everyone to brush their teeth, double check permission slips, and make sure lunches were packed.
I took some “me time” to pee and check my phone.
Then in bold typed letters my eyes feasted on the most ridiculous text I have ever seen. It is from a nineteen year old employee at the gym I run letting me know he would not be able to come to work today. But it’s a totally rational excuse.
“Hi Kyle. I’m sorry but I need to take off today because somebody is trying to kill me. He thinks I stole $100 but I didn’t. I may have to take cover in New Jersey. Peace.”
Once I got the kids off to school and scrambled to find coverage, I happily walked into my shrinks office. She is my saving grace of the day.
Every week I lament to her about how difficult it is to be a working mom in the entertainment field; how stand up is particularly tough when your a mom but that I work so hard to balance it all. She encourages me and helps me see new ways of understanding my life and myself.
She smiled as I plopped down on the couch. Before I could start my bitching, she had news for me. How exciting! Is she pregnant? Is she winning an award? NO. She is leaving her practice. This bitch is breaking up with me! Who will I unload my narcissistic rant on? This is unspeakable.
On top of it, I have a show tonight that I have not had time to write for. I have to go home and make dinner for my kids.
Insane day. But its all good. Before my show, I will throw back a shot of some alcohol, even rubbing alcohol-whatever I got in the house then I will snuggle up and read my kids “Alexander and the terrible, horrible no good very bad day.”
Then I’ll go unleash my anger on a bunch of strangers at a comedy club. Hopefully they will find me funny or my self-esteem will be greatly compromised.
I’m ready for that round of rubbing alcohol shots.
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