What a Strange Trip It Could Be

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In less than 48 hours, I’ll be at Heathrow Airport preparing for one of my infrequent journeys to the nation of my passport, but it’s been seven months since the last trip, and it feels like a whole lot will be unrecognisable. I’ve also just recently reconfigured my computer so that it naturally types words […]



A Different Kind of Heckling

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In those many years of doing stand-up for a living, we always had to bear in mind that unless you become a concert headline act, you’re pretty much at whatever pub because the owner of the venue thinks comedy is the most fun (read “profitable”) way to sell drinks. If they thought turtle races would […]



Remembering an Extraordinary Person

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While most will acknowledge March 17 as St. Patrick’s Day and wear green, I will remember three years ago on this day that Eileen Cadman, my partner of a mere 28 months, passed away, so I wear black. I’m not dressed like Johnny Cash, mind you, but for the rest of my life, March 17 […]



I Could Have Met Nancy Reagan

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Chances would have been slim, but around this time 17 years ago, I was still living in LA and had been working as a stage manager for various independent stage productions in and around Hollywood. Through one connection, I got hired to stage manage a big propaganda fest in Santa Monica for an offshoot of […]



Dr. Philip Seff, October 5, 1923 – February 18, 2016

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That’s a lotta living, though admittedly, the last ten years or so weren’t really what you’d want to call living. For all that time, he was in the Veterans’ Hospital in Menlo Park, California, pretty much totally dependent on either his 5-day-a-week carer with the patience of a saint, or the nursing staff that, depending […]



History Of Love

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Perhaps a little misleading is the title, for I’ve been noticing lately that my blogs are showing more tendency to ramble. So the “History” will be confined to a rather vague and sketchy paragraph. My favorite lyrics ever to a love song are from Larry Graham’s 1980 Soul hit, “One In A Million You,” where […]



20 Years Ago – Initial UK Mission Aborted

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In early 1996, things weren’t looking too promising. I’d done gigs overseas at US military bases in the two previous years, but my main booker and supporter died late in ’95, leaving nobody to continue in his place. Meanwhile, work on the home front was virtually non-existent, to the point that my then wife was […]



15 Years Ago, and a TV Career Begins and Ends

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It was 15 years ago this week that I began my first extended stay in UK, leaving shortly after New Year’s Day 2001 and returning to LA near the end of February. Being the newcomer on the scene, nearly all the available promotional entities were lining up to find out about the new Yank in […]



Bottom 10 of 2015

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I mentioned the other day having difficulty figuring out a Bottom 10; well, part of the problem was there was one annoying trend that was so often repeated, I probably could have made a Bottom 10 from just that one genre. What we’re referring to is, at least in UK charts, the propensity to take […]



Top 10 of 2015

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This was a hard list to put together, not because there was an incalculable amount of shite released this year, which of course there was, but to be fair, I had trouble compiling a bottom 10 as well. There was only a scant few that I can remember liking throughout their entire chart run. This […]