Has it Really Been 15 Years?

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As the summer of 2000 began, I was in desperate need of a change. In between freelance work as a stage manager at a theatre in Hollywood, doing phone sales and promo work for my dad’s syndicated newspaper feature, custodial work at a yoga studio, and oh yeah, a bit of comedy now and then, […]



Wasn’t quite Hell, but getting warm

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When an agent contacted me a couple weeks ago for a resorts gig, I immediately said yes, only because it had been over a year since the last gig I’d done under his auspices. I also remembered the bittersweet experiences with the people running these venues, i.e. left hand rarely knows what right hand is […]



This Is Not Sport

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Well, it’s pretty obvious to anyone who’s read my rants and raves over the years where I stand on anything that has to do with weapons that kill. I think back to the words of late comedian Skip Stephenson, who merely posed the question, “Who gets up early, drinks a beer, shoots a defenseless animal, […]



The Voice – Final Chapter

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Obviously, because I’m writing about it, my audition for “The Voice UK 2016” didn’t yield anything more than a “Thank you” and a long speech about “not giving up on your dreams.” Had I passed the audition, I’d have had to sign all sorts of contracts that would make me essentially their property until I’m […]



I’m Now Almost Scared to Voice an Opinion

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I don’t know how some of my Facebook friends do it! Especially my liberal ones. I see almost daily a post espousing what I believe a sensible (OK, liberal!) point of view, and on its thread will be not just disagreements, but invective of some of the most vile and insulting one can imagine. It’s […]



Not Much Has Changed

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As part of my last extended US road trip in May of 2001, I got to perform one night at a club in Myrtle Beach, SC. This gig in itself was tedious to get to, as my driver/opening act, who met me at Atlanta Airport, was stopped just past Atlanta city limits for talking on […]



I Absolutely Sucked At Basketball

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But I’m certainly pleased to see the Bay Area’s basketball team, the Golden State Warriors, win their first National Basketball Association championship in 40 years. This is a team that in those 39 years in between, only made the playoffs nine times (16 teams out of 30 qualify each year), and only made it past […]



It Was Two Years Ago Today

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Yes, two years ago today I finally said goodbye to Dagenham, Essex, after spending most of the previous 10 years there. And what did I learn in those ten years? Not much, other than the further proof that suburban life really never appealed to me. Especially if you’re in show business, or intend to stay […]



Another One Gone, Another Namedrop Story

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It was sad to hear the news of the comedienne/actress Anne Meara’s passing yesterday at age 85. She and her husband Jerry Stiller were the quintessential husband-wife comedy team in the 70’s, plus their marriage lasted over 60 years. Not to mention the success in film of their son Ben Stiller, who would have been […]



Yep, met him!

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With the passing of B.B. King yesterday at age 89, it now leaves Chuck Berry as the oldest living R&B legend (I think), as he’ll reach that same age in October this year. And because I actually got to shake BB’s hand and share more than one or two sentences with him when I was […]