Tuesday, March 27, 2007

I'll be doing the Joey Reynolds radio show tonight on WOR here in NYC. You can listen in on 710 on your AM dial, or online at www.WOR710.com. The show starts at midnight, aka not-primetime.

Joey is no Fartman, but he's a good guy...

Someone gets voted off Dancing with the Stars tonight. Clyde was a lot better last night and I think he'll continue to get better as the weeks go by. My guess is we can kiss Leeza Gibbons a fond farewell tonight. She seems to be on mood-altering drugs already, so I don't think she'll take it that badly...

Friday, March 23, 2007

In case you missed Clyde dancing, here it is...

The footwork is there, he just needs to work everything above the waist. Of course, people have said the same thing about my stand-up, so what do I know?

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Bae Arthur was on The View today, which reminded me of this, one of the most ludicrous things in the history of television. Though it should be noted, if you can combine Boogie Nights and Star Wars (see post from a couple days ago), then why can't Bea Arthur work in a cantina in Tatooine?

It's been an interesting few days for me. I had a weekend full of powerful conversations with friends and family, and then the week starts with my childhood hero Clyde Drexler on Dancing with the Stars. Then, the next day, one of my comedic heros, Bea Arthur, goes on live TV for the first time in recent memory. This all comes off a week that had one of my first comedic inspirations, Richard Jeni, killed himself. Life is full of signs, and I'm not exactly sure what these signs mean to me, but I have my suspicions.

By the way, the best line of this video is when Bea says, "I'll run a tab for the Empire." As if Darth Sidious hadn't run up a huge tab already...

Monday, March 19, 2007

Dancing with the Star begins tonight, and if Clyde does anything like this, it should be pretty interesting...

Also, Bea Arthur will be on The View tommorrow. What a world, what a world...

Friday, March 16, 2007

Came across this over at joegrossberg.com. I think anytime you can combine Boggie Nights and Star Wars you have something that will transcend all other realms...

Have a drunken weekend...

Thursday, March 15, 2007

I'm sure most of you have seen this horrific video of a 101 year old woman being mugged, but it's still worth spreading around in case you come across this motherfucker and want to exact some revenge...

Most of you know my policy on not using the f-word without merit, but I couldn't come up with anything better than "motherfucker" for this guy. If you've got something more fitting, I'd like to hear it.

Also, it should be noted that I've been heavy on YouTube because pics won't post for some reason. And a little more media never killed anyone as far as I know.

Here's my updated presidential-candidate-liking-meter...

1. Rudy, Rudy, Rudy!
2. Barrack Osama...I mean Obama
3. Al Gore's head (Futurama reference)
4. The guy that Ann Coulter implied was "a faggot"
5. Harrison Ford from "Air Force One"

Candidates not on the list got less than 1 percent of the mental energy I spent on that list...

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

I was just flicking channels and I came across the Home Shopping Network doing a Star Wars special. They were selling replica lightsabers which the woman said, "actually feel like the real thing." While I doubt she is truly a Jedi, these guys certainly are...

And by Jedi, I mean special effects nerds...
I've been doing a lot of thinking about Richard Jeni since I heard
about his death. Beyond thinking about him, I've also been reading
articles about him, watching old clips of his, and reflecting on my
own life in stand up comedy. Of course, doing none of this can give
me any true insight into why he killed himself, but if nothing else it
can help me own who I am and know why comedians do what we do.

I first saw Jeni on an HBO special sometime in the late 1980's. My
friend Brian had been telling me how funny he was, and when I finally
caught the special he had me in rolling over in pain from laughter.
While I atribute my first inspiration of being a comic to Bill Cosby,
I now realize that Richard Jeni played a bigger role than I thought.
Come to think of it, I even remember wondering why he wasn't in more
movies when I saw him alongside Jim Carrey in "The Mask."

People will continue to wonder why his life unraveled as it did, and
many will say it is because he never broke into the straosphere of
comedic stars. Believe me when I say that what drives comedians is so
much more profoundly personal and often darker than simply the pursuit
of success. However, when the effort and the talent doesn't get you
what lesser hacks somehow attain, it can shake you to the core. The
one thing that keeps me going in comedy is the idea that I can conquer
my demons and then use them as fodder for my act, as opposed to being
ruled by them until one day I am the lead story on Entertainment
Tonight for all the wrong reasons.

I guess what I've learned in all this is that Richard inspired me once
to get into comedy, and then, perhaps accidentely, to do it for the
right reasons.

Here's one more clip of him, and then I'll be back to the funny later...

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

I've been in Florida for the past few days where I didn't watch TV or jump online. So, I was shocked when I got to the airport yesterday to see that comedian Richard Jeni has died, in an apparent suicide. Jeni was one of the first comedians I really enjoyed watching and he was a favorite of my high school friend Brian, who often retold Jeni's jokes at our lockers. As I try to spin most things positively, I'll work harder after this as both a comic and as a person. Here's a clip from Entertainment Tonight about Jeni from a few days ago...

That being said, posts everyday this week.

So long Richard...

Monday, March 05, 2007

Guess who got a copy of the Borat DVD a full two days before it is officially released. If you guessed me, you're amazing. This clip isn't from the movie but it's classic Borat, and eerily similiar to what happens when I go to the gym...