I saw stand-up Kelsie Huff perform for the first time about a month ago. I loved her bit and immediately asked her to be on the next Interview Show. Sometimes things in life work out. Here's the video (possibly NSFW). And if you like her performance, Kelsie hosts The Kates, a female stand-up show at the Book Cellar, at 8 p.m., tonight. Actually, she'll still host the Kates even if you don't like her performance here.
Few people know more about both the making of a Broadway musical and making it as an actor on Broadway than Brian d'Arcy James.
And now James, whose on and off Broadway credits include Time Stands Still, Sweet Smell of Success, The Good Thief, Titanic and Shrek (as Shrek!), is set to star in a TV show about those very subjects.
Smash, which premieres Feb. 6 on NBC, tells the fictional story of the making of a musical about Marilyn Monroe and how it consumes not just the lives of the show's stars, producers, songwriters and director but each of their families as well.
James stopped by The Interview Show last month in Brooklyn, where we talked about his role as the husband of one of the musical's songwriters (played by Debra Messing), his career on Broadway and how he reacted when he was asked to audition to be Shrek. Plus, he high-fives his sister (Schadenfreude member Kate James) and performs one of his favorite songs.*
Hope you enjoy.
*We sincerely apologize for part of the performance being cut off. If you call us, we will sing the beginning of the song to make up for it.
If you have little kids, you likely have succumbed to Endless Hours of Kids Music.
A lot of it's clever, some of it's catchy and you may at first say you enjoy it. But after the 10,000th time listening to your son or daughter's favorite CD, you may be, well, singing a different tune â€” one not accompanied by the lyrics "the wheels on the bus go round and round."
But there is a way out.
Trick your kids into thinking adults songs are actually kids songs about their favorite topics: superheroes, scary creatures, animals and, the easiest category, trains. Even if, in many cases, the songs have nothing to do with what your kid thinks they're about.
Here, then, four mixes for you . . . and your kids. (Edited versions of some songs allowed.)
THE SUPERHEROES MIX
1. Waitin' for a Superman â€”Â The Flaming Lips
2. Superman â€”Â R.E.M.
3. Heroes â€” David Bowie
4. Superhero â€”Â Ani Difranco
5. Superhero â€”Â Janeâ€™s Addiction
6. (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman â€”Â The Kinks
7. Spiderman â€” Jill Sobule
8. Heroes and Villains â€”Â The Beach Boys
9. My Hero â€”Â Foo Fighters
I'm not a curmudgeon. Really. Still, I'd like to receive this Evite one day.
Mark Bazer hosts The Interview Show this Friday night at The Hideout. Guests include musician Tony Rogers, the editors of Chicago Home & Garden, wrestler Colt Cabana and stand-up Kelsie Huff. More info here.
While cautioning that a lot can change between now and the 2012 presidential election, stats guru Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight, told me and The Interview Show audience at Union Hall in Brooklyn a couple of weeks ago that he felt President Obama's re-election chances had dipped below 50 percent.
Silver, who'd been on the show twice at The Hideout when he lived in Chicago, also talked about his career, how he analyzes polls, the GOP field and, for old time's sake, baseball. (Silver's background is in baseball statistics.) Watch the video below, and read FiveThirtyEight, which is now a part of The New York Times, here.
(Please note: The interview took place a couple of weeks ago, so some aspects of the presidential campaign that are discussed may have changed.)
The next Interview Show is this Friday, Nov. 4, at The Hideout. More info here.
Potbelly has been in Manhattan for a few months now. And some New Yorkers are very excited.
I use the word â€śsomeâ€ť â€”Â and donâ€™t just say, â€śAnd New Yorkers are very excitedâ€ť â€”Â in the above sentence, because, despite the incredible amount of joy that dubious trend pieces bring me, I asked one New York friend if he liked Potbelly and he said, â€śHuh?â€ť
Still, Potbelly was the lead story in the daily e-mail that Gothamist (the New York equivalent of Chicagoist) sent out yesterday.
Gothamist in turn pointed readers to a gushing story about Potbelly on a site called Midtown Lunch: Food Adventures for Your Urban Lunch Hour.
Because nothing says adventure like lunch at Potbelly.
A few sentences from the article:Â â€śThe smoky, spicy meatballs were awesome.â€ť "There were a lot of strong flavors working together.â€ťÂ â€śAnd if youâ€™ve never had a Potbelly sandwich before, the toasty bread makes all the difference.â€ť
I kept waiting for the line: â€śRemarkably, maybe even miraculously, it doesnâ€™t matter what you put through a Potbelly conveyor belt oven â€” turkey, roast beef, ham, plastic equivalents of turkey, roast beef, ham that toddlers play with â€” it all comes out tasting the same.â€ť
But that sentence never came.
Twenty-five years ago today, I became a man.
There was my Bar Mitzvah in the morning . . . but that was just for starters.
It was what came later that day where I learned what my rabbi, the lessons in my Torah portion and a few months of learning to read Hebrew letters without the vowels couldnâ€™t teach me.
Growing up in suburban Boston, I was (and, sorry, still am primarily a Red Sox fan). Youâ€™re never a bigger fan than when youâ€™re 13 â€”Â unless thereâ€™s something wrong with you.
On Oct. 25, 1986, though, everyone in Boston was 13.
You know the ending. Bill Buckner let the ball through his legs. Some other things Iâ€™d still rather not mention happened. And the Red Sox, whoâ€™d been one strike away from winning their first World Series since 1918, would have to play a Game Seven.
That they would go on to lose Game 7 was pretty much a foregone conclusion. These were the Red Sox, and, until the story was rewritten in 2004, the impossible didnâ€™t happen â€”Â unless it was, well, Buckner letting that ball through his legs. Or Bucky Dent hitting that home run in 1978. Or . . .
Anyhow, my Bar Mitzvah party was in the evening.
â€śIllinois patients can now research their doctors using an online database the state launched Wednesday. . . . There, patients can learn about a doctor's educational background and training, determine what type of insurance they accept and find out what languages are spoken in the office.â€ť â€”Â Chicago Tribune
Other things that should be included in the database:
â€” Number of contagious people in waiting room.
â€” Which wireless companies get coverage in examination room youâ€™re led into 45 minutes before doctor will see you.
â€” Will doctor let you listen to his heartbeat if you ask nicely?
â€”Â Bedside manner rating. Specifically: Does doctor comprehend that human beings can feel pain and/or sadness?
â€”Â Who the most-recent issue of People magazine in the waiting room says Jennifer Aniston is with: Justin Theroux? Gerard Butler? John Mayer? Vince Vaughn? Brad Pitt? Adam Duritz?Â
â€” How good of a reason does doctor need for prescribing sleep medication?
â€”Â Does the office accept Carte Blanche?
â€” Does Doctor watch â€śHouseâ€ť for tips?
â€” Type of whiskey poured on gunshot wounds.
â€” The last decade in which doctor admitted a mistake.
â€” If doctor could operate on one person from history, who would it be?