This evening, I pleasantly sat down at my computer and googled: “Nudists in Love,” hoping to find some reviews from our opening performance. I mostly found listings of the show, then I came across a blog called “Fusion on the Fly,” a blog venturing into culinary arts from the perspective of outside inspiration. Folks, I have been blogged about. And I have a recipe named for myself and my co-ensemble member Nick. I should probably mention that the review of the show is not actually very favorable, but I am positively beaming that someone thought to write about me… thanks to Karl for checking out the show and for spreading the word via your love of food! Check out the blog here. I’ll have to try out the recipe and see how it goes!
I love this e-card that I found on the Nudists in Love website. Pretty appropriate right now.
Yeah. Hello. Hi, I’m alive.
- Walking around with a four-month old kitten in a knapsack on your person is not generally regarded as “normal” by Upper East Siders.
- Upright Citizens Brigade trumps all other improv comedy schools.
- The Ritz (well I’ve only seen the first half so far) is extremely funny and entertaining, and would be even better if I were a 50-year-old gay man.
- I have gotten pretty good at making auditors laugh (with me, not at me) – while still not getting a job in a show.
- New York gets kind of cold in November. What will January be like?
- It is not as easy as I thought it would be do wash all of my clothes in one day.
- Like I said, UCB trumps all others, and one reason is this, which talks about the SNL performance at the UCB theater last night, which raised money for the Writers Guild Strike Fund and figuratively smashed poo in the producers’ faces.
- The Lower East Side has some very interesting live music venues. Some notable names include “The Living Room” and “Arlene’s Grocery.” Good times.
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is an outstanding piece of literature, but according to my roommate, not a very good Broadway musical. (This is not to be confused with Mel Brook’s Young Frankenstein, which is reportedly the best musical in the history of musicals. I have tickets for the December 30th matinee!)
- When you find a good pair of boots at Steve Madden for 20% off, you should buy them in two colors. I know I did.
- Another reason to defend UCB’s superiority is the fact that there will be a (and you are soooo lucky to know about this before the fact) live performance of NBC’s Emmy-winning TV show 30 Rock tomorrow evening, also at the UCB theater to raise money for the writers who struck out, I mean – are striking. Check out this desperate craigslist post.
- I learned how to do links today.
- In an effort to emphasize how amazing UCB is, I will inform you that I signed up for “201”, the next course in the series of classes formed by some of NYC’s best comics. I love these classes, and hopefully one day, can show you- whoever you are- that I am funny.
All it took was a great piece of advice: 50 mg of Benedryl, a glass of milk, and early to bed. Got this from both my mother and my Aunt Ingrid, and THANK GOD… Monday night was the most solid night of sleep I have had in a quite a while. Thankfully, I awoke Tuesday morning feeling rested and “ready for my close-up.” It was the big day: headshots. The one thing in an actor’s career that can define her, display her, and get her cast (or not). With the help of Roberto and Carol, my headshots turned out great! Now, I just have to pick up the CD, pick my favorite pictures, make any necessary touch-ups, and print print print! I will hopefully have all this done in time for the open call I’m hoping to attend in mid-October. To celebrate the completion of my much-dreaded photo shoot, Brian and I went to see Julie Taymore’s “Across the Universe,” the artsy fartsy, acid-tripping, glorious Beatles movie-musical studded with cameos from Bono, Salma Hayek, and the likes… I had read reviews of the movie that just knocked it down – but… I LOVED IT! I felt that it is the type of movie that appeals to a wide variety of people. It is my personal observation that singing in movies makes certain viewers feel uncomfortable or awkward, but the familiarity of these songs makes the show completely accessible to all. I mean, who doesn’t like The Beatles? Most notably, the scene of “Strawberry Fields” was enchanting. Julie Taymor’s vision whisks the audience away to a special place for just over two hours – simply fantastic! I would love to see it again, especially after Brian discovered the cast is packed with Broadway stars! And speaking of Broadway, last night we went to see “The Color Purple,” starring Fantasia. Though our seats were in the very last row of the theater, the stunning music and beautifully conceived visuals effectively translated Alice Walker’s literary masterpiece to the stage. Despite Fantasia’s breathy and croaky speaking voice, her character seemed well-developed and the singing (especially at the end of the show) was quite well received by the (very) enthusiastic audience. But I think my favorite performance was Sofia’s empowering solo, “Hell No!” Next on our list of Broadway shows to attend is the Broadway revival of “The Ritz,” playing in previews at Studio 54. I just love love love living with someone who not only knows all the best shows out there – he knows how to get the cheapest possible tickets! As for this weekend, not quite sure what is in store… maybe some piano bar lounging, or some painting, reading, strolling through the park… whatever I do – I am quite content being in greatest city in the world.