Among other things, she talks about a time when Eric Idle had cats go to the bathroom INSIDE HIS PANTS live on air, then had to go directly to another sketch without cleaning up.
She also talks about 30 Rock v. Sudio 60, and reveals that 30 Rock was originally planned as a behind-the-scenes series about a Crossfire-type news opinion show. Also, lots and lots of other amazing stuff.
I know I don't cover art much here, but I want to take this opportunity to highlight a gallery show in San Francisco. Christine Cariati paints spectacularly beautiful works, with dancing colors and a sort of music-box aesthetic that I find stirring. One of her paintings is in my bedroom, and I'm very proud to own it.
If you're not a Yay Area Representative, and can't make it out to the show, visit her site and take a look at her beautiful portfolio.
The Official Scientist of The New Sincerity
Chuck Kosterman has a great piece in the new Times sports magazine "Play" about Gilbert Arenas. Arenas is known for sleeping in a hyperbaric chamber and occaisionally saying something goofy.
“Sometimes you have to create your own legacy, and that is what I have done. There is no quirkiness about me. I just lash out at things, but it’s lighthearted. The freak part of me is not that I’m going to take 60 pills to get attention. I’m not that kind of freak. I just like to watch the Gummi Bears on TV. I’m not Ron Artest. I’m a character. The things I do, the things I say — these are things I sit in my house and think about. I know what I’m doing.”
God bless him for it.
Filmmakers, documentarians, journalists, podcast producers, writers... watch and learn. Four parts are below, watch from top to bottom.
Maria Bamford is a comedian and sometime actress. She's been featured on Comedy Central's The Comedians of Comedy, and her distinctive voice has been heard in a number of animated films.
We talk about her career as a Star Trek impersonator, her preference for collective living and how much a comedian actually makes. Oh, and also: her comedy. Her new CD is called "How to Win."
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Previously on TSOYA:
These American Jokes, featuring laffs from Maria
Bone Thugs n Harmony f. Akon - "I Try"... album's out 4/17.
I think Akon has the most beautiful voice in urban music right now. YES, REALLY.
David Mamet on Talk of the Nation: whether his aphorisms are meaningful or meaningless, they are always delightful. Mamet to listener: "that's a little bit sophist of you, and I honor you for it." He also explains why "Galaxy Quest" is a perfect movie.
"Vaudeville legend" Count Arthur Strong on the BBC2: FUNNIEST THING EVER
Sly & the Family Stone albums to be re-issued on CD
New Kweli & Hi-Tek - "More or Less"
Mind-blowing footage of the GFOS performing a medley anchored by Sex Machine in 1971
New Killer Mike street album - "Skulls & Roses"
Alternate versions of the Mr. Show theme (which has always creeped me out, by the way)
MTV's "My Block: Virginia" (that Sway does good work sometimes)
I guest-host the Six Apart podcast, and interview author Kevin Shay.
Is Scott Storch seriously rapping? On a diss track to Timbaland? This can't be real, can it? This is some sort of nightmare, right?
Very interesting review of Jen Kirkman's CD "Self-Help"