Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Road Trip to Athens

Our pal Pete McBrayer out in Athens wrote to remind me and "my cronies" that the fun little show he runs at Flicker is monthly. The bar has a classic movie theme and the show sports a refreshingly quirkier vibe than most in Atlanta. Even wrestler/comic Shane "Canadian Shiek" Mackey and bouncer/comic Mason Jenkins--my cronies last time--enjoyed the creative but unpretentious hipster vibe. The next show is March 18th and I'm scrounging up a carpool now.

Pete's also justly proud of his younger brother Jack. The 30 Rock star now featured in Mariah Carey's latest video:

My first job after a panic-stricken attempt at Grad School was at a warehouse in South Dekalb. They piped Lite Rock station B 98.5 in through the speakers as a compromise between the various urban, rock and country station factions. I became quite familiar with Ms. Carey's more mainstream oeuvre--especially "Love Takes Time" which always followed Billy Ocean's "Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Car" every afternoon about 2:15.

This new track looks a bit risque for non-threatening workplace background music, but maybe they'll sneak it in just before the Friday 5 O'clock Whistle. Still, it's nice to see a local boy make good.

My own brother once met Dottie West.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Putting the Party in Oscar Night

Once a year or so I delude myself into thinking I can do well somewhere other than the Star Bar. It's time to prove myself wrong again.

"Comedy Gold" at
The Warren City Club
818 N Highland Ave
Atlanta, Ga. 30306
ph: 404-475-1991
(Above the Dark Horse Tavern at corner of N Highland & Greenwood Ave.)

Come early for amazing continental cuisine.
Doors @ 7
Show @ 8

Tickets $10

Some local comics have started a Sunday night show in Virginia Highland--another one of Atlanta's long-standing intown neighborhoods that I've never played. (I need to do a set in West End before I die. And maybe Ben Hill.)

They booked me anonymously through a Myspace message and must've right-clicked that pic of me from my Sevananda Girl post. Apparently they hadn't seen this:

Or my Streetcar audition shot:

I was gonna spend the weekend adding slides to audio from my Star Bar set last Monday--it was a Lenten theme--but now I guess I'll have to figure out how to entertain the Atkins Park/Limerick Junction/Bill Hallman/Alon's Bakery crowd.

Hmm, open with Gluten-Free Yeast Infection or save that for the closer?

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Ice Cream

Thought I'd try uploading to Superdeluxe since they're local.

The sound is a bit better than most Youtube videos, but the lighting and static visuals aren't a match for Superdeluxe's professional standards. Plus it's just a bit, not an acted sketch or anything special. The model was Woody Allen talking directly to the camera in Annie Hall. I suppose it can lend an intimacy to dark subject matter, but seems kind of empty without the long, single-take scenes of several neurotic characters talking. Or even just some hot jazz over the alphabetical credits.

Oh well.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

My Most Phallic Object

If Georgia O'Keeffe did my neck shot. (Or maybe Alfred Stieglitz.)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Lincoln's Melancholy

Already posted on Myspace, but I'll put it here for President's Day. And for tomorrow's inevitable blues.

Maybe I'll find a heads-up penny outside the liquor store.

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Friday, February 08, 2008

My Soul Mate

Animated Stand-up on Valentine's Day themes with audio as muddy and harsh as my world-weary neighborhood.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

A Film by Jean Vigo


Jean Vigo's earlier films included T'ermininus and M'arthathasville.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Fat Tuesday--Alternate Take

Now I can give up voting for lent.

(Unless there's some kind of Bush recall thing.)

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Portrait of the Artist as a Middle-Aged Drunk

Today is James Joyce's birthday.

I dropped by his eponymously-named pub in Avondale Estates to raise a pint in his honor. Nobody knew.

Neither the bartender nor the manager nor the sprightly young waitress/actress who inexplicably played my mother in a show last Dec.--despite being 12 years my junior--were aware.

The Joyce does do something on Bloomsday, but chose to ignore my fellow Celtic Aquarian's birth. No luck for the Irish I guess.

I'm now back at home drinking a beer from Kenya--another part of the commonwealth experiencing some Troubles. Here's to abandoning the worst of petty provincialism and making exuberant, universal art.

Local Endorsements

Hipster hangout (or suburban Goth kids' home away from home) the Junkman's Daughter gives the nod to Hillary...

While Aurora Coffee patrons opt for Obama...

And curmudgeonly contrary Vortex Bar and Grill remains steadfast in its support of Dick Cheney.