HUFFINGTON POST ARTICLES

The Art of Crowd-Work Comics
Excessive ‘Clapping Along’ and the ‘Round of Applause’
The Joan Rivers Clap
Speaking Out Against the General Public’s Usage of the Verbal ‘Rim Shot’
The Art of Bombing and Admitting It
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Nadia Coma Facelift (New Build)

There have been 2 Nadia Coma’s since 1992.  Originally built by Mary Ann Taylor, eventually I was seeing many vents with MAT puppets and I didn’t like the style being duplicated.

 

I was planning on retiring the act a few years ago and I didn’t want to put more money into building a new Nadia even though #2 was ready to burst into dust!

 

So eventually I went to puppet master, Greg Ballora to refurbish Nadia #2  with hand sculpted eyes, a Read MoreRead More

Back to the Future

 

 

This was shot in downtown LA for a 2016 AT&T commercial. This Delorean is not from the film but is an officially approved replica used for most reboots of the brand.  Here’s a few fun pix before and during the crane and travel shots.

 

 

         

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Mid-Life Wisdom

 
 
Generally my blogs are entertainment stories or comedic editorials. But now in my mid-life ( I plan on having my veterinarian put me down before I can no longer wipe my ass), through two long term relationships, and a dry spell living in Hollywood where I might as well have a hump and live in a bell tower, I am seeing a new pattern in people.

 
 

There are many areas of life where I feel people should not be Read MoreRead More

The Joan Rivers Clap

 

 

Joan and I talked many times about her signature, seal-like, long-armed clap when she entered or exited the stage.

 

As you may have read in my very first Huffington Post piece, I hate hate hate when performers tell the audience to give themselves a round of applause. It’s ludicrous, theatrically and directorial weak and just cheesy.

 

But Joan’s entrance clap wasn’t to cue them to clap. It wasn’t to get the crowd going. It was two-fold.

 

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I’m a Crime Stopper

 

 

I left my apartment to check on my laundry down the hall. I hate doing laundry and I usually send it out. I don’t have a lot of money to burn, but it’s the one thing I do for myself.

 

 

Some people think laundry soothing or theraputic. Not me. I could die tomorrow and I spend the whole day fluffing and folding? No. I think it’s the folding I hate the most. I’d put socks on hangars if I could.

 

 

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Once in a while, I still make myself proud…

 

 

Once in a while, I still make myself proud on stage. 10 minutes into tonight’s performance my throat went dry, tight and started to hurt. I had blown it out from the early show. The upside was a new discovery, that as I compensated to sustain as much vocal command as possible for the next 40 minutes, I in turn found yet another way to deliver jokes I’ve been telling for months. Very interesting, new territory in real time.

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Animax Designs – Virtual Puppet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animax Designs has become a leading theatrical creature shop for puppets and advanced effects technology for television, film and theme parks.

 

Thanks to director of operations, Rob Saunders, I was called to perform a brand new piece of technology for a huge party hosting the heads of creative teams from across the international producing spectrum during the IAAPA Expo.

 

Aside from showing off creatures and 3-d branded characters, owner Chuck Fawcett wanted a new “party toy” – an animatronic head that could Read MoreRead More

Prideful Living

Today I was walking next to an African-American woman, probably mid 50’s. She was holding a 99 cent store bag of groceries and an old umbrella to shield her from the 94 degree sun. Although it seemed she did not have a lot of money, she dressed herself with a quiet, charming, prideful style. When I caught her eye, she quietly said, “Happy Saturday.” We chatted briefly about the umbrella and when we parted ways I said, “Enjoy your day.” Read MoreRead More