Open Mike: Uncensored Personal Blog


Joan Rivers was spilt-billing with Don Rickles. Backstage we hugged. I remember I wanted a photo of us. She had just gotten an acid face peel and her face had strawberry splotches so she agreed but made her assistant take the photo from way down the hall! She then said, “You wana meet Don?”  ...

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I had already heard Cosby’s albums. Then at camp some kids played Cheech and Chong and the live recordings of college bar piano player, John Valby’s rated R song parodies.  Then, somehow, I remember flipping through the record store’s cassettes in the comedy section when I see a cover with a blond woman wearing a...

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As a jack of all trades and coming from a tech background, one of my regular gigs later in life has been show directing, tech directing, stage managing or production directing at the famed Beverly Hilton Hotel...               (more…)

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Again, with all of my stories, there will be no mud-flinging. It’s unbecoming. At least publicly!   David Wain, the co-creator of the improv group “The State” (formerly “Stella”) as seen on MTV and later CBS, had produced his first film. It was a college cult classic titled, “Wet, Hot, American Summer” with a cast...

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He always played the hard-ass, no nonsense, slick, smart, many times scary guy.  He was also scandalously known for being a staunch, outspoken conservative in Hollywood. I used to confuse him with Andy Garcia. But after so many movies and television shows that included one of his last roles in The West Wing, I knew...

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It was 1993. I was playing in a long running show at a hotel in one of the Caribbean islands still governed by England when it was announced that Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and the Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh would be making a tour of the British Commonwealth. Due to her age...

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