One of my coworkers from my San Francisco day job was the very cool filmmaker Brady Moss. Brady's involved in a group called Rebar, who have created several "parks" in parking spaces around San Francisco. Today, they've built a mobil "park" in San Francisco and one in New York City. More information here.
Parliament-Funkadelic in 1976.
The incomparable Glen Goins on the lead vocals. Goins died in 1978 of Hodgkins Disease, shortly after leaving P-Funk because of poor treatment from George Clinton. He was purportedly given six months to live before even joining the Funk Mob, then lived a further two and a half years.
Edited to add this bonus footage of Glen calling down the Mothership:
Jordan and I were watching this sketch and sharing a few yuks the other day, and I found myself wondering whether it was on YouTube, so I could SHARE IT WITH THE WORLD! It is. And it's delightful. You may recognize Hugh Laurie from "House," and Stephen Fry from "being pretty brilliantly hilarious."
Reviews are starting to trickle in from average Joes across the country who saw the Borat movie last night. Here are some quotes from folks over at aspecialthing.com (please note that there is no dissent in the discussion -- these are not the cream of the crop, but rather the crop itself):
Over on AST, Louis CK has responded the Lucky Louie's cancellation by HBO:
HBO decided not to pick up Lucky Louie for a second season. Here's all I have to say about this right now..
Lucky Louie IS NOT DEAD.
Lucky Louie is the best thing I ever did. It is a great show. People love it.
I will be fighting for the next weeks to keep it alive.
I thank HBO sincerely for giving me the first 13 episodes. I LOVED working with and being on HBO.
It's just not in the cards that we go down like this. No way.
Funny shows don't go away.
If you weren't laughing, you were wrong.
Of course, we've got Louie's back. Lucky Louie was by no means an unqualified success, artistically or commercially, but it was one of the bravest and most intelligent shows on TV. All it's problems, in my view, were of the sort that tend to sort themselves out over time. I hoped HBO would agree, but apparently not.
Showrunner Mike Royce agreed to an interview for this blog a couple weeks ago, but put it on hold till the news came down. I imagine he's pretty busy, but hopefully we'll get him on the line and ask him some questions soon.
In the meantime, let's hope somebody has the sense to open a second chapter to this saga.
Previously: Louie CK talks about the show on TSOYA (MP3)
NBC has announced the cast for Saturday Night Live's next season. Looks like Finesse Mitchell, Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell are out. Sorry to see Parnell go, but I imagine (hope?) he's got opportunities on the horizon.
Current cast is:
Fred Armisen, Will Forte, (Sound of Young America listener) Bill Hader, Darrell Hammond, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis, Kenan Thompson and Kristen Wiig.
Poehler will continue to co-host Weekend Update alongside an as-yet-undecided co-anchor. I honestly don't think WU plays to Poehler's (prodigious) strengths, but I ain't too worried.
Seth Meyers will return as co-head-writer. Staff writers Andrew Steele and Paula Pell will join him in the job.
It's a very talented group. Even the performers I'm less enthusiastic about (I'm not gonna name names, but they're Darrel Hammond, Maya Rudolph and Kenan Thompson) are by no means without their talents and charms.
Oh... and the bad news... Dane Cook is hosting the season premier.
My sweetheart is in law school, and has been stunned by the general lameness that surrounds her every day. Yesterday, she was waiting to wash her hands in the bathroom, but was blocked by two girls standing at the mirror and tugging at their hair.
Needless to say, this was frustrating.
Then one girl sighs, loudly, and says: "EUhhh... law school makes my hair frizzy."
From their mailing list:
"After ten years of popular demand, The State is available again! The first season of the critically acclaimed 1993-95 MTV Series will be released on iTunes Music Store, starting Tuesday, September 26th. Depending on how many people download, MTV will release subsequent seasons, and then eventually, hopefully, a DVD.
The first season includes introductions of favorite State characters Doug, Louie, Barry & Levon. From the minds that brought you RENO 911!, WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER, and STELLA: Kevin Allison, Michael Ian Black, Ben Garant, Todd Holoubek, Michael Patrick Jann, Kerri Kenney, Thomas Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Michael Showalter and David Wain."
This calls for PORCUPINE RACETRACK!