Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Top notch presidential analysis

Here's another "Race to the White House ... 08!" that I co-wrote.

Oh, yes, and you can hear the dulcet tones of my melodious voice as "the color commentary guy", most notably when I scream "OH EIGHT!"

Shoot the Messenger

Monday, January 28, 2008

The Right Stuff?

Seriously, I think my sister will be excited about this news.

She might even still have NKOTB slap bracelets.

New Kids On The Block to Reunite

The not-so New Kids on the Block are back.

Trying to see if they're capable of still "hangin' tough" in their late 30s, the one-time teen heartthrobs are primed for a comeback. More than 20 years after their debut, the bubblegum boy band that once sold 50 million albums is set to announce a reunion, reports.

But as the New Kids creep toward middle age, their dance steps on cheesy, fast-paced hits like "Step By Step" and "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" may have to be adjusted for age.

The oldest New Kid, Jonathan Knight, now a real estate developer, is turning 40 soon. The youngest, Joey McIntyre, an actor who appeared on "Dancing with the Stars," is a fresh-faced 35.

Donnie Wahlberg, 38, is the only member who has had any real success since the group split, with several TV and movie roles.

Did I ever tell you the story of when 12-year-old Benari flew back from an audition in New York on the Delta Shuttle...which just happened to be shuttling the NKOTB back to their Boston digs? I tried hard to concentrate on my impenetrable Algebra assignment , but to no avail, since the dude sitting next to me kept singing scales.

"Hmmmm," I thought. "That dude sitting next to me looks like a dude on the giant poster hanging in my sister's room." I used the word "dude" a lot back then , I think.

Turns out, I'm sitting next to Jordan Knight. Not quite sure how that happened, but then again, I was a twelve year old kid flying back from a New York audition on the Delta Shuttle all by myself. It was a crazy time, back then.

"Are you one of the New Kids?"


"Would you sign an autograph for my sister? She loves you."

Like a mensch, he signed a little note to my sister and then added, "She probably loves Joey."

Very proud of myself for being such an awesome brother, I returned home and presented my little 7-year old sister with the Jordan Knight signed scrap of paper.

She liked it, but she had one question for me:

"Why didn't you sit next to Joey?"

Turns out, Jordan Knight was exactly right.

Friday, January 25, 2008


If you haven't had a chance to see Shoot the Messenger yet, you're missing out on comedy gems like this, our take on the '08 Presidential Primaries so far...

In this corner, the Democrats!

And in this corner, the Republicans!

These have been a blast to work on, and probably the most fun to write.

In case you couldn't tell, I'm the one yelling "08!"

Oh, sure, I say a bunch of other things, but yelling "08!" is my favorite part.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

What the - - ?!

The actor Heath Ledger was found dead this afternoon in an apartment building at 421 Broome Street in SoHo, according to the New York City police. Mr. Ledger was 28.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Civil. Right.

It wasn't that long ago that good men and women had to fight hard so that we may enjoy even the most basic of human rights. And to those who think that fight is over and won...

Well. When it comes to fighting to ensure the rights of EVERY American, that fight will never be over. All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men and women to do nothing.

Meanwhile, it more satirical comedy news...

Celebrate MLK Day in style tonight! Come on down to the Ace of Clubs, just underneath ACME, for a big ol' heapin' helpin' of political satire.

Shoot the Messenger
Ace of Clubs, below ACME
9 Great Jones
8:30, doors open at 8

I'll be there.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

still alive

Oh, hey. Didn't you see you there. Check back in real soon. In the meantime, enjoy this sketch of me from New Year's Eve.

I look like a dapper Sluggo or maybe some kind of Li'l Orphan Annie character. Junior Warbucks?

From the pen of the mighty talented Norn.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Goin to the Cartoon Dump...

In a move that is SURE to make the Mikester over at Progressive Ruin insanely jealous, I'll be at Comix tonight, enjoying the hiiiii-larity of Cartoon Dump, starring that lovable former MST3K Mad Scientist, TV's Frank!!

It also stars the absurdly adorable and funny Erica Doering as the show's host, Compost Brite. If you wanna join in on the fun, you can pre-order tickets right now over at the Comix website. Use the discount code (DUMP9) and get 'em real cheap!

Meanwhile, if you were wondering why writers would like to be paid for writing content seen on the internet, here's one good reason:

TOKYO (Reuters) - Web giant Google Inc is developing televisions that display Internet content such as photos and videos together with Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Ltd's Panasonic unit.

The TVs, to be launched this spring, will allow users to directly browse and access videos from YouTube, a video-sharing Web site owned by Google, and view Picasa Web Albums, a free online photo-sharing service from Google, Panasonic said in a statement on Monday.

"Panasonic's cooperation with YouTube and Google's Picasa Web Albums exemplifies our commitment to leading the natural evolution of the Internet and extending it to the High Definition television," Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company's Vice President Merwan Mereby said in the statement.

Monday, January 07, 2008

We're already 7 days into 2008

Where are the flying cars and jet packs??? Still no hover boots? Really?


Meanwhile, tonight, if you are in New York City...


It's the new Lizz Winstead show I've been working on lately. It's one of the reasons I haven't posted as much recently, as it eats up a lot of my time, but I think it's worth it. Also, I've gotten to hang out with awesome folks like Paul Provenza and TV's that's cool, too.

Swing on by the Ace of Clubs beneath ACME on Great Jones tonight around 8pm and check out the show!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

More Than Meets The Eye!

Here are some final thoughts on the 2007 movie TRANSFORMERS.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

auld lang syne

May the New Year bring much health and happiness, success and love, and any combination thereof.

And if it doesn't, may it bring just enough luck and patience to get through to the next year!