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WRAPPED ATTENTION

WRAPPED ATTENTION

This week we completed five days of shooting MORE material for season one of The Impression Guys this week, and I came away feeling really wonderful about the project. Finishing up work a show can be bittersweet, you’re exhausted, spent, your clothes are all over the inside of your car, you’ve drunk too much coffee

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GRACED

GRACED

I’m just taking a brief breath between days of shooting some additional material to flesh out Season One of The Impression Guys, our soon-to-be-released web series, and I’m marveling once again at the serendipity of my life. We are very fortunate in this latest set of scripts to have some really amazing guest stars, which

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Back In Production

Back In Production

Well, the new year is already speeding ahead like a car you left in the driveway of your old house (after you’d been drinking) without putting the emergency brake on, and it rolls down the driveway until it piles into the bushes of the house across the street and… not that I’ve ever DONE that.

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Bullets Dodged

Bullets Dodged

I just finished narrating a very well-written, but ultimately depressing autobiographical story by Blake Bailey, entitled The Splendid Things We Planned, about a dysfunctional family. I guess one could say that the family I had growing up was dysfunctional, although what labels like that actually accomplish, even so far as differentiation of any useful sort,

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HELLO, HORIZON? WHATCHA GOT FOR ME?

HELLO, HORIZON?  WHATCHA GOT FOR ME?

It’s now about a week or so into the new year, and I’m very relieved to report that I have recovered my lapsed ambition. I had lost or misplaced it in December, and it was amazing how much things slow down without it. Last year was an amazingly varied and rewarding one. I did a

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THANKS, EVERYBODY!

THANKS, EVERYBODY!

Thanks, everybody! Thanks for paying me the supreme compliment of paying attention!  Thanks for noticing my efforts! I have never had such a year of such kind attention and generosity of spirit.  Truly. I promise to continue to strive to earn it. Thanks for indulging me and watching, reading and listening to me this year,

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ART: The “Get Out of Jail Free” Card

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(From a keynote speech for Cal Lutheran University, given on November 2, 2013) When you attend an arts symposium or an event of that kind, you want to come away being inspired; you want to reach the point where you can no longer stomach being talked to about art and creativity.  You want a saturation

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EVERY MAN, EVERY WOMAN A CELEBRITY

EVERY MAN, EVERY WOMAN A CELEBRITY

I had a “come to realize” moment today while on my bike: EVERYONE has some grade or ranking of celebrity. In the Old Days, there were celebrities, and then there was everybody else.  If you were an actor in a movie, you were probably attached to a studio contract, were effectively working in a separate

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Art is a Battle

Art is a Battle

Writing, painting, choreographing a dance, making a YouTube video in the back room… it’s a savage battle.  The TIME to create has to come out of something, dug out of the schedule like a vein of gold ore chipped out of granite.  Time extracted out of the myriad pointless activities of the day, the mundane

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Looking Back

Looking Back

Now that I’m back home in the bosum of my family, I have had a chance or two to reflect on my experiences with America’s Got Talent. I had a much better time than I thought I would have in New York City; I had a pretty good amount of free time in a city

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