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Another Day, Another School Massacre

Another day, another school massacre. Nothing so turns the stomachs and infuriates the soul than these now all too routine crimes. As a human being, you have to point a finger at something. We demand answers. We abhor the vacuum of “What the hell..?” So, guns become a likely target for blame. But you think

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These Shorts Are For A Younger Person, Wouldn’t You Say?

These Shorts Are For A Younger Person, Wouldn't You Say?

  By now, unless you watch television that is thoroughly scrubbed for commercial content, you may have seen me in an ad for Sprint where I play an impatient, fault-finding German boss, criticizing one of his employees. I was very fortunate to book this job. The director, Randy Krallman, is a talented young guy who

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Long Gone Stranger

Tamra and I drove up the coast to Santa Cruz one sunny morning last month and I finally got a chance to lay eyes on the university that I graduated from 30 years ago and hadn’t seen since then. I graduated with a BA in art from Oakes College, UCSC in 1982.  I was a

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LIVE IN ENCINITAS!

REDEMPTION & PURPOSE

REDEMPTION & PURPOSE

One of the stickiest things I had to resolve for myself early on in my artistic career was a clear vision of what my purpose was. Of course, these days it might seem stodgy or old-fashioned to have to have any sort of purpose for one’s actions… especially in the arts, where “Hey- just do

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About Acting

About Acting

I have such a weird career. It sometimes doesn’t even feel like a “career”… more like a series of drills. Drill #42: Practice being industrious.  Drill #77: Be something you’re not, and fool ‘em.  Drill #139: Resist becoming humbled. Drill #985: Work your way out of it… that’s a good one. I’m an actor, and

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Presenting at EG

Tamra and I are heading up to Monterey to go to the EG Conference, (which is not, as I had supposed, a gathering of people who are fans of the actor E.G. Marshall) where I will be presenting about 20 minutes of my Jimpressions material for an eclectic audience of interesting and interested people. I’m

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ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

I had to check my iCal calendar, but I was right- this last weekend marked the one year anniversary of live performances of JIMPRESSIONS, my one-man journey through my obsession with celebrity voices. (Actually, it’s more a strong professional interest, but “Obsession” is much more compelling, don’t you agree? Who would watch a movie called

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WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT IMPRESSIONS, ANYWAY?

WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT IMPRESSIONS, ANYWAY?

I always think that folks get interested in someone performing celebrity impressions because the whole issue of personal identity is such a hot “button” for people. “Who the Hell AM I?” is a question most of us has asked ourselves many times.  Sometimes we think we have the answer, only to wind up asking it

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Celebrity Shakespeare Challenge!

Celebrity Shakespeare Challenge!

In an attempt to engage you, my audience of friends, sympathizers and co-conspirators, I recently made a video of me reciting a famous Shakespeare speech in the style of nine of the angriest actors I could think of (and imitate) and offer the following challenge: Visit my YouTube channel, watch the video, and enter your

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