The Comedy Schoolings of Mike Myers

As someone based and working in Hollywood, I run into a lot of celebrities.

As someone working in Hollywood, I try my best not to talk about celebrities I run into or work with simply based on the fact that they’re people just like you and me. In fact, I’ve known many a celebrity to not wash their hands after going to the bathroom (just like you!) or steal a free bite from the pile ‘o apples at the local supermarket…just like you! But sometimes…an event occurs that I cannot keep quiet about.

This time…that event is my attending The Mike Myers Comedy School.

Soundtrack, Movie, Film Short & Blog

It’s a regular quadfecta of important 411 today!

It’s truly rare that I take a break from my cavalcade of comedy to link elsewhere, but I experienced a slew of awesome things this week that I felt was worth breaking from WFME’s original trajectory in order to bring them here, to you. In a nutshell, they are a soundtrack, movie, film short & blog..

Once is “a modern day musical set on the streets of Dublin. Featuring Glen Hansard from the Irish band “The Frames,” the film tells the story of a street musician and a Czech immigrant during an eventful week as they write, rehearse and record songs that reveal their unique love story.” Besides being scripted and feeling more real than most films (in both character and setting), the music is absolutely inspiring and engaging. Click over to the official site (linked above) and give a listen to the songs before you buy. Which you will do. Because this is a soundtrack you’re not going to want to miss out on.

Yesterday, I had the great opportunity to see the upcoming film The King of Kong (coming out August 17th). The film, a documentary about two men racing against time to get the world’s record for Donkey Kong, takes what some might think would be a thin premise and turns it into an engaging story about good and evil in the world of blips and bleeps. Most interesting is the “villain” of the movie — video game record guru Billy Mitchell (famous from the 80’s and 90’s for his set records on everything from Donkey Kong to Centipede) and how his almost Darth Vader-like grip on the people around him make him an evil, conniving, sneaky little bastard who refuses to let his challenger (a nice family man/teacher from Seattle) beat his score. No matter what he has to do. It’s truly great stuff and you shouldn’t miss it.

In the world of film shorts, it seems that blogger/actor/world-can’t-stop-me-proponent Jessica Stover is at it again. This time, it’s Artemis Eternal, a film short she wrote, will be acting in, and will be producing — and is currently in her fundraising stage of the project. But most people “in the fundraising stage” usually haven’t raised a darn thing. Stover? She’s well on her way to making her new project a reality. Swing on over and drop her a few bucks if you want to support the kind of maverick independent filmmaking Stover is involved with. And if you do, you’ll even get your name in the credits of the film!

Finally, I wanted to make mention of a new blog that I’ll be contributing to at least once a month. Burt Reynold’s Moustache is a blog made up of roughly 28 different writers — and each writer is assigned one day a month. On that day, anything can happen as long as it’s funny. It’s going to be funny, right? I hope so. I’m sure it will be. You can swing by today, or tomorrow, or on the 7th of every month (which happens to be my day).

The Post In Which I Discuss Seeing Cate Blanchett And Our Psychic Conversation

I was at lunch a week or so ago at Hugo’s and sat next to Cate Blanchett.

The amazing, adorable, sweet actress was there with her husband and two kids — visiting Los Angeles (I can only imagine) due to the shooting of Indiana Jones 4 which begins in the next 4 weeks. And while Cate and her family discussed what kinds of dessert they’d be ordering, I turned to look at her — thus using my inherent psychic abilities to hold a short non-verbal (but substantial) conversation using only facial expressions.

What you’ll read after “the jump” includes said conversation. Please be aware, since this is a psychic conversation, you can’t quote Cate or use her words in an unflattering way.

WFME’s New Year Fear: Movie Theater Headrest Lice

It’s only January 7th and here comes a new fear.

Someone just told me that if you rest your head on a movie theater headrest and rub it around that you could potentially get some kind of obscure headrest lice that will eventually cause all your hair to fall out. It’s sort of like a tapeworm in your intestines, except this one is on your head. And you get it by going to the movies.

Thanks, Hollywood. Thanks a lot.

Now this means that I have to always wear a hat to the movies, which will not only make my head itchy but it will also cause me to have to take off my hat at regular intervals in the movies so I can scratch my head, which will allow people to see my messed up hair in the middle of a movie. Even worse, since I go to the same movie theater all the time, now they’re going to always see me wearing a hat and they’re going to start talking behind my back about how I’m probably one of those no-shower movie goers. You know, the kinds who never shower and just show up with a hat to see flicks.

It’s not worse than the head lice thing, but it comes pretty damn close.

This Week’s Amazing Events (And Who Will Play Them In The Movie Version)

How often do you say “my life is like a movie?”

For me, I say it all the time. In fact, if I had a penny for every time I said that, I would have approximately $8,933.11 as of this post being written. Nonetheless, without further adieu, I would like to present to you the events that have occured to me this past week and who will play ME in the movie version of such events.

As you very well know, sometimes the movie adaptations of real life events can have some, um, creative tweaking which is also the case here…