Friday, September 25, 2009

Thespian on Thespian Action

I always get excited when the fall gracefully arrives in September. It's definitely my preferred time of the year. New York State looks positively breathtaking. It's almost enough to make me want to spin around many times on top of the beautiful New York State hill and break out into a chorus of... the hills are alive with the sound of squishy foliage… but I probably shouldn't, mostly because I don't want to upstage Julie Andrews.

My trip to Australia was very fruitful. I signed with a major international agency that not only helps me in Down Under but the rest of the world. I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. It was wonderful to perform for my peeps again.

Meanwhile, here I am back in the most extraordinarily, crushingly wonderful city in the world, New York, where I've been auditioning like a madman. I used to dread this process but now I've embraced it. There really is nothing like being aware of the journey and enjoying it.
I love being in New York. It makes me feel alive, especially when it sticks up the middle finger.
Actually, sometimes I think if you look really closely at Miss Liberty, it appears as though she's inconspicuously flipping the bird. New Yorkers are wonderful. Without a doubt, the toughest, most resilient buggers on the planet. What I say in my act is true... there's a brutal honesty about you all... rather than beat around the bush, you prefer to beat into the face. I mean that lovingly of course. ;-)

I'm an actor first and foremost. Comedy is a wonderful accident and a very rewarding icing on the cake. I'm now freelancing with three major agencies as an actor and signed to one. They're all brilliant. I can't thank them enough.

In mid-October, I'll be playing the role of a snooty Doorman in a movie to be directed by Craig Weintraub. It's called, Uncle Melvin's Apartment. Here's the website:

Uncle Melvin's Apartment

Craig is an up-and-coming filmmaker/director who will be directing his first feature film next February called, My Baby Grand. He's getting a lot of support from Martin Scorsese and deservedly so. I look forward to working with him.

Tomorrow, I'm off to shoot the promo for the new and revamped Newlywed Game. I play an executive at a boardroom meeting. My coworkers and I are all attentively listening to our female boss expound on sales figures for the month. I then ask her a very inappropriate, sexual question. Needless to say, it's a lot of fun.

The screenplay adaptation that I wrote for Dino Pavlou called, Set 'em up, Joe, is making incredible progress. I had a meeting in NYC with a producer involved with A-list stars and Academy award-winning films was very impressed and it looks like, if things go according to plan, he'll produce this movie. He's produced nearly 40 movies for film and television. That's very comforting!

My screenplay, All My Friends Are Getting Married is still in the process of getting funding. Everything else is firmly in place including distribution.

I really haven't had much time to blog... too busy writing and performing and of course, living. Life is good. Hope yours is too.