Wednesday, April 26, 2017

10 Caan Shirts, 1 Is A Lie

This craze is apparently setting Facebook on fire over the past 3 days.

Here's a list of 10 Caan Shirt photos...although, one is a lie (as he's not wearing a shirt). See if you can figure out which one.

#TenCaanShirts

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Something Fishy


Have I ever told you the story of when my Dad took, me, Brian, and Erick fishing in Ocean City, NJ as kids?

No?

Well...here it is (in podcast form!):



Monday, April 3, 2017

Elvis (Costello), And...

We kicked off our 3rd season of the "Elvis, And" podcast this weekend. By doing an episode that WASN'T about Elvis Presley at all!

When Brendan Carr and I started doing this podcast two years ago, we joked about how funny it would be to do an episode on Elvis Costello. I mean, there's nothing in the title that says "THIS IS ABOUT ELVIS PRESLEY!" I mean, how could there be and us not get sued?


So this past Saturday (4/1/2017 - April Fools Day), we aired an episode we recorded only a few weeks ago called "Elvis, And Saturday Night Live." Since Elvis Presley never appeared on SNL, it was clearly a story inspired by his namesake...the artist formerly known as Declan Patrick MacManus.

I knew about Elvis Costello and the Attraction's appearance when, much to the displeasure of Lorne Michaels, they decided to play a different song than they'd rehearsed. A different song than what was agreed upon by the show, network, and record label. A different song than what had been timed out to the second for the live broadcast. But I didn't know ANY of the details that surrounded that incident.

Such as, Costello was NEVER supposed to play!

Apparently The Sex Pistols were booked and ready to go, but someone forgot to acquire the proper paperwork to come to America. That someone was "band manager" Malcolm McLauren. Had he done the leg work needed to bring the Pistols oversees, we might never have had the rock star that is Elvis Costello. And we certainly wouldn't have had a podcast episode this weekend.


Also, to make matters worse for SNL producers, they had held a contest to find a "non famous" host for the show. This was the night it was scheduled to happen. 86 year old Miskel Spillman won the contest, and was ready to become a household name. Perhaps if, like Declan MacManus, she'd changed it to something more palatable, we'd all talk about her today. But as it stands, I had never heard of her OR the contest until Brendan read the monologue for this episode. I'm not an authority on Saturday Night Live, but I'd consider myself WAAAAY beyond a casual fan. So...

And finally...well, that's it. I only had two things, but I wanted to trick you into me following the rule of three.

This episode allowed us to do some CRAZY things we'd otherwise have never been able to do, such as go to CBGBs, hang out with Hilly Kristal, and give Debbie Harry head.

It was also a teen aged boy's dream, come true to be Malcolm McLauren for a scene. God, I love improv!

So, if you'd be oh so kind as to give this episode a listen, I think you'd learn something...about Elvis, Costello, about Saturday Night Live, and about how warped Brendan Carr, Matt Casarino, Lew Indellini, Jill Knapp, and I am.


Also, there might be a Don Pardo impression or two in here...


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Time is Flying By

Where is the time going?

I received an email from Shutterfly with this message and these photos:



I laughed when I saw it, and thought "Oh Shutterfly, you got that wrong."

These photos were from we filmed a short film called The Wave. It couldn't have been more than 7 or 8 years ago. Then I realized this photo was taken in the kitchen of Julie and my apartment. Which we haven't live in since 2006. Meaning this absolutely is from 11 years ago!

WHAT?!?


Today I'm being bombarded with pictures on Facebook and Twitter of Buffy The Vampire Slayer turning 20. 20 years old. My fandom can almost buy liquor legally! (insert insensitive Nicholas Brendan joke here).

WHAT THE...


My baby sister is in her 30s!
WHAT IS HAPPENING?!?

So hey...maybe these next 4 years will fly by.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Punch Up Podcast - Episode 11: The Iron A



A new episode, must be Monday!

Steve has a way of taking you back in time, and he doesn't even need to hit 88 mphs!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Netflix/Marvel Pitch Meetings...in 4 Parts



PART 1:

The pitch: "It's the story of a blind lawyer who is waging a constant internal battle between using the legal system, within the bounds of societal rule, to fight crime, versus bending those very laws he's sworn to uphold thus allowing himself the freedom to fight evil forces through his own brand of well honed vigilantism. It's called, Daredevil."

Netflix: "Wow! That sounds incredible."




PART 2:

The pitch: "It's the story of a woman who has tried to keep her super powers a secret, to the point of not even using them. Yet she has a sense of guilt that forces her to help others through a detective agency. Through her journey, we see her reconnect with a dear friend as well as overcome the strangle hold of a previous abusive relationship that has been a huge roadblock for her becoming the person she was always meant to be. The show would rely heavily on the allegory of the strength of women putting an end to abuse in their lives. It's called Jessica Jones."

Netflix: "Wow! That's impressive! It's been far too long since television has celebrated the strength of females. Well done."



PART 3:

The pitch: "It's the story of an african american man of immeasurable strength, both physically and emotionally. At first he's painted by the police and the press as a villain, but quickly his community rallies behind him realizing the benefits this one man brings in extinguishing crime in what was once the vibrant city of Harlem. The modern struggle of civil rights as well as the power of R&B are backdrops to this series. Imagine a society where a black man was bullet proof. It's called Luke Cage."

Netflix: "Wow! Powerful stuff. And how eerily apropos for this time in our history. This is just the kind of innovation that we encourage here at Netflix."


PART 4:

The pitch: "It's about a guy who punches really hard. It's called Iron Fist."

Netflix: "Umm...ok. Anything else?"

(Looks around at the other producers)
The pitch: "Ahhhh....everyone drinks a lot of coffee?"
Netflix: "Can his fist glow or something?"

The pitch: "I guess so."

Netflix: "Yeah. Whatever."




Friday, March 17, 2017

The Punch Up Podcast Episode #10: The Poster

This might be my favorite episode! (Though, they all might be)



Look at this photo while you listen:



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