The two leading facts of the “Personal life” section of Stephen Merchant’s Wikipedia.
Rolling Stone said some nice things about my podcast last month while it was on hiatus. It returns this month with a new episode by the great Anne Washburn (who wrote the much beloved first episode about an insomniac’s inventory of his refrigerator). Enjoy at Feral Audio or iTunes. And if you enjoy, reblog. It helps!
Your Public School theme is BROWSER HISTORY.We will let you touch our internet on Tuesday, May 13th at 9 PM.Realness by:Hosted by the elegantly mammalian James Urbaniak.
Me trying to buck up Andy Daly in the third episode of Comedy Central’s “Review.” The first episode premieres tonight at 10. I’m not in the first one but watch anyway, this isn’t just about me.
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Forrest struggles through a giant pile of steaming flapjacks at a local diner. Watch Review Thursdays 10/9c, and see more Review here: http://on.cc.com/1mdsVyc
Important News! Today is National Pancake Day. Don’t ask why or what that is or what it means. What answer could possibly be satisfactory? Just watch and pass along this clip from Review, in honor of The Pancake.
I’m in this.
GETTING ON WITH JAMES URBANIAK, Ep. 17: “Two Bits,” a pair of L.A. stories by me and Brie Williams. Guest starring Janie Haddad Tompkins. Enjoy and share!
Years ago, sometime in the late ’90s, I auditioned for a one-act play in NY. It was a light comedy about a playwright who had a troll who lived in his closet who wrote his plays for him. My audition for the role of the the troll went very well. I thought the character suited my strengths; I took pride in having a corner on wry, verbal oddballs. The producers loved me and I seemed very close to getting it.
I didn’t get it. I went to see the play when it opened (it was part of an evening of one-acts) and when the troll made his entrance, a young Philip Seymour Hoffman walked out. Or rather, crawled out, pulling his big body across the floor, deep voice bellowing, playing this light comedy character with a physical intensity and emotional depth that was nowhere near what I had done in the audition. It hadn’t even occurred to me that you could play the character this way. This actor was taking this troll, this secretive, brilliant, deformed outsider…seriously.
I remember thinking “Holy shit. Well…I see why this guy got the part.”
I’ve thought many times through the years about being blown away by that performance. About what a lesson it was in committing, digging deep, raising the stakes, going further. Philip Seymour Hoffman kept doing that. He never stopped doing it. He was incapable of not doing it.
I’ve reflected on so many of his performances through the years but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought about that troll. I’ll keep thinking about it.
James and I watch the one where the student council decides to have a date auction to raise money for cheerleading uniforms, and Lisa starts reading Tolstoy in order to win the heart of a snobby intellectual.
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I’m the guest on the new episode of April Richardson’s “Go Bayside,” a podcast about the television series “Saved by the Bell.”
Ep. 16: “Buyer’s Remorse” by Bill Braine. Come for the impulse, stay for the regret. At Feral Audio and iTunes. Enjoy and share.