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If you had told me at any other time of my life that I would go see this guy live, I wouldn’t have believed you. I’ve been comedically converted and a little obsessed this year. Initially because he made something kind and great with Mel Brooks who is the tops in my book. Then I started to study how he put @comediansincarsgettingcoffee together. I have spent a lot of time on reworking the talk show. It’s a major goal and passion of mine. I have been very impressed. I learned that he meditated every day. I felt like there was something more than a guy who talked about airplane food, did no-personal-skin-in-the-game-material, was unfeeling and compartmentalized and maybe in denial and dated a 17yo (though that still creeps me out). I really started looking at how his sitcom got made and how he approached it and finally: his approach to joke writing. Maybe because I’ve written on stage for so log and love riffing and improv so much, ad care so much about heart and emotion, I’m now fascinated with the opposite approach. I want to work on my left hand, to use the kind of sports analogy that Seinfeld uses constantly. Only he’d say something about baseball, which I don’t care about. All this to say I’m no Seinfeld-style comic at this point. But I admire his discipline and clarity about what he wants, his evergreen focus esp when it veers philosophical and I can eat the 2000 yo man, beloved Mel Brooks: “We mock the thing we are to be.” #jerryseinfeld #comedy #MelBrooks #whatyouhate #commitmenttoexcellence #focus #knowwhatyouwant #comethroughforyourself #paramount #oakland


*Well, if you amend that to “clutching the Old Testament and consulting the Koch Brothers,” it’s pretty spot-on, Carl

Oy. I wonder what he said about people forgetting they can talk with each other and that people with money aren’t necessarily right by virtue of it.

This is me thrilled and heart full after a magical evening for Homobiles and Lynnee’s mum. So many queer I haven’t seen in person for so long @mxviv conjured some serious stuff. It was good to feel home.

Regramming FABULOUS news. Transparent was picked up for season 2. Mazel tov @jillsoloway and whole crew!!! I love this show more intensely than I loved unavailable straight girls in high school.

Celebrating @marikotamaki being short listed for the Governor General’s Award. So was her co-creator @dyrtbagg American friends google it. It’s a big deal. I’m so proud. #thisonesummer

I really like this BBC Music released luscious cover of Brian Wilson’s God Only Knows featuring many famous singers of various genres. God Only Knows is one of my favourite songs and I haven’t yet listened to or attempted to sing it without being moved to tears.    

A friend who knows these things (for real) told us at a dinner party the other night that Lorde is not the author of her songs, but authenticity packaging for some songwriters. Still, her voice stands out in this film which is saying something in this company 

This is Howard Stern’s show the day after Joan Rivers’ funeral where he gave the eulogy, starting fittingly, with a joke about Joan’s vagina. I hope this is left up but it may not be so I recommend listening to this closest thing to a general audience shiva for Joan that I have found. It’s terrific and there’s tape from Joan’s many past appearance and bits like how Joan’s accountant spoke at the funeral (Melissa apparently has a pretty great producer’s touch) and the deal around Barry Diller’s fight when Joan had to leave Fox at the height of her career  

Hugh Jackman sang this song at Joan Rivers’ funeral this past weekend. Everyone gave Joan a standing ovation at the end. I’d never heard of the song before but I love in. Makes me ferklempt and conveys so much of theatre and that power of owning your space. Joan Rivers owned her space on stage. I’m finding myself so inspired by her self-legitimizing in a life and time made that so difficult. She lived the life she wanted to. That is a lot. There is nothing like a musical theatre song that gets you in the kishkas. Or a life that shows you by example that it is up to you. That no one may give you anything but that there’s no need for that to stop you living the extraordinary life you want.