- ...good ol'
Winnie & Ollie. You guys ever figure out that was
Vinnie Favale? Yes, the head of late night at CBS in
NY, longtime Howard Stern player, the man who named
"Up & Adam", and the one who sincerely wanted
to help a year ago, got an email from yours truly
linking him to "Aunt Jemima" which he dug quite a bit.
In responding to him I wrote:
- Glad you dug
it bro! How's things at the show? Happy to be
- Oh and you
know, I never thought of this - would you have any
way to put a good word in for me to work with
Ferguson somehow? Writer/staffer/gopher - anything?
I've been unemployed since CBS ran out and I'm
- Lemme know!
- So we'll leave
that danglin' out there and go to yet another
Johnson (GenuineChris from the old Journey
boards), and as close as you can get to a
dysfunctional "instant message" relationship
with a platonic friend, sends out "Aunt
Jemima" to his other realtor friends. Now I
actually went to college with him, couldn't
stand the man then and truth be told he
continues to annoy me to this day - but he's
brutally honest and is certainly a good
"check" for my own shit from time to time.
Unfortunately since it's nearly impossible to
sense sarcasm over the internet I
always take him literally and end up
getting annoyed over a joke the majority of
the time. Yet we continue to bug each other 8
years and running. Heh.
- Anyway, those are
the seeds. While they're growin' I'm checking the
views on YouTube, working out, and just "Schemin'"...
and then, it all starts to happen...
- Vinnie writes back
and asks if I've met his counterpart in LA. The VP of
Late Night is a woman named Dorian out here, and
I said I never had the chance. He passes
"Aunt Jemima" to her as well as a national radio
syndicate that sells parody songs and bits to radio
stations all over the country...
- ...at the same
time, Michelle is actually (The Late Late Show
with...) Craig Ferguson's make-up lady and knows
Dorian personally. She has already mentioned me to her
and suddenly, we have buzz. :-) It's difficult to ever
get someone to vouch for you (just ask the 2 guys who
helped me get the sales gig, heh) and to have 2 in the
same week say the same things and ironically forward
the same video? That my friends, warrants a meeting.
Tomorrow afternoon, I'm meeting with her and will be
able to sit down with a laptop and show her bits of
everything. From The Egos on the Price is Right and
Young & the Restless, to the animation of "Let's
Bomb Iran" and "Up & Adam" to Aunt Jemima and
hopefully make enough of an impression to get my foot
back in the door. Be it a writer, gopher, maybe
a recurring character on the show - who knows.
I certainly have the ability to do a lot and now
I have the opportunity to show that. Who knows what
tomorrow brings (and I haven't even told you the half
of it, I'll save that for the icing on the cake at the
end of this entry...)
there's the radio syndicate guy who also
loved "Aunt Jemima" and I just spoke with him
yesterday about doing some songs/videos for
him that could be syndicated nationwide.
Apparently radio stations are just as
interested in the video portion of the
parodies for their websites. Who knew, right?
So I just sent out a detailed email with
everything from WTVN to CD101 to "Leaderless
State" to "We Walk Today" and literally
everything in between. He was incredibly
positive and wants to work with me on
something soon. It could obviously end up
being a very good connection and a way to
make some money off the stuff I do
anyway. Which would be paramount if
not for what Chris' realtor connections
- In two weeks I'm
being flown to Atlanta to tape a conference for a
realtor which I'll then be editing into pieces for the
internet, multiple DVDs... and this could be one of
many events like this. Something I could never have
done had that ridiculous manager not blown me
off in such spectacular fashion. It's enough money to
stay afloat and hey - Journey fodder from the city
of... shit - the city of.. man's best friend? (sorry
Vick, had to) Uhm a poor basketball team? The home of
Coca-Cola? Whatever, but I'll be sure to make some
good videos out of it. The Journey's an
I haven't even told you the best part. It's funny
- I got this piece of news and started jumping
around like a friggin' schoolgirl. Donna thought
I was just offered a contract of some sort, you
know - something actually substantial as
I could barely form the words. I meet Dorian
before Ferguson's show and will then be able to watch
the rehearsal and the taping. The guest? Tomorrow
night's only guest?
you kidding me? Are you kidding me.
A Beatle. Hell, half of the living Beatles
for christ's sake. I've seen Paul in
concert, and now this. I believe It's
acceptable to die now.
funny - first thought of course is to
somehow get some video of us together or
something... but guys, let's be real here.
On the set of The Sopranos, it was an
all-out assault to grab what I could
'cause in reality who would I be burning a
bridge to? A "background casting"
operation in NY? That was a worthy risk...
but this is now a peer group - a favor
from a friend, potential co-workers.. not
happenin' folks. You kinda just have to
soak it in, realize the site will have to
do with a description and maybe a clip
from the telecast, and let it be. HA! No
pun intended! Hahahaha....