I’ve had the great pleasure of working on some very interesting projects in the last few months. It might not be the busiest of times, but interesting…..always interesting.
WINGIN’ IT – the series I shot up in Canada for three seasons – continues to air. What a great group of people. Truly some of the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Created by my talented and hard working ol’ buddy Frank van Keeken, WINGIN’ IT is about an awkward high-school kid, an angel-in-training who comes down to earth (in the form of another teenage kid) to help him figure stuff out – and the hijinks they get up to. I play an angel who comes down to earth (in the form of a high-school guidance counselor) to help guide the angel-in-training. It’s a really fun, light comedy tweener’s show along the lines of SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH and iCARLY. A lot of fun and really popular. I think the final episode aired a short while ago, so the campaign to bring back my character – Dr. Cassabi in a spin-off – has to begin. Start that letter writing NOW!!!
I was asked by a director/writer, Howard McCain, to be in his short film called ZMDs: ZOMBIES OF MASS DESTRUCTION. OK, that was a first. Rarely am I asked to be in anything “scary” – I guess I just don’t “read” scary – but Howard asked me to be a zombie. It was not the most comfortable make-up I’ve ever had to sit through (I think STAR TREK: VOYAGER was less comfortable – and took longer), but the final effect was pretty cool. I was really OK with the make-up until the contacts went in.
They restricted my peripheral vision – and that really bothered my claustrophobic self. I had to take a moment to compose the zombie in me. My daughters hated me looking like a zombie.
They don’t even like to look at these pictures. But it was something different, and Howard and Jim and the crew were a treat to work with. Unfortunately, I couldn’t control myself and I ate all of them once we wrapped. Damn that method training!!
At my kid’s school, I had the pleasure of writing the script for the annual “Read-a-thon” movie. Myself, and the director of the movie, Tait Rupert, decided that a little spoof of the old OUR GANG movies was the way to go this year. And, of course, a Talent Show was the only way to save the reading program in our little script. Although students made up the bulk of the short film, some parents also took part in the fun. And that is the joy of living in Los Angeles with soooo many talented people (read: parents) around. And I have found, they are terribly generous with their talents and time.
Case in point: part of the “Talent Show” was uber-talented guitarist Mark Goldenberg (a member of Hugh Laurie’s Copper Bottom Band among many other things). ”We’re in the Money” has never sounded so good.
And the judges for the “Talent Show” were none other than Dave Foley, Kip Kaprelian and Willie Garson. Wow!
And last, but certainly not least, I recently shot a CAPITAL ONE spot in which I end up holding a rooster.
In the spot, I had the good fortune of working with my ol’ buddy Chris Darga. He is such a good actor, funny, warm…and also makes a great visgoth! The Capital One spot started airing as a cable spot – but currently is running as a national network spot. Yahoo! Thanks Capital One!!
That’s about it for now. Well, ok…one more thing. At my kid’s school – I run a little movie comedy club in which, once a week, I introduce a small group of very enthusiastic, very young film-history enthusiasts to a different comedian from the early days of movies. The first week was Charlie Chaplin week, the next was Buster Keaton week, then the next was Laurel and Hardy week and so on…. Of all the work I do, can you guess which one I find the most rewarding? You guessed it. Showing movies to the kids. Heaven. Where else can you hear “Next week, can we watch the 3 Stooges?”