I will be in Boulder this weekend on Friday, July 24th at The Boulder Theater and in Denver on the 25th at The Paramount Theatre. These are the last two dates on The Maronation Tour. It was a great success. Thanks for coming out to the shows if you did. If you didn’t, you missed some good shows.
I was saddened to hear that the great character actor Alex Rocco died. I was honored to have worked opposite him in his last TV role. He played the agent in the first episode of ‘Maron’ this season. He was really a great guy and an amazing actor. He really got a kick out the role and made it hilarious and real. It’s not easy to make a stroke victim funny. It may not even be right, but he locked in and had a great time. He will be missed.
I’ve spent quite a bit of the last week signing books and posters. Yeah, I signed 1000 books. I sold out of the surplus I had. Geez, I should’ve bought more before they were turned into pulp or whatever they do with them. The paperback is still available but I guess people wanted these hardcovers. Damn. Oh, well. They’re gone now. Plenty of posters left.
It rained a lot here in LA the other day. We needed it. I get weird when it rains. My mind drifts. It’s not necessarily bad but it’s not great. I can't really put into words what happens but there is sort of a romantic, hopeless feeling to it all and it’s okay. I need it. It’s a deep feel. I don’t think I could live somewhere where it rains all the time though. It would be hard not to become goth.
I’m pretty excited about the shows this week. Today I talk to Sir Ian McKellen. I’ve seen a lot of his work, not all of it. I have not seen almost any of the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings or X-Men business. I mean, I get it. I get Gandalf. I get Magneto. That wasn’t that interesting to me though. As some of you know, I have an issue with Shakespeare. It’s obviously my problem not Willy the Shakes. I took the opportunity to talk to Sir Ian specifically about Shakespeare for a bit and how I may be able to connect to his work. It was an amazing conversation that covered more than I could’ve hoped for about everything. The end of our talk was probably one the most powerful WTF closings I’ve experienced.
On Thursday I talk to comedian Wyatt Cenac who was actually on one of the first WTFs before it was even an interview show specifically. He was in town for a few days and he came over. It was a great talk. I could relate to his family issues and what they did to him emotionally but I think the most interesting part of the talk was about what things have a profound impact on your developing mind and life for good and bad. He talked about struggling in show business and about how a college professor changed his whole way of thinking by talking about Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’ (which I bought immediately after the talk). We also talk about his time as a correspondent on The Daily Show.
Good shows this week!