It's Only Rock and Roll, Folks.
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As far as I know, I will be on Real Time with Bill Maher this Friday. So, there’s that.
Last Thursday marked the end of this season of ‘Maron’ on IFC and I am as disturbed by the condition of the Maron character as you are. We’ll see if they give me another season to get him moving in the right direction again.
I just got back from NYC. I have never flown back to the city specifically to do one interview but I did this time because it was Keith Richards. Yes. It was arguably just as important as the President… to me, anyway. It was a completely amazing experience for me. I looked up to this guy my whole life. He inspired me to make almost every bad decision I made in my early life. I barely kept it together for the interview but we talked for about an hour and had a great time. That will be airing in September when his new solo album drops. Look forward to it.
I also saw some theater when I was in NYC. The last time I was there I saw Annie Baker’s ‘The Flick.’ This time I saw her play ‘John.' I loved both. It’s amazing when someone breathes new life into the seemingly stale and staid world of theater. Baker’s plays are funny, deep and odd. She has her own timing. The plays seem new. Like there is a new thing here, finally. I never go to theater because I’m terrified of going to a bad play. I’d rather sit angrily doing nothing wondering why I’m not doing something that go see bad theater. I talked to Annie, too. It was a new experience to talk to a playwright. I have a lot of respect for her. Look forward to that talk, too.
On the home front, things are coming together and simultaneously falling apart. I guess that’s just called home ownership. Sundays are for getting shit done but sometimes they are for almost getting shit done or even getting something done that just leads to needing to do more shit. I have all this old Ikea patio furniture that I decided to scrub down and put back on my newly stained deck. This shit is like 6 or 7 years old and may have cost me 300 bucks for everything. It’s all covered in filth and pollen and baked dry. Why not just throw it all away and get some new stuff? Well, then I wouldn’t get to use my neighbor Dennis’ water blasting deep cleaning machine. We pulled that thing out and a good chunk of time, blood and tools went into getting it running right. Then I blasted an old table clean and it immediately broke into pieces. Then I turned the thing on my gate which needs staining. I couldn’t really see what I was doing because the sun was in my eyes and it was too much of a rush blasting away before I noticed that I was literally shredding the wood with the high powered cleaner. It took about two hours of beating the shit out of myself to decide it’s just part of the life of the gate. A history.
Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley joins me today and we talk about his time as a standup, which he wants to put behind him (and has). Great talk. On Thursday, director and media empire wizard Robert Rodriguez hangs out in the garage. Amazing. And I do a shorty with Jonathan Ames as well.
It's Only Rock and Roll, Folks.