Wednesday, May 27, 2009

"HEY WE'RE BACK" Episode 21

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The first segment of episode 21 is a conversation with Wendy Liebman—a woman who has been making me laugh for years. Wendy reminded me how much fun we have talking to each other—a lot of fun. Comedians talking about comedy is boring; comedians trying to make each other laugh is fun. I am pro-fun.

A few years ago I made a pilot (trial first episode of a TV show) for CBS. I asked my friend David Mamet whom I should cast, and he said "America's best character actor is David Paymer.". So, the cast included Paymer, Marcia Gay Harden, Jane Adams, and Robert Klein. The dialogue in the scene you'll hear is between me (reading the role of Paymer's dad) and Paymer—a guy who, like me, is smaller-than-life as an actor. The audience was made up of studio and network executives, writers, and cast members. One of the executives was Gene Stein. He was the guy who championed this show.

And finally, you hear about my fear of overstaying my welcome in comedy. Thanks for listening, and please let me know what you think by writing to me.


Unheard Voice said...

Hey Katz I made some art: (click to zoom)

Maybe you will like it. I have no idea. I like your stuff though - glad you are still doing it!

oylenshpeegul said...

What a coincidence, I am also pro-fun! And this episode of "Hey We're Back" was definitely fun! Thanks for doing it. I look forward to the next one.

DJ Tanuki said...

This episode made me laugh out loud, you're the best, Katz! :D

Matthew said...

LOL? I think I'm showing my age in saying I've never laughed in any way except out loud. I've been mildly amused in silence, but I think silent laughter is either one of those zen riddles (What is the sound of an Englishman and an Irishman going into a bar without a Scotsman?), or what movie producers think they hear when test-screening a Ben Stiller movie.

Whatever, thank you Jonathon for doing these. It is delightful just to hear you circumventing the lowest-common-denominator filter by self-broadcasting. Getting laugh-out-loud (or, as we used to call them, "funny") gags as well is more than this incredibly impoverished person who can't afford to buy any of your DVDs or other merchandise could wish for.

Jasper said...

Love it, keep it coming!