This week on The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show my guests are Jason Narvy and Paul Schrier, perhaps best known for their roles as Bulk and Skull on Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. Both have appeared in several hundred episodes of Power Rangers, making them by far the iconic show’s longest running characters.
In this episode we discuss being on one of the planet’s most popular TV shows when you’re 18-years-old, the classical origins of Bulk and Skull’s slapstick, and what they’re up to now. Here’s some quotes from the episode -
“I think the second season in some ways was the most flattering and exciting because we were like, ‘Oh, we have a super objective!’ Well we had a super objective but, going back to Stanislovsky, you can’t play just a super objective. You need smaller objectives in a scene so you can attempt to achieve that objective, and either succeed or fail.” - Jason Narvy (Skull)
“Just because you are 25 or 30 doesn’t mean your dreams are out of reach. Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do what you want to do.” - Paul Schreir (Bulk)
“I saw Al as the future of comedy. It wasn’t just, ‘Here’s an interesting act that could sell a few records.”
– Jay Levey, Weird Al’s manager, on discovering Al
This week on The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show, my guest is Jay Levey, Weird Al’s manager for over 30 years. In addition to managing one of the most unique and successful artists in pop music history Jay, atypically for a manager, collaborated with his client creatively. He has directed many of Al’s music videos including Eat It and cowrote/directed the stone-cold classic UHF.
To say that Weird Al and by extension Jay are responsible for just me getting into comedy would probably undersell the influence they’ve had on my life. I had so much fun recording this episode, and I think anyone who has ever been into Weird Al (everyone reading this blog?) will enjoy it too. At the risk of hyperbole if you only ever listen to one Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show, it should be this one. You can get it at iTunes, YouTube, and JeffRubinJeffRubinShow.com.
Next episode - I take off the first week of any month, but will return on October 9th with Justin Wong, one of the greatest fighting game players of all-time.
Talking Heads’ concert movie Stop Making Sense doesn’t show the audience until Crosseyed and Painless, the very last song. Here are GIFs of every crowd shot in the film. For the full effect, play Crosseyed and Painless in the background.
Wikipedia: “According to David Byrne’s comments on the DVD commentary, this is intended to enable the viewer to form their own opinion about the performance, which he hoped would be confirmed by the end sequence.”
This week on The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show - “Does Monopoly Suck?" Helping us get to the bottom of this very important question is NYU GameCenter faculty member Jesse Fuchs. We discuss the history of Monopoly, house rules that improve the game, and if Catan might ever be more popular.