Since the day an
improbable jumble of outlaws has saved the planet of Xandar from annihilation,
the Guardians of the Galaxy have become the most known and dubious group of
superheroes in the entire galaxy. Since that very day, any rebellious teen
would have told you that being a Guardian was the most awesome thing ever, and
that a day they would have become one of them. Well, at least this would have
been the answer in most of the galaxy. The only exception would have come from an
utterly insignificant little blue green planet orbiting a small
unregarded yellow sunin the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable
end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy, where the answer would have
been “being an Avenger”. But this isn’t the story of Peter Parker.
So, let’s move on. As we were saying, any rebellious teen would have loved
being a Guardian of the Galaxy because the Guardians were the coolest adults
ever, but there was a teen who knew better. And this is his story.
*text in italic: description of the Earth from Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
I’d like to thank @grootiez for suggesting me this story.
This is a new series starting next week!
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Today Ken welcomes writer/producer Anne Beatts (SNL, Square Pegs, A Different World)
Ken and Anne discuss the sadness of rain soaked inaugurations, golden showers, writing TV ads in London, Canada, National Lampoon, Freddy the Pig, The New Yorker, being suspended from the McGill Daily, Queen for a Day, Quiz Shows, aluminium extrusions, Michael O'Donohue, Mad Men, how cigarettes funded National Lampoon, Saturday Night Live, “no flies around the head..”, Walter Crankcase, The Californians, when Lorne Michaels left SNL, SCTV, Martin Short, Nathan Thurme, Dobie Gillis, Square Pegs, The Waitresses, dealing with network notes, Tracy Nelson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Devo, getting killed by Little House on the Prairie, beverage signals, Trojan Horses, Mainway Industries Unsafe Christmas Toys, Ken’s favorite SNL sketch, A Different World, creating Dwayne Wayne and Whitley, Peter Bonerz, The Elvira Show, Julie Brown, appreciating tween media, Bill Murray, Al Franken, why people on TV can’t smoke pot, The Keith Moon deposit, staging a “piss in”, network censors, why you can’t say tits on TV, Square Pegs in the TV Guide Fall Preview of 82, and being robbed of the Rolling Stone cover photo due to your own boasting.
Anne has a fascinating life story and has been a key part of so many amazing moments in modern comedy.
It was an absolute honor for Ken to get to speak with her
Note: Because of a quark of Tumblr’s code that appears to limit the number of links that you can place in a single post this post has now been broken into eight parts. “General”, that is the stuff that isn’t episode specific and “6A Part 1”, “6A Part 2”, “6A Part 3”, “6B Part 1” and “6B Part 2”for the episode specific items, “Public Events” for non-show related events and “Conventions” for content related to cast and writer appearances at conventions.
*This post is organized with the most recent item first.
I recently reached 100 followers, which is amazing! So as a thank you, I have decided to do a bootleg giveaway of my audio masters! All of my masters have hardly been circulated, so you will be getting something that not many people have. Here is a list of my personal audio masters:
Kristin Chenoweth in Louisville, KY 2/12/14
This was Kristin’s first time ever visiting Louisville and she does not disappoint. The show includes “Maybe This Time”, “Taylor the Latte Boy”, “Fathers and Daughters”, “Dance Ten, Looks Three”, “Popular (Switching between English, Japanese, and German)”, “For Good”, “Bring Him Home”, “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again”, “When She Loved Me”, “I Was Here”, “I Will Always Love You”, and many more. Not to mention Kristin’s very own brand of comedy that never disappoints! Sister Act Tour in Louisville, KY 1/8/14 (OPENING NIGHT)
Ta'rea Campbell, Lynne Wintersteller (t/r Mother Superior), Melvin Abston, Florrie Bagel, Charles Barksdale, Diane J. Findlay, Chester Gregory, Ashley Moniz Richard Pruitt. Amazing recording of opening night in Louisville, KY! Opening night was supposed to be the 7th but due to weather opening night was pushed back a day, making this show opening night. The audience was extremely invested in the show and the cast was on fire! The recording is crystal clear and includes the pre-show announcements as well as the curtain call and the “Spread the Love Around/Raise Your Voice” encore!
Book of Mormon 1st National Tour in Louisville, KY 5/27/14 (OPENING NIGHT)
Mark Evans, Christopher O'Neill, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Alexandra Ncube, Grey Henson, Corey Jones, Jeffery David Sears, Kelechi Ezie. Amazing recording of the show’s Kentucky debut. This was the first performance of the show in Kentucky EVER. The audience loved the show as did I. Everyone is amazing. The show is amazing. I have no words. I will be going to see it at least once more before it leaves.
Book of Mormon 1st National Tour in Louisville, KY 6/1/14 Matinee
Mark Evans, Christopher O'Neill, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Alexandra Ncube, Grey Henson, Corey Jones, Jeffery David Sears, Kelechi Ezie. Another amazing recording of this show during it’s premiere Louisville engagement. Recorded from the second row.
Book of Mormon 1st National Tour in Louisville, KY 6/1/14 Evening
Mark Evans, Christopher O'Neill, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Alexandra Ncube, Grey Henson, Corey Jones, Jeffery David Sears, Kelechi Ezie. Amazing recording of the show’s last week 1 performance in Louisville. The cast was extremely tired but watching the show you never would have known! Truly wonderful performers. Recorded from the first row.
Book of Mormon 1st National Tour in Louisville, KY 6/8/14 Matinee
Mark Evans, Christopher O'Neill, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Alexandra Ncube, Grey Henson, Corey Jones, Jeffery David Sears, Kelechi Ezie. Wonderful audio of the show’s final Matinee in Louisville. The crowd loved it. Recorded from the first row so the audio is crystal clear.
Pippin on Broadway 9/21/14
Kyle Dean Massey, Carly Hughes, Andrea Martin, John Dossett, Charlotte d’Amboise, Rachel Bay Jones, Eli Tokash, Mike Schwitter, etc. This was such an amazing show! This was Carly’s 4th as the Leading Player and Andrea’s final broadway performance!
If/Then on Broadway 9/13/14
Idina Menzel, LaChanze, Curtis Holbrook (t/r Lucas), Jason Tam, Stephanie Klemons (u/s Anne), Jerry Dixon, James Snyder, Tamika Lawrence, Ryann Redmond. Great crystal clear audio! Recorded from the second row! Note: Incomplete. Due to technical problems I only recorded the first 26 minutes of act two.
On the Town on Broadway 9/20/14 (FIRST BROADWAY PREVIEW)
Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Clive Alves, Megan Fairchild, Alysha Umphress, Elizabeth Stanley, Jackie Hoffman, Michael Rupert, Allison Guinn, Phillip Boykin. Amazing audio of the very first preview of this fabulous new production. The show went super smoothly and was very stable for a first preview. Includes a great little ad lib by Jackie referencing it being the first preview.
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway 9/19/14
Bryce Pinkham, Jefferson Mays, Lisa O'Hare, Lauren Worsham, Jane Carr. Great recording of this hilarious show. Crystal clear audio! The cast was having a great time and it shows!
54 Below Sings Elaine Stritch 9/12/14
Christine Ebersole, Beth Leavel, Harriet Harris, Jeremy Benton, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Lindsie VanWinkle, Edward Hibbert, Paul Iacono, Sara Jean Ford, Shawna Hamic. Director Eric Ulloa and Music Director John McDaniel bring you an all star Broadway cast singing the songs that made Stritch famous and telling the stories that made her infamous. So, come join us for an evening of great music and memories.
Jason Alexander in Louisville, KY with the Louisville Orchestra 9/26/14
Jason Alexander is amazing! This was his first time playing Louisville and he blew the roof off the building. Known for his Seinfeld fame, not many know what a great powerhouse he is. The first part is just the orchestra playing various selections. In the second part Jason comes out to do his set. This includes “Magic to Do”/“Corner of the Sky”, “Only the Good Die Young”, “Ring Them Bells”, a Merrily We Roll Along Medley, and many more. Great sound and an amazing show!
A Christmas Story: The Musical Non Equity Tour in Owensboro, KY on 11/14/14
Evan Gray, Colton Maurer, Chris Carsten, Christopher Swan, Susannah Jones, Cal Alexander, Avital Asuleen. Great recording of the opening night of this new tour of this AMAZING SHOW! Amazing cast that was full of energy for their opening night. Stand outs (for me) included Colton Maurer, Christopher Swan, and Susannah Jones. Note: There was a technical difficulty with the set causing the show to halt for about 30 seconds, and resulting in a laugh from the audience. The actors restarted the scene.
Matthew Morrison in Louisville, KY with the Louisville Orchestra 11/15/14
Great recording of Matthew’s Louisville Pops concert! Like the Jason Alexander concert, the first part is just the orchestra. The second part is Matthew Morrison. He sang “It Don’t Mean a Thing, If You Ain’t Got That Swing”, “The Lady is a Tramp”, “Sway”, “Send In the Clowns”, “Singin’ in the Rain” and many more. Great sound throughout!
Newsies First National Tour Closing Night in Louisville, KY 11/23/14
Dan Deluca, Steve Blanchard, Stephanie Styles, Angela Grovey, Jacob Kemp, Zachary Style, Anthony Rosenthal, Mark Aldrich, Evan Autio, Bill Bathman, Stephen Hernandez (u/s Ensemble), John E. Brandy, Josh Assor (u/s Albert/Scab), Andrew Wilson (u/s Henry). This show was so amazing! This was my first time seeing Newsies all the way through, and it did not disappoint! Everyone was giving it their all and killing it. The standouts for me were Stephanie Styles (Katharine) and Angela Grovey (Medda). Their respective songs were the highlights of the show. The crowd was on fire and loved every minute as did I! For the most part the audio is amazing. At one point I had to check to see if it was still recording and I accidentally covered the mic, so somewhere in Act 2 there will be a garbled sound for about 20 seconds. Such a great listen! Note: Includes Crutchie’s new song that was added for the tour!
There will be 3 winners. Here’s what they will get:
1st: 3 audios of your choice
2nd: 2 audios of your choice
3rd: 1 audio of your choice
Here are my rules:
1. MUST be following me (I will check).
2. Only reblogs count.
3. Reblog as many times as you want, but don’t spam.
4. Have your Ask Box open!
I will randomly pick winners on January 1st, 2015. If you look on my blog you can listen to previews of some of the things I have listed. Some don’t have any previews up yet, but will soon. Thanks guys! Once (or if) I hit 500 followers, I will do a playbill give away maybe post a bootleg gift. Thanks for helping me reach 100 followers!
Was asked about this recently, and there’s not really an easy-to-find list of what all I’ve written about for ANN, but there is a lot of it, and I often get asked my opinion on things that I’ve already written thousands of words about on ANN too, so I made a comprehensive list.
Now some of these are very old. Some of them are not! So I guess just take note of the date in the byline for some of these if you want to shake your head at the poorer writing of my younger days. Anyway! I’m writing very frequently for the site now, so with any luck the new content will outweigh the old in no time at all. :) Here’s the list!
EDITORIALS (These are fun multimedia pieces about a specific topic in anime fandom, some of my very favorite work I’ve done.The titles may be goofy sometimes, but I try to go in-depth on each topic.)
(These are first impressions of the premiere episode for every new anime that airs each season, right when they first come out. The writeup that’s labeled “Jacob (or Hope) Chapman” under any given show’s page is mine, but there are lots of writers with differing opinions right up against each other for each new show, which is what makes the guide fun!)
I’ll just bookmark this post, edit it whenever there’s something new to add, and link it or a specific review from it whenever I get that question again. Hopefully it’ll be more convenient that way. :’D So many wurds!
Mr. Yuki Matsuda’s label has now become a mandatory visit whenever I’m at Pitti. As a footwear aficionado, it’s hard not to drool when faced with Yuketen’s extensive collection, comprised of trademark designs that are constantly elevated to new levels, be it through subtle aesthetical tweaks or core construction techniques.
Although some particular models may be somewhat over the top for my personal taste, the common denominator for all things Yuketen is superb quality and craftsmanship. Starting with skilled artisans who resort to traditional construction techniques, up to the high-end materials and attention to detail, every single item transpires authenticity and love for the product (this goes for both shoes and accessories).
Some of my personal favourites included a beautiful derby shoe with ripple soles, available in supple leather and suede, along with an updated version of the Maine Guide Boot with silver Concho and hand-painted beads.
So how is this season going to end for Oliver Queen? (3x23 speculation)
Sometimes inspiration strikes at the randomest moments.
I was texting my best friend about the 3x22 promo and how Ray was
going to show up in Nanda Parbat. She commented that Felicity did
warn Ra’s she would go to war with him, so of course she’d bring all
the muscle she knows. I replied back with, “Yeah, she’s bringing
Diggle, the Black Canary, the Dark Archer, the Atom, and Katana with
And then I stopped, looked at the list of superheroes, and I had
one of those scary, exciting lightbulb moments about how season
three—how episode 3x23—is going to end.
It’s probably a crazy ass theory. I might be totally off base. The
evidence that I’ve compiled could just be my brain enabling my
craziness. But you know what? This is Tumblr, land of the crazy ass
theories, so let me share it with y'all…under the cut.