If you haven’t seen Dreamgirls yet, go this weekend. I’m not a bandwagon fan. I saw it on Christmas Day with my parents and I LOVED it. I bought the soundtrack AND the bootleg DVD. I’m so happy Eddie Murphy won the Golden Globe. He was terrific in that movie, but every time he started singing, all I could think of was that part in “Raw” when his father’s drunk and he’s talking about how Eddie doesn’t respect him and he starts singing “R-E-S-Z-C-P-C/Find out what you mean to me/R-E-C-C-T-T-P/You know how to spell it.” Tee hee hee. I can’t be the only one. That man is so talented. From “Party All the Time” to Golden Globe winner. What an interesting career. I’d love to see him back on the stand-up stage again, but I know that’s wishful thinking. He was the man.
I feel like I need to dig out my VHS tape of Raw and watch it this weekend, although I know I’d have a difficult time watching it now, because I hate, hate HATE to see bare-chested men. Well, let me clarify. Bare chests at the beach or after a shower are fine. But it makes my skin crawl to see a man with a dress shirt unbuttoned past the second button or a jacket unzipped real low. Dude, handle that! Put on an undershirt or a wifey. I do not need to see your sternum.
Those who know me know it’s one of my biggest pet peeves. Waxed or not – it’s just inappropriate. I think it goes back to my childhood. I grew up in New Jersey, and I really believe I was traumatized by decades of nappy Italian chest hair and butterfly collars. I mean it was everywhere — on display for all to see. At the supermarket, at school… I grew up and decided to go cold turkey.
Last nite I did a talk show / interview on XM radio. TMI on XM 169 with Alvin Jones. It’s the same show I was on a couple weeks ago with Vince Morris, but this time it was just me. I thought it was going to be super-weird because Alvin wanted me to do 11 minutes of my stand-up act in the studio. No audience, no laughter… I’m cool with radio personalities setting up your jokes in conversation. But straight stand-up sitting down at a table in a studio? Can I do that??? Well, turns out I can. I brought my friend and fellow comedian Herbie Gill with me and between Herbie, Alvin, the sound engineer and the ridiculous laugh track it went pretty well. After the 11-minute set, we came back and just talked about any and everything for the next 30 minutes or so. I’m gonna try and get some of the audio up on the site soon. It was big fun! Thanks to you Alvin for having me again and for all your support.