this quick read brought almost as much conversation as jane lynch‘s, so the moral of the story is-carry around a new book written by a female in a recently success-full american television franchise (even if it’s a remake of a british show). naaw, just kidding-the real lesson is be a female writer in a success-full american television franchise. pshaaaw. like angela nissel didn’t write the book on that, and co-found okayplayer.com first. we were once friends on myspace, and i got her with the ever logical (and still true) “girls whose names begin and end with ‘a’ are awesome, you know that, right?” but i better stop before someone accuses me of being adam sandler for even mentioning myspace.
the woman is funny, though. now maybe i’ll give the american office a chance. it’s just that nobody beats gervais.
“What happened to me was something that I think happens to a lot of professional comedy writers or comedians, or really anyone who’s passionate about anything and discovering it for the first time. Most people who do what I do are obsessed with comedy, especially during adolescence. I think we all have that moment when our non-comedy-obsessed friends or family are like: ‘Nope. I’m at my limit. I can’t talk about In Living Color anymore. It’s kind of funny, but come on.’” (40)
riiight? obsession is the mother of all…yea-that’s actually a pretty complete sentiment in itself.
“But then, behind Paris, I saw Sacha Baron Cohen quietly exit the restaurant completely unnoticed, walk up to the valet, get in his car, and drive away. Can you believe that? I mean, it’s Sacha Baron Fuckin’ Cohen! (Wasn’t sure where to put the fuckin’ in there, but I think I chose right.) None of the paparazzi had any idea who he was, but he was also, like Conan, one of the most respected living comedy icons in the world. And I thought, Man, I want to be that famous.” (59)
me fuckin’ too. countdown to the dictator, my posse. yes nehal, i said “posse”, but i still want to see you quote froho all the same. i love that promo for this upcoming epic is just a large portrait staring down on all of us in yonge/dundas square.
“WHEN I GET OLD, I’M A SIGHT GAG FOR TV SHOWS
I want to be so famous that people put me in their TV shows as the dessicated old broad who gets big laughs simply because no one has ever seen such an old bag of bones recite memorized lines, and because the sight of me brings up warm, nostalgic memories of their youth. Future hipsters will love me ironically.” (61-2)
ouch. that’s a sharp betty white dig.