Saturday, February 26, 2011

Shows!

I'm doing STANDUP COMEDY
go see it
all new set
YES

TONIGHT SAT FEB 26
Sycamore
1118 Cortelyou Rd.
Brooklyn, NY
7-9pm
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=112835562127815
$5

This Sunday Feb 27
IT IS IT! Free Comedy at Pianos
show is 7-9pm
158 Ludlow St btwn Stanton/Rivington
don't worry, the oscars will still be going on after the show, and the
internet will show us clips!

Next Tues March 1
Seth Herzog's "Sweet"
8:30-10:30pm
9 Ave. A (just north of Houston)
there's always amazing guests!
It's truly one of the very best standup shows in NYC.
I think it's free, used to be $5 ...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

See my film at the Lower East Side Film Festival!

Hi everybody,

My film "Saving Mr Whiskers" is showing at the Lower East Side Film Festival this Sunday Feb 20 at 8pm!



It also showed last night and the legendary Susan Sarandon was in the audience! Oooh.

Speaking of legends a comedy legend told me today " I saw your UCB performance and you're really original and funny. Keep it up. Good work." THAT'S SO ENCOURAGING

Much better than being in the editing lab with my current film at getting mad at my directing or writing choices. But this is part of the process. I guess. I never forget the fudged up things that went down in prior films. ARGGGSGS

OH AND ALSO

I'll be going to SXSW this year, you are very welcome to invite me to events, parties, and jumping on trampolines when available. I'll bring the subterfuge

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

some more egypt thoughts

I ended up writing more about Israel last time.

Sooo
about the Egyptians.

This is a pretty amazing revolution, the most we've seen in current times.
I reallllly hope they figure out what they want when the bad guys are out of government, and how to try and form the democracy that they are fighting for.

I feel like they've come so far, and this could be the start of a huge revolution for the entire Middle East.

I just hope somehow the positive forces can converge to set the best plan in motion.

All governments are corrupt, but some governments are still fair - or attempt to be truly fair.

Mmkay. Simple thoughts about it all.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

My thoughts on Egypt Situation:

- Democracy: Good
- People's Revolution: Awesome
- Violence and destruction: Horrible
- Lack of any ruling structure: Going to create real problems
- The state of life for those in Egypt right now: unsafe and not conducive to ordinary life
- Egypt and Israel: Clearly the people of Egypt don't want Mubarak in power, and I trust that they know what's better for them than I do. They say he's terrible and oppressive, I'll believe them, because I don't know what it's like to live there. So there's a concern - whoever is next needs to be an ally of Israel. A democratic leader.

Yes I support Israel as a state. I don't see it as black and white. People complain about the Palestinian underdog - and I agree that they have a right to their land and their homes. I also believe that Israelis and Jews have a right to Israel - and the way they are portrayed as being powerful oppressors is ridiculous. Israel is a tiny country of few inhabitants. The inhabitants living there are a highly advanced society because it is a free state, founded in democracy and respect for human rights. Where gays and women are treated as human beings, and the conservative and the progressive live together. Education, technology and art flourish in Israel. This is where their power stems from.

There's so few Jews left in the human population, and they made a state in Israel following the genocide of the Holocaust. Palestine as we know it today was created by the British government in the 1900s. Both are new. Now - the people that live in Palestine had it as their home regardless of whatever it was called, and I don't think it's ok to take someone's home
BUT AT LEAST NOTICE THIS:
The middle east is FUCKING HUGE. There are massive spans of land controlled by muslim people where they can live as muslims openly and free.
Israel is TINY, just about the size of New Jersey, and that's all that is being fought for, in a place of profound spiritual significance to the Jewish people.

What I don't agree with is any notion of exclusion and separating people by the ridiculous abstract labels humans create (Jew or Muslim or Christian, once there's a label, there's exclusion and separation). There lies the problem.

But I truly admire Jewish history, culture, and people. I admire the artistic and technological achievements of Israelis, and their country is a magical place.

Israelis are human, Arabs are human. There are assholes among both groups. There are also humans among both groups for which we must share compassion, as we are fellow human beings.

The conflict in Gaza - Israel vs Arab world - both sizes are demonized in insane propaganda wars.
Don't believe anything you read or take hateful press at face value.

IN CONCLUSION:
Anyone who demonizes the Israelis is a fucking asshole.

I do have a problem with Islamic extremists.
I have a problem with all extremists. I have a problem with sexist and oppressive cultures too.

I hope that when the chaos is over, Egypt becomes a peaceful, progressive democracy.