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I’ve been promising something relating to Police Academy for years. It’s much bigger than I planned

Been a while since I posted anything new, and it’ll be a while longer. If you’ve been here before you might have noticed that I’ve updated the design of the site and I’m now going through it and fixing broken links and whatnot. Just to post something (sort of) fresh, I’m recycling a comment I made on a Police Academy post at The AV Club six years ago. I know, you’re thinking, “A comment?!? Seems like a pretty half assed thing to repurpose!” It’s not; the comment is about 1300 words of objectively deep insight. I was intending to write a thesis further expanding on the those ideas, but never did.

The poster for the documentary, What an Institution! The Story of Police Academy
In the 1980s, women had no torsos.

So, why this? Why now? Last month, I became an Executive Producer on the documentary, What An Institution! The Story of Police Academy. I’m the guy who spit out 1300 words off the top of my head on Police Academy, what did you expect me to produce? “A reboot,” you say. Sure, I’d love to, but I doubt that AT&T is going to replace Academy Award winning auteur Jordan Peele with little old me. I’m not really doing any of the heavy lifting on the project, that’s being taken care of by director Gary Smart and the team at Cult Screenings UK with assists from Paul Maslansky and Adam F. Goldberg. Shooting starts this week, so keep your eyes peeled for What An Institution! in 2019. Until then, enjoy this: Continue reading

Remember that time I was a puppeteer?

Ten years ago this weekend, I was the host / emcee of The New York Infringement Festival, a series of plays and one person shows held over Labor Day weekend in Greenwich Village. Someone (I forget who) had created this large puppet called Bushiva to parade around Washington Square Park. I don’t know if they had any specific performance planned, at least, I wasn’t given any direction when I was asked to help operate the puppet.

Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans that weekend, and if you remember, the initial government response to the crisis was far from adequate. Consequently, there were a lot of activist groups and politically minded individuals demonstrating when we arrived with this giant George W. Bush head. I decided to give Bushiva a voice right there on the spot and started fielding questions from pedestrians, offering satirical commetary on the policies and practices of our then president.

I’m not sure who shot and edited the video below, which was posted to YouTube some years ago and I came across recently. Even though the general public’s questions prompting the responses aren’t included, you can still get the idea. It would be great to have a look at the raw footage since I’ve never seen it, but I’ll take what I can get.


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Bushiva at YouTube.

Doctor 420

Just playing around with my iPhone about a year ago. Shot it with the ‘Super 8’ app; cut it and added titles & music with iMovie. Even used iMovie to upload it directly to YouTube from my iPhone. Thanks for watching. Hope you enjoy it.


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Doctor 420 at YouTube.

Deleted Scene from True Blood Episode 51 aired June 24, 2012

After being confronted by his missing girlfriend’s parents, Alcide calls Sookie before going to see her at Merlotte’s in this deleted scene from HBO’s hit series, True Blood.

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Deleted Scene from True Blood Episode 51 aired June 24, 2012 at Funny or Die.

Happy Valentine’s Day Sookie

Bon Temps’ favorite werewolf, Alcide Herveaux, embarrasses himself again in his continuing quest to get some Sookie.

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Happy Valentine’s Day Sookie at Funny or Die.

Who would win in a face off: Luke Skywalker or Harry Potter?

I outline the strengths and weaknesses of each in this short video, suggested by the Revision 3 Variety Hour on the YouToo social television network. I’m sure some of you have opinions. Feel free to share ’em. After all, wasn’t the internet invented to debate meaningless shit like this?

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Who would win in a face off: Luke Skywalker or Harry Potter? at Funny or Die.

Energy Converts To Mass One Sheet

Energy Converts to Mass

A short movie starring me. For more info, check the Internet Movie Database.

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Energy Converts to Mass – © copyright 2009 New Essex Theater. All Rights Reserved. at Funny or Die.