Wednesday, May 18, 2011
1) June 2nd - 5th: TYF! at THE GOLD COAST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
For all you Tri-Staters who've been asking when there will be a public screening of the movie, well, good news on that front.
'Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!' will be making its NY-area debut as part of the Gold Coast International Film Festival. We'll be playing in Manhasset, Long Island, at the Clearview Manhasset Theatre, a lovely Art Deco movie palace that was built in 1927.
Friday, June 3rd at 3:30pm
Saturday, June 4th at 4:30pm
Tickets and general information are available for sale through the festival website.
ALSO, TYF! is part of a NY Post-sponsored trailer contest through the GCIFF, so please visit this website and vote for our trailer so we can win whatever the prize is for having the best trailer.
2) June 15th: TYF! at THE TBS/JUST FOR LAUGHS CHICAGO FESTIVAL
Also, 'Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!' has been accepted as part of the film program at the prestigious Just For Laughs comedy festival in Chicago. We'll be screening on Wednesday, June 15th,at 6:00pm, at The Gene Siskel Film Center, with an encore screening after the festival on Saturday, June 25th at 8:00pm.
You can get more info and I believe you can buy tickets at the GSFC website.
3) 'CAROLINE RHEA & FRIENDS' NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD
If you remember, I appeared in March on the Showtime special, 'Caroline Rhea & Friends.' Well, now it's available for you to own on DVD, and you can buy it here on Amazon.
When I checked out the Amazon page, it said that customers who viewed this DVD also viewed a movie called 'All Girl 69 Zone III,' so, you know someone on the cast has crossover appeal to dirtbag perverts (hi, fam!).
Friday, May 06, 2011
Thus, I ended up picking up an old book by Elie Wiesel, called Souls On Fire: Portraits and Legends of the Hasidic Masters. Now, I’m no fan of the Hasidic faith—a lot of my objections boil down to the fact that in the year 2010, if your belief system is flexible enough that you can, say, visit she-male prostitutes, or live in the modern world and drive SUVs, badly, while I’m biking through your neighborhood, but you still have to treat women like second-hand citizens because a shepherd told a story to a guy who wrote a portion of the Old Testament, then you don’t really have what I would call a consistent intellectual foundation for your belief system.
That being said, I have a particular love for all kinds of religious faiths, as they inspire their best and brightest to create complex mythology, to write philosophy, to commit to paper timeless pieces of wisdom that are so universal that they apply as much to my life as they did to some rabbi’s hundreds of years ago.
And thus lies the title of this blog post. There’s many pearls to be plucked from the legends of these Hasidic masters, and perhaps my favorite (which was also Wiesel’s) is, “Man is the language of God.” Even someone like myself, who doesn’t believe in a Heavenly Father, can appreciate the deceptive complexity of that statement.
As with this one: “The rich need the poor more than the poor need the rich. Unfortunately, neither is conscious of it.”
But it was this following passage that really spoke to me, especially right now, when I’m at a crossroads in my comedy career, when after fifteen years things are starting to really pay off in every way but financial, and when I find myself struggling more than I ever have, even when things were much worse for me. The following passage genuinely inspires me, and I plan to print it out and put it up in my apartment where I can see it every day. It’s by one of the great Rabbis of the Hasidic movement, Rabbi Dov Baer, known as “The Maggid of Mezeritch,” (a Magid being a preacher/rabbi)…
Below, I quote Souls On Fire:
To Rebbe Zusia, he gave the following advice:
“Listen, I cannot give you the ten cardinal rules governing the conduct of a man wishing to serve his Creator. However, there are three things you can learn from a child and seven you can learn from a thief.
“From an infant learn how to laugh, how to cry and how to keep constantly busy.
“From the thief? First of all: that whatever he does, he does secretly.
Two: that whatever he does not obtain today, he will endeavor to obtain tomorrow.
Three: he is loyal to his accomplices.
Four: he is ready to sacrifice himself for the object of his desires, even though it may have no value to others.
Five: once the desired object is his own he loses all interest.
Six: he is not afraid of hardship.
Seven: nothing on earth could make him change trades, in other words, he does not want to be anyone but himself.”