Monday, January 05, 2015
How I got to be a TCM host
At least I didn’t look fat.
Yes, that’s my real hair color. I’ve never dyed my hair. No. Really.
Oops. They misspelled FRASIER, but that will be corrected for this Friday.
I think my best work Friday night was the outro to COME BLOW YOUR HORN, which aired at 2:00 AM in the East. Next week I hope to do my best work earlier.
So how did this come about? I had written a tribute piece to Neil Simon last May. He truly is one of my idols, and if you’re a young comedy writer you NEED to read and learn from his work. I guess some folks at TCM are fans of this blog because when they were looking for someone to host the film festival someone over there thought of me. Having been a screenwriter and playwright myself helped I’m sure, as did the fact that I called baseball games on TV and have been on camera (don’t tell anybody that it’s been quite a few years though). In any event, when they approached me I was thrilled and honored. This was probably early fall.
I wonder if Neil watched any of the Friday Night Spotlight last Friday, saw me, and said, “Hey, that’s the schmuck from the gym!” A guy can dream.
I then worked with a terrific TCM producer, Anne Wilson, and together we wrote the scripts for the intros and outros.
I tried to fill them with interesting facts, stories you might not have heard, a look into the creative process, an opinion or two, and you know me – some cheap laughs.
I was doing all of this while my play A OR B? was in rehearsals and previews at the Falcon Theatre so I was crafting the TCM wraparounds while rewriting the play each night. Oh, and writing the blog. It was a busy time. My Tetris scores suffered terribly.
The play’s run ended mid November and two days later I was on a plane to Atlanta to tape them.
TOMORROW: The actual taping.