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Broadus is a HIT!

The reviews are in for "The Behavior of Broadus", and they're crazy good.

"... made up of equal parts whimsy, wacky, profane and profound... a wickedly entertaining watershed... a bluegrass Dada cabaret in a shimmering petri dish... played to the hilt and beyond by a fantastic ensemble... a groundbreaking new musical. You have just been psychologically programmed to reserve tickets immediately." - LA Times

"... this piece is a transcendent breakthrough... From director Matt Almos and co-director Ken Roht, whose signature joyful style... is intact but somehow clearer; to the always grounded Hugo Armstrong who plays Broadus and strings together 20 years of work in a single night; to the uniformly stunning cast... this is LA's intimate theater at its complicated best. Don't miss this one." - KCRW

"... a beautifully acted, entrancing spectacle..." - LA Weekly

"... a near non-stop knee slapper... delightfully twisted musical... a terrific ensemble, whose singing and dancing are the show’s comic marrow" - StageRaw

If you haven't seen it, you are missing out. Come. 

Sacred Fools Theater in Hollywood, Fridays and Saturdays at 8, Sundays at 3 through October 18.

 

Recovery Road

I had the great pleasure of shooting the ABC Family pilot 'Recovery Road' last week. I'm not exactly ABC Family's target demographic, so I was surprised to find that the script tackles real, serious, dark issues right from page 1.

The writers (Bert V. Royal and Karen DiConcetto) are the nicest people on earth, the whole cast and crew felt like one big family, and it turns out there's a good reason - I worked with Director Larry Trilling and about 2/3 of the crew on 'Parenthood'! As soon as I figured that out, I knew I was in for a great time. Larry has the rare ability to run a fun, relaxed, happy, creative set while cranking through setups with amazing efficiency.

And the icing on the cake was our location. When this is your office, it's a pretty good day. 

Everyone cross your fingers for a pickup!

On location for the ABC Family pilot 'Recovery Road' at Mount St. Mary's College in Westwood, Los Angeles.

On location for the ABC Family pilot 'Recovery Road' at Mount St. Mary's College in Westwood, Los Angeles.


DVR Alert - Californication

Ladies and gents, set your TiVos (or whatever you call you DVR robot) for Californication… This Sunday, June 1, 9:30 PM on Showtime. The episode is called '30 Minutes or Less' and I've got a really funny scene with David Duchovny.

(Some people saw it this past Sunday, which is some kind of crazy magic, because Showtime says it hasn't aired yet. If you're one of those people, buy me a lottery ticket.)

'With You' Trailer

A few months ago, I drove out into the California desert to shoot a beautiful short film. It's getting ready to hit the festival circuit, but I got my hands on a sneak peek...

'Californication' Here I Come...

Do you remember where you were on June 24, 2013? 

I was at Sony Studios, getting up close and personal with the infamous RV from 'Breaking Bad' and shooting a great role in Season 7 of the Showtime hit 'Californication', which premieres this Sunday, April 13.

I show up midway through the season in a hilarious scene with Hank - stay tuned for air dates and perhaps a juicy story from the set… In the meantime, here's what the final season has in store...


Write Club LA

I'm doing a little something this Monday March 10 @ 7pm at the Bootleg Theater called Write Club LA. 

Write Club is three rounds - two opposing writers with two opposing ideas in each round, seven minutes apiece. The audience picks the winner and the prize money goes to charity!

I'll be facing off against the head of the LA Ladies Arm Wrestling League, Amanda McRaven in Quiet vs. Riot.

Which side am I on? COME AND SEE!

Indie Feature Fun

I'm just back from a much-needed vacation in Tulum, Mexico… But just before that, I had the pleasure of working with Jake Hoffman on his first project as writer/director; A feature film called Asthma.

Asthma stars Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) and Goran Visnjic (ER), and in it, "A young rock n roller picks up a stunning tattoo artist in a stolen classic." (Classic car, that is.) I show up in deliciously seedy circumstances, I had an absolute ball shooting… and I now have some very handy connections if I ever need to sell something for quick cash.

Principal photography just wrapped. I'll share news as I get it!

Praise for My Middle

Not that middle (though that's fabulous too.) I'm talking about The Middle on ABC, and the season premiere - which I'm proud to have been part of - in particular.

Veteran television writer/director/producer Ken Levine wrote a lovely bog post praising the series and the season opener.

Not only is it a great show, it's a great show to work on, so the praise - especially from someone who knows his stuff - is well deserved indeed. 

 

The Middle

I've got a fun bit with Patricia Heaton on next week's Season 5 premiere of 'The Middle'.  

 

Fans of the show will be happy to know that the cast and crew were ridiculously lovely to work with. When you're doing a small role, it's usually best to just stay out of the way and let everyone focus on the bigger moving parts - I always figure my job in such situations is to get in, kick ass, and get out. But several crew members came by to let me know we'd worked together on other shows, I had a wonderful talk with the director about the very specific tone of the show and how hard it often is for guest actors to get it right, and another great talk with Patricia Heaton about our respective career paths.  

Sets are surprising places, and sometimes not for the better, so I'm extra grateful that my day on a great show was also such a great day. Tune in and enjoy!

Where's My Water 2

The sequel to Disney's mega-hit app 'Where's My Water' has just been released for iOs devices and Windows phones (coming soon for Android,) and if you keep your ears peeled for Allie the Alligator - she's the one with the purple bow - you might just recognize her voice... 

MasterClass with Cloris Leachman

Earlier this week, I had an audition for a television comedy that rhymes with 'Hazing Pope.' It was a producers' session, which means rather than reading for casting who will then decide who goes in front of the decision-makers, you're reading for at least one of those decision-makers directly. So the stakes are a big higher, things feel a bit more formal, there are fewer people reading for each role, etc. This particular session was being held in the same building as the stage where the show is shot; The casting waiting area sits amidst dressing rooms and production offices, and members of the cast and crew walked by regularly. 

So the session was moving along, there were about 10 ladies in the waiting area, reading for one of 3 roles... And suddenly, from the stairwell leading from set, there's Cloris Leachman.

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Emmy Party!

I'm a proud member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences - the Emmy people - and last night was the annual Emmy nominations party.  

I had a ball - saw lots of friends, lots of stars, and did a lot of toasting to the great work going on in television.  

(The photo of the nominees below doesn't include everyone... We had a lovely chat with Tony Hale at the bar, who is a great big sweetheart in addition to being hysterical.) 

Rerun Alert - 'Angel'

My episode of Angel (entitled 'Damage') will air this Thursday 8/15 @ 8AM on TNT. The episode was co-written by Joss Whedon, and I'm glad to be associated with him... I hear he's goin' places.

Funny story from the set... We were shooting in an abandoned (or not currently used, but 'abandoned' sounds so much creepier') Veterans' Association mental health facility. Several hours into the shoot, someone pulled the fire alarm. They managed to get the ear-splitting alarm shut off pretty quickly, but it took a long time to get the flashing lights to stop, putting a nasty dent in the schedule. 

Rumor had it that the culprit was Angel himself, but all I can say for sure is it wasn't me.