On November 9th, one of two things will be happening in Miami:
A.) Based on his skills playing NBA 2K14, the Boston Celtics will sign Wyatt Cenac to their roster in an attempt to beat the Miami Heat that weekend.
B.) The Friends of Nature Music Festival, where Wyatt Cenac will perform until he gets booted offstage for making disparaging comments about LeBron James being the king of flopping.
To be safe, you could get tickets for both but chances are the FONFEST is the safe bet.
Some time ago, when I worked on a fake news show that people love to say they get their real news from; we shot a field piece about an historical freedmen’s town called Turkey Creek, Mississippi. The town became a toxic dumping ground for the nearby city of Gulfport and the only people able to help protect this historical landmark were from the Audobon Society. Bird people.
While The Daily Show is a fake news program, a real documentary filmmaker, named Leah Mahan, has been chronicling the story of Turkey Creek in a film called, “Come Hell or High Water.” The film will premiere Sunday October 13th at the New Orleans Film Festival and then later make its way to public television. If you get a chance, you should watch it.
COME HELL OR HIGH WATER: The Battle for Turkey Creek - TRAILER (1 MIN.) from Leah on Vimeo.
Also, if you’re a person who says “they get all their news from The Daily Show,” you might stop saying that. While it may sound like a sarcastic critique about the current state of journalism; it plays a bit like someone saying they “get all their parenting tips from ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.’” Which on some level, you could learn what not to do by watching that show, but before you finish the sentence whoever you said that to will have already contacted Child Protective Services.
Plus… NPR is pretty great for news.
Shouting At The Screen is Back
Shouting at the Screen had been on hiatus but like a Thriller zombie, it’s been resurrected for Halloween (and beyond) at a new location and with the help of the good folks at Okayplayer.com
Okayplayer Presents: Shouting at the Screen
Thursday, October 31st (returning 11/07/13 and every 1st Thursday)
Indie Screen, 289 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11211
Doors: 8:00 PM
Halloween After Party with DJ Tara, $5 entry or free with screening ticket
Tickets: $10/$5 entry at the door after 10:30pm
Selected Shorts - Selected Shorts: A Thurber Festival
Whenever Hollywood decides to make a “WKRP in Cincinnati” movie, this episode of WNYC’s radio series Selected Shorts will be part of my audition for the role of “Venus Flytrap.” My guess is that the movie will probably follow Dr. Johnny Fever and Venus Flytrap, who lose their disc jockey jobs when WKRP is bought out by a giant national corporate radio entity. Out of work but with a desire to talk into microphones, they start a podcast called The FeverTrap where they interview other out of work radio deejays.
It’s not the greatest movie idea, so to spice things up, Hollywood’s remake of “WKRP” will also serve as the sequel to “Warriors of Virtue.”
Talking to Wyatt Cenac About 'The Daily Show', Writing for 'King of the Hill', and What's Next for Him | Splitsider
Talking about things and stuff with the good folks at Splitsider.com
Full disclosure: this interview was held on the back of a moving cruise ship moments before the interviewer and I tried and failed to start a mutiny in an attempt to get AMC broadcast on the ship’s televisions in time for Breaking Bad.
Fuller full disclosure: that may also be the plot to that new Tom Hanks movie Capt. Phillips.
Talking comic books with Elliott Kalan and the nice folks at Marvel
Fans of the three pages of 2010’s little seen Marvel Comics “Wy-If” series rejoice… another three pages are on the way if you believe what you hear on the This Week in Marvel podcast.
September 13th-16th: The Atlantic Ocean Comedy & Music Festival. Ship captain John Hodgman has assured me that it will not turn into a “poop cruise.”