I don’t like social media. While I have a presence on all of them, I am only moderately active on LinkedIn … and like almost anyone, I only use Instagram to waste time. Facebook? I don’t engage. Google+? Is that still a thing? Tumblr? I’m not a transsexual adult performer so I don’t really use it. … Continue reading We Need to Talk About Twitter
The Radiotopia Showcase series presents The Great God of Depression, a five episode podcast. In his 2017 Netflix special 3 Mics, comedian Neal Brennan details his lifelong struggle with depression. I recently outed myself as having battled clinical depression for decades. Last week, in The Hollywood Reporter, media executive Paul Greenberg shared his success story with ECT in treating his … Continue reading Podcast Review: The Great God of Depression
Is Donald Trump evil? No. To be evil requires a degree of cunning, intelligence (generally a first-grade level or above) and an ability to navigate the moral complexities of right and wrong. Donald trump is not smart (despite what he brays), he’s morally bankrupt and has no grasp of what is right and wrong. More simply, … Continue reading Thursday July 26, 2018
Here are some things that I’ve been reading, watching and listening to over here at the Higgons estate. BOOK I’m currently reading Submission by Michael Houellebecq. This is a novel that takes place in France in 2022 after an election cycle (a bad one). Considering that I know bupkiss about French politics and literature, I’m … Continue reading Seven on Sunday
This past Sunday, the new Sacha Baron Cohen show, Who Is America?, debuted on Showtime. If you don’t like satire, you won’t like this show (just wait, they’ll re-boot Two and a Half Men). If you like satire, you’ll love it. This show won’t bridge any cultural or political divide that currently exists. But, is that the job of a comedian? No. … Continue reading Review: Who Is America? on Showtime
The past 1 year, 168 days, 22 hours, 10 minutes and 38 seconds (as of this writing) has seen a cavalcade morons march (or goose step, take your pick) into Washington. You might even say Washington is home to a League of Morons. It’s also no secret that the current administration, regardless of educational pedigree … Continue reading Net Neutrality … Again
Comedian in Cars Getting Coffee (July 6) — As Larry David said, “this really is a show about nothing.” The show is not ironically named. Host Jerry Seinfeld returns interviewing more comedians. More hit than miss, this tenth season will have Dave Chapelle, Kate McKinnon, John Mulaney and nine other comedians and actors. Orange is the … Continue reading 10 Things to Watch on Netflix in July
I’m glad psychedelics are becoming more of a topic of discussion. They’ve been unjustly vilified for too long. Vilified by the very people who could most benefit from ingesting them. Many were actually created and used medically until made illegal and there is solid medical history of their benefit and, as it turns out, there … Continue reading Shaking the Sno Globe
The first season of Amazon’s Goliath was good. It was like a typical David E. Kelley show … but with swear words. In the second season, Kelley passes the showrunning duties to Clyde Phillips (Dexter) and Phillips raises the bar considerably. Not so much with the swear words but with the story and the performances … Continue reading Review: Season Two of Goliath on Amazon Prime Video
The suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain got me thinking about my decades long struggle with clinical depression. I’m a very private person and have only disclosed my depression on an as need to know basis. It doesn’t define me or dominate my life, but if you are going to be part of my … Continue reading My Own Struggle
Are we really surprised? Seriously, are we so surprised that Roseanne Barr said something idiotic and despicable? She’s been this way her entire career. Her comedy was mildly amusing, at best, but there seemed to be something cooking under the surface (turns out it was hatred). Barr’s comedy comes from and is delivered with vitriol. … Continue reading This Business With Roseanne Barr
Dear neighbors who walk their dog unleashed, Hi! I’m the guy with the tan pit bull mix named Rufus. I want to take a moment and ask you to walk your dog with a leash. No, I get it. Your dog is amazing and well-trained. You’ve been through extensive training and your dog knows a … Continue reading An Open Letter to People Who Walk Their Dog Without a Leash
What’s the difference between white nationalism and white supremacy? Aside from wardrobe. Granted white nationalism is a much more marketable and relatable term because hell, by the words alone, I am a white nationalist. Now, I may not believe the United States is the best country on the planet but it is the place I … Continue reading White Nationalism and White Supremacy
That is what we have boiled our society down to. One person wins and another one must lose. While not fundamentally incorrect, it isn’t exactly right either. While we are tossing kids trophies just for showing up we are purporting a culture where you are either winning or losing. I’m not saying everyone deserves a … Continue reading Winners and Losers
Once in a while a show comes along that is poised to change television for the better. Fleabag is that type of show. And I was so thrilled with it, I just wanted to throw this out into the ether so people can get hip to it. All six episodes of the first series are … Continue reading Fleabag
You should vote for Donald J. Trump if: You think building a wall replacing the wall that is already there is not only feasible, but a good idea (no seriously people, there is already a wall there.) You think the White House is in need of a garish makeover. (Have you seen Trump’s aesthetic choices?) … Continue reading Vote for Donald Trump
By now we’ve all heard about Donald J. Trumps little boy tantrum because the democrats had the gall to criticize him (cuz that isn’t what politics does…at least shouldn’t do to Donald J. Trump.) Of course he attempted to retract his comment about wanting to “hit them so hard their heads would spin” and said … Continue reading Trumps Toddler Tantrum
The more I read and hear about Bernie Sanders, the more I am beginning to realize I have heard some of this before (not in a bad or critical way.) I am of the school of thought that can see more and more of Bobby Kennedy in Bernie Sanders, which is a good thing. I can’t … Continue reading Bobby and Bernie: Kindred Spirits
I do these writing prompt deals from time to time. They help stimulate a little creativity and get the tappers on the keyboard. This one came from Medium. The prompt was “What Prepares You for the Day“. For the uninitiated, Medium is a writing platform created by Ev Williams, one of the creators of Twitter. … Continue reading What the Day Brings
This past weekend I watched the 2005 film Everything is Illuminated, written and directed by Liev Screiber and based on the Jonathan Safron novel of the same name. A good movie about a young Jewish American man who goes to the Ukraine to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II. The … Continue reading Everything is Illuminated…or is it?
We’re media whores. Comcast, News Corp,. Viacom, Disney, Time Warner (NOT the cable company) and CBS are our pimps. According to a report by Nielsen (hardly a reliable source, but seemingly the only one we have) we spend about five hours a day watching television. Not your laptop, desktop or tablet, the good old-fashioned talking … Continue reading Media Pimps & Media Whores
Ok, so I am a little late on this one. And maybe I take my comedy too seriously (ironic, huh). You see, I avoid Saturday Night Live. I don’t find it funny and personally think it has become an exercise in unfunny. I think people only watch it in the hope that it will be funny and … Continue reading Chris Rock Is Firing On All Cylinders
It’s no secret life is complicated, but fundamentally, it can be boiled down to two things. Fear and love. You can choose to live a life of fear or you can choose to live a life of love. I know what you are thinking, “Aren’t you really oversimplifying it?” Maybe. Maybe not. I’ve spent the … Continue reading Fear and Love
Before I had Rufus the Pitbull (mix), I had Duke the Rottwieler (pure). They’re both dogs from notoriously aggressive breeds. Rufus and Duke, not so aggro. Rufus is hyper and anxious. Duke was chill and peaceful. Extremely intelligent dogs prone to grave acts of stupidity. Rufus is mostly on edge, but sweet. Duke was never … Continue reading Duke Rests in Peace
Yea, that’s right, that Zucker doesn’t need anything from us to convince himself and the corporate war lords, past and present, that he is the go to television executive. I just finished reading this profile by Gabriel Sherman on the Zuckster, the guy with the brown fingered touch, from the 10.5 New York Magazine. It’s a … Continue reading Jeff Zucker doesn’t need you.
So much for that whole “innocent until proven guilty”, huh? So much for the sanctity of marriage and therapy, huh? Look, whatever Stephen Collins did (and it’s allegedly horrible behavior) his career is over. There is no erasing the stink of child molestation, regardless of guilt or innocence. However inappropriate his alleged behavior may have … Continue reading The Stephen Collins Thing
And so it begins. Another change. I’ve decided to forgo the whole “I’m gonna be a dancer” deal (Liberia just doesn’t seem safe) and stay in the white-collar world. I had received so many “Good lucks” when I mentioned my new endeavour that I’m grateful so many people gave a shit. Of course, I would … Continue reading Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
Last night was the season two premiere of FX’s The Bridge. And the show came flying out of the gate, introducing a cacophony of story lines. Which I am sensing is becoming a pattern with FX shows. Kurt Sutter did it last year in the premiere of his Sons of Anarchy and Sutter was able … Continue reading The Bridge – Until I’m One With You
A little over three years ago, a girl I was dating ended our relationship…for the second time. She had determined that “maybe there was someone better out there.” I assured her that indeed there was…and always would be. I tried telling her that was an endless and futile search because it didn’t matter who she … Continue reading Lost the Battle. Winning the War.
I recently re-launched wait(er) Magazine as a free iOS app (download here) and re-read this on my way in to work this morning and was rather pleased with myself…so I am re-posting it. _________________________________________ I was a bartender. I was never a mixologist. You may be asking yourself “what’s the difference”. They both make drinks … Continue reading I was a bartender NOT a mixologist.
Last Tuesday my one-act play, Results, was included as part of the ongoing reading series Under Rehearsed, sponsored by the Rising Sun Performance Company in Brooklyn, New York. Cast: Andrea Cordaro – Mrs. Ferguson Trey K. Blackburn – Mr. Ferguson Larry Gutman – Dr. Gladstone Directed by Kathleen Schlemmer Casting & RSP Intern – Michael Witkes … Continue reading “Results”
“Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” -Charles Mingus Far be it from me to crush anyone’s dreams, but not everyone needs to write a book, paint a picture or make a movie. … Continue reading Thinking About Creativity
What follows is mostly true. Except for the parts that aren’t. I didn’t like Dayton, Ohio. Being the world headquarters for NCR and having a heavy IBM presence, most suburbs were pretty transient; white-collar corporate transient more than flagrant vagrancy. Families came and went pretty regularly so you learned not to get too attached. Thankfully, … Continue reading The One Who Left Early
On May 22, China’s jd.com, sometimes called China’s Amazon, began trading on the NASDAQ making it worth an estimated $28 billion dollars. On May 6 of this year, the Chinese e-tail behemoth Alibaba Group filed its intention to go public in the United States in what is being called “one of the biggest IPO’s in … Continue reading 25 Years Ago
This is what happens when you leave giant blue chalk on the playground.