Monday, August 25, 2014

I Got The Customers To Face

This week, a little dream comes true. You may know that I've been co-creating sprawling, ambitious, thematic shows with the great Hal Willner for decades now; we invented 'em (you're welcome!).
For all those years, we've wanted to put on an evening of Allan Sherman's songs. You know who Allan Sherman is ... Hello Muddah....

These songs are so funny and so dear to my heart. When my mother re-married when I was 9, she married a Jewish guy from the south shore, a completely wonderful man who adopted my sister and me and was the greatest father ever. He knew a million ditties, but was stone tone deaf. In particular, he loved Allan Sherman's novelty numbers, hugely clever assimilationist song parodies that held the #1 spot on the Billboard charts in those days. So he directed his new Irish-Italian daughters to learn the songs and sing them on demand, in the car, at dinner, anytime. "Mit pathos!" he would cry, not that he, or Sherman, actually had a Yiddish accent. These songs were a big part of my introduction to Jewish humor. In fact, they're how I became Jew-ish, as I like to say.

We'll be singing 'em at The Stone, the avant-garde listening room on Ave C in Manhattan, on Tuesday August 26 and Sunday August 31 at 10. Hilarity guaranteed! Come on out! Nothing is more avant-garde than this!

By the way, we won't be doing Hello Muddah.... There's way better ones, trust me....

Friday, July 25, 2014

My doppelganger, Diane Keaton, now playing a woman who reinvents herself as a singer....

It is no overstatement to say that I am constantly either told I look just like Diane Keaton, or actually mistaken for her. People have followed me into ladies' rooms, driven up alongside me on the highway to check. What's even stranger is that she and I share several deep affinities, for collage art, architecture. I also drink red wine with an ice cube. What explains it?

Now, she's playing me in a movie ... or so it seems! Keaton's character in the new Rob Reiner film, And So It Goes, is a widow (I am not, mercifully) who has reinvented herself as a singer, as I have done! I was 47 when I switched sides of the microphone. I think it is safe to say, and fair both to us both, she is the actress I am not and I am the singer she is not but would embrace if she knew....

I just wrote the movie's publicity office to suggest me as an angle. Will they bite? Wouldn't you love to see me and Diane singin' and talkin' with Oprah? I sure would.