Since it's October I have to share my love for the goth couple
known as "The Weirdos" on the show PORTLANDIA.
Carrie Brownstein as "Jacqueline" and Fred Armisen as "Vincent"
Now before anyone gets angry I don't have any preconceived notion about Portland Oregon because of the show. And I know how that feels because of a s**t show by the name of "The Jersey Shore". And my wife and I are only a few black clothing items away from being those two.
The only thing I wonder is did their inspiration for The Weirdos come from their years in being in bands and the club scenes or "Goth Talk" that was another huge favorite of mine on SNL?
Chris Kattan as "Azrael Abyss" and Molly Shannon as "Circe Nightshade"
I'm leaning towards the first because to me Goth Talk was a little more biting (no pun intended) when portraying high school age goths while The Weirdos are seen as every day people that make the world fit into their passion for all things goth.
And I love when they add the sound effects to their "Most Goth" reactions.
My wife and I love all of the cool kitchen aids and "As Seen on TV" inventions at Bed Bath And Beyond so I'm using stills from our favorite Weirdo episode that takes place there because we act pretty much the same way.
And like I was saying before I really love how Carrie and Fred portray The Weirdos just like all of their other characters. They just exaggerate the traits of everyone they play and it keeps them beyond relatable to close friends of the viewers without right out making fun of them.
Recently I had seen a post on Facebook on about a
"Staff Writer" of The New York Post sharing their thoughts on how
adults should stop dressing up for Halloween and leaving it for the kids...
Well if this Staff Writer actually supported their opinion
He/She (My money is on she) should have said who they were, but that person
kept their anonymity so they wouldn't have to deal with a backlash of Emails or
lots of Social Media post telling that person can stick a candle (And it
wouldn't be in their Jack-O-Lantern) since this person said you should do like
Good Housekeeping says and paint pumpkins instead of carving them.
And just to avoid that argument: There are times where
painting a pumpkin is preferred to
carving one but there are also times where a insanely intricate carving is appreciated
(Carving by Ian Fetterman)
Now getting back to the article typed by the "Grow up
and become a Repressed Fuddy Duddy" I'm typing a response where I am
encouraging adults to keep on keeping on with wearing costumes and enjoying
Halloween with everyone else.
I have loved Halloween ever since I was old enough to find
out what it was and completely encouraged by my mom and my Aunt Vera (She's the
one in the witch's costume).
(Color balance by Robert Miller)
And I still have my "Sounds to Make You Shiver!"
record that l had to have along with that years Ben Cooper or Collegeville
costume that I had seen on the Woolworths commercial.
And it strikes me funny when I think about everyone saying
"Don't be in such a rush to grow up!" when I was a kid and then after
reading that wet blanket's article. You know what everyone was right.
There is a huge difference between being a responsible adult or as Allison Reynolds in The Breakfast Club said "Letting your heart die..."
You shouldn't have to give up enjoyments just because you hit higher double
digits. I mean yeah there are things you naturally grow out of but there are
even more that you can keep with you till The Grim Reaper says "Times
So you keep on Rocking Halloween as hard as you can!
Decorate your yard, and really decorate your car for the local Trunk or Treat and wear a
costume and show the kids how Halloweens done, wear a costume to adult
Halloween parties and play to win at your local venues costume contest. And if
that anonymous stone faced Halloween wet blanket from the New York Post
complains look em' right in the eye and sing "I know it's only Halloween, but I like it!!!"
Dave Dave is an up and coming multi talented entertainer, musician and comedian.
And the universe better ready itself for his rise to the top!
Dave has the stones to hold up a fun house mirror to Social Media Outrage and creates no holds barred comedic rants on his YouTube channel "Dragonstrike Thunderforce".
Now him doing these scathing in character rants about the weekly outrages is like juggling flaming chainsaws with an audience being able to throw golf balls at him while it happens. But like all of the greats before him like Lenny Bruce, The Smothers Brothers and George Carlin he mocks it like he sees it from both sides.
And if you've been around as long as I have you've seen history constantly repeat itself and the outrages along with biting satire and threats of censorship have all been done before.
A great example of this is the documentary "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon" where if you simply changed the dates and names of a lot of the things they bitingly made fun of from both sides, you would swear almost every issue from number seven up were written and illustrated today.
The only reason I'm typing this intro is to let everyone that I'm not picking sides, but just pointing out that this has all been done before. And this current climate of censorship from everyone is frighting. It's okay to be offended or even outraged, but people have to learn to fight back with their own words and believe it or not comedy is a powerful tool because it gets more attention for a cause than anger. And if you feel silencing the other side is the answer it can backfire hard because they can censor and control your opinions and speech as well.
And that's my thoughts on that...
If you've read this far I'm getting back to my original subject of this article which is the comedy of Dave Dave.
Dave Dave is a big fan of writer/director Warren F. Disbrow's features "Flesh Eaters From Outer Space" and "Invasion For Flesh And Blood" both available on a double DVD distributed by TROMA.
Dave had contacted one of the actors about the movies and was pretty much blown off by that person, but he had seen my name mentioned almost as much as Warren's with it and took a chance at contacting me through Facebook. And I was glad he did because some of the best years of my life were spent with Warren and working on quite a few of his productions . So I was more than happy to type to him about of a lot of fun behind the scenes adventures connected with those productions. And how Warren had given me a once in a lifetime chance to be a F/X Artist and Movie Monster along with a lot of other production responsibilities.
And you can find out more about
writer/director Warren F. Disbrow at his site
along with my own involvement with his productions.
I couldn't stop laughing while watching the review and Dave really does love "Flesh Eaters From Outer Space" and it's sequel "Invasion For Flesh And Blood" which he's working on a review video for. And the whole Hot Tub Time Machine experience of how much Dave Dave and his friend looks like me and my friends back then was hysterical.
I am beyond honored when Artist and Entertainers take time to share their works and or do an interview. But to have a guest return with their newest creations is beyond awesome!!! And one of my returning guest is photographer Jonathan Laslo of Knight Storm Photography.
Back in June of 2015 Johnathan was kind enough to allow me to showcase his session with our mutual friend Janet Jay of "The Mummy and The Monkey Show". And I absolutely loved the haunting settings that Johnathan had made Janet a part of.
And we're going to do it with the help of Ron's movie
DARK REALM!!! (2013)
Let me start by saying this movie was a great visit back to my glory full time days of The Costume Shop, Indie Horror Movies, The Haunted Attraction and The Sideshow. And it's what I like to call GRINDHOUSE 2000.
And let me get the movie nerd part out of the way with saying the only complaint I have is I wish they had used better audio and a steady cam or at least a tripod on some shaky shots...
Now lets get to the fun stuff, and I have to say that the movie is a cool showcase of Ron Fitzgerald's stage show and his stage presence. And Ron even impressed me with his presentation of quite a few standards that were turned up to eleven with his twist on them.
On top of that the flow of the movie's story line made the hour and twenty two minute run time fly by and the performance by Vincent Bilancio as "Price" the manager was awesome! As well as performances by Lady India, Red Rum and Ron Fitzgerald's lovely assistants.
DARK REALM is streaming on Amazon and Ron Fitzgerald is on Facebook and Twitter. Check them out and tell him that The Storage Unit of Terror sent you!