THIS IS IT, MY REVIEW

I just got finished watching Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT on blu ray and even though I’m left with a deep sadness, I can’t help feeling inspired.

To me, this was it. This was going to be the greatest live concert ever. A culmination of Michael’s fifty years of life and live show experience, poured into fifty shows.

Every song in this documentary, that you’ve heard thousands of times feels fresh and reinvented. Every visual is larger than life. Even Beat It, which was beaten to death on terrestrial radio feels re-energized!

Keep in mind, this is Michael Jackson REHEARSING. He’s not operating at full throttle. He’s, what we used to call in theater, “saving it for the day.” Saving his body and his voice for that grueling marathon of shows he was to perform at London’s O2 arena.

I didn’t see THIS IS IT in theaters. Do I regret it? Yes, but at the time, I couldn’t. It was too soon after his death. I would have openly wept in the theater and viewing it on my 32″ flat screen at home was just as emotionally draining.

The film opens with testimonials from some of the dancers who’s life long dream was to work with Michael. He was their soul inspiration. Their life long dream. That dream ended on June 25th with his passing.

I kept thinking, as I was watching the film, what if he were still alive? What if he directed film? What if THIS IS IT were turned into a Broadway Musical? Endless possibilities, now gone.

Special features include 2 making of documentaries, 3 featurettes with the testimonials of people who worked on the show, gushing over Michael’s genius. They’re all good, but to me, It just feels like someone describing the Mona Lisa.

Everyone knows MJ was a genius. The real magic here is being given that special ‘fly on the wall,’ back stage pass. (One of three collectable lenticulars. included in my two disc limited edition) 😉

BD exclusives include Thriller and Smooth Criminal vignettes, a making of Smooth Criminal featurette and an interactive trivia game. Stocking stuffers for the fans. Nice, but quickly forgettable once you’ve opened the main present.

Given the number of hours of footage and the amount of time director Kenny Ortega was given to complete the film, I’d say it’s nothing short of a miracle. Great Job! Excellent picture quality and dts-HD master audio.

I won’t write any spoilers. MJ looks great. Better than ever! Which makes his death seem more tragic and unnecessary. Watching The Gloved one at work is amazing. Every direction or critique he gives to his fellow players is with love and respect. The level of knowledge he has about music and timing is unequaled.

The void left by this man will never be filled. Not by a hundred Ushers or a thousand Chris Browns. This is it folks! The best it’s going to get. Now go out and get it!

WOULD YOU SLEEP WITH THIS MAN?

WOULD YOU SLEEP WITH THIS MAN?
I LOVE YOU DADDY!

NO.  Not even if I were in a heroin induced coma.

Yesterday, Mackenzie Phillips, former child star on the 70’s sitcom, ‘One Dad At A Time,’ dropped a huge bombshell on the Oprah Winfrey Show.  She revealed a family secret that would make even Jerry Springer blush.  Reading a passage from her new tell-all book, she described  how she woke up from a drug induced blackout to discover her panties around her ankles and her father having consensual sex with her.  That’s right!  Her famous father from the 60’s group, The MaMas and the PaPas.  WTF?  Does MaMa know PaPa has been sleeping with Baby?  That is one Monday Morning I wouldn’t want to wake up to!

First of all, sex with your father is NEVER consensual.  Well, maybe in the Appalachians.

This show interview with Mackenzie Phillips, must have been part of Oprah’s new fall, feel good series, ‘Live Your Best Life.’  Lately,  Oprah has had some very uplifting shows. First, she had the interview with Crack-ney Houston, hocking her new comeback CD, I LOOK TO YOU.  (Or, as I like to call it, songs I sing to my pipe.) Then, she had a show about  Connie Culp, the woman who had her face shot off by her husband, because she shot her mouth off one too many times. And now, may I present to you the latest addition to the Oprah Book Club.  HIGH ON ARRIVAL.  A little light reading for back-to-school.

This book is worse than airing your dirty laundry in public.  This is, “I had a little accident, and HERE are the pants I pooped in!”   YUCK!

Then, she revealed another revelation.  When she was 18 years old, Mick Jagger locked her in a room and had sex with her.  Her father stood outside, loudly pounding on the door and protesting… “WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN THERE WITH MY DAUGHTER, AND MY WIFE?”

While telling the story, she seemed almost giddy and school-girlish .  “C’mon, who wouldn’t want to sleep with Mick Jagger?”  … ah, ME!  (Raised hand)  Not without a body condom and a hot Purell sitz bath.  Remember, when you sleep with Mick Jagger, you’re sleeping with a guy who (allegedly) ate a chocolate bar out of his Marianne Faithfull’s ass!

After all the dysfunctional details were revealed, her little anecdote about sleeping with Mick Jagger seemed almost normal.  Welcome to the new ‘normal’  – sick –



The Stand-Up Chronicles

While performing at the Juke Box Comedy Club in Peoria, Illinois,  I had the pleasure of speaking with fellow comic and writer, Adam Harris on his podcast, The Stand-Up Chronicles.  Every week, he records a podcast for comedy geeks and nerds who are really into the art of stand-up comedy.  I think you can learn a lot by listening to other professionals talk about their craft.  That’s why, I always recommend the book, Comic Insights by Franklin Ajaye to people interested in getting into stand-up comedy.

The Stand-Up Chronicles is a podcast recorded pre-first-show-Saturday.  I urge you to check it out!  It’s filled with some great interviews of some of the most talented performers traveling the country today.  If you live in Peoria and you’re reading this post, please check out the Jukebox Comedy Club and support stand-up comedy.  You can watch all the Youtube clips of stand-up you want but nothing beats the thrill of a live show!  Am I right?

Here are some comments from Facebook fans who attended the show.

Colin This guy was hilarious!  The final segment has him impersonating singers right on key.  This guy is the black Jerry Lewis!

Holly Greg made me laugh til I had to choose between breathing and NOT peeing myself.

James Helluva show Greg Morton rocked!

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ADAM HARRIS

On the podcast, we discuss Greg’s former career as an animator, his time with Second City in Toronto and little nerd talk about comic books and video games!  If you’d like to listen to the podcast, please click on the link below.
The Stand-Up Chronicles can also be found on i-tunes under the podcast genre.

The Stand-Up Chronicles Episode 27 Greg Morton

Crackers Broad Ripple Review

Morton continues to delight
by Steve Carr Mar 7, 2007

Greg Morton
Crackers Broad Ripple
Feb. 28-March 4

Despite making his third appearance at the Broad Ripple Crackers since October, Greg Morton isn’t overstaying his welcome. Last Thursday, playing to a college-night room that was half empty but fully charged, Morton alternately charmed and challenged the crowd with an act whose dark edginess is masked by a goofy, cartoonish delivery that was nearly age-appropriate.

Morton, a former animator and cartoon voice actor, packs his act with the rubber-boned, insta-recovery violence that is the staple of Saturday morning cartoons. When Morton is on the mic, children usually take it on the chin. They’re beaten, scolded and humiliated for laughs. Repeatedly. Morton lives in a world where having white carpet is effective contraception.

“Don’t get me wrong,” he comforted the crowd. “I like children. I’m just saying if you want to have them … don’t.”

Opener Claude Stewart was an ideal pairing: a loose-limbed, spiky-haired, high-kicking ham who kept the audience on edge with a sex-heavy, ambiguous act that answered the question, what would Andy Dick be like if he had hair gel and a home gym. As Carrot Top is to Gallagher, Claude Stewart is to Andy Dick. Horny midgets, industrial sex toys, Mariah Carey and Drew Carey all made cameos.

“You’re all staring at me like I’m an Amish person at Radio Shack,” he admonished a crowd that was befuddled, but not so befuddled they couldn’t laugh.

Morton closed the night with his two signature bits, lightning fast recaps of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings followed by a montage of musical impersonations that included full costumes and eventually revealed that he took the stage in three pairs of pants and a double-dose of underwear. That alone was worth the price of admission.