Archive for January, 2013

January 28 – February 3 (2013)


After last year’s passing of Jonathan Frid, the actor who portrayed Barnabas Collins in the 1960’s “Dark Shadows” TV series and “House of Dark Shadows” feature film, his newphew Don Frid gifted me with 11 candid, personal family photographs in Jonathan’s collection. After obtaining Don’s permission to share them with the world, I though it was important for Jonathan’s fans to see the personal side of this very talented performer. This is photo number 1, which features Jonathan wading in the ocean at an undisclosed location. More to come!

Recently, “The Tonight Show” band did a great version of this on the show, and I’ve been humming it ever since. Lenny Kravitz with“Dig In!” Dig it!

Monday the 28th – BACK INTO THE FRAY! – I got an early hotline call to be into NBC at 2 to record a comedy bit. So I figured while I was up, I’d get some work done. I filled out two credit card authorization forms for my wig place, and my engraver’s. I was buying a wig so Sergio Lopez could “hair” my Frankenstein monster lifemask. I also ordered some engraved plaques through my engraver. I also wanted to be sure to be on-line at noon to buy something on eBay I’ve wanted for awhile. It’s a 1974 Laurel and Hardy figure set, and the platform they stand on is a record player. The little red record plays Ollie’s dialogue, and the little green record plays Stan’s dialogue. On the reverse side is Laurel and Hardy singing to their theme “Dance of the Cukoos.” How do I know all this? Because I had one when I was a kid. I got it for Christmas and I had begged my folks for it. I remember one morning my mom coming in to wake me for school, and she hit the button on the platform so Stan or Ollie could wake me up. I have a good set of the dolls, but no platform. The one I bought on eBay has a mint condition platform and both records are in near-perfect condition! It was also time to register my guest on-line for this year’s San Diego Comic Con. I am going to go this year, (I sat last year’s out) as I think from now on I’m only going every other year, or every third year. But this is the 35th anniversary year of the creation of Garfield, so I think the production company that produces the cartoon is going to have a big presence there. Sergio came over at 1 and started in on the Frankenstein hair. I recorded a quick bit for “The Tonight Show” at home and e-mailed it in. Then I hopped in the Gran Torino and sped over to my accountant’s office to drop off my receipts for the 2012 tax year. I got to NBC and did the bit, then met my pal David Elkouby for lunch at the NBC Commissary. David produces all of the Hollywood Shows I like to attend, where you can meet your favorite celebrities and get autographs. He was telling me about some great, new things coming up for future shows. I went back inside to the studio to cut another bit, then we taped the show. After we wrapped I recorded two more bits, then went home to pay Sergio for his work on the Frankenstein display. It looked great! I took a dip in the jacuzzi and then grabbed a nap on the couch in front of the fire while listening to the Tranquility music station on DirecTV. When I got up I did some work on my DVD collection, and then made some of my world infamous Buffalo Mac for dinner. I went to bed and watched another episode of “Six Million Dollar Man” on DVD.

Tuesday the 29th – TORINO TUESDAY! – I got up and walked Roxy, did some work around the house, recorded a bit for “TTS,” and then hopped in the Torino to go to Burger King for lunch. The Torino’s been running great, and it’s been getting a lot of stares and thumbs up when I drive around. I got to NBC early, we taped the show and then I headed off to the local craft store. I needed to get some supplies to finish my Frankenstein exhibit. I made it home to feed Spook and walk Roxy, and I started work on my Frankenstein lifemask. I finished just in time to watch “Pioneers of Television: Superheroes” on PBS. It featured Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Lynda Carter and more. It was fantastic! After the show I took a dip in the jacuzzi to relax, did my auditions and e-mailed them into my agents, then went to the local grocery store to get some supplies. Then I made dinner and and watched another “Six Million Dollar Man” episode in bed.

Wednesday the 30th – HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD! –I had to be up early and out on the freeway to meet my friend Obi John Kenobi at the Oak Tree Gun Club in Newhall. Today was the day that we were transferring the AR-15 I bought from him a week ago. It’s quite a place! He showed me around the ranges…it had a rifle range with skeet, a paper range for pistols and rifles, and a shooting gallery! It’s a colorful display that has targets that spin and rotate each time you hit it! I loved this place! The staff is very nice there and it only took a few minutes to complete the paperwork. After the 10 day waiting period, I get to pick it up on February 9th. Obi John Kenobi, my new Jedi master, and I went to a local eatery to have a yummy breakfast. John had lots of great stories, and it reminded me of going to breakfast with my grandpa when I was a kid. We finished up and I was headed back down the freeway. I called my dad to wish him a happy 78th birthday on the way home. I took Roxy on a nice, long walk to the park. It was a beautiful day and we had a blast. We met a cool bearded collie named Mac who kept wanting to smell Roxy’s behind. She got so frustrated with his advances, she just sat down on the grass and hid her behind from him. That solved that! On the way home I got a call to record a bit for “TTS,” so I rushed inside to get the script and record it. Then I went to NBC to record a few more bits, then we taped the show. After we wrapped I headed home to relax, feed Spook, walk Roxy and take a dip in the jacuzzi. Then I came inside and enjoyed some pieces from a veggie tray (my new favorite snack!) and I grabbed a nap on the couch. When I got up later I did some auditions, filed some receipts in my tax file, cleaned up the house a little bit, and took Roxy on our latenight walk. While we were out walking the neighborhood at 3am, we saw a raccoon cross the street. Roxy stiffened up when she saw it, and started barking like crazy. She went nuts! The raccoon stopped, looked at Roxy, and went back to where it came from. We went down to the end of the block and turned around and came back. Way ahead of us, the raccoon crossed the street to the other side, and on our side of the street I saw another raccoon climbing a tree. I got her calmed down, and we went inside to make dinner and watch “Six Million Dollar Man.”

Thursday the 31st – IS IT FRIDAY YET? – I got a hotline call to record a bit for “TTS,” so I got up and sent it in. Then while I was walking Roxy I met my neighbor Beth who recently had to put her 16 year old doggie down. They were inseparable and were walking around the neighborhood constantly. She was very sad about it, but seemed to be doing OK. I know how tough it can be. I went inside to get some checks ready for deposit. Then I stopped by Subway to get a footlong tuna and head into Studiopolis Burbank to record some voice tracks for an episode of “Naruto.” I play a disembodied spirit named Kisuke who needs Naruto’s help to discover how he died. Before going to NBC I stopped off at Leet TV and dropped off my camcorder, which was having a problem. It made everything look off-color, so there’s obviously a problem with a chip or something. Hopefully he’ll get it figured out. I got to NBC and we taped the show, then I went home to feed Spook and walk Roxy. I did some work around the house, took a dip in the jacuzzi, and worked on booking my friend Steve’s flight to L.A. for the upcoming “Starsky & Hutch” convention in April. I took a nap on the couch, and got up for auditions later. Then I fed Roxy and walked her, came inside to do more work, then made a salad and watched another episode of “Six Million Dollar Man.”

Friday the 1st – LOOOOOONG FRIDAY! – I was awakened by a hotline call to be into NBC at 12:45 to record some comedy bits. My assistant Sara came over to hang out at my house all day to sit with the maids, and a technician from Time Warner cable. My cable quality has been sluggish recently and I was hoping he could fix that. I headed off to work and did some comedy bits. The Time Warner cable guy called me on my cell phone to tell my everything looked good. (WHAT?!) He said next time it happens, I should make a time log of the delays and connection problems and call back in to their office. I took my car over to a mechanic who did a required smog check so I could register my Mustang this year (the Torino’s too old to be affected by the smog check rules). My friend Jay and his wife and son were my guests at “TTS” today, so I went over to Guest Relations to say hi to them and get them seated. While we taped the show I called the hotel which will be the site for the upcoming “Starsky & Hutch” convention. I booked two rooms for the weekend for my friend Steve and I. When the show was done I met Jay and his family to take them for a quick backstage tour. I arranged for them to meet me at my house later for a tour, but in the meantime I had a chiropractor appointment. But when I got there, they didn’t have me on the books for the appointment. Instead, they had me on the books for NEXT Friday. Oops. I told them I didn’t need to see the Dr. today, so I would just see them next week. Somebody goofed. I got home and met up with Jay and family. My friend Fred (who has been friends with Jay since childhood) came by as well, and while they visited on my patio, I did a podcast with Jay’s son. It’s called Pop Cultivation and I’ll post a link to it when it’s up on the web. After, we were all starved so we went to Little Toni’s in North Hollywood. Big mistake. It was Friday night and it was packed. The wait for a table was about 45 minutes, and the wait for our food was close to an hour! Meanwhile three hours later, we finished our dinner! I went home to relax and start the weekend. I grabbed a nap, then got up to do some work around the house, feed and walk Roxy, and then watch “Six Million Dollar Man” on DVD.

Saturday the 2nd – EXHAUSTED! – I slept until 2 in the afternoon! I walked Roxy over to the groomer’s to get her a bath. Then I came back home and crashed on the couch for a few hours. At the appointed time I went to pick up my freshly washed dog, and then came back home. Jim Ojala, my effects guy, came to get the Frankenstein bust. While steaming the wig, some of the paint came off around the eyes. So Jim will need to repaint certain areas. I wanted to grab a quick jacuzzi before my movie night guests arrived, and luckily it started to sprinkle. Nothing’s better than sitting in super hot water outside, while cool drops of rain fall on your face. I went inside and got ready for movie night. We watched the Laurel and Hardy film “A Chump At Oxford,” and the Pierce Brosnan 007 film “Tomorrow Never Dies.” Edi came by after and we chatted for awhile, then I walked and fed Roxy. I hit the hay with some food and watched “Six Million Dollar Man.”

Sunday the 3rd – OVER TOO SOON! – The weekend was over WAY too soon! I got up around 2 or so and did some work at my desk. I worked on stuff there until it was time to go to evening church with Roxy (she LOVES to go to church and even knows the word…tilting her head to the side whenever I say the word!). She loves it because she gets lots of attention, hugs and pets…and even the leftover bread at the end of the service. My friend Edi’s daughter Emily won the title of Grand Champion at a horse show earlier in the day, so I took them out for a celebratory dinner. They were exhausted and hungry! After dinner I went home and met up with my friend Amanda. We hung out for awhile and then walked Roxy around the neighborhood for awhile. When she left I did my auditions, and got ready for a new week. I had to be up early the following morning, so I hit the hay early.

And how was YOUR week??!!