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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Too Beautiful to Live

posted by on October 22 at 17:25 PM

I’ll be on the radio tonight at 9 pm—on Luke Burbank’s new show, Too Beautiful to Live—talking about the 10 Things article. (150 comments and counting. Favorite so far: “Your articles are worthless, pretentious, uninformed, completely masturbatory and damaging to the arts community.”)

It won’t be nearly as fun as Luke’s recent interview with baseball Hall-of-Famer George Brett, who told him all about shitting his pants the other night: “I’m good for that about twice a year.”

But Burbank and producer Jen Andrews are lovely, funny people. Too Beautiful to Live is, obviously, the best thing about KIRO.

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I'd say that Dave Ross is the best thing on KIRO. TBTL is second only to Dori Monson for the worst.

Posted by Mike in Renton | October 22, 2008 6:11 PM

So, does this mean we can harangue you verbally, as well as literarily?

Posted by COMTE | October 22, 2008 6:21 PM

Too bad that TBTL STEALS all their material from other shows.

Posted by ecce homo | October 22, 2008 6:27 PM

Sorry, Comte, but we already taped it this afternoon. And you'll be pleased to know that my brain was so fried with thinking about unions all week that, at one point, I drifted into a stunned silence when trying to articulate the problem.

But never fear—we'll have our union-specific Shitstorm soon and you can harangue to your heart's content.

Posted by Brendan Kiley | October 22, 2008 6:34 PM

For a sec I thought you were referring to a 10 Things zine article.

Posted by stinkbug | October 22, 2008 6:42 PM

Die already TBTL!

Posted by ABM | October 22, 2008 7:07 PM

If you weren't so attractive, I bet you wouldn't have a job.

Posted by dan wants you | October 22, 2008 7:14 PM

Unions are socialist. I hate you people.

Posted by Jonathan Bailo Thomas | October 22, 2008 7:25 PM

I agree TBTL is a sweet show. Jen & Luke are wonderful together, a thoughtful, humanistic (and unpredictable) refuge in these, ahem, dark times.

And in contrast, IMO, Dori Monson, snarky & reactionary, inhabits the bottom of the barrel.

Posted by blackhook | October 22, 2008 8:21 PM

Jeebuz, Brendan - way to backtrack on points 1 - 3 - so far.

Let's see, so the "five year ban on Shakespeare" is really, "let's deconstruct Shakespeare more" and "not kiss the Bard's ass so much"

And "tell us something we don't know already" is really, "let's not be so New York-centric";

And "Produce dirty, fast & often" becomes, "do more crazy shit, like Implied Violence".

Can't wait to hear how you spin points four through ten go...

Posted by COMTE | October 22, 2008 9:23 PM

Oh, and I am sooooo FUCKING TIRED of that -


Posted by COMTE | October 22, 2008 9:24 PM

Oh man, you're going to have to hussle to get through the next six - less than 30 minutes to go - and another commercial break.

Ah, Patrick Warburton - love that voice...

Posted by COMTE | October 22, 2008 9:32 PM

Fucking TRAFFIC - at 9:30 in the evening?


Weather, on the other hand...

Posted by COMTE | October 22, 2008 9:33 PM

Oh, sorry missed #4 - okay, yeah, get the young'uns into the Rep, do them old folks some good.

Moving on, moving on...

Posted by COMTE | October 22, 2008 9:35 PM

Wow, skipped right over old #5 there - Yeah, Ikea is a "cult", got it. Never leave my kids there, even if they HAVE daycare. And you think leaving them with THEATRE PEOPLE would be BETTER?!? Why not just put a copy of "Das Kapital" or "The Anarchist's Cookbook" in their pudgy little hands, while you're at it.

#6: zoooooom - Completely missed whatever THAT was about.

#7: Oh, c'mon - name three theatre venues in this town that DON'T SERVE FUCKING ALCOHOL! Just three! Please!

Okay, - FUCKING der-der-derrrr!

#8: "Rocky Horror" is a terrible example - people don't MESS with "Rocky Horror" they do exactly what the ROCKY FUCKING HORROR PEOPLE TELL THEM TO. I've been yelled at in foreign languages by RFHP for doing things that would be considered pretty standard in the U.S., but has apparently never been seen in Hamburg before.

#9: What exactly is NOT working about the relationship between unions and theatres? The fact that unions ensure theatres that enter into Collective Bargaining Agreements pay living wages? Are you seriously trying to arguing AGAINST that? Just because poverty is an inevitability for SOME doesn't mean it MUST be for EVERYONE. I do not begrudge any single actor, artisan, or administrator who can make a full-time living in this business. But, I don't expect THEM to go into poverty simply because someone else isn't earning a living - I expect them to find more ways to allow even MORE people earn a decent living in this business.

#10: Okay, not bad advice. Probably even good advice. Great, one out of ten.

I'm not listening to you drabble on about Twyla Tharp - "The Yiddish Policemen's Union" calls...

And thus ends this evenings' Live Slog...

Posted by COMTE | October 22, 2008 9:52 PM


Posted by Mr. Poe | October 23, 2008 7:58 AM

Augggghhhh! Make It Stop!


Posted by COMTE | October 23, 2008 9:16 AM

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