As The Museum of Modern Art closes for major renovations for the summer, we take this opportunity to remember this ditty by the Modern Lovers.
Thanks to YouTuber smeetie1
Jonathan Swift’s brilliant satirical proposal regarding the dual problems of poverty and famine still feels fresh and apropos. Here’s a version I performed and produced that was broadcast yesterday on the Arts Express radio program on WBAI 99.5 FM NYC.
Thanks to Mary Murphy for directing the piece.
Click on the grey triangle to listen.
When people who are the best in their field talk about the nuts and bolts of their creative process, it always interests me.
Jerry Seinfeld is generally considered one of the masters of his craft. It’s like Stephen Sondheim and songwriting—there’s no denying his originality and influence, even if you don’t particularly care for his songs. About four years ago, Seinfeld sat down with a reporter from The New York Times, and talked about the crafting of one five-minute routine, “The Pop Tart,” a routine that took over two years to hone. I found it very enjoyable to hear Seinfeld talk about the meticulousness of his search for the perfect way to frame a joke.
Click on the video above to watch.
Comedy writer Larry David is known for his creation of two of the greatest ever television comic sitcoms, the enormously successful Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. But David started out as a stand-up comedian, and though he disliked it, once in a while in the last decade or so he would return to delivering a stand-up set.
Click on the video above to hear the very funny Larry David do a couple of bits.