Archive for May, 2011

42nd Street may no longer have those groovy/scary knife stores, but it still has cigar store Indians!

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Taken yesterday, 42nd Street, NYC.

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More from ASK ME!

Here’s a YouTube video of my performance at Ask Me! (where I came out of the closet about a humiliating audition for The Young and the Restless from my past). Also, here’s an interview with me on the Ask Me! website.

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Why Harold Camping and the Rapture crowd didn’t cash-in on the catch phrase “OH, THANK HEAVEN FOR 2011!” is beyond me.

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Bottoming from the top!

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RIP Richard LaVon Griffiths

Beaver TrilogyAww… I’m just now learning that Richard LaVon Griffiths (aka ‘Groovin Gary,’ aka ‘Olivia Newton Don’) from the original 1979 installment of Trent Harris’ The Beaver Trilogy, passed away in 2009 at the age of 50. I recently watched The Beaver Trilogy after having not seen it since its sensational 2001 release… it still packs a wollop!

If you haven’t seen this weird mini-documentary about Richard (the original short doc featuring him is part 1, two subsequent ‘based-on’ shorts made years later, starring Sean Penn and Crispin Glover, make up parts 2 and 3), seek it out! RIP Richard! A copy of Richard’s obituary is here. More information on The Beaver Trilogy is here, here and here. A radio piece about the film from This American Life can be found here. Jumbled bits and pieces of the film can be seen on YouTube.

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Photos from ASK ME…

Here are some photos of me from last week’s Ask Me show. It was a super-fun night, with some great performances by storytellers and comedians reminiscing mortifying auditions from their past. I thought these pictures turned out interesting, so I’m sharing them here. They’re by photographer Lindsey Bourque.

A snippet of iPhone video I shot from my coat pocket as I performed (see it?) can be seen here.

Mark Allen at Ask Me

Mark Allen at Ask Me

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Shane Carruth’s A TOPIARY

A Topiary

I don’t know how I missed (almost a year ago) Primer director Shane Carruth revealing details about his highly anticipated next project, A Topiary. I obviously haven’t been paying attention. My unhinged obsession with Primer can be witnessed here. If you’re as obsessed as me, you can read some info about (the very interesting) A Topiary here, here, here and here. Here’s the film’s official, minimal website. I follow Carruth’s Primer co-star David Sullivan on Twitter, where I asked him if he was going to be involved in A Topiary. His response is here.

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