Friday, December 5, 2008

Up and Coming (Not the porn series of the same general name)

I know sometimes there are long breaks between episodes, but I've actually got enough episodes planned to complete a second 13-episode "season." I get myself a title and an abstract and fill out the scripts as humorous things occur to me, and then sprinkle in some songs - some of which come out of a stockpile I build up, and some written as specific tie-ins. The stockpile is fairly well-stocked at the moment, but as the holidays are fast approaching I want to quickly shit out assiduously craft another Christmas episode.

P.S., omg? Already the second Christmas episode? Listen, you may not know this, but being interested in one project for over a year is not something I do. That's part of the reason I feel I'm actually on to something here - it keeps me entertained.

I'm thinking the Christmas episode will bring back the character whose voice is honestly my favorite to do: the Ghost of Marlon Brando. I think he's a delightful comedic character: gluttonous, slothful, selfish - an unbridled id, unabashedly pursuing pleasure and no longer concerned with any social niceties. Now, Marlon Brando and Laurence Olivier for a time represented the polar opposites of British and American acting - Olivier the master of cerebral attention to the details of a performance, the architect of a character; Brando all fire and fury, smoldering or raging, letting the character animate him and releasing the mind from the duty of Acting.

So it's fitting, I think, that these two be at each other's throats in the eternal confinement of Actors' Heaven. I imagine it as a small place where they can't really avoid bumping into one another - something like a nursing home. The enemies glare at each other from separate sofas. Olivier's frosty politeness, Brando's open contempt and visible discomfort as he searches for pieces of food in his mouth with his tongue.

All this will touch off another visit to the show by Mr. Brando; I think I want to revisit the Black Priest and Igor (who, incidentally, owes his Karloffian voice and general fatigued wily-servant demeanor to Terry Pratchett's rendering and an audiobook I heard). The problem will be making three songs (my lower limit now, I figure) in time. And I do want to be on time with this one. Once it's in the archive, who cares if it's topical, but I feel bad about the election episode coming a MONTH after The World Changed(tm).

For the record, I'm not pessimistic about Obama, just wary. So far he's charting a very centrist, Washington insider-heavy course, and that is not how he was sold to the enthusiastic public. What's transformative about all these Clinton administration people getting their jobs back? Didn't this whole deregulatory, anything-goes credit mess get going in the roaring 90's? Snobberson, of course, can be much more acidic about the situation, but that's because he's got a defensive Basil Fawlty-ishness about him. More on that in some other post.

2 comments:

Sydney MacLean said...

I understand the Obama concern, but I think that people are putting more pressure on him before he even gets into office than any president in history... which probably says more about Bush, the economy, and the media than anything else.

Can't we at least give him a month in office before we start talking about what kind of president he is?

Franklin said...

You do have to feel for the guy, marching into office right as the economy explodes. Bush sure as shit isn't doing much at the moment except picking out a giant house. I'm glad HE can afford a mortgage.

A month? No way! I want to be FIRST to proclaim his downfall. It'll be like having the first post on an Ain't It Cool News story. That is, instant glory.