Thrilled to have contributed to one of my favorites. - Paul
From The Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents: A Valentine’s Day Beyond Belief, recorded live at Largo at The Coronet, 14 February 2013. Words, music, and piano playing by the great Eban Schletter.
Thrilling Adventure Hour’s Paget Brewster and Paul F. Tompkins “Our Love Is The Best”
“Okay, that was a good warmup, I guess, but I think I can do better. After the first couple lines, the melody kinda got away from me. I don’t know if it was obvious. Also, I didn’t know the kazoo was gonna be quite that aggressive. And that’s not a criticism, Marty, do exactly what you did before, it’s terrific. I’ll just be ready this time. And I know it was my idea, but now that we’ve done it, having Roger come in mid-word to hit that note for me on the very last line felt sort of humiliating. Especially when I kind of limp back in at the end. It just felt bad, y’know? So, okay, if everyone’s ready, let’s roll on take 2.”
“Um, sorry, the song just went out live to start the show.”
“Oh no, really?”
“Yeah. Oh, and we recorded it onto a golden record that we shot into space.”
“What!? That fast?”
“Well, I mean, it’s not in space yet, but it’s definitely on its way. We had all the stuff ready to go.”
“For what it’s worth, I thought it sounded okay.”
“Yeah. I mean, I wasn’t giving it my full attention because I was busy with the space launch, but, like, in the background nothing stood out as horrible.”
“Ooooooh. Kay. Listen, next time? Let me know if you’re gonna record anything onto a golden record and shoot it into space? Because I might want to rehearse it more than once, you know?”
“Will do. Although, there probably won’t be a next time because we absolutely spent our whole budget for the next ten seasons.”
“On the golden-record-into-space thing?”
Thanks to Ben Acker.
I’ve been keeping tabs on people’s thoughts on the Flickr changes. With the redesign, if you’re logged into flickr, your home page will open to a full screen stream of your contacts photos. Previously, you had the ability to hide your contacts photos, which came up as thumbnails.
Today, Mary shared with us that this inflexibility of design can backfire on you.
This is exactly right. - Paul
Seems like every 6 months or so - maybe once a year - there is a debate about rape jokes. Here’s how it goes:
A dude tells jokes about rape or deals with hecklers in way that includes rape. A woman hears these jokes or is the heckler. She publicly states that she is upset or didn’t like the joke…
SPEAKEASY WITH PAUL F. TOMPKINS: SIMON HELBERG
The Big Bang Theory star discusses his career as an outlaw cocktail pianist, being bullied as a black belt, and more.
Then, I test his knowledge of his own Big Bang character with a quiz. He does all right.
SPEAKEASY WITH PAUL F. TOMPKINS: AARON ECKHART
I chat with big-deal movie and stage actor Aaron Eckhart about Heath Ledger, the evils of green screen, and giraffe photos.
I also ask him to do stuff that I am somewhat surprised he does.
AUSTIN, TX: This Friday. Two shows. Me. Superego. LIVE.
That’s all you need to know.
I beg your pardon, there is actually some more information that you need to know. Times and location, things like that. I apologize for my presumptuousness. ANYWAY.
FRIDAY MAY 24 - THE SPIDER HOUSE BALLROOM
Illustration: Dan Hartshorn
One of the great joys of my professional life is forcing Busy Philipps to break on stage. - Paul
Largo | Thrilling Adventure Hour | 05.04.13
Busy Philipps trying very hard not to laugh at Paul F. Tompkins and the voice he chose for his character in Sparks Nevada: Marshal from Mars.