Starring Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster as those married mediums Frank and Sadie Doyle. Also starring Jenna Stern as Donna Henderson; Scott Aukerman and John Hodgman as nosferatu; Mark Gagliardi, Hal Lublin, and Jonathan Coulton as Invisible Men; Paul & Storm and Wyatt Cenac as gypsies; Adam Busch, Jamie Hector, and Dan Bern as Evangelist Satanists; Jean Grae as a succubus; Terry Kinney as a changeling; Callie Thorne as Michelle; and Dick Cavett as The Old One.
Recorded at Town Hall in NY on May 10, 2014
I did things in my 30s that were ignored by the world, that could have been quickly labeled a failure. Here’s a classic example; in 1974 I did a movie called Phantom of the Paradise. Phantom of the Paradise, which was a huge flop in this country. There were only two cities in the world where it had any real success: Winnipeg, in Canada, and Paris, France. So, okay, let’s write it off as a failure. Maybe you could do that.
But all of the sudden, I’m in Mexico, and a 16-year-old boy comes up to me at a concert with an album - a Phantom of the Paradise soundtrack- and asks me to sign it. I sign it. Evidently I was nice to him and we had a nice little conversation. I don’t remember the moment, I remember signing the album (I don’t know if I think I remember or if I actually remember). But this little 14 or 16, whatever old this guy was… Well I know who the guy is now because I’m writing a musical based on Pan’s Labyrinth; it’s Guillermo del Toro.
The work that I’ve done with Daft Punk it’s totally related to them seeing Phantom of the Paradise 20 times and deciding they’re going to reach out to this 70-year-old songwriter to get involved in an album called Random Access Memories.
So, what is the lesson in that? The lesson for me is being very careful about what you label a failure in your life. Be careful about throwing something in the round file as garbage because you may find that it’s the headwaters of a relationship that you can’t even imagine it’s coming in your future.
Very happy to announce today that Comedy Central has given us another chance to completely annihilate poor Forrest MacNeil and everyone around him. Or who knows, maybe everything will go just fine this time around. Anyway, big news! Thanks to all who watched and supported the show. Fun times ahead…