I made it to New York last night just before the snow started. My reaction to real winter weather these days is so idiotic that you’d think I grew up in Kenya instead of Chicago. I’m so not used to snow that I never even think to pack appropriate footwear (my Hush Puppies are not loving it) and I’m so riveted by my rare encounters with the white stuff that I turn my head up to the sky like those turkeys who drown in the rain because they’re too stupid not to.
Saw David Mamet’s “November” on Broadway last night which was a hilarious look at the machinations of an incompetent Republican President whose approval ratings are in the single digits. I never thought that Nathan Lane and David Mamet would be the perfect match, but I was amazed at how the insanely talented Lane was able to take Mamet’s words and spew them so effortlessly that it sounded like he was ad-libbing. Lane plays President Charles Smith on the eve of his non-re-election. Wondering why he is trailing so badly in the polls, his Chief of Staff (played by Dylan Baker) spells it out for him. “People hate you.” The brilliant Laurie Metcalf appears as the President’s lesbian speechwriter who has an agenda of her own, and the farce is so full of political incorrectness and four-letter words that I only wish our actual unpopular Republican President was that funny. David Mamet went to high school in Chicago with my Uncle Paul at Francis Parker, a school that was so progressive it made my high school seem like a Hitler Youth training camp by comparison.
I’ve been reading that big uncensored oral history of “Saturday Night Live” and am looking forward to heading over to Studio 8H at Rockefeller Center later today. I thought Jeff was pretty funny in the promos for tonight’s show: