As odd as this seems, both Robin Williams and I got our start in Hollywood
in the same movie!
In 1976, I moved to Hollywood and got a few small comedy parts here and
there mostly in TV for a few years before creating the world's first
Hollywood Internet online database/service for CompuServe and America Online
which lasted almost 20 years.
I was in one movie.
The low budget movie was a series of comedy vignettes called
"Can I Do It 'Till I Need Glasses" which made it to drive-ins nationwide.
I am in the cowboy scene at a table playing poker.
I can only be seen for a second, but in the TV commercials for the movie,
I was clearly shown.
I purchased a cowboy hat, shirt and boots from K-mart for the filming and
then returned them the next day.
When the scene started filming, the director yelled "cut," and told something
to an assistant. The assistant came over to me and said "Cowboys did not
wear wrist watches back then." I was hoping they wouldn't notice.
After all, it was a comedy film.
A newcomer (there were dozens) named Robin Williams was in one of the
My favorite Robin Williams performance was in "Aladdin."
A great deal of what the Genie says was unscripted and totally improvised.
They just let Williams go and recorded it all.
Robin Williams had the fastest working brain of any performer ever.
There is a fine line between Genius and Madness.
Can a 72-year old man put on an energetic, musically perfect 3-hour show with no breaks to a sold out baseball stadium?
Paul McCartney played Dodger Stadium tonight for the first time in almost 50 years when he was with the Beatles. And just like then, it was a sell-out crowd who were enchanted by what seemed no different from when he was a 22-year-old Beatle.
A mixture of Beatles, Wings, newer songs and comedic stage antics kept the audience thrilled.
His voice was in top form as he reached high notes on classic Beatles songs.
Unlike, groups that need 20 extra musicians onstage, Paul has a lead guitar, rhythm guitar, synthesizer and drums. When you hear bass pounding throughout the stadium
(unless he is playing guitar or piano) it is Paul playing.
State of the art graphics, lighting and sound accentuated this dynamic show.
Despite being in a baseball stadium, everybody I spoke to agreed that Paul makes the show seem intimate as if you were in his living room.
For real Beatles folks -- if you have wondered what
"For the Benefit of Mr. Kite" would have sounded like with Paul singing lead instead of John--we got to hear that for the first time tonight.
Tributes to George and John had the place on its feet.
"Yesterday" performed on Paul's original Epiphone Texan backed by live synth strings was as touching as the first time you heard it in 1965.
A memorable event in the Beatles timeline.